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2018 Events

January 2018 2018
Mon 1 New Year’s Day – Holiday
Mon 1 First Day Hike – Join park staff at Dead Horse Point State Park on a hike commemorating the first day of the new year! Depending on conditions and participant desire, expect a hike lasting anywhere from one to two hours traveling a couple miles over easy terrain. Snow and ice may make this a moderately difficult hike. Participants should dress warmly, bring a couple liters of water, bring polarized sunglasses and whatever they need to feel comfortable walking in snow. The hike will start at 9:00am.
Fri 12 Free Movie: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE – The Library is pleased to partner with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center for a free screening of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. The film is the first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, and activist May Angelou. The documentary is 114 minutes long and not rated. Stay for a post-film discussion! Refreshments will be served. 6:00 PM Moab Library Large Meeting Room – For more info visit moablibrary.org/641/Upcoming-Event-Info or call 435-259-1111.
Fri-Sat 12-13 Spanish Valley Vineyards host an evening of Australian Didgeridoo and African Drumming with Randin Graves and Annette Kearl – Spanish Valley Vineyard & Winery is proud to be hosting a musical event featuring the Australian Didgeridoo with Randin Graves and African Drumming with Annette Kearl. The two day event starts Friday evening, at Star Hall, from 7-9pm. Randin will present a personal history of the Australian Didgeridoo, it is a fun educational and inspiring show that will open with a 30 minute presentation of multicultural drumming wit Annette Kearl. For more info call Alesia’s Cell @ 801-419-9470 or 435-259-8134.
Fri-Sun 12-14 Moto Mayhem – Moto Mayhem was created with the sole intention of bringing an affordable, family-orientated, “Enduro-X” style racing series to the community in which we thrived. I believe as racing parents; we are directly responsible for the next generation of caring and respectful children and racers. It is my passion to help as many kids as possible share the experiences of dirt bikes and racing. I also strongly believe that when a child is shown how a caring, community-driven group of people interacts with one another, they are more likely to become a productive part of the same and other communities. For more info visit montrosemotomayhem.com/RacePhotos.html or call 970-596-0256.
Mon 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday – Holiday
Mon 15 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks – Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (First day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more info visit nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
Thu 18 Free Movie: AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER – A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Presented by the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center. 7 pm @ Star Hall 159 E. Center St. For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Sat 27 Arches Ultra – Arches Ultra is Moab’s newest trail race, and it travels along the border of Arches National Park, using Bar M, Klonzo, and Klondike Trail Systems. The trails are smooth and easy at points, technical slick rock at others, and there’s even some sand to shake things up. For more info visit madmooseevents.com or call 719-429-9501.
February 2018 2018
Mon-Sat 5-10 Moab Music Festival’s Winterlude – The Moab Music Festival presents its third annual Winterlude, a week of exceptional chamber music concerts and educational workshops in conjunction with Utah State University’s Fry Street Quartet and local youth music programs. For a full list of concerts visit moabmusicfest.org, call the MMF Box Office (435-259-7003), or email info@moabmusicfest.org.
Thu 15 Free Movie: FACES PLACES – Director Agnes Varda and photographer JR travel France, forming a charming and unlikely friendship and producing epically-sized portraits along the way. Winner of The Golden Eye Prize- 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Presented by The Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center. 7 pm @ Star Hall 159 E. Center St. For more info call the library @ 435-2559-1111 Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=KKbjnLpxv70 For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Fri 16 Trashion Show – Dress in your best upcycled costume for the Trashion Show! Come out for this dance party and runway event with prizes for best costumes. Entry fee $10. Begins at 8 pm at Woody’s Tavern. Start saving your trash now to turn into a fabulous outfit! For more info visit facebook.com/events/1363527713753660/, email resiliencyhub@gmail.com or call 435-260-8931.
Sat 17 Moab Red Hot 55k/33k – An ultra marathon on beautiful local Moab trails. Runners will have views of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. There are two distances to choose from a 55k or 33k. For more info visit grassrootsevents.net or call 435-260-0886.
Mon 19 Presidents Day – Holiday
March 2018 2018
Fri-Sun 2-4 Moab International Film Festival – Our purpose is to showcase stellar independent films of cultural and educational value for film-goers to enjoy. We share uniquely powerful stories, concepts, and ideas from around the world which have a positive effect on society. For more info visit moabfilmfestival.org or call 407-233-8290.
Sat-Sun 3-4 Moab Off Road Duathlon and Spring Trail Run – Super fun course featuring Classic Moab Singletrack including slickrock, red dirt, and scenic views. Registration includes a t-shirt, finishers medal, awards, food and drink and a scenic and well marked course. For more info visit trainingrx.com or call 970-389-4838.
Fri-Sun 9-11 Moab Thaw – Come join Poison Spider Bicycles for their 10th annual bike event! Group rides, shuttles, clinics and plenty of demo bikes keep the fun happening all weekend. Sign up early this event does sell out. For more info visit moabthaw.com or call 435-259-7882.
Sat-Tue 10-13 Skinny Tire Festival – Four days of supported road cycling in scenic western landscape of Moab, Utah. Jumpstart your spring cycling with 40-60 mile routes through Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River Corridor. Put purpose to your cycling! A portion of every registration benefits cancer research and survivorship programs including the treatment infusion room at the Moab Regional Hospital. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.
Thu 15 Free Movie: THE FLORIDA PROJECT – 7PM @ Star Hall (159 E. Center St.) Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.- R Winner of 8 Awards. Presented by The Grand County Public Library and The Utah Film Center. For more info call the library @ 435-259-1111
Sat 17 Canyonlands Half Marathon & 5 Mile Run – Join us for the 43rd annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, beer, awards and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. For more info visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Sat-Sun 17-18 Moto Mayhem – Moto Mayhem was created with the sole intention of bringing an affordable, family-orientated, “Enduro-X” style racing series to the community in which we thrived. I believe as racing parents; we are directly responsible for the next generation of caring and respectful children and racers. It is my passion to help as many kids as possible share the experiences of dirt bikes and racing. I also strongly believe that when a child is shown how a caring, community-driven group of people interacts with one another, they are more likely to become a productive part of the same and other communities. For more info visit montrosemotomayhem.com/RacePhotos.html or call 970-596-0256.
Sat 24 Behind the Rocks Ultra – Behind the Rocks Ultra will be held on March 24, 2018. BTR was created to highlight Moab’s last hidden gem, the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area. The course was designed to highlight the technical slickrock trails of Moab, the views of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness area, and the snow capped La Sal mountains. For more info visit madmooseevents.com/behind-the-rocks-home or call 719-429-9501.
Sat-Sun* 3/24-4/1 Easter Jeep Safari – Gathering of full size 4×4 vehicles to run back country trails with guides. Also a trade show by major industry suppliers presenting products for 4×4 vehicles. For more info visit rr4w.com or call 435-259-7625.
April 2018 2018
Sat-Sun* 3/24-4/1 Easter Jeep Safari – Continued (see above).
Fri-Sun 6-8 Outerbike – Spring – Test ride all of the latest and greatest bikes and gear on the world-class trails of Moab, Utah. For three days, the world’s premier bike and gear manufacturers set up at the Outerbike expo site. You can browse the latest innovations, pick a bike you’d like to try and take it for a ride. Repeat as needed. Visit Outerbike.com for more details. For more info visit outerbike.com or call 800-845-2453 or 435-259-8732.
Sat-Mon 14-16 Moab Rocks 3-Day mountain bike race – Moab Rocks takes some of the regions best classic and new routes including Klondike, Porcupine Rim and Mag 7 and combines them into a 3-day xc masterpiece in a fully supported format. All this wrapped up in a fun and friendly atmosphere, combining camaraderie and competition. TransRockies Events pioneered Mountain Bike Stage Racing in North America with the TransRockies Challenge in 2002, and the 3-day race format with the TR3 starting in 2009. For more info visit transrockies.com or call 403-483-9977.
Fri-Sat 20-21 UPOA Fallen Peace Officer Trail Ride – This event is to raise funds for scholarships for the fallen and injured officers within the State of Utah. This event is open to the public. Each milepost of the trail will recognize a fallen peace officer. For more info visit upoa.org/fallen-trail-ride/ or call 801-313-0760.
Sat 21 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks – Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (First day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more info visit nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
Fri-Sun 27-29 Moab April Action Car Show – Friday is a Rod Run, Saturday is the Car Show and Sunday a Rod Run to Dead Horse Point State Park. Trophies in 30 classes. Free admission for spectators. For more info visit moabaprilaction.org or call 435-260-1948.
Sat 28 Amasa – Trail race on the Amasa Back trail system. There’s a 10.5k, 15k, 25k distances to choose. Runners will have amazing views of Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point and the mighty Colorado River. For more info visit grassrootsevents.net or call 435-259-6007.
May 2018 2018
Thu-Sun 3-6 Moab Photography Symposium – The symposium (MPS) is the premier landscape photography gathering in the Four Corners area. 2018 is the 15th annual event. Join fellow photo artists for 3 days of feature presentations by 8 world-class photographers, field workshops and great camaraderie; all within the beauty of the Moab area. Event and workshop fees apply. Pre-registration strongly suggested. For more info visit moabphotosym.com or call 435-260-8300.
Sat 5 Scott Enduro Cup Moab – Moab is an iconic mountain biking destination that boasts endless desert riding, incredible mountain vistas and technical slickrock terrain. Round 1 of the 2017 SCOTT Enduro Cup is a human powered single-day season kickoff where the strongest, and as history tells, most seasoned riders tend to take home the win. The Moab trails provides variable terrain of slickrock, wooded, sand and dirt sections that feature naturally banked, rock-paved bench cuts and fast technical descents. Round 1 of the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab, UT is Saturday, May 5, 2018. For more info visit endurocupmtb.com/moab-ut-may-5/ or call (801) 349-4600.
Sat 12 Back of Beyond Paddle Race – The Back of Beyond Paddle Race takes place in the adventure town of Moab, Utah. On race day head up to the starting line about 29 miles northeast of Moab on Scenic Highway 128 at the historic Dewey Bridge. The Back of Beyond Paddle Race follows the Colorado River through the spectacular red rock canyons of Southeastern Utah and past some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery – through Moab’s ‘Postcard Alley’ and into Utah’s own ‘back of beyond’. For more info visit backofbeyondsup.com or call 435-210-4665.
Tue-Sat 15-19 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks – The Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks is a SxS/UTV specific trail riding event with a huge vendor area with headquarters located at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. For more info visit rallyontherocks.com or call 801-589-0523.
Fri-Sun 18-20 Willys Overland Rally – 9th Annual Willys Overland Rally – Come join Willys owners from around the country at the beautiful Redcliffs Lodge. Great family atmosphere, car show, trail rides, BBQ and raffle. For more info visit willysrally.com or call 702-622-5688.
Sat-Sun 26-27 Moab Arts Festival with Beer & Wine Garden – Free admission, live music, Wine & Beer Garden, art vendors & art for kids. Located in the gorgeous setting of Swanny City Park (400 North, 100 West) on Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. This free event hosts local & national artists welcoming residents & visitors from all parts of the world. Join us for 26th Annual Moab Arts Festival. For more info visit moabartsfestival.org, email info@MoabArtsFestival.org or call 435-259-2742.
Mon 28 Memorial Day – Holiday
Thu-Sat 5/31-6/2 Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo – Rodeo has been a Grand County tradition for over 50 years and counting. We have three nightly performances beginning at 6:30 pm each night at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. The Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo Club is working toward engaging our youth and building partnerships throughout the community so that this great tradition of rodeo can be carried on to future generations. Thank you for being part of that tradition! For more info visit moabcanyonlandsrodeo.com or call 435-259-4852.
June 2018 2018
Sat 2 Thelma & Louise Half Marathon & Relay – Because a girls weekend should include an exciting challenge, we present Thelma and Louise Half Marathon & Relay. Bring your best girl friends to Moab, and experience the towering red rock walls along the Colorado River at this women’s only event. For more info visit madmooseevents.com/thelma-and-louise-half-marathon-rel or call 719-429-9501.
Sat 2 Dawg Days of Summer – Join us June 2nd from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Old City Park, for our annual Dawg Days of Summer BBQ & Silent Auction for the Humane Society of Moab Valley. Relax and enjoy the tunes of Stray Grass playing Colorado Folk and Americana style music while treating your taste buds to delicious backyard BBQ catered and donated by the Blu Pig. And you won’t want to resist bidding on the many luxury gift items at our silent auction! For tickets call 435-259-4862 or visit moabpets.org.
Fri-Sat 8-9 Vision Relay – Road bicycle relay starting at Swanny Park in Moab and finishing in Ivins, Utah. 4 rider teams complete there legs each riding non-stop over a 528 mile route. For more info visit visionrelay.com or call 801-888-3233.
Sun-Sat 17-23 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 – Racers will run from Grand Junction, Colorado to the world famous Moab, Utah along the beautiful 148-mile Kokopelli trail. Distances will range from day to day between 9 and 42 miles. This is a grueling event that will challenge the most seasoned athletes yet it is designed so that less experienced ultrarunners can train for and successfully complete the course. The entire length of the trail is stunningly beautiful with jagged canyons and breathtaking vistas. For more info visit geminiadventures.com/running-events-2/desert-rats/ or call 303-249-1112.
July 2018 2018
Wed 4 Independence Day – Holiday
Fri 6, 13, 20, 27 Moab Free Concert Series – The Moab Free Concert Series features a free, family friendly concert each Friday in July at Swanny City Park from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Farmer’s Market, food trucks, beer garden, shade trees and grassy lawn for a picnic and dancing. For lineup and updates visit moabfreeconcerts.com or facebook.com/moabfreeconcerts/ or call 435-259-3198.
August 2018 2018
Mon-Thu* 8/27-9/13 Moab Music Festival – Every September, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of chamber music, jazz, and traditional music concerts. We call it “music in concert with the landscape™,” celebrating old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor, and traditional music from around the globe. For more info visit moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259-7003.
September 2018 2018
Mon-Thu* 8/27-9/13 Moab Music Festival – Continues (see above).
Mon 3 Labor Day – Holiday
Fri-Sat 7-8 Kokopelli 140 MTB & ULTRA Relay – For decades the Kokopelli Trail has served as the benchmark of mountain bike and ultra trail running excellence. Stretching 144 miles from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah, this iconic and historic trail where dinosaurs once walked bridges the two greatest outdoor communities in the world. Now you can ride and run the 104 & 144 miles of the Kokopelli fully supported. Sign up for one of seven combined different mountain bike and ultra marathon events on Sept 7-8, 2018. All participants receive a FREE SPOT GPS Gen 3 device with registration ($199 retail value). For more info visit kokopelli140.com or call 801-516-1576.
Wed-Sun 19-23 15th Annual M.O.A.B. (Mother Of All Boogies) – Skydive Moab is hosting it’s 15th Annual Skydiving Festival Called the M.O.A.B. (Mother Of All Boogies) 400 Skydivers from around the world will come to Moab and skydive into remote locations. Free for Spectators, Come out and watch 400 Skydivers fall from 13,000 feet ever 15 minutes!! For more info visit SkydiveMoab.com or call 435-259-5867.
Sat-Sun 22-23 Moab Century Tour – Landscape Worth Training for! 38,64, 65, 102 mile route options. Ride in the wild, wild west through Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River Corridor, and La Sal Mountain Loop. Ride alongside towering redrock walls outlining the Colorado River, aspen lined paved mountain roads; enjoy lunch at the earth’s edge overlooking Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River two thousand feet below. Music, beverages, and great food await you at the Post-ride party. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.
Sat 22 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks – Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (First day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more info visit nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
Wed-Sat 26-29 Moab Pride – ?Moab Pride Festival is creating queer visibility while providing accessible LGBTQIA programming and safe spaces for the community. Accessible LGBTQIA programming means creating awareness, dialogue, safe spaces and visibility through art, workshops, and celebrations that are inclusive for all ages. All funds raised beforehand and during will go towards supporting Moab Pride programming, Gay Straight Alliance initiatives in our public schools, as well as LGBTQIA programming during the year in Moab.
october 2018 2018
Thu-Sat* 6-13 Red Rock Arts Festival – A week long event of Plein Air Painting, Artists Workshops and a Street Festival. Join us on Oct 13th for the culminating event, The Street Fest, on 100 North for live music, fine art sale, food trucks, beer garden and art vendors! For more info visit redrockartsfestival.com or call 435-259-6272.
Fri-Sun 5-7 Outerbike – Fall – Test ride all of the latest and greatest bikes and gear on the world-class trails of Moab, Utah. For three days, the world’s premier bike and gear manufacturers set up at the Outerbike expo site. You can browse the latest innovations, pick a bike you’d like to try and take it for a ride. Repeat as needed. Visit Outerbike.com for more details. For more info visit outerbike.com or call 800-845-2453 or 435-259-8732.
Mon 8 Columbus Day – Holiday
Tue-Sat 9-13 NAXJA 35th Anniversary Event – Come join NAXJA at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the introduction of the Jeep Cherokee (XJ). All makes of 4×4’s are welcome. Moab, Utah. For more info visit naxja.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=405 or call 260-402-3387.
Sun 14 Canyonlands – The Other Half – Rising red canyons and stunning rock formations provide the backdrop for Moab’s The Other Half, a point-to-point half marathon run each fall in Moab, Utah. Organized for the first time in 2004 as a fall companion to the popular spring Canyonlands Half Marathon. For more info visit madmooseevents.com/canyonlands-the-other-half or call 719-429-9501.
Wed-Sat 24-27 Moab Senior Games – Come enjoy a variety of sports and leisure activities in Moab, Utah. Compete in the Moab Senior Games, a wide variety of events are scheduled for adults fifty years old or older. To register visit moabseniorgames.com or call 435-260-0161 for more info.
Thu-Sat 25-27 Moab Jeep Jamboree – Family oriented 4×4 Jeep only Jamboree. For more info visit jeepjamboreeusa.com or call 530-333-1462.
Sun-Fri 10/28-11/2 Moab Folk Camp – Experience a community of music and song in the spectacular red rock country of southeastern Utah. We offer a supportive environment where adults can experience the joy of making music and learning new skills in a caring environment. Classes in guitar, banjo, song writing, voice, hand drum, mandolin, painting and photography. For more info visit moabfolkcamp.com or call 603-731-3240.
November 2018 2018
Sun-Fri 10/28-11/2 Moab Folk Camp – continued (see above)
Fri-Sun 2-4 Moab Folk Festival – The Moab Folk Festival is a 3 day live music Festival featuring 12 folk, Americana and roots musicians. The Festival has intimate venues, a quality lineup and amazing red rock scenery. Beer, wine, food and arts vendors at the Center Street Ball field venue. For more info visit moabfolkfestival.com or call 4352593198.
Fri-Sat 2-4 Moab Celtic Festival, Scots on the Rocks – The Moab Celtic Festival brings to life the rich heritage and colorful history of Scottish and Celtic cultures through education, crafts, music, highland dance/competition and athletic competition. Patrons can listen to the crowds cheering for the athletes competing, while watching the swirling skirts and dancing feet of the highland dancers. Many clans will be in attendance to share their history and information about their clan. For more info visit scotsontherocksmoab.com or call 435-210-0080.
Sun 11 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks – Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (First day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more info visit nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
Mon 12 Veterans Day – Holiday
Sat 17 Dead Horse Ultra – The Dead Horse 50 mile, 50k and 30k will be on November 18th. Dead Horse was created to feature the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges. The course will challenge you with technical slickrock and sandy washes and has great views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and the Moab Valley. For more info visit madmooseevents.com/dead-horse-ultra or call 719-429-9501.
Thu 22 Thanksgiving Day – Holiday
Fri 30 City Tree Lighting – Celebrate the season with the annual City Tree Lighting, hosted by the Moab Chamber of Commerce, a night filled with holiday music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa as we countdown to light the trees! For more info visit moabchamber.com or call 435-259-7814.
December 2018 2018
Sat 1 Winter Sun 10k – 2018 will be the 36th annual event, started in 1983 by the Rim Rock Runners. The Winter Sun 10k offers a fast course! Escape your winter for the sunny blue skies of Moab, Utah. For more info visit madmooseevents.com/winter-sun-10k or call 719-429-9501.
Sat 1 Electric Light Parade – Come and experience the most spectacular night of the year, the 21st annual Electric Light Parade! A fun and festive parade of brightly-lit floats and vehicles, bicycles, horses and more, brought to you by the Moab Chamber of Commerce. For more info visit moabchamber.com or call 435-259-7814.
Tue 25 Christmas – Holiday

Note: All event dates and times are subject to change. Check with event organizers for final date and time verification. This calendar is provided as a courtesy to area visitors. No warranty , express or implied, is made as to the safety or ongoing validity of information listed herein. The Moab Area Travel Council or its agents are not responsible for any liability arising from the use of the information herein.

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