2017 Events

August 2017 2017
Sat 5 Sex & Broadcasting – Chronicles WFMU, the scrappy, chaotic, and iconoclastic community radio station in New Jersey. The film is described by the filmmakers as “an American tale of life, liberty and independent radio.” In an opening scene, General Manager Ken Freedman is on the air and delivers what amounts to a manifesto. Moab’s own scrappy, community radio station KZMU was founded on similar principles as WFMU. After the screening, audience members can interact with panelists during a discussion on the relevance and importance of community radio today and where it’s headed in the future. Panelists include Freedman, Sally Kane – Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation for Community Broadcasters, and more. Star Hall @ 7 PM. For more information about the film go to wfmuthemovie.com. This is a fundraiser for KZMU in our 25th year tickets are $10 at the door or $5 for KZMU members.
Thu 17 Free Film: MOONLIGHT – A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. Winner: Best Motion Picture of the Year- 2017 Academy Awards Rated R 7 pm @ Star Hall 157 E. Center St. Presented by the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center. For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Fri 25 National Park Service Fee Free Days – The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees several days in 2017 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.
Thu-Mon* 8/31-9/11 25th 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, Latin and traditional music concerts. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary of making “music in concert with the landscape.” For more info visit moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259-7003.
September 2017 2017
Sat-Sun 2-3 Moab Artists’ Studio Tour – Visit Moab and Castle Valley artists in their home studios. Meet and talk with artists as they demonstrate their artistic visions in a wide range of mediums. 10am-4pm. For more info visit moabstudiotour.com or call 435-259-6447 .
Mon 4 Labor Day – Holiday
Sat 9 Moab Artists’ Studio Tour – Visit Moab and Castle Valley artists in their home studios. Meet and talk with artists as they demonstrate their artistic visions in a wide range of mediums. 10am-4pm. For more info visit moabstudiotour.com or call 435-259-6447 .
Fri-Sun 8-10 Blazer Bash – 3 days of guided trail runs on the 4×4/Jeep Safari routes in the Moab area. Most attendees drive full-size GM trucks, but all makes are welcome. Friday night catered BBQ dinner in Old City Park. Event registration is required thru website. For more info visit blazerbash.com or call 970-834-2884.
Sat 9 Art Walk – You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 5-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Fri 15 Dancing with the MOAB Stars – Cheer on Moab Stars as they dance with a local dance instructor in a friendly dance competition based on the popular TV Show Dancing with the Stars. This fundraiser for the Moab Valley Multicultural Center has been a sold out show every year- so be sure to get your tickets early! Tickets are available at Back of Beyond Books and at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. Pre sale: $13.00 – At Door: $15.00. Grand County High School Auditorium @ 7:00pm. For more info visit moabmc.org/event-view/dancing-with-the-moab-stars or call 435-259-5444.
Sat 16 An Evening with Dar Williams – Moab Folk Festival and Back of Beyond Books Present: Dar Williams in Concert, including a reading and discussion from her new book, What I Found In A Thousand Towns. Moab is featured in the book! Star Hall @ 7pm – Tickets also available at Back of Beyond Books. For more info visit moabfolkfestival.com/dar-williams or call 435-259-3198.
Sun 17 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Whole Enchilada – Enduro mountain bike race on the epic Whole Enchilada trail! Three stages, two shuttle rides to Burro Pass, with high-alpine to desert descending. Registration now Open! For more info visit rockymountainenduroseries.com or call 719-221-1251.
Thu 21 Free Film: NO MAN’S LAND – A fascinating, unbiased, behind-the-scenes look at the armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016. Join us for a post-film Skype Q&A with Director David Byars. Free! 7pm at Star Hall (159 E. Center St.) Presented by the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center. For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Thu-Sun 21-24 Mother of all Boogies – 14th annual Mother of all Boogies invites skydivers from all over the world to converge on beautiful Moab for 4 full days of high altitude skydiving from turbine aircraft! Non-skydivers are welcome as spectators and will have the opportunity to make a tandem skydive during the event. Everyone is welcome to come and see human body flight in its most pure, adrenaline packed form! Contact Skydive Moab for more information. For more info visit motherofallboogies.com or call 435-259-5867.
Sat 23 Moab Century Tour – Landscape Worth Training for! 40,60, 100 mile route options. Ride in the wild, wild west through Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River Corridor. Ride alongside towering redrock walls outlining the Colorado River; enjoy lunch at the earth’s edge overlooking Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River two thousand feet below. Music, beer, cycling icons and great food await you at the Post-ride party. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.
Thu-Sat 28-30 Moab Pride – Welcome to our celebration of loving consensually and living authentically. In the face of hate, we are creating space to love. Can’t wait to dance with y’all into the future we want to see! Parade is at 10am on Saturday (9/30). For more info visit moabpride.org or call 201-923-7785.
Sat 30 National Park Service Fee Free Days – The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees several days in 2017 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.
October 2017 2017
Fr-Sun 6-8 Outerbike Fall 2017 – Test ride all of the latest and greatest bikes and gear on the world-class trails of Moab, Utah. For three to four 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. For more info visit outerbike.com or call 800 845 2453 or 435 259 8732.
Sa-Sa* 7-14 Red Rock Arts Festival – Formally known as Plein Air Moab. Red Rocks Arts Festival is celebrating land inspired art. All past Plein Air activities with a twist. An art street festival on Saturday 10/14/2017!! For more info visit 435-259-6272.
Mon 9 Columbus Day – Holiday
Fri-Mon 13-16 First Annual Moab ArtTrails Sculpture Exhibition – Central Moab byways will be graced with a juried exhibition of outdoor sculptures. For more information visit moabarttrails.org or call 435-259-2709.
Sat 14 Art Walk – You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 5-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sun 15 The Other Half – Stunning redrock and mountain views accompany you along the Colorado River at the 14th annual The Other Half 13.1 mile run in Moab. Fun aid stations and Taiko drummers are along the course and finisher medals, food and microbrews await you at the finish at Sorrel River Ranch Resort. For more info visit moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Wed-Sat 18-21 Moab Senior Games – The Moab Senior Games is dedicated to bringing and promoting fitness activities for adults ages 50 to 100 to Moab for physical competition. This event is held throughout Moab and typically has 8 games that are played in a four day span. For more info visit moabseniorgames.com or call 435-260-0161.
Thu 19 Free Film: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin’s crucial observations on American race relations — and a sobering reminder of how far we’ve yet to go. 7 pm @ Star Hall 159 E. Center St. Presented by the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Center. For more info visit moablibrary.org/639/Utah-Film-Circuit-Moab or call 435-259-1111.
Sat 21 Castle Valley Gourd Festival – Bring the family to see gourd art for sale, tractor parade, kid’s tent, adult hands-on, potluck lunch, puppet show, fortune tent and silent auction. From 10am-3pm with free admission. For more info visit gourdfestival.blogspot.com or call 435-259-0537.
Thu-Sun 26-29 Moab Ho Down Mountain Bike Festival – There is no better way to round out your mountain biking year than at this mountain biking fundraiser! Festivities include Enduro Race, Jump Jam, Movie Night, Group Rides, Skills Camps, Townie Tour, and Huge Costume Party with live music. The mountain biking in Moab at the end of October is second to none! Join us at this low key super fun festival! For more info visit moabhodown.com or call 435-259-4688.
Fri-Sun 27-29 Moab Endurance Ride – Horse Endurance Ride. 25 or 50 mile ride per day for 3 days. American Endurance Riders Assn Nationally sanctioned. Ride is off of Hwy 313. Rustic camping with horses. For more info visit moabendurance.com or call 435-259-6162.
Sun 29 Day of the Dead Festival – During this one-day event and fundraiser, The MVMC’s yard is transformed into a colorful and traditionally decorated cemetery to honor our deceased loved ones. There will be delicious authentic food, kids activities, face painting, cultural information, music, and dancing! You don’t want to miss this fun festival that many consider Moab’s cultural event of the year! 1-5 pm at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (156N 100W). Free entry, cultural exhibits, and activities. Lunch proceeds are donated to the MVMC. For more info visit moabmc.org/event-view/day-of-the-dead-festival or call 435-259-5444.
Sun-Fri 10/29-11/3 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 2017 2017
Fri-Sun 3-5 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 435-259-3198.
Fri-Sat 3-5 Scots on the Rocks – A Celtic event displaying Scottish, Irish, and Welsh heritages. At this festival there will be highland dancing competition, pipe and drum competition, pipe band completion along with heavy athletics. There will be many clans showing off their heritage. Also Celtic food and wares for sale. For more info visit Scotsontherocksmoab.com or call 435-210-0080.
Sat-Sun 4-5 Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Adventure 5k. Plus Kids K. – Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 5k or Kids K. An unforgettable voyage through some of the world’s most scenic and unique lands. Entry includes t-shirt, goodie bag, food and drink, as well as a scenic and well-marked course. Try it! For more info visit moabtrailmarathon.com or call 970-389-4838.
Sat 11 Veterans Day – Holiday
Sat 11 Art Walk – You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 5-9pm. Visit up to nine different venues, see many different art displays and enjoy refreshments. For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
Sat-Sun 11-12 National Park Service Fee Free Days – The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees several days in 2017 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.
Sat 18 Dead Horse Ultra – 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 or call 719-429-9501.
Thu 23 Thanksgiving Day – Holiday
December 2017 2017
Fri-Sat 1-2 MARC Gift Fair – Your chance to shop locally for hand crafted quality made gifts! Over 50 vendors for you to shop with. Friday 4pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Come see Santa Claus on Saturday! For more info call 435-259-6272.
Sat 2 Electric Light Parade – Lighted floats travel down Main Street in Moab. Festivities start at 6:00pm.
Sat 2 Winter Sun 10K – A fast downhill course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 35th annual Winter Sun 10K a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny. For more info visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Mon 25 Christmas – Holiday

2018 Events

January 2018 2018
Mon 1 New Year’s Day – Holiday
Mon 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday – Holiday
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.
Mon 19 Presidents Day – Holiday
March 2018 2018
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.
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* 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 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.
May 2018 2018
Mon 28 Memorial Day – Holiday
June 2018 2018
July 2018 2018
Wed 4 Independence Day – Holiday
August 2018 2018
September 2018 2018
Mon 3 Labor Day – Holiday
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.
october 2018 2018
Mon 8 Columbus Day – Holiday
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.
Mon 12 Veterans Day – Holiday
Thu 22 Thanksgiving Day – Holiday
December 2018 2018
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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