Look at Moab Events Ahead in 2015

Coming right up and extending into November, when are you traveling? perhaps one of these Moab events will be an addition to your good times in Moab Utah.
2015 Events
May 7 2015
The Ruins of Recapture Canyon: How Ancient native American Sites have Entered Into Activist and Extremist Ideologies and Why That’s a Really Bad Thing. ~
Jody Patterson ~ 6-7 PM at the Moab Information Center, Free Lecture
Recapture Canyon, located just east of Blanding, Utah, houses hundreds of archaeological sites spanning several millennia of prehistoric and historic occupation.  Pueblos, granaries, small cliff dwellings, and rock art are close to several easily accessible routes into and within the canyon.  The spectacular cultural resources of the canyon have made it a popular attraction for locals’ and visitors’ recreational use for many years with very few problems. However, when unauthorized trail improvements were made and motorized access to the canyon closed indefinitely, Recapture Canyon became a symbol for various interest groups with land use ideologies at opposite ends of the political spectrum. In this presentation, we discuss the prehistory and history of Recapture Canyon and examine the implications of using cultural resources as leverage in the larger land management debate.
May 8 – 9 2015
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast School Production
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Ashley Hunter
Come celebrate the youth in the community as students from all four schools in our district and multiple home schooled students come together to put on this Disney classic. Performances will be at 7:00pm on the 8th and 11:00am on the 9th at Star Hall. Tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. A great option for the whole family. Brought to you by the BEACON Afterschool Program.
May 9 2014
The Canyon Céilí
MacArthur Lloyd
Old City Park
Corner of Murphy Lane and Old City Park Road
Satruday May 9 starts at Noon, a day of music by local artists, a free event, with donations accepted. Among the players: Scott Ibex, Jon O., Sweet Rolls on the Down Low, The Bentley Brothers, MacArthur and the Round Table and others.
May 9 2014
Red Rock Relay Runners and Support Vehicles over La Sal Loop Road
Katy Roberts
[email protected]
Swanny Park
100 West 400 North Moab
Red Rock Relay Moab is a relay race for teams of 6 runners that follows a breathtaking course through the La Sal mountains. The event starts and finishes in downtown Moab and showcases some of the best scenery the area has to offer.
May 9 2015
Back of Beyond Stand Up Paddle Race
Josh Surkes
[email protected]
Colorado River @ Dewey Bridge
Hwy 128
Starting 29 miles from Moab on Highway 128 at historic Dewey Bridge, Back of Beyond SUP 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’.
May 9 2015
Scott Enduro Cup Mountain Bike Race
[email protected]
The first stop of the 2015 Scott Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria will take place on the world famous red rock trails of Moab, Utah. This is a great place to kick off your racing season.
May 9 2015
Moab Art Walk
Jennifer Urbanczyk
Moab Art Walk features local artists and receptions where you can hang around the most interesting people in Moab, view new artwork, and share a refreshment with your favorite artists. 6pm – 9pm.
May 12 2015
Guide Science Free Lecture
Talk about the Colorado Plateau
Star Hall 159 E Center Street
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
May 12-15 2015
Lifetime Annual Sales Conference
Star Hall
Jo Healy
[email protected]
May 13-16 2015
Rally on the Rocks
Lanse and Jared
[email protected]
Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S Hwy 191
SxS/UTV specific trail riding event. It is headquartered out of Old Spanish Trail Arena ~ 3641 S Hwy 191, Moab.
May 13-16 2015
Advanced Wilderness Medicine for Medical Professionals
Richard Ingebresten MD
Obtain up to 23.5 hourse of CME or fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medical Society.
Moab Valley Inn
711 S Main St, Moab
May 14 2015
Grant Collier ~Moab, Utah by Day & Night ~
Free lecture at the Moab Information Center 6-7 PM
Join Grant Collier as he gives a presentation and slideshow on his newest book  Moab, Utah by Day & Night.  Grant has captured images of the iconic spots around Moab, along with many remote and seldom-visited natural wonders. He has photographed the land through all of the changing seasons and has spent countless nights taking photographs beneath the moon, planets, and stars. He has also flown high above Moab to capture the scenery from a captivating new perspective.  
May 15-17 2015
Annual Willys Overland Rally
Steven Kehm
[email protected]
Join Willy owners from all over the country to celebrate the American Classic – the Willys pick up and Station Wagon. Explore one of Americas greatest treasures in an American classic. Great raffle prizes, BBQ, car show, trail rides and friendly people. For more information visit www.willysrally.com or call 702-622-5688.
May 16-25 2015
Moab Contact Improvisation Dance Workshop and Jam
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Gretchen Spiro
19th Annual Moab Contact Improvisation Dance Workshop and Jam. The Moab Jam features rich dancing, creative friends, beautiful surroundings, and opportunities to explore both on and off the dance floor. Being under the wide-open desert sky surrounded by colorful landscape fills one with the spirit to move and create. For experienced dancers and those newer to Contact Improv. Dancers from all over the world attend this event. Full info and photos are at www.moabjam.com (75)
May 17-22 2015
Gone Moab (Gathering of Nissan Enthusiasts)
A Nissan Truck and SUV event of organized trail rides a Friday Night BBQ and raffle.
May 19-23 2015
RV Rally at Spanish Valley RV
2980 S Hwy 191, Moab
May 21 2015
Beth & Bill Sagstetter ~ Mining Camps Speak ~ Deciphering the Old Ghost Towns of the American West
Free Lecture at the Moab Information Center 6-7 PM
Have you ever struggled up a mountain to a ghost town only to be disappointed when you finally arrived? Did it seem like it was mute and there was nothing left? It did to us for many years. After 50 years of researching and exploring ghost towns we discovered some little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of the ghost towns, and we would like to share them with you. Come and bring your questions!
May 22-24 2015
Barrel$ for Buck$
Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S Hwy 191
Sally Soltvedt
[email protected]
9 AM – Noon open riding with competition starting at 12:45 pm until finished; Saturday 9:30 AM – 10 AM open riding with competition starting at 10:45 AM until finish. Peewee, Novice, Youth, Open and Jackpot categories.
May 23-24 2015
Moab Arts Festival
[email protected]abartsfestival.org
Theresa King
FREE admission, live music, Wine & Beer Garden, art vendors, art for kids. Located in the gorgeous setting of Swanny City Park, 400 N. 100 West, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. This free community event hosts local and national artists welcoming residents & visitors from all parts of the world. For information email [email protected] or visit our website at moabartsfestival.org
Swanny City Park
100 West 400 North, Moab
May 24 2015
Moab Off Road Triathlon
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Todd Gollnick
MOAB OFF ROAD Triathlon at Ken's Lake. Long and Short course distance racing – produced by Get Fit Family Racing and 5x Ironman Champion Heather Gollnick
Ken’s Lake
South Spanish Valley Drive
May 29 2015
Spring Swing Golf Tournament
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Jodie Hugentobler
Moab Chamber of Commerce annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament.
Friday, May 29, 2014, Moab Golf Club
Shot Gun Start: 8:00 am, Registration Begins at 7:30 am
$80.00 per person, $300.00 team. Registration includes: continental breakfast, green fees, golf cart, lunch prizes and FUN! To register contact the Chamber of Commerce.
Moab Golf Course
2705 East Bench Road, Moab UT
June 4, 5, 6 2015
Canyonlands Rodeo
Kirk Pearson
[email protected]
Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S Hwy 191
Annual PRCA Rodeo – three nights of exciting rodeo action; seating opens at 5:00 PM. Parade Saturday June 6th at 10:00. AM. Live music after rodeo Saturday. Cash bar. Food vendors. $40 for a family of 5. There will be steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, and for the kids — stick pony race and mutton bustin'.
June 6 2015
Sacred Water, Mystic Sky, Flute Concert        
Experience Native American style flute music by Tony Babbitt on a floating stage surrounded by canyon walls reaching from the Colorado River to touch the sky. Leaving Canyonlands By Night dock at 11 AM Returning for Lunch at 1 PM.
North Hwy 191, Moab.
June 6 2015
Thelma & Louise Half Marathon

[email protected],
It'll be a wild ride–run with your best friend, your mom, your daughter, or new friends through the intense, gorgeous landscape of the outlaw heroines' journey. The 4th annual Thelma & Louise Women's Half Marathon will inspire, challenge…and give back. Proceeds go to two organizations that support women and girls: Girls on the Run and Seekhaven Family Crisis Center.
Packet pickup at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center 111 East 100 North
Friday 4-8 pm June 5

June 11- 14 2015
Grand Slam West
Grand Cherokee owners $40
[email protected]
Banquet, Pancake breakfast raises money to be donated to groups to help keep trails open.
June 12-13 2015
Rockwell Relay
[email protected]
Swanny City Park
100 West 400 North
Road bicycle relay from Swanny City Park (100 West 400 North) Moab,UT to St.George,UT for teams of 4 riders. Staggered starts of 6 AM, 9 AM and Noon. Includes competitive and non-competitive options as well as men's, women's and co-ed categories.
$120 each tandem rider
June 14-20 2015
Desert RATS Stage Race
[email protected]
Unique beauty, amazing wildlife and profound solitude – all the elements of true adventure – reward racers willing to brave the strenuous Desert RATS (Race Across the Sand) journey over the Kokopelli Trail.
After a challenging day on the trails, racers sit down to a hot meal and share stories around a campfire. The course is a carefully laid out, truly authentic, wilderness experience. Bathe in the Colorado river, sleep in tents and run across the amazing desert landscape while dining on delicious meals and mingling with friends that will last a lifetime.
June 18 2015
Walking in Their Footsteps: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail
Rebecca Hunt-Foster @ 6-7 PM Moab Information Center Free Lecture
The 2009 discovery of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite in the Cedar Mountain Formation, managed out of the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office, has generated considerable interest. An international team was assembled by Dr. Martin Lockley to excavate the site in 2013 and 2014. The results of this excavation indicates a diverse vertebrate ichnofauna with a minimum diversity of at least 10 named ichnotaxa representing dinosaurian and crocodilian trackmakers. The BLM has constructed a new interpretive trail that allows visitors to observe and learn about this exceptionally preserved 112 million year old dinosaur tracksite, while also preserving the tracksite by keeping visitors off its fragile surface.
June 25 2015
Soldiers Life During American Civil War
Garry [email protected] 6-7 PM Moab Information Center Free Lecture
Join Civil War Reenactor Garry Mooneyhan as he covers topics surrounding the Civil War including Issues that cause the war, Generals on both sides, Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Bull Run Virginia, "Unprepared Nation, for Unprepared War", Economy Vs. Supplies, Patriotism for Clause for both sides, Technology, Tactics, Medical Care ,Soldiers life and camp life, Music, Arizona and New Mexico battles, Aftermath of war, pros and cons, Going West! Garry will also have a display set up with gear, model cannons, muskets, sword and saber and Civil Wary toy soldiers. He will also give a demonstrations on Manual use Arms and the Bayonet.
June 27 2015
Dawg Days of Summer BBQ & Silent Auction
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Humane Society of Moab Valley
Old City Park
Corner of Murphy Lane and Old City Park Rd
Join us Saturday June 27, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 at Old City Park (corner of Murphy Lane and Old City Park Rd) for our annual Dawg Days of Summer BBQ & Silent Auction Benefit for the Humane Society of Moab Valley. Relax and enjoy the tunes of local musicians while treating your taste buds to a delicious backyard BBQ. And, you won't want to resist bidding on the many luxury gift items at our silent auction! For tickets and more information call (435) 259-4862 or visit our website www.moabpets.org.
July 4 2015
MAS 50
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Justin Ricks
First conceived in 2004, the MAS 50 is the event that brought attention to Moab’s trail running scene. Alpine to Slickrock says it all, where else can you cross three mountain passes at or above 11,000 ft. and finish on beautiful slickrock terrain? The MAS 50 is an ultra that will leave even the most seasoned runner wishing he had trained harder! Past runners have even referred to this race as a "mini Hardrock!" If a gritty, physically challenging race is on your to-do list, then you will want to add the MAS 50 to your ultra calendar.
Eddie Mcstiffs
59 S Main Street
Friday July 3 4-7 PM
July 4 2015
July 4th Celebration
Fireworks can be seen from downtown up over the eastern valley wall after dark.
July 13-17 2015
Sierra Club Canoe with a Naturalist on the Green River in Labyrinth Canyon
July 19-23 2015
Western State Lands Commissioners Conference
Moab Valley Inn
711 S Main St, Moab
August 8 2015
Moab Art Walk
Jennifer Urbanczyk
Moab Art Walk features local artists and receptions where you can hang around the most interesting people in Moab, view new artwork, and share a refreshment with your favorite artists. 6pm – 9pm.
August 22-23 2015
Kristin Weaver Brown Barrel Race Clinic
Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S. Hwy 191, Moab
[email protected]
August 25
Fee Free Day in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
National Park Service 99th Birthday
September 3- 14 2015
Moab Music Festival
Laura Brown
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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. About Grotto Concert Tickets: The Grotto is accessed only by river boat included in ticket price. Tickets are available for all concerts now.
September 5 & 6 2015
Moab Artists Studio Tour
Nick Eason
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Visit 14 working artists in 12 Moab and Castle Valley locations. Watch artists in their native habitats as they create original works of art. Maps and details are available at Gallery Moab, 87 N. Main, Moab, UT.
September 5-7 2015
Labor day Camp Out & Safari
Ron Brewer
Drive your own vehicle on 14 different trails including one overnight (2-7 ratings), all guided by experienced, friendly officials. A no hookup campsite, breakfast, dinner and a drawing ticket (on Saturday) are included in the package.
September 12 2015
Moab Art Walk
Jennifer Urbanczyk
Moab Art Walk features local artists and receptions where you can hang around the most interesting people in Moab, view new artwork, and share a refreshment with your favorite artists. 6pm – 9pm.
September 17 2015
Seth Jarvis @ 6-7 PM Moab Information Center Free Lecture
Join the Director of the Clark Planetarium (in Salt Lake City), Seth Jarvis, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Seth has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer since he built his first telescope at the age of 12. He started working for the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City as an usher in 1978. He then went on to be one of the planetarium’s first “AstroVan” outreach astronomy lecturers and traveled to rural Utah schools. Seth became the director of the Clark Planetarium when it opened in 2003. He is the author of several programs that now play in planetariums and science centers around the world. Come explore the night sky and learn what the stars have to teach us!
September 19 2015
Moab Century Tour
Beth Logan
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Moab Century Tour – Landscape Worth Training For!
Utah's most scenic, fully supported road cycling event. With 40, 60, and 100 mile route options and elevations from 220' to 3200'. A route for every cycling level. Come on out and have some fun! For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889. Aarchway Inn
1551 North Hwy 191, Moab
September 21-27 2015
Moab Pride Festival
Sallie Hodges
[email protected]
Swanny City Park 100 West 400 North for September 26 day in the park
The Moab Pride Festival and Moab Gay Adventure week is a week long celebration of adventure, awareness and acceptance. Throughout the festival Moab Pride seeks to contribute to the overall health & well-being of the Moab GLBTQ community & beyond by engaging & partnering with the whole community to create a more informed public- challenged & delighted by a deeper understanding of individual experiences, ideas & motivations. Come celebrate with us! For more info visit: moabpride.org
September 24-27 2015
Mother Of All Boogies Sky Diving Festival
Rachel Sutton
[email protected]
Canyonlands Airport
N Hwy 191 mile marker 143.8
Canyonlands Airport
N Hwy 191 mile marker 143.8
11th annual skydiving festival where participants from all over the world converge on Moab for 4 full days of skydiving. First time tandem skydives are welcomed and encouraged! Jump from 14,500 feet above the ground for 60 seconds of free fall and see Moab from the air under a parachute!
September 24-26 2015
Red Rockin’ ATV-UTV
[email protected]
Held at Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S Hwy 191.
Trails depart at 9 AM.
$100 includes 3 days of trail and Saturday morning breakfast. Event held at Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 S Hwy 191, Moab). Benefit Trail Ride for Grand County Search and Rescue. 10 Trails for all skill abilities. Saturday SXS Rodeo in the outdoor arena. Each day a special ‘sheriff’s trail’, prizes, 50/50 drawing. Contact Cathy Mattingly [email protected]; 435-260-9628 office; 435-260-8726 cell.
September 26 2015
Fee Free Day in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
National Public Lands Day
October 1 2015
Tom Haraden @ 6-7 PM Moab Information Center Free Lecture
Tom Haraden is a retired National Park Ranger who worked in nine parks over 37 years. Trained as a wildlife biologist he’s studied grouse, grizzly bears, moose and desert bighorn sheep. Tom has been studying bats for over 15 years and is licensed bat rehabilitator. We have them in our neighborhood ~ Creatures so sophisticated, so adapted to their environment, so elusive and so misunderstood. Elements of a total global ecosystem so influential that their absence would change the world as we know it. Come to see them as the beguiling, winsome creatures they are.
October 2-4 2015
Laurel Hunter
[email protected]
Shuttles from the Moab Information Center in downtown Moab will start at 8:30 AM moving attendees out to the event. Return shuttles to town at 4:45 PM. Outerbike is a consumer bike demo event. Bike manufacturers from around the world come to Moab and participants test bikes on Moab's world class trails. The entry fee includes unlimited demo bikes, lunches, and a beer garden at the Bar M Trail head as well as movies and parties in town. Find your perfect ride!
October 5 – 10 2015
La Petite Plein Air Moab 2015
Laurie Collins
[email protected]
la petite Plein Air Moab is a celebration of outdoor painting. The 2015 event will focus on plein air painting education and artist camaraderie. Events include a downtown quickdraw and a 3-day art sale at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center.
October 10 2015
Radical Reels
Ed Grote
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Radical Reels – Utah Avalanche Center–Moab and Petzl America are presenting the Banff Mountain Film Festival's Radical Reels. Films will feature the best high-adrenaline mountain sports films entered in the Banff Mountain Festival competition. Grand County High School (608 South 400 East), 7 PM For more info visit utahavalanchecenter.org or call 435-260-8983.
October 10-12 2015
TransRockies Mountain Bike Race
[email protected]
Kevin McDonald
Moab Recreation & Aquatic Center 374 Park Ave. Moab, UT
Moab Rocks takes some of the region’s best classic and new routes including Klondike, Porcupine Rim and Mag 7 and combines them into a 3-day masterpiece of xc and timed descents in a fully supported format. All this wrapped up in a fun and friendly atmosphere, combining camaraderie and competition.

October 10 2015
Moab Art Walk
Jennifer Urbanczyk
Moab Art Walk features local artists and receptions where you can hang around the most interesting people in Moab, view new artwork, and share a refreshment with your favorite artists. 6pm – 9pm.
October 17 2015
Castle Valley Gourd Festival
Yrma van der Steenstraeten
[email protected]
A celebration of gourds and gourd art, set in the scenic environment of Castle Valley, near Moab. Time: 10 AM – 3 PM. Activities for young and old, vendors with raw gourds and gourd art, silent auction to fund future festival, face painting, fortune telling, puppet show, parade and much more!
Castle Valley Community Center
October 17-18 2015
Barrel$ for Buck$
Old Spanish Trail Arena
3641 S Hwy 191
Sally Soltvedt
[email protected]
9 AM – Noon open riding with competition starting at 12:45 pm until finished; Saturday 9:30 AM – 10 AM open riding with competition starting at 10:45 AM until finish. Peewee, Novice, Youth, Open and Jackpot categorie


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