A new mural by artist Leon Araujo lights up a South Ogden backyard at the yART Sale.
Photo courtesy Audrey Christensen
Inside Unspoken, where Ogden’s first Speak-Easy Poetry & Mixed Media Jam will be held.
Deann Armes, Standard-Examiner Special
The Nurture the Creative Mind Community Water Balloon Race returns this Saturday, July 16, 2022.
Photo courtesy Ben Zack
yArt Summer Sale
The largest backyard art market is back! It’s in residence by Audrey Christensen of Hey Be Fab, who started it in her South Ogden home in 2020 during the pandemic. Already supported by the city, it’s set to be the biggest yet with over 80 crafters and makers and six live acts from Grandpa Paul Entertains, Holly Faith Music, The Pho3nix Child, DKOEN, Kyle McBride and Smol Stone. For the first time, sponsors supported 10 lucky vendors, making this a truly inclusive event for everyone from beginners to experienced artists and creatives. “I believe that when one rises, we all rise!” That’s why it’s so important to me to continue to build a community of creators,” said Christensen on the yART Sale Instagram page. Sponsors receive “yARTie bags” filled with goodies and special benefits. There’s also more food this time with Jen Taylor Cakes, Wing Wah and Los Churros Del Norte. “Toasted Lavender,” a live podcast, will record there, launch its art magazine The LQ, and sell records specially selected from Lavender Vinyl’s collection. “Join the Joy” this Thursday at the yART Summer Sale. – Dean Arms
Thursday, July 14, 3-8 p.m., 3746 Madison Avenue, South Ogden, free, heybefab.com
Speak-Easy Poetry & Mixed Media Jam
Step back into history at Unspoken for “Speak-Easy,” a showcase of poetry and mixed media. Hosted by local Ogden women, Deann Armes with The Ogdenite, poet laureate Angelika Brewer and creative entrepreneur Sarah Glass, the evening will kick off with a jazz soloist and keyboardist from local band Standards and Substandards. Eight local poets will then perform, including writer/poet Winter Storm as emcee, Ogden New Poet Laureate Angelica Brewer, Jayrod Garrett, Steven St. Peter, Christina Rae Anderson, Reece Sweeten, Kelly Joy, Jocelyn Cortez and Leon Araujo (comedian ). Artist Rachel Manning will paint live during the show, and Josh Faussum will accompany the spoken word performances on his acoustic guitar. Rap artist RhaGenetix will heat things up and DJ Linus Stubbs will end the night with a dance party. “We hope to bring our diverse creative communities together in a way that will inspire a poetry movement in Ogden and new opportunities for all creatives to shine a light on our city,” says Armes. Sponsors for the event helped keep tickets at $10 and pay all artists for their time, including Michelle Williams, Broker, Team Live Play Utah, Powered by Real Broker (Gold Sponsor), LeeAnn Ballard with Only In Ogden, The Local Artisan Collective, Maegan Lovelady Realtor, Unspoken, WBs Eatery, Just James Photography, Christina Miller and Paddy Teglia Music. — Karen Painter
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m., Unspoken, 211 25th Street, $10, theogdenite.com
Public water balloon fight
A big community water balloon fight, something so simple but will probably be the most memorable fun for kids this summer. Produced by Nurture the Creative Mind and the Ogden Arts Festival, this is a free family event for all ages to come out and have a good time. There will be over 6,000 water balloons, a massive water fight, but it has some structure; Individual water balloon fights are categorized by age, and adults can even play in a separate category just for them. All are welcome to enjoy the water fun. This is becoming a favorite summer pastime in Ogden. – Dean Arms
Saturday, July 16, 4-6pm, Ogden Community Park, 343 25th St. Free, [email protected]
Blues, drinks and barbecue
Snowbasin Resort’s Blues, Brews and BBQ series continues this Sunday with two touring bands: the ’70s-infused Southern rock and folk of Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine and the New Orleans Suspects, who are making waves straight out of Louisiana. Good music, beer, and BBQ on the patio make this laid-back concert series a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Attendees can bring blankets, chairs and umbrellas to place on the plush lawn, and dancers of all ages enjoy sinking their feet into the sandbox in front of the stage. Cocktails and local drinks are available on the patio to wash down the barbeque-style food from Earl’s Lodge. While there, friends and families can also explore the hiking trails, ride the gondola, or head to the Wildflower Mini Golf Course and Playground. – Dean Arms
Sunday, July 17, 12-5 p.m., Snowbasin Resort, 3925 East Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, $10, shop.snowbasin.com/s/summer-activities
Lindquist Pops concert and fireworks
The Fourth of July in Ogden is really just a preamble to the real deal: the annual Lindquist Family Symphonic Song and Fireworks Show at Weber State University. The tradition, started in 1978 by John A. and Telita E. Linduist, brings the community together each year on a Sunday evening in mid-July, drawing thousands. This year’s festivities will begin with a 60-minute patriotic concert by The New American Philharmonic, directed by Shannon Robers, at Ada Lindquist Plaza, which accompanies one of Utah’s largest fireworks displays at 10 p.m. Food trucks will sell refreshments and drinks and there is parking and seating on campus. Organizers said extra precautions were being taken due to the drought conditions. Event may be canceled if wind or weather poses a threat. – Dean Arms
Sunday, July 17, 9 p.m., Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Boulevard, free, weber.edu