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What to take, where to eat, where to stay, what to do, and a few little secrets on the side. Not unlike your own personal Jiminy Cricket, (minus the worries of the little guy getting smooshed) the Moab Insiders Guide will provide you with all the essentials for a perfect Moab experience

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January 2014

Jan 1 Dog-friendly New Year - If you are like me, your best hiking partner is your dog. Join park staff on a 2.5 mile easy rated hike to Bighorn Overlook providing many opportunities for scenic photos. This hike will be a dog-friendly hike. Meet park staff at the visitor center at 11:00 a.m. Please remember that all dogs must be kept on a 6-foot or less leash and under the owners control at all time. When considering bringing a dog along, please bring dogs that are known to be fine around strangers and unfamiliar dogs. For more info visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-259-2614.
Jan 20 Free National Park Entrance Day (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Jan 25-26 Moab Midwinter Mayhem III - Roller Derby returns to the desert. Two days of roller derby with skaters from all over the southwest. Main event (UT vs CO) will be Saturday night. For more info visit moabrollerderby.com or call 435-210-0188.

February 2014

Feb 1 Trashion Show - Fundraiser for Canyonlands Community Recycling - Join us at Frankie D's (44 West 200 North) in your best fashion made from trash and recycled materials. Dance to the Boom Boom Room, show off your recycled style, enjoy live entertainment and support CCR. Admission is $10 with a costume and $15 without. The party starts at 8pm. See you there! For more info visit moabrecycles.org or call 435-210-4996.
Feb 8 Chocolate Lovers Fling - Club Red and Beacon Afterschool Program are teaming up to present the Moab Community with A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed Chocolate Lovers Fling! From 6-8pm at the MARC (111 E 100 N) you'll find friends, community, games, silent auction items, chocolate and much more. Costumes encouraged, fun expected! For more info call 435-259-9991.
Feb 8 10th Annual Robert Burns Tribute Concert - Join Artist-in-Residence Christopher Layer and guest artist Kate MacLeod at the 10th annual Robert Burns Tribute Concert.The Moab Community Dance Band will assist in this celebration of the life and works of poet Robert "Robbie" Burns. The event is free but donations are accepted at the door. Proceeds benefit the Moab Music Festival Educational Outreach Fund. Event begins at 6pm at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West. For more info visit moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259-7003.
Feb 15 Red Hot - A 55k and 33k trail running race featuring Gold Bar and Poison Spider. For more info visit grassrootsevents.net/home/moabs-red-hot-55k-33k or call 719-429-9501.
Feb 15-17 Free National Park Entrance Day (Presidents Day weekend) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Feb 28-Mar 2 Poison Spider Thaw - Fun bike demo weekend with parties and scheduled activities. Event starts off with a women's skills clinic and meet & greet party. Come join the fun with local guides and legends of the sport! For more info visit poisonspiderbicycles.com or call 435-259-7882

March 2014

Mar 1 Feast of the Mediterranean - Fundraiser for Canyonlands Community Recycling - Support Canyonlands Community Recycling while enjoying delicious Mediterranean food that you can't normally get in Moab. The Feast will start at 6pm at the Grand Center (182 N 500 W). Tickets are $40 and include a feast of authentic Greek and Syrian food and live entertainment, including dance performances from the Dionysios Dancers of SLC. For more info visit www.moabrecycles.org or call 435-210-4996.
Mar 8-11 Moab Skinny Tire Festival - Road Cycling Tour - Four days of road cycling along the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point State Park, and the coveted ride through Arches National Park. This event benefits cancer survivorship programs and research. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435.260.8889.
Mar 14-15 Canyonlands Half Marathon - Join us for the 39th 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, awards, raffle, beer and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. Registration is $75 and opens on Wednesday, November 13. This race is on a first-come, first served basis. For more info visitmoabhalfmarathon.com or call 435-259-4525.
Mar 21-23 Moab Munifest - The Moab Mountain Unicycling Festival (Munifest) is the most fun you can have on a unicycle! Hosted at the intersection of the world’s best trails and scenery, Moab is the perfect place for a festival of riding, food, and fun in southern Utah’s playground. In other words, it’s a party and a chance for riders of all skills levels from around the world to come together to have a great time unicycling! For more info visitmunifest.us or call 801-742-1826.
Mar 22-23 24 Hours of Utah - It is a series of endurance races that brings out the sense of adventure, stubborn determination and fun in every competitor! This race is all day and all night where runners can participate in a number of distances or timed events. For more info visithttp://geminiadventures.com/new/?page_id=109 or call 303-249-1112.
Mar 29 Behind the Rocks - A 54 and 28 mile trail running race featuring Behind the Rocks, Amasa, Hurrah Pass and Hunter Canyon. For more info visitgrassrootsevents.net/home/moabs-red-hot-55k-33k or call 719-429-9501.
Mar 29 Barrel Racing at the Old Spanish Trail Arena - See fast horses & their riders in 2 days of competition at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 S Highway 191). Free Admission. For more info visit racingintherockies.com or call 970-390-3712.
Mar March is awesome for Mountain Biking in Moab - (see Moab Mountain Biking)
April 2014
Apr 5 2nd Annual Utah Fallen Peace Officer Trail Ride - Honor our hero's on The 2nd Annual Fallen Peace Officer Trail Ride. All are welcome to join in this 14 mile OHV trail just outside Moab city limits. Come honor Utah's brave men & women who have worn the badge and have fallen. To reister, visit upoa.org or call 801-313-0760.
Apr 5 Adventure Xstream Adventure Race - The 14th Annual Adventure Xstream Moab Adventure race returns as the most exciting and challenging multi-sport races in the country. Solo racers or teams will mountain bike, kayak, trail run, and rappel through Moab's magnificent back country. For more info visit AdventureXstream.com or call 970-403-5320.
Apr 12-20 2014 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout this week long event. The Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab officially runs approximately 9 different trails every day, with "Big Saturday" culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening - around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! For more info visit rr4w.com Note:This massive week-long event is one of the largest events of the year for Moab. Please make your camping/lodging reservations as early as possible!
Apr 14 Moab Art Walk - Stroll Moab's galleries, shops, and cafes and view fine locally created Moab art. The Moab Art Walk includes featured artists and receptions. Most exhibits run for a month or more so feel free to stop in anytime at participating locations! For more info visit moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-4446. 5pm-8pm.
Apr 21-29 Fee Free Days in the National Parks: National Park Week - Visit Arches or Canyonlands National Parks for free! For more info visit nps.gov.
Apr 19-20 Free National Park Entrance Day (opening weekend of National Park Week) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Apr 25-27 Moab April Action Car Show - Celebrating our 22nd year. There will be a rod run to Dead Horse State Park on Friday, Saturday is the big show, and Sunday features a second Rod Run. For more info visit moabaprilaction.moab21.com.
April April is awesome for Mountain Biking in Moab - (see Moab Mountain Biking)

May 2014

May 1-4 Moab Photography Symposium - The Moab Photography Symposium is an annual gathering of photography enthusiasts who gather to hear feature presentations, attend workshops and celebrate the joy of photography all in the beautiful area surrounding Moab. The event is open to the public. Registration is required. The Thursday evening keynote is FREE. If you are looking to grow creatively in photography and are willing to share that experience, then we might just be the place for you! For more info visit moabphotosym.com or call 435-259-4176.
May 3 Gran Fondo Moab - A timed road bicycle event held Moab, Utah. Going from the beautiful red rocks along the Colorado River up over the La Sal mountains. The ride is 60 miles with 5500 feet of climbing. Ride it for fun or race your friends! For more info visit granfondomoab.com or call 435-654-8650.
May 14-17

Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks - We offer trails for the beginner with incredible scenery and vistas, to the most challenging and demanding that will be sure to test driver and machine. Each day we have numerous guided, utv friendly, trails planned throughout the Moab area. Many including casual scenic routes and demanding technical routes for the most experienced operators. For more info visit rallyontherocks.com or call 435-851-3637.

May 24-25 Moab Arts-Beer-Wine Festival - 21 year old arts festival is adding a beer and wine festival partner for 2014. Live music, beer and wine tastings, over 100 quality artists displaying their art and cultural entertainment for all ages. Free admission at a beautiful shaded city park. For more info visit moabartsfestival.org or call 435-259-8431.
May 29-31

Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo - PRCA Rodeo - Over 50 years of rodeo tradition in Moab. For more info visit moabcanyonlandsrodeo.com or call 435-259-4852.

May Everyone is cooling off in the Colorado River! (see Rafting, Paddleboarding, Jetboat Tours, or Multi-day Rafting trips)

June 2014

Jun 6-7

Thelma & Louise Half Marathon - 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 3rd 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. For more info visitmoabhalfmarathon.com/tlhm/index.cfm or call 435-259-4525.

Jun 7-8

Red Rock Circuit - AQHA, UQHA approved horse show with open all breed classes. For more info visit moabhorseshow.com or call 435-259-8240.

Jun 13-14

Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George - Moab to St. George is taking three of your friends and bicycle non-stop from Moab to St. George. One teammate in the saddle at all times makes for a "never forget" experience. The course will follow the scenic backroads of southern Utah, traveling through two national parks and Utah's most beautiful landscapes. Covering 530 miles of majestic beauty, it will test your mind, body, and soul. For more info visit rockwellrelay.com or call 801-643-4673.

Jun 15-21

Gemini Events Desert RATS - Racers will run from Grand Junction, Colorado to world famous Moab, Utah along the beautiful 148-mile Kokopelli Trail. Distances will range from 9 and 50 miles per day. 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. For more info visit geminiadventures.com or call 303-249-1112.

Jun 15-24

Desert RATS (a multi-day footrace adventure) - 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 50 miles. For more info visithttp://geminiadventures.com/new/?page_id=130 or call 303-249-1112.

Jun 28

Dawg Days of Summer BBQ & Silent Auction - Join us Saturday June 28 from 5:00-8:00 at Old City Park 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. Yyou won't want to resist bidding on the many luxury gift items at our silent auction! For tickets or more info visit moabpets.org or call (435) 259-4862.

June Everyone is cooling off in the Colorado River! (see Rafting, Paddleboarding, Jetboat Tours, or Multi-day Rafting trips)

July 2014

July 5 Canyonlands Music Festival - Don't miss Moab's dynamic new one-day music celebration, Canyonlands Music Festival! This year's lineup features a start-studded roster of America's best rock, hip-hop, blues, country, and bluegrass artists. A portion of this year's proceeds will be donated to Seekhaven, a nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic abuse. The event will be held from 2-10pm at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.For more info visit canyonlandswhitewatermusicfestival.com call 512-264-4594.
July Everyone is cooling off in the Colorado River! (see Rafting, Paddleboarding, Jetboat Tours, or Multi-day Rafting trips)

August 2014

Aug 25 Free National Park Entrance Day (National Park Service Birthday) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Aug 28-30 2014 Utah State H.O.G. Rally - State H.O.G. Rallies are a Harley-Davidson Motor Company event. There is a strong sense of camaraderie between Harley riders and H.O.G. members. The State Rally program offers another opportunity for H.O.G. members to celebrate Harley-Davidson® motorcycle ownership by gathering to enjoy each other's road stories and ride together. We also will choose a local charity to support during our event. Local residents are encouraged to participate as spectators at our events, including our bike games, our bike show and our bikini bike wash. For more info visit utstatehogrally.com or call 385-414-8048.
Aug 28-Sept 8 Moab Music Festival - 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.
Aug 30-31 Moab Studio Tour - Visit many local artists in their native habitat! Moab Studio Tour weekend provides an unique opportunity to see talented artists in their private studios and to watch them as they do their work. Do not miss it! For more info visit moabstudiotour.com or call 530-306-5265.

September 2014

Aug 29 - Sep 9 Moab Music Festival - 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.
Sep 2

Labor Day 

Sep 11-13

Canyonlands National Park 50th Anniversary Celebration - The Canyonlands 50th Anniversary will be a yearlong event that will culminate in mid-September, 2014. There will a variety of events through out the year with a main event the weekend of September 11th, 12th, & 13th. During this time there will be an historic film festival, a dutch oven community dinner, historic displays at the Museum of Moab, an art show at the MARC with a rededication ceremony at the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. For more info visit bateswilson.org or call 435-259-0108.

Sep 13

MRAC ATTACK Mini-Triathlon - The Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center (374 Park Ave) will hold its annual MRAC ATTACK Mini-Triathlon on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. There are 3 categories, Elite, Open, and Youth under age 12. Awards will be given for the top five places in each of the three categories for both males and females. Participants may pre-register at the center’s front desk or online through September 13, 2014 at www.activityreg.com. Event fee is $10.00. Late registration (day of race) is $15.00 and will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the MRAC front desk. For more info visit moabcity.org/mrac or call 435-259-8226.

Sep 19-23

Moab International Film Festival - Our purpose is to showcase stellar independent films of cultural and educational value for film-goers to enjoy. We aim to share uniquely powerful stories, concepts, and ideas from around the world. In addition, we seek to further independent films which have a positive effect on society. For more info visit moabfilmfestival.org or call 435-261-2393.

Sep 20

Moab Century Tour - Landscape Worth Training For! Canyons, River, Mountains - Utah's most scenic road cycling routes with 40, 65, and 100 mile options with route elevations from 220' to 5500'. Fabulous roads, cycling icons, delicious food, support vehicles, water and food stations, and cheery volunteers. Come on out and have some fun! For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.

Sep 20

Moab Autumn Run - The Moab Autumn Run is a 10k / 5k / kids k benefit run for the Grand County High School boys and girls cross country teams. Participants in all three races will receive a technical t-shirt, finishing medal and end-of-run refreshments. Races begin and end at Swanny City Park just a few short blocks north of downtown Moab. For more info visit moabautumnrun.org or call 435-259-4097.

Sep 22-28

Moab Pride Festival - 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. We accomplish this by raising awareness & offering support through integrative entertaining & educational programs and events for everyone. 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 or call 801-792-3426.

Sep 24-28

3rd Anunal RedRockin - The Third Annual Red Rockin' ATV-UTV Trails ride - 3 days of guided trails Sept. 25, 26, 27, 2014. Skills and Thrills competition after the ride for swag and prizes. A Country Concert held Friday 7:30pm, Sept 26th, 2014, at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. Vendors, Prizes, Drawings, new models of Yamaha ATV & UTV's on site demo rides. Family fun! For more info visit moabatv-utv.com or call 435-260-9628 / 435-260-8726.

Sep 26-27

Native American Rug Auction - Weaver Demonstrations and Native American Rug Auction. Over 200 contemporary and antique Native American rugs will be auctioned, with 80% of proceeds going directly to the weavers. Sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and featuring R.B.Burnham & Co. auctioneers. Auction held at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West. Weaving demonstrations held at Arches National Park Visitor Center. For more info visit cnha.org or call 800-840-8978 ext.10.

Sep 27

Free National Park Entrance Day (National Public Lands Day) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

October 2014

Oct 1-5 Outerbike - Outerbike is a chance for you to test ride next year's bikes and gear on world-class roads and trails in Moab, Utah. For three days, the world's best bike and gear manufacturers will be set up at the Outerbike Expo site. You can walk through and see next year's innovations, pick a bike you'd like to try, and take it for a ride. Repeat as needed :) Your $155 registration fee buys you lunches, shuttled rides, prizes, movies, and entrance to our evening parties! For more info visit outerbike.com/ or call 435 259 8732.
Oct 3-11

Plein Air Moab - Plein Air Moab is an 8-day gathering of local and nationally known artists celebrating open air painting in breathtaking environments. PleinAir Moab culminates in competitions, awards and sale of art work. Most events are free and open to the public. For more info visit pleinairmoab.com or call 435-259-6272.

Oct 4-5

Adventure Xstream Series Finale - 30hr Adventure Race - Adventure Xstream Series Finale - The 14th Annual Adventure Xstream Moab Adventure 30hr Finale ends where it began, in Moab. The most exciting and challenging multi-sport races in the country. Solos, teams and 4 person relay divisions will mountain bike, kayak, trail run, and rappel through Moab's magnificent backcountry. For more info visitAXSracing.com or call 970-403-5320.

Oct 10-12

55th Annual Moab Rock Gem and Mineral Show - Rock, gem, and mineral sales and display. Vendors, demonstrations, spin tables. Field trips: Sat-Septarian nodules, Sun-Yellow Cat limb casts. Meet at Spanish trail arena @ 8:30am. For more info visit moabrockclub.com or call 435-259-3393.

Oct 23-26

Moab Ho Down Mountain Bike and Film Festival 9th Annual - Mountain bike fundraising, racing, riding, dirt jumping, partying extravaganza! Mountain bike movies! Women's Skills Camps! Enduro Racing! Jump Jam! Raffles!! Amazing prizes and the most fun you can have on two wheels! For more info visit moabhodown.com or call 435-259-4688.

Oct 25

Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival - The Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival is Moab's quirky fun fall festival! There's something for everyone from live bluegrass music, kids activities, pie-eating contests, and of course, trebuchets, catapults, and slingshots launching pumpkins through the sky! For more info visit youthgardenproject.org/pumpkinchuckin or call 435-259-2326.

Oct 25

Zombi 5k - The third annual Zombi 5k takes place along Millcreek Parkway in Moab. Choose to be a runner or Zombie in this dusk run with obstacles. Runners get a belt with two life tags and zombies try and take those lives. Register at zombi5k.com or call 435-260-0366 for more info.

November 2014

Nov 5-8

Moab Senior Games - To improve the quality of life for adults ages 50+ by providing athletic competition and social opportunities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. For more info visit moabseniorgames.com or call 435-260-0161.

Nov 7-9

Moab Folk Festival - The Moab Folk Festival is a 3-day music event with 12 performers, workshops, local educational outreach, and art vendors. For more info visit moabfolkfestival.com or call 435-259-3198.

Nov 7-9

Utah's newest Celtic festival will be held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab Ut. The Moab Celtic Festival will have  pipe bands, highland dancing, heavy athletics, clans, various vendors, and more throughout the weekend.  Everyone of Celtic heritage and those who just want an enjoyable weekend, are encouraged to come out and have fun. For more information visit moabcelticfestival.org or call 801-830-9221.

Nov 11

Free National Park Entrance Day (Veterans Day) - Visit all national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, for free! For more info visit nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

December 2014

Dec 25

Holiday: Christmas


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