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Storyteller Kevin Kling tells a story of his childhood in Minnesota Monday, June 5, 2017, as part of Summerfest at University Place’s Orchard Park in Orem.

Each year, thousands of Orem residents, and many more, flock to University Place and The Orchard for summer activities. University Place has announced more than 20 events for the public from June to August at The Orchard Park, on the north central side of University Place.

All events are free and residents are encouraged to bring their own seating, whether it’s a blanket or chairs. Events and activities this summer, with information provided by University Place, include:

Orem Chorale Spring Concert, 7 p.m. June 3

This is The Orem Chorale’s first concert at University Place. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening of patriotic and playful tunes.

Summer Kick-Off Luau, 7-9 p.m. June 4

The official launch party of Les Vergers for the summer. Guests can take a tour of the Pacific and enjoy food, games, and entertainment from professional entertainers, including fire dancers on a family night out.

Orem Summerfest Kick-Off Party, 7 p.m. June 6

For the 5th consecutive year, Orem Summerfest kicks off at University Place with tales from Bill Lepp. New to the event this year is The Taste of University Place. Several restaurants will be set up outdoors and will be offering their most popular dishes and treats for free during the event.

Guys Night, 6-8 p.m. June 17

Try your hand at ax throwing, rock climbing or take a ride on a mechanical bull on a free evening with friends and family. A free snack bar will be included.

New family movie nights, at 7 p.m. on June 20, July 18 and August 15

University Place has updated one of the summer series to include themed entertainment and activities leading up to the start of the film. Games start at 7 p.m. and movies start at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. This year’s movie lineup includes Hook, Zootopia and Spiderman: No Way Home. Free popcorn will be available at each show.

Clog America: American Folk Dance Show, 7-9 p.m. June 23

As part of the annual Freedom Festival lineup, Clog America returns to University Place to perform for the fourth year. The show tells the story of the folk dance of the Americas with live music and traditional dance.

Open-air concerts, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1 and August 12

University Place offers two outdoor concerts featuring local cover bands Moe Low & Geneva Road on July 1 and Flashback Brothers on August 12, covering a wide range of hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Renaissance Festival, 6-9pm July 9

Fighting knights in full armor will entertain and delight onlookers at the fourth annual Renaissance Day at University Place. There will be European style entertainment and food. At dusk there will be a screening of The Princess Bride.

Pioneer Day fireworks, 5-9:30 p.m. July 23

The largest Pioneer Day celebration in Utah County, all who wish are encouraged to celebrate Utah’s heritage with live music, giveaways, a pie contest, vendors and Moreover. The evening will end with a fireworks display choreographed to music.

The University Place events page will be updated closer to the event for a detailed list of entertainment and activities.

Bolivian Festival, 4-9pm July 30

For the second year, the Bolivian Festival will take place at University Square. Beginning with a parade showcasing Central and South American cultures, there will also be live entertainment, food, vendors and more.

African Heritage Festival, 2-8 p.m. August 6

Enjoy African heritage and culture at the African Heritage Festival, hosted by the Ngoma Y Africa Cultural Center in Provo. There will be an African parade, live performances, food and more.

All events are subject to change and weather conditions. More details and a full schedule of events can be found at


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