A Sophisticated, Small Town

Here in Cedar City you will discover a unique small city complete with world-renowned theatricals, astounding beauty, and unbelievable outdoor recreation.

Cedar City adopted the nickname he Festival City in the late 1980s, chiefly as a tagline to underscore the stature of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, but also to incorporate the Utah Summer Games, the state's largest sports festival, as well as other festivals. In 2004, Cedar City became known as Festival City USA, due to its current offering of festivals throughout the year.

A community surrounded by national parks, Cedar City offers visitors, friends, and residents the opportunity to experience a wealth of variety. One can enjoy the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer and fall, or ride the fresh powder of Brian Head Ski Resort during the winter months. The Frontier Homestead State Park is open year-round in the heart of Cedar City. The Heritage Center presents an assortment of plays, symphonies, ballets, art shows and multitude of cultural events and entertainment.

Adams Shakespearean Theatre: Experts say it is one of a few theaters that comes close to the design of the Globe Theatre in which Shakespeare's plays were originally produced.

The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery provides dynamic and varied visual arts experiences for the people of southern Utah. The gallery mounts educational exhibits throughout the year, offers programs related to its exhibitions, preserves and collects fine art, and serves as a resource center for the visual arts on the SUU campus and in Cedar City and the surrounding communities.

Orchestra of Southern Utah: The Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU) is a semi-professional ensemble of dedicated professional and amateur musicians drawing its membership from throughout the southern Utah area. Providing classical and popular musical performances, OSU sponsors a Fall Recital Series and the annual “Messiah” production, in addition to a Children’s Jubilee, and evening concerts.   View OSU's Facebook page or OSU blog.

The Randall L. Jones Theatre was dedicated in 1989 to expand the Utah Shakespearean Festival's offerings, especially in the area of world classics.

The Spanish Trail Suite: The Spanish Trail Suite celebrates the three cultures which converge in Cedar City: Paiute, Hispanic, and Pioneer. The Orchestra of Southern Utah commissioned the work after the Spanish Trail was declared a national trail in 2002 with help from the National Endowment of the Arts and local foundations.

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