Kanab's Newest Celebrations
Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Red Rocktoberfest & Shamrocks & Redrocks
By Camille Johnson
Kanab is magical for so many reasons; one of which is the moderate climate that makes visiting Kanab enjoyable year-round. While February, March and October can be cold in nearby areas, it is typically quite comfortable and beautiful in Kanab, and folks are realizing it’s a great time to come explore the area. The trails are less crowded and there are no bugs or snakes interfering with your adventures. Now there are three new events in this charming small town: Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Shamrocks & Redrocks, and Red Rocktobertfest. Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup made its debut in 2015 with 20 hot air balloons and a dozen bands. 2016 was even bigger, when 37 hot air balloons came to Kanab. Make your reservations to be in town for the third annual festival on February 17, 18 and 19, 2017. Hot air balloons will launch each morning from the scenic Coral Cliffs Golf Course (weather permitting) and then the activities will continue on North Main Street at the Street Fair and Battle of the Bands. Hot air balloons will line the street on Saturday evening for the parade-like Balloon Glow. The balloons inflate and stay on the ground and light up against the night sky for spectators to walk among and enjoy the majesty and beauty of the balloons right on Center Street. For more information, go to www.balloonsandtunesroundup.com. 2016 was the inaugural Shamrocks & Redrocks, a fun weekend celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The three day celebration featured a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Parade. There was live music at several venues every night, a Canyon to Canyon Art Walk, and a beer garden. There was a 5K Green Run, as well as a street festival on Main Street on Saturday afternoon and evening. There were outdoor adventures and hikes. This will be bigger and better next year! The first Red Rocktoberfest was in October of 2015. This year’s celebration is scheduled for October 22. This event features art, live music, delicious German food, as well as a beer garden. Who knows what Kane County will come up with next, but we know it will be a fun event!