Kanab's Newest Celebrations

Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Red Rocktoberfest

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By Camille Johnson

Kanab has so many reasons to hang around and linger longer; 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 and explore the area. The trails are less crowded and there are no bugs or snakes interfering with your adventures. Now there are two new events in this charming small town: Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, and Red Rocktobertfest.

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Although bad weather grounded the balloons this year, Nick and Mona Meleski’s Izia balloon took off in 2016 amid the red rocks. Photo by Justyne Moore.

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. Although rain and winds grounded the balloons in 2017, plans are already underway for the fourth annual Balloons & Tunes on February 16-18, 2018.

Hot air balloons launch each morning from the former Coral Cliffs Golf Course (weather permitting) and then the activities continue on North Main Street at the Street Fair as the Battle of the Bands takes place. This year 12 bands competed for the $1500 grand prize.

Hot air balloons 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.

The first Red Rocktoberfest was held in October of 2015. Then last year the celebration grew, making the event even better. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 21. This event features art, live music, delicious German food, and something new to Kanab ... a beer garden.

The celebration runs from Willow Canyon Outdoor to The Canyons Lodge on the north end of town. A delicious German feast is offered at Sego Restaurant.

Who knows what Kane County will come up with next?

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