Believe it or not, but June in Northern Utah is here and already underway. This month brings sunny days, school-free weeks, and the start of a calendar packed full of community events that run throughout the summer.
While there's plenty of going on, these five recurring events add at little something special and define summer in Ogden. Whether you're a fan of music, movies, sports, or just having fun out and about in the community, add these to your list for a good time.
— Jessica Kokesh, city editor
1. Ogden Twilight concert series
Another year, another big (and expanded) line-up for Ogden's premiere music series.
Ogden Twilight kicks off its fifth year on Thursday, June 6, with concert series opener Dillon Francis, an electronic musician and DJ. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the music starting at 6 p.m.
Held at the Ogden Amphitheater on 25th street, the Ogden Twilight concert series has brought big name acts to Ogden at affordable prices. It's a go-to event for area music lovers.
Other acts performing this year include Phantogram (Aug. 17), The National (Sept. 5) and Of Monsters and Men (Sept. 17). Series-favorite The Flaming Lips are also returning to Ogden this year after a nearly sold-out show in 2018.
Series co-founder/curator Jared Allen previously told the Standard-Examiner that the summer's the 10 planned concerts make up a season that is better than ever.
“We definitely have hit more of our bucket list than ever before with this lineup,” Allen said.
2. Brews, Blues & BBQ at Snowbasin
If Ogden Twilight's not your scene, head up to Snowbasin Resort on Sundays to experience the bliss of the annual Brews, Blues & BBQ summer music series.
Bring your chairs and blankets to relax on the lawn in front of the Earl's Lodge each weekend, and listen to free live music from noon to 5 p.m. Three bands perform each week, starting this Sunday, June, 9 with Naughty Professor, Jeff Crosby & The Refugees and Memphis McCool.
Band genres include blues, funk, Americana and rock-and-roll. The event is family-friendly, and food and local beer on tap is available for purchase in the Earl's Lodge.
Snowbasin visitors are welcome to hike or bike before the music starts, and test their skill on the Wildflower Mini Golf Course.
The music series runs until Sept. 8.
3. Ogden Raptors games
Nothing says "quintessential American summer" quite like attending a baseball game.
You'll have plenty of time to break out the Cracker Jacks and dig out your old baseball mitt before the Ogden Raptors's 2019 season begins on Friday, June 14, at Lindquist Field in Ogden. Single-game tickets for the minor league team went on sale Monday, starting at $6 for general admission and $12 for regular seating.
The team will host a kick-off FanFest, beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Lindquist Field. At 6 p.m., players will begin mingling with fans and the night will give way to a fan home run derby with tickets on the line.
The Raptors went 93-59 in the last two seasons, winning the Pioneer League title for the first time in 2017 with a team-record 47 wins before going 46-30 in 2018.
Minor league baseball isn't for everyone, but the Raptors have their own kitschy appeal to hardcore fans. Go to one game and soon, you'll be spending plenty of your summer in the stands, cheering the team on.
4. Farmers Market Ogden
It won't be long now until Ogden's Historic 25th Street is blocked off on Saturday mornings for the Farmers Market Ogden.
The annual market, hosted by the Ogden Downtown Alliance, will start on Saturday, June 22, and runs each weekend into September. Vendors usually include local artists, food trucks, and local produce growers, and plenty of performances from local street artists.
The Farmers Market is the perfect way to celebrate summer in Ogden. This year, more than 200 vendors will be on the street. Plus, outdoor yoga!
Go early in the day to avoid the heat and get the best produce. If you get thirsty, we recommend stopping by Ravoli's and getting a glass of their lavender lemonade. It's A+.
5. Free movies at the Ogden Amphitheater
Gather up your kids or a group of friends, and head down to the Ogden Amphitheater on Historic 25th Street on Mondays for a free outdoor movie throughout the summer.
Ogden's Monday Night Movies starts with a double showing of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10.
Other movies featured this include "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," Spanish versions of "Shrek" and "Shrek 2," "Crazy Rich Asians," and "Dirty Dancing."
On July 1, a showing of "Jurassic Park" will be held at the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden instead.
Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, but people are also invited to bring their own picnics.