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Your Weekend: It's time to pet all the baby animals

The Baby Animal Festival continues its adorable season at Cross E Ranch

SALT LAKE CITY — What’s the vibe this weekend? Beautiful weather, plenty of outdoor festivals and lighthearted theater and music passing through. If you’re hoping to get outside and have fun (alone or with friends and family), we’ve made a list of some pretty cool stuff going on.

Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’

If you are a fan of Disney’s “Aladdin,” then the touring musical now in Utah is the perfect way to spend your weekend. You can watch the beloved characters in this classic story with even more songs to love. Clinton Greenspan, who plays the lead role, told the Deseret News, “There's multiple lessons to be learned (from the story), and for me to be relating to kids and adults in the audiences every night is a huge, huge gift.” April 25-May 12, dates and times vary, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main, $30-$145 (801-355-2787 or

Street Painting Festival

You may be familiar with sidewalk chalk, but these artists take it to a new level. 2019 marks the ninth annual Street Painting Festival in the southern Utah town of Kayenta. Each year the Kayenta Arts Foundation brings together student and professional artists together to create beautiful street art. Enjoy a student art contest, entertainment and food, and watch artists complete masterpieces before your eyes in this two-day event. April 27-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Center for the Arts at Kayenta, 881 Coyote Gulch Ct., Ivins, Washington County, free (

Beethoven’s 'Spring Sonata’

Music is one way to brighten the season — and Beethoven is always a pleasure. This weekend, pianist Lawrence Gee and violinist Michael Hilton will perform Beethoven’s beautiful “Spring Sonata” at Assembly Hall. The concert will include a variety of classical favorites from a small choir. April 26, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Temple Square, free (801-570-0080 or

Annual Japanese street festival

The Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival is an annual street festival to celebrate Japanese culture and history. This year you can enjoy food trucks, taiko drummers, martial arts displays and cultural booths. A touring exhibit, “Contested Histories,” displaying a collection of artifacts created by people in Japanese internment camps during World War II, will be in the Buddhist Temple exhibit hall, 211 W. 100 South. Floyd Mori, the festival's co-founder, told the Deseret News, “It's very important the rest of the state understands the Japanese have played a very important role in agriculture, mining, the railroads and the early history of Utah." April 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Japantown Street (100 South Between 200 And 300 West), free, (

Performers dance at the 10th annual Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Performers dance at the 10th annual Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Chelsey Allder, Deseret News

‘Fogo Vivo’

A Brazilian-inspired masterwork, Samba Fogo’s “Fogo Vivo” (living flame) is an evening of fiery music and dance. Watch dancers play with flames as they perform works inspired by Brazil’s complex culture and mythology. Sounds pretty “fire” to us. April 25-27, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, $28 (801-355-2787 or

Italian Film Festival

Mamma Mia! The Italian Film Festival is coming to Salt Lake City. Each year the film festival promotes Italian art and culture through cinema. Recent Italian films will be screened in Salt Lake City for free. This weekend guests can enjoy “Bob and Marys,” a movie about a married couple who find themselves mixed up in criminal activity; “Resin,” about a young cellist; and “As Needed,” about a chef working as a cooking instructor at a school for students with autism. April 26-27, times vary, free, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Room 1110, University of Utah, (

Baby Animal Festival

Pet, hold and love the baby animals at Cross E Ranch this season. There will be baby bunnies, chicks, goats, ducklings, piglets, lambs, calves, horses, lambs and wild animals! Additionally, the ranch is hosting a number of activities during this time, including hay rides, a “mega slide,” mini train rides and more. Now through May 4, times vary, Cross E Ranch, 3500 N. 2200 West, $11.95 for adults (age 12-60), $9.95 for children (ages 3-11), $8.95 for seniors (60+), $9.95 for service members (military, police, veterans, fire and immediate family members), toddlers (age 0-2) free, (801-203-0148 or