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Your Weekend: The Utah Symphony ‘Strikes Back’ with another ‘Star Wars’ performance

Darth Vader in a scene from the film “The Empire Strikes Back.”
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SALT LAKE CITY — In times like these, we ask: What would Han Solo do?

In this case, he’d definitely get his Millennium Falcon over to Abravanel Hall. The venue hosts the Utah Symphony this weekend, where they’ll accompany some screenings of the 1980 “Star Wars” film “The Empire Strikes Back.”

There are other things going on this weekend, too, like FanX and the Utah State Fair, among other events. Read on for more info.

FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

FanX is back for another weekend of glorious nerddom. The growing fan convention welcomes a slew of celebs over the next few days, including “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland, Christina Ricci, Kiefer Sutherland and “The Sandlot” cast member Patrick Renna (who played Ham). “This way, I don’t have a giant bite of pasta in my mouth while I’m meeting someone,” Renna recently told the Deseret News. Sept. 5-7, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, $40-$295 (

Utah State Fair

Pretend summer will never end at the Utah State Fair, which kicks off Friday at the Utah State Fairpark. Baby pigs, fried sugar, cowboys — this place truly has it all. Through Sept. 15, times vary, Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, $10 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-12 and seniors, free for children ages 5 and younger; $10 for parking (801-538-8400 or

Kristin Atkins prepares a funnel cake at the Classic Bakery booth at the Utah State Fair in 2011.
Kristin Atkins prepares a funnel cake at the Classic Bakery booth at the Utah State Fair in 2011.
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Brigham City Peach Days

Just in case there aren’t enough peaches at the the Utah State Fair, this one will have you covered. Brigham City has been holding its Peach Days festival since 1904, so we’re pretty sure they’ve got this whole peach thing figured out. Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sept. 7 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; 6 N. Main St., Brigham City; free entry (

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ with the Utah Symphony

Sorry, Luke Skywalker, but it is true, and it’s not impossible. The greatest “Star Wars” film teams up with Utah’s greatest orchestra for two nights of movie magic. At Abravanel Hall, the Utah Symphony will play the film score to “The Empire Strikes Back” while the movie plays onscreen. The force will be strong with this one. Sept. 6-7, 7 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $29-$73.70, for ages 5 and older (801-355-2787 or

Mark Hamill, left, as Luke Skywalker, and Yoda in a scene from the film “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Associated Press

Dog Day at Liberty Park Pool

Listen, your dog wants to swim. Why fight it? At the Liberty Park Pool, Salt Lake County Animal Services will host a swim party for dogs only (though the owners will be there, too). From the morning through afternoon, there will be four different swim sessions — some for little dogs, some for big dogs, others for dogs of all sizes. Don’t forget those poo bags. Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Liberty Park Pool, 900 S. 650 East; $10 per dog, limit of three dogs per human; pre-registration highly encouraged (