Communities throughout Cerca country boast fairs and festivals filled with food, music and fun family activities during August.
Through Oct. 18, Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespeare Festival. This season’s plays are “Henry IV, Part One,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Measure for Measure,” “Twelfth Night,” “Into the Woods,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Boeing Boeing” and “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.” Matinees and evening performances. Dark Sundays. 800-752-9849. www.bard.org.
Through Aug. 3, Reno and Sparks: Hot August Nights. Relive the ’50s and ’60s as thousands of classic cars descend on Reno and Sparks for street cruising, poker runs, car auctions, parades, drag races and vintage music. 775-356-1956. www.hotaugustnights.net.
Through Aug. 24, Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This year’s play is “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Sand Harbor State Park. 775-832-1616. www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com.
Friday-Aug. 3, Goldfield: Goldfield Days Celebration and Land Auction. This festival features ghost tours, bed races, floats on Main Street, a poker walk, chili cook-off and vendors. The annual land auction takes place Saturday. 775-485-6309. www.accessesmeralda.com.
Aug. 3-4, Flagstaff, Ariz.: 65th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture. This festival is the oldest Navajo art show in the world. Visit more than 80 Navajo artists with booths set up to display and sell art. Museum of Northern Arizona. 928-774-5213. www.musnaz.org.
Aug. 4-10 , Panguitch, Utah: Garfield County Fair. Events include Fish Grab, Dutch Oven/Chili cook-off, pet show and talent contest. Panguitch Fairgrounds. 435-676-1160. www.panguitch.com.
Aug. 7-10, Eureka: Eureka County Fair. This four-day event features a horse show, team branding competition, hay contest, old-fashioned saddle bronc riding, entertainment, exhibits, games and food. 775-237-6026. www.co.eureka.nv.us/fair.htm.
Aug. 15-17, Washoe Valley: 29th annual Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival. This year’s bands include Peter Rowan, 6 Mile Pile-Up, The Mountain Girls, The Note-ables. Bower’s Mansion County Park. 775-843-7053. www.bowersbluegrassfestival.org.
Aug. 21-24, Kanab, Utah: Western Legends Roundup and Film Festival. This celebration of the Old West includes cowboy poetry, fiddle contest, tent revival, Dutch oven cook-off, Indian dancing, quilt show and a quick-draw contest. 435-644-3444. www.westernlegendsroundup.com
Aug. 23-Sept. 1, Elko: Elko County Fair. This event features horse racing, stallion competitions, stock horse challenges, 4-H livestock shows, Basque food and arts and crafts. 775-738-3616. www.elkocountyfair.com.
Aug. 23, Bryce Canyon, Utah: Bryce Canyon Rim Run and Walk. The 5-mile course follows the scenic canyon rim and ponderosa pine forests. 866-866-6616. www.rubysinn.com.
Aug. 25-Sept. 1, Black Rock City: Burning Man. This annual event is partly an art festival and partly an experiment in temporary community, all dedicated to radical self-expression and self-reliance. www.burningman.com.
Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Parowan, Utah: Iron County Fair. Events include 5k Fun Run, Miss Iron County Pageant, eating contests, Tour de Gap Bike Race, carnival and parade. 435-477-8380. www.ironcountyfair.net.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Pioche: Labor Day Celebration. The town’s largest event of the year features mining events, 10k Fun Run, fishing derby, chili cook-off and electric light parade and children’s events. 775-962-5544.www.piochenevada.com.
Aug. 29-31, Fallon: Fallon Cantaloupe Festival. This family festival features the sweet, juicy Fallon cantaloupe. Churchill County Fairgrounds. 775-423-9721. www.falloncantaloupefestival.com.
Aug. 30, Belmont: Belmont Labor Day Celebration. Live music, treasure hunt, horseshoe tournament and barbecue. 775-482-3968. www.belmontcourthouse.org.
Aug. 30-31, Tonopah: Civil War Re-enactment at Historic Mining Park. Daily mock battles, encampments, period costumes. 775-482-9274. www.tonopahhistoricminingpark.com.