The 84th Annual Ogden Pioneer Days will host various rodeo activities, parades, and events throughout the community that focus on celebrating the spirit of the West. This Western festival began in 1934 to lift the spirit of residents and support tourism. It has since grown into a celebration of statehood in Ogden that coincides with the seasonal traditions of Independence Day. Pioneer Days features the PRCA Rodeo as its key event, but several other events and attractions are available in the community leading up to July 24 and the celebration of Ogden Pioneer Days.
Arts and Music:
Outside of the rodeo, there are exhibits of art and music that engage the community during Pioneer Days, many of which are free to the public.
The “Trail to Pioneer Days” horse project is one of the largest public art project of its kind in Utah. More than 60 life-size fiberglass horses designed and painted by the area's finest artists are on display along Historic 25th Street, the Junction, and Washington Boulevard and lead the way to Ogden Pioneer Stadium where Ogden Pioneer Days originated.
The Eccles Art Center's Galleries will exhibit Western-themed two and three-dimensional artworks during Ogden Pioneer Days - Traces of the West. This invitational competition will open Friday, July 6 and continue through Saturday, July 28, 2018. More information can be found online or by calling 801-392-6935.
The Cowboy Concert at the Plaza will be held Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. at the Junction in Downtown Ogden. The performing, Robin Arnold, plays a tribute to Marty Robbins that makes for a versatile and pleasant experience to listen to for hours. He has performed at the Utah State Fair, The National Festival of the West in Scottsdale Ariz., the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival in Cedar City, the Western Heritage Festival in Spanish Fork and many other local venues.
***IMPORTANT ROUTE UPDATE: Ogden's Horse and Hitch Parade is one of the finest in the state and features wagons pulled by horses of every kind, color, breed, and size imaginable on July 16, 2018. The parade will begin at 7:00 pm and proceed as follows: Begin west on Park Blvd, south on Washington Blvd, west on 26th St, north on Grant Ave, east on 25th St, north on Washington Blvd, ending to the east on Park Blvd. Due to the animals and crowds involved in the parade, any vehicle that is parked in the Junction area when the parade starts will not be able to leave until the parade is finished and all of the parade spectators have been cleared.
The commemoration of Utah’s statehood on July 24 begins with the Ogden Pioneer Days’ Grand Parade, which runs through the heart of Ogden City. Thousands of spectators line up along Washington Boulevard to cheer for marching bands, service organizations, student body representatives from Ogden-area schools, floats, horse-drawn carriages, antique automobiles, and youth dance groups. This parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. on 31st St, continue northbound on Washington Blvd and end on 20th St.These streets will be blocked and detours will be made available.
The annual Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks will attract thousands of people to Weber State University, July 15 from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. The celebration was initiated and sponsored by the Lindquist family of Ogden. Now, it has become a 40-year tradition for families in Northern Utah. The university will offer light concessions, first-aid stations, and restroom facilities. The roundabouts off Harrison Boulevard and Dixon Drive will be closed to traffic. Access to campus will be through Edvalson Street, Skyline Drive, and Birch and Taylor avenues. To minimize damage to the grounds, attendees may not leave blankets or chairs to save spaces before July 14 at 6 p.m. More information can be found online through Weber State University.
There will also be fireworks on July 24 after the final event of the Ogden Pioneer Days rodeo at Ogden Pioneer Stadium. Parking in the lot just East of Pioneer Stadium will be restricted. Traffic along Canyon Rd between 16th St and River Dr will be affected during the show. Enjoy fireworks after the rodeo on July 24 at the final performance of the Ogden Pioneer Days rodeo at Ogden Pioneer Stadium.
A complete list of events leading up to July 24 and information on purchasing tickets or reserving spectating spaces can be found on the Ogden Pioneer Days website.