The second annual Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival is taking place at the Thunderbird Golf Course in Mt. Carmel Junction on Saturday, September 10. Building on the success of the inaugural year, the outdoor festival features everything from arts and crafts, golf contests, car show, food, farmer’s market and live entertainment.

Festivities kick off at noon with the “Soup City” soup cook-off and live painting demonstrations with plein air painting hosted by the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts.

A street legal golf cart will be given away to one lucky winner in a raffle, and another golf cart given away to the first person to hit a hole-in-one shot from 160 yards as part of the golf contests.

Other activities rounding out the day are bounce houses, food and an incredible car and motorcycle show. Live performances and an open mic talent show will take place throughout the afternoon.

At 5 p.m. the Southern Utah Swingers Jazz Band takes the stage for a remarkable performance.

The culminating performance caps off the day at 7 p.m. with Utah’s premier bluegrass band, Cold Creek, with their captivating blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass, featuring original tunes, tight harmonies, incredible picking and playing, and interesting arrangements.

DocUtah, the Southern Utah International Film Festival, has several screenings of documentary films shown at no cost to attendees from 4 - 7 p.m. across the street at the Thunderbird Conference Room.

“The DocUtah screenings are a great added-value component and this fun-filled celebration has something entertaining and memorable for everyone to enjoy,” remarked Ed Meyer, Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) Board Chair.

Meyer also commented, “There are some great arts-related films that will be shown throughout the afternoon at no cost to attendees. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.” Films shown will be Most Valuable Players, Radiografia and the Dancer Chronicles.

Sponsoring entities include the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts, Thunderbird Resort and Golf Course, Kane County Office of Tourism, Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, White Mountain Trading Post, the Town of Orderville, and Kane County.

For more information about the festival, visit or call (435) 899-0443.