Come hear a tale at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the largest storytelling festivals in the world has moved locations this year to make room for its growing amount of attendees.

Last year, nearly 80,000 people attended the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival from all over the country, according to information from the festival, so this year it’s moving from its regular spot up Provo Canyon to Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9.

“This allows us to address some of the growth issues we’ve been having, especially things like restrooms and parking,” said Eliot Wilcox, executive director of the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, in an interview with the Deseret News. “Secondly, the location itself is beautiful … so they’ll have that opportunity to wander the gardens and enjoy it.”

Founder Karen Ashton said the new location is a reason for someone who has never come before to make this year their first time.

“So many times people say, ‘I plan to go do that someday,'” Ashton said. “This is the year you’ve been waiting for. … It will not only be a feast for the ears and the soul but also for the eyes in the middle of the garden.”

The festival began in Ashton’s backyard 28 years ago as a way to raise money for the Orem children’s library.

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What: Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

 When: Thursday, Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens, 3900 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

How much: $8-$135 (prices vary based on age, group and event)


Phone: 801-228-1350