Tips for the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Courtney Burns and Kim McCloskey


The 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival officially kicks off this week and we are thrilled to be back at our new site at the Ashton Garden’s at Thanksgiving Point. As with any new experience and location we have learned a few lessons, but lucky for you that means this year will be better than ever. We’ve tried to think through as many things as possible to give you a few tips that will hopefully help us all to have a wonderful weekend of storytelling.


Tip #1: Parking


The parking is plentiful at Thanksgiving Point and the parking staff is efficient. Guests will be directed to designated parking areas as they arrive at the Ashton Gardens. There will be a second ticket booth (yay!) and entrance opened this year next to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, which will make it easier for guests who are parking in those lots. No shuttles will be necessary this year.


For evening events at The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn, you may park in any available parking stalls near the venues. When exiting, we highly recommend that you head south to access I-15 (rather than north where you will run into traffic exiting the gardens).


Parking in unmarked areas or on the street is not permitted. Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion.


Thanksgiving Point Trolley/Shuttle


A Trolley will not be available this year, as it was last year, because there will be a second entrance for your convenience.



Tip #2: Food


As usual, Utah restaurants will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks at the Festival. This year our vendors will line the rim of the Garden Amphitheater and will include several local resturants as well as Thanksgiving Point Concessions. Most meals are around $10. In addition to these vendors, you also have the option of having a sit-down lunch or dinner (11:00 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday) at The Trellis Café located at the Garden Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended for those wishing to eat at The Trellis Café and can be made by calling 801-768-4996.


A music will available for those wishing to dine in or around the amphitheater,  with tables will be set up just west of the amphitheater for your eating and listening pleasure. A few picnic tables are also available near the Thanksgiving Point concessions. Besides these designated eating areas, there are many beautiful areas in the gardens and we invite you to bring a blanket and enjoy the beauty of our new location. And, of course, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks into the Gardens.


Concessions (no vendors) will also be available at the Electric Park location for Bedtime Stories and Laughin’ Night.


We anticipate that traffic between the Ashton Garden’s and the entrance to I-15 will be busy (very, very busy) on Friday between 4pm and 6pm and so we (highly) encourage those coming for the day and staying for the evening to plan on not leaving the Festival site between our day and evening events. Instead, we welcome you to explore the gardens (feed the koi!), visit fanfare, and have a lovely picnic dinner (now easier than ever since you can easily run back to your car and grab a cooler full of your own food).


Tip #3: Bathrooms


We are (perhaps inordinately) excited for the many, many bathrooms available to us during the Festival. There are three bathroom locations (real bathrooms with actual running water!) that you will want to acquaint yourselves with upon arrival. The first (and largest) (and air conditioned) is located in the Garden Visitor Center (the main entrance to the Festival). The second is located along the rim of the Garden Amphitheater at the back of the Thanksgiving Point Concessions. And the third is located just south of the pottery tent.

And this year we have added new portable bathrooms for your added convenience. You can never have to many bathrooms. Am I right?


Tip #4: Amphitheater Seating


The Garden Amphitheater will be used this year for My Favorite Stories on Friday night and as one location of Laughin’ Night on Saturday night. The line for each of these events will start to form at 5 pm at the amphitheater and seating will open at 5:30. Any blankets, chairs, or other materials put out before 5 pm will be removed by Ashton Gardens’ staff before seating opens. Live music will begin at 7 pm.


For everyone’s convenience, the Garden Amphitheater is split into different sections: a blanket area (B), a low back chair area (no taller than 30 inches) (LB), and a high back chair area (HB). Each section will have a designated area that will be clearly marked (see picture below). If attendees are interested in having a chair for the performance, they need to bring their own and sit in the appropriate area. There will also be designated areas for wheelchair seating along the rim of the amphitheater.



Tip #5: Electric Park Seating


This one is an easy one: Electric Park will be chairs only and all chairs will be provided and set up prior to the storytelling.


As noted in the food tip, concessions (but no vendors) will also be available at the Electric Park.


Tip #6: Gates Open


Thursday, September 7:


Registration for the Conference begins at 8:30 am.


Gates open for Look Who’s Talking at 5:00 pm. (Live music begins at 6:00 pm.)


Friday, September 8:


Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)


The line for My Favorite Stories at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.

Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)


Gates open for Bedtime Stories at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (A preshow performance starts at 5:45 pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30 pm.)


Gates open for Shivers in the Night at The Show Barn at 8:30 pm with storytelling beginning at 9:00 pm.


Saturday, September 9:


Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)


The line for Laughin’ Night at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.

Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)


Gates open for Laughin’ Night at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)


Tip #7: Miscellaneous


*Need your Festival peaches and ice cream fix? Thanksgiving Point Concessions at the Ashton Gardens is the place to pick up this Festival tradition.


*While average daytime temperatures are 80 F and above, early morning and evenings in the Gardens can be a little chilly so plan accordingly.


*Trying to map out your day and need a schedule and map right now? Click here. This same map and schedule will be provided to you in the Festival program book.


*Golf carts? Of course! Golf carts will be running on back paths from the Garden Visitor Center to the tent areas for those who need assistance.


*Pottery is open from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to  4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. You can sign up at the Pottery tent which is located south of the Rose Garden Tent. The slots fill up fast so be sure to sign up early!


*At the end of the day, consider taking a few minutes to explore the gardens, share a few stories with your friends and family, and just generally let the traffic get moving before you join the throng.


*Have fun, be kind, and be patient. This is a new experience for everyone. There are sure to be a few hiccups but we are working our hardest to make this a smooth transition.


*If you have questions or concerns during the Festival, the fastest way to get ahold of us is to find one of us wearing or a white Timpanogos Storytelling shirt with a lanyard around our necks or through Twitter or Instagram (@TimpFest).

3 Responses

  1. Kim McCloskey says:

    Thanks for the tips Courtney. I’m so excited for this new venue! It’s going to be a great festival!

  2. Robert Kresge says:

    WooHoo! Storytelling time again.
    We are so excited.

  3. April Johnson says:

    I know this is a late comment; but I wanted you to know how helpful all of this information was last Festival! Thank you for providing this great information.

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