Cultural Attractions in Rock Springs, WY

The arts and culture scene in Sweetwater County deserves a standing ovation, with many artistic options and venues to choose from.

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 17:23
Rock Springs

The arts and culture scene in Sweetwater County deserves a standing ovation, with many artistic options and venues to choose from.

They include the Western Theatre program at Western Wyoming Community College, which teaches theatrical, musical theater and dance productions to small class sizes that enable students to get personal attention from professors. All members of the Western Theatre faculty share a love for the stage, and students who work hard and enjoy show business are welcome and encouraged to enroll.

History’s Mysteries

The arts and culture scene in Sweetwater County also extends to museums, including Sweetwater County Historical Museum that fittingly is located in an old building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Rock Springs Historical Museum is also open to curiosity seekers in an old 1894 building that originally served as the first Rock Springs City Hall. Meanwhile, the Western Wyoming Community College Natural History Museum is where visitors can see five life-sized replicas of dinosaurs.

As for visual arts, Rock Springs Community Fine Arts Center houses permanent and changing displays, and also hosts its own share of performing arts programs year round. The center was started in 1966 and is a way for visitors of all ages to learn about art and culture – it also showcases the symphony and ballet.
 Sweetwater County is also book smart with nine library branches. Besides providing resources for anyone interested in Wyoming culture, many of the libraries additionally serve as venues for concerts and poetry slams.

Have a Blast

For anyone who likes festivals and good times, Sweetwater County offers diversity in themes, food and plenty of things to do. Wyoming's Big Show is Sweetwater County's annual fair that offers a carnival, contests, concerts and plenty of kids' activities, while the annual River Festival in Green River has everything from a Cajun shrimp boil to live music, horse runs, photography contests and free games for kids.

To kick back and relax, there's the Blues n' Brews Festival in downtown Rock Springs with live bands and brewers providing the entertainment. If it's rodeo action you want, the Red Desert Rodeo Roundup includes a 5K run, parade, golf tournament and, of course, rodeo events. And Bunning Park hosts the warm weather Rock Springs Concert in the Park series, with every free concert starting at 7 p.m. in genres such as polka, metal, country and bluegrass.

56 Nationalities

Last, but certainly not least, International Day celebrates Rock Springs' 56 nationalities each year with hourly entertainment, ethnic foods and more than 40 varieties of beer. Meanwhile, Flaming Gorge Days is known as “Southwest Wyoming's Weekend of Fun,” held every June with events such as a golf tournament, concerts and recreational adventure activities.

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