Logan has a rich tradition for various arts, entertainment, and festivals. Logan is the home of the Utah Festival Opera, which hosts a number of performances throughout the year. The Ellen Eccles Theater shows concerts, community theater, ballet, classic movies, and it also hosts national touring companies. Summerfest Arts Fair held annually at the Logan Tabernacle grounds on Father’s Day Weekend, celebrates the arts through a fine art/fine craft festival with music, food, and children’s activities. Logan hosts the annual “Cache Valley Cruise-In”, which is considered to be Utah’s largest automotive event, with an exhibit of special cars and vehicles, concerts, and other activities spanning three days. Events conclude with a parade of the cars cruising down portions of Main Street.
Logan hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday between the warmer months of May and October. Known as the “Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market”, and located at Merlin Olson Park, the market is known as a gathering place for the sale of fresh produce, coffee, arts & crafts, and also for occasional concerts. A fresh produce market is also held every Wednesday by the Logan Historic Courthouse.
History runs deep throughout Cache Valley and The American West Heritage Center is the prime location to learn all about it. They are a nonprofit organization devoted to celebrating and preserving the heritage of Cache Valley and its surrounding regions. They do this primarily through living history activities, events, school programs, exhibits and outreach activities. Some of the buildings are also available to rent for weddings, meetings, conference, and other events.
Cache Valley has two school districts for K-12 education. Logan City School District has 14 schools and Cache County School District has 27 schools. Along with K-12 education, Cache Valley is the proud home of Utah State University. Utah State University, with its many educational, cultural, agricultural, and athletic programs, was established in 1888. Campus stands on the eastern side of the city, near the mountains. USU is the city’s largest employer, and it has an enrollment of about 17,000 students in Logan.
Logan Canyon begins in the foothills close to campus and has numerous hiking and camping areas. The scenic First, Second, and Third Dams provide popular gathering spots for picnics, fishing, and other activities. Tony Grove Lake is about 25 miles up Logan Canyon with fishing, canoeing, camping, and high elevation hiking. Other popular activities in Logan Canyon include rock climbing, snowmobiling, hunting, and skiing. Utah is world famous for skiing, and Beaver Mountain boasts 4 lifts and perfect powder. Beaver Mountain is located 27 miles northeast of Logan, up Logan Canyon. The resort is open from late November until April and caters to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.