Davis Arts Council Presents their Summer Lineup 2024

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The Davis Arts Council, or DAC, is a community-based, art-focused nonprofit organization serving art and music to Davis County. 80% of their programming is free to the public! Not only do they offer free concerts throughout the entire year, but they offer a free film series every summer. Each year June through August you can enjoy their programming at the outdoor amphitheater, “The Kenley” located within Layton Commons Park. The popular outdoor stage can accommodate audiences of up to 1,800 people and is affectionately known by Layton-ites as the “front porch” of Layton City.

Davis Arts Council Events

Summer Nights with the Stars

Summer Nights with the Stars is the DAC’s biggest paid programming and brings in some big names and big talent each summer. They typically welcome 15-18 artists each year to The Kenley Amphitheater and feature both local acts and national musicians. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have graced The Kenley stage and this year will be no different! We recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee a ticket because shows tend to sell out quickly!

2024 Summer Nights with the Stars Lineup

  • June 15 | An Evening with Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
  • June 22 | Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • June 26 | TUSK – The World’s #1 Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • July 9 | Americana Women
  • July 13 | Pixie & The Partygrass Boys
  • July 18 | Straight No Chaser
  • July 20 | Bachman – Turner Overdrive
  • July 31 | Ben Folds
  • August 6 | Colbie Caillat
  • August 10 | Doo Wah Riders
  • August 15 | Lorrie Morgan
  • August 24 | An Evening with Orleans & Firefall
  • August 31 | Martina McBride
  • September 7 | Phillip Phillips
  • September 12 | Petter Theft: San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Free Friday Film Series

This free programming occurs every Friday night, which makes your planning so easy! Bring your friends and family to The Kenley at 6:30 pm for a pre-movie activity and then enjoy the movie starting at 7:00 pm. Movies are shown on a very bright LED screen so there is no need to wait until dark for the movies to start. 

2024 Friday Film Series Lineup

  • June 14 | Vivo
  • June 21 | Shrek
  • June 28 | Miracle
  • July 5 | Mary Poppins Returns
  • July 12 | The Goonies
  • July 19 | Top Gun: Maverick
  • July 26 | Zootopia
  • August 2 | Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  • August 9 | Raider of the Lost Ark
  • August 16 | The Super Mario Bros Movie
  • August 23 | The Bad Guys
  • August 30 | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Free Sunday Night Concert Series

This is the longest-running free outdoor concert series in the state of Utah! The DAC gets to showcase Utah’s most talented musicians every single week throughout the summer. Come enjoy an hour of incredible music, ranging from show tunes to classic rock and everything in between. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm.

2024 Sunday Night Concert Series Lineup

  • June 16 | The Reel Folk
  • June 23 | Code Blue Revival
  • June 30 | Voices of Liberty
  • July 4 | Neil Diamond Superstar
  • July 7 | Sugartime
  • July 14 | Riverton Jazz Band
  • July 21 | Clayton Smalley
  • July 28 | Cori Connors & Friends
  • August 4 | Creedence Clearwater Remixed
  • August 11 | Wasatch Alphorns
  • August 18 | Esencia de Mexico
  • August 25 | Standards & Substandards

Small Stage Series

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from October through April, you can join the DAC for a night of free music at their Small Stage Theater (map). These are free events but seating is limited since it takes place indoors and is based on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be two shows each night at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm to accommodate for the lack of seating.

DAC the Halls

This paid programming has become a wonderful Christmas tradition, DAC the Halls is a favorite program among patrons. Featuring artists like Davis Archuleta, Nathan Pacheco, and Collin Raye, this concert is perfect for the entire family. This program occurs every Christmas season at Layton High School which is located directly across from Layton Commons Park.

Active Pages

Active Pages is the DAC’s most popular event, featuring a storytelling walk through Layton Commons Park in October and December. They’ve adapted multiple pieces of classic literature including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Rovert Louis Stevenson for their Halloween Active Pages and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg for their Christmas Active Pages program. These programs are free but tickets are required.

The Kenley Amphitheater

Davis Arts Council Experience Gifts

The Kenley Amphitheater was built in 1995 and since then has accumulated quite an array of big names and talent. The outdoor stage has seen the likes of Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Styx, The Beach Boys, and REO Speedwagon to name a few. The Kenley is in the heart of Layton Commons Park and can hold 1800 people at capacity. They offer reserved seating and general admission or “lawn” seating where patrons can bring their own standard lawn/fold-up camping chairs. Patrons are allowed to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages in a personal-sized cooler (which must be stowed under chairs). Or, patrons can grab food from the onsite vendor, Nacho Mamas, which offers several options including hamburgers, hot dogs, Phillies, nachos, water, soda, popcorn, candy, ice cream and chips. All major credit cards are accepted.

Read more about the amphitheater, its talented history, accessibility, FAQs, and rules here

What else can I do nearby?

The Davis Arts Council and The Kenley are located within Layton Commons Park. This is a great spot to simply enjoy the park, get a picture with their duck statues (they get dressed up differently throughout the year), walk over to the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica and K9 Memorial, or walk through the Layton Heritage Museum. Depending on the time of year, you can walk through their Christmas light display “Lights Before Christmas” or you can enjoy Layton FEST in the summertime.

Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica – Layton Commons Park

There is so much fun to be had in Layton! It is the heart of Davis County for a reason. You can fill your day by hiking a nearby trail that you can find with our Wander map. Pick one the whole family can enjoy like the Kay’s Creek Trail within Layton Commons Park, or a more difficult one depending on your ability. Adams Canyon is a moderately challenging route but can be done with older kids. If you’d like to cool off, rent some watercraft and float around Andy Adams Reservoir. Play a round of golf at the beautiful Valley View Golf Course. If you’d rather escape the heat of summer or you’re wondering what to do in the wintertime, plan an excursion at Layton Hills Mall and take the whole family to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium or The Colosseum.

Our favorite nearby food options:

  • Nielsen’s Frozen Custard
  • Ramblin’ Roads
  • Weller’s Bistro
  • Salt City Pizza Co.
  • Tony’s Grill and Sushi Bar
  • Sill’s Cafe
  • Twisted Sugar
  • The Coop
  • Rooster’s Brewing Co.
  • Blue Fin
  • Red Fort Indian Cuisine

Make it a date

With 80% of the DAC’s programming being free, that makes for a budget-friendly date option! Whether you plan for a movie night on Friday or a concert night on Sunday, you’re bound to have a lovely time. Grab dinner beforehand at Weller’s Bistro or if you’d rather keep it budget-friendly, bring in a small cooler for a picnic for the Friday night movie. Once the evening ends you can grab a drink at Stockman’s Bar or Bout Time Pub and Grub, both are open late.

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