Cedar City is a city in Iron County, Utah, United States, 250 miles (400 km) south of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. It is the home of Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Utah Summer Games, the Neil Simon Theatre Festival, and other events. Cedar City has 29,000 people and is located 5,840 feet above sea level.
Climate of Cedar City is located in a transition zone between desert and mountain environments, more than a mile above sea level Cedar City has a cool, dry climate with average summer time high temperatures of about 90 degrees F, and average winter time lows of about 30 degrees F.
This makes Cedar City an ideal climate for both summer and winter outdoor recreation
Cedar City is located in the southeast Great Basin, and is about 20 miles (32 km) north of the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert. Its elevation of 5,840 feet (1,780 m) gives it a cooler and less arid climate vis-à-vis nearby Dixie, but it retains its cultural ties to St. George—the two cities, for example, share a daily newspaper.
Southern Utah University is the home of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, which provides an important economic and cultural infusion to the area. The professional quality of the plays produced each summer, employing talented professionals from all over the United States, is becoming known around the world. The Festival won the 2000 Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre.
The University also sponsors the Utah Summer Games, a sports festival involving some 50 different sports. Other festivals include the American Children’s Christmas Festival, Groovefest, SkyFest, the Neil Simon Festival, The Great American Stampede, the Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival, July Jamboree, the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire and the Paiute Restoration Gathering among others. Cedar City has thus also become known as the “Festival City USA.”