Top annual Utah festivals

July 15, 2018

The Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City each January, is considered the premier U.S. showcase for American and international independent film.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is Tony Award®-winning, named “America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre” in 2000.

Artists, volunteers and performers — who are Ecuadorian, Samoan, Mexican, Polish, Greek, and more — bring the Living Traditions Festival to life. Presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, this 32-year-old family-friendly festival has played host to the variety of cultures represented in Utah.

The Utah Arts Festival showcases local, national and international artists and has attracted more than two million people, 4,500 performances and 3,600 artists’ displays for over 30 years running!

Join tens of thousands in downtown Salt Lake for the Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Discover all things handmade, attend workshops, learn about new technology, eat local, hear live music and see performance art.

Additional Summer Series and Festivals

Join thousands at downtown Salt Lake’s Pioneer Park for the outdoor Twilight Concert Series. The series showcases national acts with local openers and are only $5 in advance and $10 day of show.

The annual six-week run of the Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah, adds a touch of high-class performing arts to trips through Northern Utah. There is also expanded programming including talks and demonstrations.

The World Folkfest is the largest international dance festival in the United States and offers a One World | One Stage vision in late July to early August. The artsy town of Springville, Utah, is home to this lively festival, which features free dance ensemble performances nightly, international vendors, food and dancers from around the world and more.

The annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center. Proceeds from the Festival enable us to provide, free of charge, year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours, monthly Art Talks and to offer art education. Each year, more than 50,000 visitors explore 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states and enjoy 30 live musical acts and an array of cuisine offerings.

On Sunday from early June to late September (noon to 5:30 p.m.), the lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge at Snowbasin Resort converts into a vibrant festival-like atmosphere with free music from nationally touring artists, incredible BBQ food and ice cold beverages at the appropriately titled Blues, Brews and BBQ.

A great stop in Central Utah on the way to the national parks, Cove Fort Days is the first Friday and Saturday in August every year and offers stagecoach and wagon rides, a pioneer village tours of the Fort (one of only three forts listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and more.

The Native American Celebration Powwow & Festival celebrates the cultures of the first Utahns or indigenous people of the state in the form of song, dance, food and crafts on July 24.

Labor Day Weekend and Fall Festivals

For the holiday weekend, Snowbasin Resort hosts an elevated Blues, Brews, and BBQ with five great acts throughout Sunday followed on Monday with the annual No Name Chili Cook Off: The Snowbasin Resort Culinary team will make batches of their own personal chilis to have out for the guests of the event to sample, taste, and then vote on. The winning chili will be served all year long at John Paul Lodge for the upcoming season.

The two-day Midway Swiss Days Festival takes place in the beautiful Heber Valley, less than an hour from Salt Lake City. It is one of Utah’s largest festivals.

Also in Midway over Labor Day is the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, a truly thrilling international competition that has grown to become one of the largest of its kind.

The Heber Valley Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering is one of the most prominent festivals of its type in the country. Every fall, cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, and jokers meander their way to the two-horse town of Heber City for performances, concerts, Western entertainment, arts and crafts, fun and games, and more.

Snowbird’s Oktoberfest celebrates Germany’s finest food, beer and music in the stunning setting of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City and Park City. Admission is free to one of the most fun activities in Utah!

Fruit has historical value to Utah, because it was essential to the seasonal and year-round diets of the early settlers, yet it remains vital today. So the harvest season is celebrated throughout Utah at several fruit harvest festivals — some are more than 100 years old.

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