As the snow melts from the mountaintops and the wildflowers start to bloom, there is no better time to enjoy unique outdoor experiences than summer in Utah. The Beehive State and the Salt Lake City area offers countless unique summer festivals that span from the start of June all the way to the start of ski season. From wandering through wildflower-filled mountains to lively beer, music and art celebrations, we’re picked five-ish festivals that are a must-do for anyone seeking a unique and unforgettable summer. Mark your calendars and immerse yourself in the magic of summertime festivals in Utah.
Discover a vibrant art scene at the Utah Arts Festival—a three-day celebration of creativity held at downtown Salt Lake City’s Liberty Square. This festival, which showcases over 170 artists and 200 performances, is perfect for immersing yourself in live music and dance performances, attending literary readings, enjoying comedy, and discovering new inspiration. The Utah Arts Festival is a melting pot of cultural expressions that highlights the diversity and talent within Utah's artistic community. Be sure to reserve your ticket before attending.
Immerse yourself in nature at the Wasatch Wildflower Festival. Held in picturesque Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, this festival spans two weekends and celebrates the natural beauty of the wildflowers found just outside Salt Lake City. Explore trails that wind through meadows and up your favorite ski trails filled with vibrant blooms while learning about the diverse flora from knowledgeable guides. The festival is free (though registration is required) and offers guided hikes and stewardship lessons appropriate for all ages, providing a perfect opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the delicate ecosystems that grace Utah’s mountains.
Summer in Salt Lake City is a music lover’s dream. There's no shortage of opportunities to enjoy live shows, from the popular Twilight Concert Series to the beloved Red Butte Concerts. For those who love blues music, the two-day Utah Blues Festival, hosted at the Gallivan Center, returns for its 7th year. Kids 12 and under can attend free and there are numerous food trucks to explore between musical acts, making this a great family-friendly adventure. Pack a picnic blanket and take in the music.
Beer enthusiasts rejoice! During the summer, Utah ski resorts host several fun, family-friendly beer festivals you won’t want to miss. And while this isn't technically just one festival, you'll thank us if you make them all. From the Annual Deer Valley Resort Mountain Beer Festival, Big Cottonwood Brewfest at Solitude Mountain Resort, Snowbird's Oktoberfest and Snowbasin Resort's Snoweisen celebrations, escape the city to enjoy craft beer, the cool mountain air and a quick escape into nature. Sip on various beers, indulge in delicious food, check out the various resort summer happenings, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Beer not your thing? Satisfy your inner epicurean with the Park City Wine Festival.
September 1-2, 2023, Midway
This summer marks the 75th Midway Swiss Days—a celebration that takes place the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day. This festival, which takes place just under an hour from Salt Lake City in the Heber Valley, attracts a big crowd with its eclectic craft market, filled with handmade delights from local and national vendors. On Saturday, line the streets and take in a lively parade. Amazing food, a family-friendly environment, and small-town charm are hallmarks of this beloved festival that you'll remember and return to in the years to come.
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