Get your Utah-related products here
Get Travel Info

Explore Utah

Search This Site
Got a Question, Comment, Suggestion?
ExploreUtah home Blog


BLM Areas
National Forests
Nat'l Monuments
National Parks
Recreation Areas
Southern Utah
Surrounding Areas
State Parks
Vacation Ideas
Wasatch Front
Wilderness Areas
Wildlife Refuges




Air Sports
Fall Colors
4x4 + OHV
Ghost Towns
Horseback Riding
Rock Hounding
Ruins & Rock Art
Scuba Diving
Snow Sports
Water Sports
Wildlife Viewing


Getting Around UT
Outdoors Info
Get the Gear



Streets lined with booths full of arts and crafts, exotic foods sizzling on the grill, melodious tunes filling the air, hoards of people enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and smells. This is the stuff of summer.

Utah's festival season is coming into full swing. There are loads of options available to stock up on art and gifts, sample ethnic foods or simply to while away a Saturday afternoon.

  • Asian Pacific Festival
    Held at the Lifetime Activity Center, Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Road Campus.
  • Bald Eagle Day
    The Division of Wildlife Resources hosts this popular annual event. Come learn about Utah's wild birds and see a few first hand.
  • Bicknell International Film Festival
    Gotta love their slogan "The Bicknell International Film Festival-Where Good Things Happen To Bad Movies".

  • Bryce Canyon Winter Festival
    Held annually and sponsored by Ruby's Inn, there are races, demonstrations, contests, photography and more.

  • Days Of 47 (AKA Pioneer Day)
    Held in July, this festival commemmorates the settlement of Utah by the Pioneers in 1847.

  • Downtown Art and Craft Market
    Held on Saturday mornings through the summer, at Pioneer Park. This new market will showcase high quality, unique handmade crafts and visual arts and will become an outlet for the numerous artisans who need a place to sell their wares.

  • Draper Days
    Held in July, the town of Draper does it up in a big way. With vendor booths, live entertainment, food, kids activities, and people watching, there is something for everyone to do.

  • Easter Jeep Safari
    Instead of wearing your white and pink lace dresses, how about getting really muddy instead?

  • Fat Tire Festival
    Held in the fall in Moab.

  • Festival of Trees - Sandy
    More than 500 unique trees on display. You'll also find all sorts of holiday crafts, handmade treats, live entertainment and Santa Claus. Usually in early December, the procedes benefit Primary Children's Medical Center.

  • Folk and Bluegrass Festival
    Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Utah

  • Gingerbread House Festival
    Spnosored by the Utah PTA. Gingerbread Houses created by the students through out the state will on display. Open to the public with entry fee.

  • Gloria International Film Festival
    A showcase of films that stir the soul, heal the heart, & enrich the world.

  • Great Basin Fiver Arts Festival
    Animals, fiber, crafts, education and family fun all blended together

  • Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
    Speakers, art, educations...all with a birding theme

  • Great Salt Lake Book Festival
    A free, book-filled weekend for the whole family, featuring various authors reading from and discussing their work, bookmaking workshops, papermaking, letterpress printing, poetry slams, puppet shows, booksellers, writing workshops for children and more at The City Library in downtown Salt Lake.

  • Great Salt Lake Chili Affair
    The Annual Great Salt Lake Chili Affair features a variety of chilis, salads, breads and desserts, all donated by local restaurants. Entertainment includes jugglers, clowns, and music.

  • Greek Festival
    Held annually on the weekend after Labor Day weekend, at the Hellenic Memorial Cultural Center (279 S. 300 W., 801-328-9681). Folk dancing, Greek music and booths, Delicious Greek food.

  • Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair
    Usually held in November, in Heber Valley. Come hear the bards spin their tales of cowboy lore.

  • Llama Festival
    Held in Spanish Fork, usually in July. Demonstrations, equipment, petting zoo...

  • Moab Arts Festival
    Arts and crafts. Moab. What more do you need?

  • Moab Film Festival
    The non-profit organization, the Canyonlands Film Society, sponsors this annual festival for independent filmmakers from around the world.

  • Moab Folk Music Festival
    Accomplished musical artists from the national, regional and local contemporary folk music community will gather in Moab in November 2003 for the first annual folk music festival.

  • Moab Music Festival
    What a great way to end the summer; music, culture, and red rock scenery all rolled into a stimulating yet peaceful event. Held in Moab at the end of the summer.

  • More Festivals
    Annual events in Utah from the website.

  • Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival
    Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival, held at Rockport State Park, is a collection of agricultural vendors, artists that create art that illustrates the pioneer era, artisans that make leather products, saddles, weave and spin, and lots more demonstrations and competitions.

  • Murray City Acoustic Festival
    Sponsored by Murray Parks & Recreation. 296 W Vine St, Murray, UT.

  • Ogden Valley Balloon Festival
    The Ogden Valley Balloon Festival is an annual event, with several activities (balloons are just the beginning!) and located in several areas in the Ogden Valley. Getting in is free. Fees charged for some things (like taking a ride in a balloon)

  • Park City Art Festival
    The Park City Arts Festival is one of the biggest in the west. And we are privileged to have this event so close and accessible. There are over 200 artists showing and selling their wares, live entertainment, events for kids, and great food. It is usually held annually on the first weekend of August, Friday through Sunday.

  • Park City Jazz Festival
    The Park City Jazz Festival takes place annually, in August, at Deer Valley Resort

  • Park City Music Festival
    This online home of the Park City Music Festival lists a variety of performing arts events and organizations.

  • Pioneer Park Farmer's Market
    Held on Saturday mornings through the summer, stroll through various vendors booths just for a tast of culture, or to actually buy some farm fresh vegetables.

  • Pioneer Day (AKA Days of '47)
    Utah's State Holiday

  • Provo Freedom Festival
    Held on Fourth-of-July weekend and offering unique hand-made arts and crafts.

  • Great Pumpkin Festival
    Jensen Town Park, Jensen, UT

  • Salt Lake County Fair
    Loads of fun activities including animals, kids entertainment, dutch oven cook-off and other competitions and live entertainment. Come one, come all.

  • Slamdance Film Festival
    A lesser known film festival which takes place at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival.

  • Snow Goose Festival
    One of the signs that winter is on it's way out is the annual congregation of Lesser Snow Geese in the area around Delta.

  • Snowbird Festivals
    Snowbird hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as Jazz, Octoberfest, and Belly Dancing. Check this link for updated info.

  • St. George Arts Festival
    Held on Easter weekend every year, thousands throng to the red rock city to see and buy art, visit with artists and sample some wonderful food.

  • Soldier Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Trials
    The Bank of the West Soldier Hollow Classic features top sheepdogs from around the world representing 15 countries and 5 continents to date

  • Strut Your Mutt
    Once a year, every year, Sugarhouse Park goes to the Dogs

  • Sundance Film Festival
    Unknowns and stars alike converge on Park City for this world renowned film festival

  • Swiss Days
    Usually held on Labor Day weekend in Midway, UT. This arts and crafts show has tons of booths where vendors show their wares that make great gifts for you or a loved one. Great food and live entertainment is on hand as well.

  • Thunderbird International Film Festival
    Thunderbird emphasizes family friendly films with allowances for cultural differences.

  • Tooele County Arts Festival
    Held in June, Tooele's arts festival is a great place to spend the day. Call (435) 882-8282 for more information.

  • Utah Arts Festival
    Held annually at the Utah State Fairgrounds, there are tons of gift possibilities on display and for sale, as well as entertainment from both world renowned and local perfermance artists.

  • Utah Festival Opera Company
    The five-week festival includes four productions of grand opera, operetta, light opera, and/or seldom-seen Broadway-style musical theater. Productions are performed in revolving repertory so visitors can enjoy all four shows during a two- or three-day stay.

  • Utah Midsummer Renaissance Festival
    Running in Cedar City at the same time as the Shakespearean Festival.

  • Utah Shakespeare Festival
    Held in Cedar City during the summer months, this tradition has been going on for over 40 years.

  • Utah State Fair
    Cheap family entertainment with something for everyone.

  • Utah Winterfest
    Utah residents were so captivated by the spirit of hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, that they continue to celebrate that feeling even today. 2004 Utah Winterfest will feature 20 events during a nine-day period of festivities commemorating the success of the 2002 Games.

  • Red Rock Film Festival of Zion Canyon
    The film festival held beneath the majestic red mountains of Zion National Park is a favorite among filmmakers. The festival's mission is to encourage the production of films in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud stories for "film minorities" such as seniors, alternative sports, Native Americans and Latin Americans.

  • Wild Horse Workshop and Adoption
    Every year the wild horse population is culled and the horses are available for adoption to the deserving public. Even if you can not adopt at this time, the event is a unique and educational, and well worth the drive out to Tooele.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

In stores now.