Festivals for the rest of us | Arts and entertainment | Salt Lake City

Summer has always been festival season in a wintry state like Utah, so many of our larger annual events were lost in 2020. While everyone has their own level of comfort when it comes to moving around in a crowd of other viewers / participants, most of them are often back in action; Here is a roundup of some of the high profile offerings. Find out about the events themselves on their websites in case conditions change.

Springville World Folkfest (July 30-31): Springville Arts Park (700 p. 1300 East, Springville) will feature lively folk dances that represent much of Utah’s cultural history from July 30th to 31st at 7:30 p.m. to mark the 35th anniversary. Planned participants are Nuevo Raíces (Bolivia), Pacific Generation (Hawai’i), Tablado Dance (Spain), Ngoni Y’Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Morning Star (Indians). worldfolkfest.org

Ogden Pride (August 1st): LGBTQ + Pride activity across the country is usually centered around the month of June in recognition of the Stonewall Riot, but Ogden has always been a place to march to its own drummer. Sunday August 1st from 11 am-7pm at the Ogden Municipal Grounds and Amphitheater (343 E. 25th St.), Ogden Pride greets visitors with an array of live entertainment, vendors and general exhilaration. So if you missed some celebratory vibes in June, this is your chance to catch up. ogdenpride.org

Park City Kimball Arts Festival (August 6-8): With the clean air and temperatures that are 10-15 degrees cooler than those that bake the Wasatch front, you really shouldn’t need an excuse to drive up the local mountain in summer. But in case you haven’t hesitated long enough, the delights of historic Main Street, which turns into an open-air venue for visual arts and music, should give you the nudge you need. Participating artist booths have been reduced slightly to allow greater distance, but there is still plenty to see and do, including artist demonstrations and gourmet dishes to try. kimballartcenter.org

Craft Lake City DIY Festival (August 13-15): The DIY spirit has always been abundant in Utah, and perhaps more out of necessity during the pandemic. The Craft Lake City DIY Festival once again celebrates the “maker” spirit with vendors selling fine arts, clothing, textiles, groceries, personal care products, and more at the Utah State Fair Park (155 N. 1000 West) for three days. craftlakecity.com/diy-festival

Weekly Utah City Beer Festival (August 21-22): Allow us to brag a little about ourselves: there is nowhere you can go this summer that has such a wide range of options to celebrate the art of brewing. The 11th annual event is getting a new home this year (The Gateway, 12 S. Rio Grande) and will be limited in capacity. Access to the festival site itself is free, including TBA live music performances, with token punch passes available for purchase that allow you to sample more than 50 local, regional, national, and international beers and ciders. utahbeerfestival.com

Utah Arts Festival (August 27-29): The state’s largest and most diverse arts festival is moving from its traditional end of June to its familiar home in the City / County Building and Library Square (200 East & 400 South). Many entertainment industry headliners are still pending at press time, but you can always count on great music from around the country and around the world, in addition to artist stalls, children’s activities, culinary arts, urban art, local dance group performances and the fear of none Short film festival. uaf.org

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Festival (September 3-6): As one of the most unique cultural events on any calendar year, the Labor Day weekend tradition brings world-class working dogs to Utah to show us the fine art of tussling with sheep that don’t always want to be fought. (2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway). In addition to the main competition, enjoy dog ​​shows, food, and the Earthwings birds of prey show. soldathollowclassic.com

Utah State Fair (September 9-19): The Utah State Fair Park (address) has all of the traditional attractions: midway games, rides, animals, food, and loads of live entertainment. Headliners slated for 2021 include comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (September 17th) and an 80s flashback double feature with Styx and REO Speedwagon (September 14th). utahstatefair.com

Greek Festival: (September 10-12): On the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity (279 p. 300 West) there will be another weekend with live performances, vendors and maybe above all a lot of fantastic food. Saltlakegreekfestival.com

FanX Salt Lake (September 16-18): The state’s largest gathering for nerds, enthusiasts, and other pop culture lovers returns to the Salt Palace Convention Center (100 S. West Temple) for three days with guest stars, panel presentations, and vendors. Planned participants at the time of going to press are Henry Thomas (ET), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Martin Kove & William Zabka (The karate kid, Cobra Kai) and Gaten Matarazzo & Caleb McLaughin (Strange things). fanxsaltlake.com

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