This weekend, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Urban Arts Festival in downtown SLC

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Spend this holiday weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of live music, fine art, unique shopping and more at the annual Urban Arts Festival.

The free festival takes place in The Gateway shopping district this weekend, September 3-5.

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, this event is the perfect activity for getting to know all of the talented locals across the city.

Sponsored by the Utah Arts Alliance, the festival includes free concerts of music in a variety of genres, while guests can also experience daring feats by aerialists, stilt walkers, wizards, and more.

Stroll the open air street market and take home unique pieces from over 80 vendors to decorate your home. Check out a one-of-a-kind exhibition of original artwork painted on skateboard decks at the 11th Annual Skate Deck Challenge.

Experience live murals by over 30 local wall painters and graffiti artists, and interact with the artworks via an augmented reality app.

Experience a basketball game at the Hard-N-Paint Street basketball exhibit, which features a three-point shootout, slam dunk competition, and classic pick-up game.

Those interested in hot rods should check out the Lowrider Custom Car Culture Exhibit, where you can get up close and personal with bespoke lowriders, hoppers, and bikes. Awards are given for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Display and more.

“We are proud to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Utah Arts Alliance’s first festival in
our program list, ”says Derek Dyer, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Alliance and founder of the Urban Arts Festival. “The Urban Arts Festival was and is a catalyst for change in our community. For the past decade, the festival has helped usher in a new era of art and artists in Utah. We illuminate underrepresented artists and art styles and continue to expand the concept of art. “

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