A Festival for Every Season
Utah is known for the endless outdoor recreation but also the incredible events that take place here throughout the year. People visit Utah from all over the world to attend film festivals, sporting events, and a variety of celebratory festivals. Utah has a very diverse culture and what a better way to express the art of our heritages than to host incredible festivals and events. We would like to invite you to celebrate our artistry, cultural diversity and the human spirit with all the festivals and events that Utah has to offer! Come for some fun activities in Utah, then stick around for the plethora of outdoor adventures.
If you're planning a trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival make sure to hit the slopes while you’re at it! Bought tickets for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival? Don’t forget to stop into Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks both right around the corner. Utah is full of events and festivals both big and small, here are a few of the top annual festivals.
Top Utah Events & Festivals
The Sundance Film Festival Every January the film festival is hosted in the beautiful Park City and numerous places around Salt Lake City. The Sundance Film Festival, Is considered the U.S. premier showcase for American and international independent films.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival This festival is a Tony Award®-winning Festival and showcases some of the greatest theater productions in history, known for being "America's Outstanding Regional Theatre" in 2000.
Living Traditions Festival This festival brings Ecuadorian, Samoan, Mexican, Polish, Greek, and more artists, volunteers and performers together to celebrate traditions. Salt Lake City Arts Council has been the host to this festival honoring a variety of cultures represented in Utah.
The Utah Arts Festival This festival is an amazing event showcasing local, national, and international artists for over 30 years attracting over 2 million people, 4,500 performers, and 3,00 artist displays.
Spring & Summer Festivals
Craft Lake City DIY Festival Join tens of thousands of DIY-ers in downtown Salt Lake to view handmade items, attend workshops, discover new technology, eat local grub, hear live music and see performance art.
Downtown Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series This series showcases local openers with national acts at the downtown Salt Lake's Pioneer Park for the outdoor Twilight Concert Series. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $10 day of show. Purchase a season pass for only $50!
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre This annual opera and theatre festival runs for 6 weeks in Logan, UT. Ass a touch of high-class performing arts to your festival guide with expanded programming including demonstrations and talks.
The World Folkfest This is the largest international dance festival in the US offering a One World | One Stage vision. Held in “Art City” Springville, Utah this lively event features free dance performances, international vendors, international food and dancers from around the globe.
Park City Kimball Arts Festival This fundraising festival takes place on the Historic Main Street and proceeds go to the Kimball Art Center. The proceeds enable the center to provide, free of charge, year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours, monthly Art Talks and to offer art education.
Holi Festival of Colors This two day event in Spanish Fork, celebrates the tradition Holi, which announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight.
Blues, Brews and BBQ 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.On Sundays, from early June to late September 12:00pm -5:30pm.
Labor Day and Fall Festivals
No Name Chili Fest The Culinary team at Snowbasin Resort cook up batches of their own personal chilis 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.
Midway Swiss Days Festival This festival takes place in the beautiful Heber Valley, less than an hour from Salt Lake City. It is one of Utah's largest festivals.
The Soldier Hollow Classic Another four day event in Midway over Labor Day is an international Sheepdog Championship competition, that has become the largest of its kind.
Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering 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.
Oktoberfest at Snowbird Snowbird's Oktoberfest celebrates Germany's finest food, rides, beer and music in the stunning setting of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City and Park City. Admission is free for the whole family to this fun activity in Utah!
Harvest Fruit Festivals
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.
Brigham City Peach Days Peach Days began in 1904 as a day off from the harvest and a time to celebrate an abundance of peaches. Now, the festival is the longest continually-running harvest festival in Utah, and according to Brigham City, it is the second oldest in the country. Takes place in September, the weekend following Labor Day.
Bear Lake Raspberry Days The three-day event is held in Garden City, on the shores of Bear Lake, where you’ll get to see the Little Miss Berry Pageant, a craft fair, and an abundance of entertainment. There’s even a 5K run, which will help to burn off the calories consumed while eating too many world-famous raspberry shakes. And when you aren’t at the festival, you can head to the lake to play. Takes place the first weekend of August.
Melon Days Festival Utah’s prime melon-growing place with more than 100 years of experience, Green River has ideal conditions for growing the fruit—hot days, cool nights, sandy soil, minimal water. And you’ll note how sweet they are at Melon Days when local farmers donate thousands of pounds of watermelons, cantaloupe, and Crenshaw melons at the all-you-can-eat cut melon tasting. There’s also whole melons for purchase.