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Salt Lake City’s 10 Best Events and Festivals in Summer 2014

Published: 06/23/2014

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is full of intriguing art and culture events this summer. From new museum exhibitions to jazz and art festivals, as well as historical reenactments of Utah’s past, there is a wealth of opportunities to discover the region’s diverse culture and heritage. We bring you our top ten art and culture events in Salt Lake City this summer.

Art | Butterfly Jewellery with Zell Lee of Asana Natural Arts

Opens 4 June

Located at the Natural History Museum of Utah, local jewellery maker Zell Lee is running a workshop on how to make unique and natural jewelry from insect wings. As part of the Craft Lake City Artist Workshop Series this summer, Zell Lee is offering to teach guests how to make their own pair of earrings, necklaces or any kind of piece of jewellery from beetle and butterfly wings. Although it might at first sound unethical, the practice is sustainable thanks to Zell Lee’s role as the owner of Asana Natural Arts, a business that works with butterfly preservation groups and only collects wings when butterflies die naturally.

Butterfly Jewellery with Zell Lee, Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah +1 80 1487 9221


Culture | Mountain Man Camp

13 – 14 June

In the heart of the historic This Is The Place Heritage Park, you’ll find the Mountain Man Camp. This event incorporates a living history encampment, a Traders Tow, Native American Village, as well as a Mountaineer and Long Hunter’s Camp. Guests are invited for one weekend to look back how the forefathers of Utah lived before the pioneers came. There are also demonstrations of firearms, as well as an opportunity to look at the clothes, blacksmith equipment, leather-work, cooking equipment and horse-packing equipment.

Mountain Man Camp, This Is The Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA +1 80 1582 1847


Culture | Fort Douglas Day

15 June

Fort Douglas Day is one of the most prestigious events in Utah. This summer will be the 150th anniversary of the annual Fort Douglas Day and is part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The day is full of incredible events such as a Civil War encampment, musket and canon firing demonstrations, a historical aircraft flyover, as well as many displays from restored military vehicles, weapons and equipment dating from the Civil War through to World War II.

Fort Douglas Military Museum, 32 Potter Street, Fort Douglas, Utah, USA +1 80 1581 1251

Culture | Utah Arts Festival

26 - 29 June

The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor arts event in Utah. It has received many international, national and local awards, making it one of the premiere events kicking off Utah’s summer. Utah Arts Festival has been running since 1977 and has slowly turned into a four-day event with a programme that features over 140 artists, 100 performing art groups, and 18 culinary artists. The event draws in around 80,000 guests each June to the Library and Washington Square of Salt Lake City to celebrate the wonderful art in Utah.

Utah Arts Festival, Library Square, 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA +1 80 1322 2428