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 jewelry 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 jewelry 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.
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.
Culture | Fort Douglas Day
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.
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.