The weather is getting warmer, the wildflowers are blooming and the Salt Lake events calendar is jam-packed with a whole lot of fun you won’t want to miss. From rockin’ concerts to cheers-worthy festivals, here’s your guide to this summer’s hottest happenings.

Utah Pride Rainbow March

Arts & Culture Are in Full Bloom

A rainbow of color bursts onto the scene the first weekend of June with Utah Pride, one of the largest pride festivals in the country. This year’s event features a March at the Capitol on Saturday, a full weekend of festivities in Washington Square and a Pride Parade through downtown on Sunday.

Loved by travelers, locals and artists from all across the country, the Utah Arts Festival celebrates all forms of art the last weekend of June. Step into the vibrant hub of creativity at Library Square, where you’ll encounter everything from visual arts and live music to dance performances and interactive installations.

In August, local makers show off their skills at Salt Lake’s premier DIY festival, Craft Lake City, held at the Utah State Fair Park. Experience Utah’s thriving creative culture through local artisans, vintage vendors, craft food makers, performers and STEM exhibitors.

Concert at Red Butte Garden

Live Music in the Great Outdoors

No experience is more quintessentially summer than listening to live tunes carrying across the mountains at sunset, and in Salt Lake, someone is always playing. 

When it comes to scenery and accessibility, you can’t beat the Red Butte Garden Concert Series. This summer’s lineup is full of fan-favorites from a variety of genres like Blues Traveler, Lake Street Drive, The Beach Boys and more, all set on a spacious lawn in front of the stunning backdrop of the Wasatch Range. Pro tip: you can bring your own cooler, so come stocked with your favorite chilled refreshments.

In the heart of downtown, the Twilight Concert Series features both nationally recognized and up-and-coming artists at the Gallivan Center. Enjoy easy access with a conveniently located stop on the Trax line.

With the arrival of summer, the Utah Symphony takes up residence in the mountains for the Deer Valley Music Festival. From Mozart and Tchaikovsky to Disney and disco, this beloved summer program delivers memorable music paired with breathtaking views.

Toasting at Fisher Brewing

Salt Lake’s Freshest Bites and Brews

Locals’ favorite way to start every summer Saturday, the Downtown Farmer’s Market kicks off in Pioneer Park on June 1st. Grab a coffee then make the park loop to peruse the stalls bursting with local fare and wares. Be sure to keep an eye out for seasonal delights like morel mushrooms and your berry of choice.

Hot summer days and cold, crisp beers go hand in hand, and Salt Lake is bustling with events where you can taste some local taps. In mid-August, the Utah Beer Festival takes over Granary Live downtown for Utah’s largest drinking event, featuring more than 200 different beers, ciders, seltzers and kombucha cocktails, plus food trucks and live music.

On August 10th, one of Utah’s longest-running cultural events kicks off in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is an all-ages German festival offering over fifty varieties of beer in an idyllic alpine setting.

Looking to dive deeper into Salt Lake’s craft beer scene? The Salt Lake Brewery Pass is a great place to start.

Curling at the Utah Olympic Oval

Experience Salt Lake’s Olympic Heritage

With a bid to bring the Olympics back to Salt Lake in the works, now is the perfect time to brush up on the area’s Olympic legacy. Experience the energy that still thrums in these famed venues, from the Olympic Cauldron Park to the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth’.

The nearby Utah Olympic Park is a destination for adventure year-round. Start with a tour of the grounds and the interactive Winter Games Museum. Then, get your adrenaline pumping with a trip on one of the world’s steepest ziplines or a tube ride down an Olympic jump. If you’d rather leave the flying to others, don’t miss the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show, featuring Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders performing acrobatic feats as they soar up to 60 feet in the air before splashing into a pool. 

Check out the Salt Lake Connect Attractions Pass to land the best deal at Utah Olympic Park and other summer must-dos.

Days of '47 Parade

Long Weekends Mean More Time for Exploring

Take advantage of a holiday weekend to make the most of your time in Salt Lake. You’ll find plenty to do for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and the state’s own Pioneer Day on July 24th.

Fourth of July celebrations include a rodeo, parades, carnivals, fireworks and drone shows all across the valley. Salt Lake’s main event is at The Gateway, where live music, yard games, face painting and more precede the explosive grand finale at 10pm. Or, celebrate Independence Day with America’s pastime at the Salt Lake Bees game followed by a fireworks show.

For a holiday experience totally unique to Utah, join in the Pioneer Day celebrations. Commemorating the day in 1847 when Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake valley, highlights include the Days of ‘47 Parade, Utah Days of ‘47 Rodeo and the less traditional spin-off, ‘Pie and Beer Day’.

Looking for more? These ideas are just the tip of the inspiration iceberg. No matter when you’re in town or where you look, there’s always something fun going on in Salt Lake.