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Things To Do To Make Your Summer In Salt Lake Fantastic

Thursday May 13, 2021
By Sean Buckley

With spring and summer upon us, and 2020 finally in the rear view mirror, the world is looking a little brighter. Things are beginning to get back to normal, and everyone is ready to make up for lost time. Finding adventures in Salt Lake has never been a problem, and for this summer, take a look at all of the fun times waiting for you.

Living Traditions Festival

May 15 - June 26

With traditional music, dance, food, and crafts from many different ethnic communities, this outdoor festival is a beautiful kick off to summer fun. Traditionally held at Washington Square in downtown, this year the Festival will have both in-person and virtual events on various days throughout May and June. For a full schedule, click here.

Utah Pride Week

June 1-7

Salt Lake has long had Pride Celebrations to look forward to, and this year is no exception. With a unique Utah Pride Story Garden, a Rainbow March & Rally, and more, celebrating the LGBTQ community is a time for everyone. Go here to buy tickets.

Downtown SLC Open Streets

Memorial Day - September

For the second year in a row, people can enjoy the downtown vibe as Salt Lake closes Main Street to cars between 400 South and South Temple every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Restaurants have expanded patios, shops and eating establishments have later hours, and live musicians create a festive atmosphere. More info here.

Downtown Farmers Market

Saturdays, June 5-October 23, 8 am - 1 pm

A mainstay of many locals’ Saturday mornings, the Downtown Farmers Market is in its 30th year. Local farms and businesses present their freshest products, and buskers, artists, and artisans of all sorts make it more than just a food event. More info here.

Summer Concerts

Concerts are making a comeback! Of particular note, these larger venues have listed their upcoming lineups: USANA Amphitheatre, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Deer Valley Music Festival, and Red Butte Garden Concert Series will be announcing their lineup in early June.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

An imaginative, one-of-a-kind audiovisual presentation will be coming to Salt Lake this summer for a limited time. Check out the website and register for pre-sale at their website.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium EECO

If you’ve been driving south on I-15 and suddenly wondered if we’d been invaded by aliens, you probably just drove past the Aquarium’s EECO or Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory. Built from the spaceship-like stage used in U2’s 360• Tour, it has been repurposed as a new space for the EECO and cool new programs for learning and exploration and fun events. One is Nights Under Lights, an outdoor light and music show.