With spring and summer finally upon us, the world is looking a little brighter. The snow is melting, the skis are in the garage, and everyone is pulling out the sunscreen and swimwear. 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 19 - 21
With traditional music, dance, food, and craft artists from many different ethnic communities that make Salt Lake their home, this outdoor festival is a beautiful kick off to summer fun. Traditionally held at Washington Square in downtown, this year the Festival has film screenings, special exhibitions, programs for kids, bocce ball, workshops, and panel discussions, in addition to the multitude of performances and delicious food. For a full schedule, click here.
Utah Pride Festival
Salt Lake has long had Pride Celebrations to look forward to, and this year is no exception. With events including the Pride March & Rally at the State Capitol, a Saturday morning Drag Brunch, the traditional and well-attended Pride Parade, and a remarkable lineup of local and national musicians, comedians, and drag performers, celebrating the LGBTQ community is a time for everyone. Buy tickets online.
Busker Fest 2023
Busker Fest is a free festival every year on Main Street in downtown (although small bills or Venmo for tips are always appreciated!) Live traveling street musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, and hula-hoopers roam the streets and perform for your enjoyment. More details are online at The Blocks.
Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 3-October 21, 8 am - 2 pm
A mainstay of many locals’ Saturday mornings, the Downtown Farmers Market is in its 32nd 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. Check out the Farmers Market website.
What's more "summer" than seeing a big name concert at an arena or a beautiful outdoor venue? These larger venues have listed their upcoming lineups for 2023: USANA Amphitheatre, Vivint Arena (soon to be the Delta Center), Deer Valley Music Festival, and Red Butte Garden Concert Series.
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 space for the EECO and cool programs for learning, exploration, and fun events. Check out Nights Under Lights, an outdoor light and music show that runs throughout the summer with various themes.