Festivals & Events

Enrich your vacation with a local event

While on vacation, check out annual festivals and local events that celebrate Utah's artistry, cultural diversity and the human spirit. Utahns host great events and festivals throughout the year, all around the state. 

If you're planning to attend the Sundance Film Festival, you've also got to hit the slopes. Do you have tickets for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival? Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks are right around the corner. Come celebrate with us.

Top Annual Festivals

Sundance Film Festival
Park City  | January
Started by actor and director Robert Redford, this is considered the premier U.S. showcase for American and international independent film.

Utah Shakespeare Festival
Cedar City | June–October
This Tony Award-winning festival puts on several months of live Shakespeare performances.

Living Traditions Festival
Salt Lake City | May
Artists, volunteers and performers — who are Ecuadorian, Samoan, Mexican, Polish, Greek, and more — bring the Living Traditions Festival to life. Presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, this 32-year-old family-friendly festival has played host to the variety of cultures represented in Utah.

Utah Arts Festival
Salt Lake City | June
This festival showcases local, national and international artists and has attracted more than two million people, 4,500 performances and 3,600 artists' displays for over 30 years.

Craft Lake City DIY Festival
Salt Lake City | August
Join tens of thousands in downtown Salt Lake to discover all things handmade, attend workshops, eat local foodtrucks, hear live music and see performance art.

Music & Festival Stories

Summer Highlights

Twilight Concert Series
Salt Lake City (August) and Ogden (June)
The series showcases national acts with local openers for $10/ticket. 

Utah Festival Opera
Logan | June–August
Add a touch of high-class performing arts to your trip through Northern Utah (perhaps on the way to Yellowstone!).

World Folkfest
Springville | July–August
This is the largest international dance festival in the United States. The artsy town of Springville, Utah, is home to this lively festival, which features free dance ensemble performances nightly, international vendors, food and dancers from around the world and more.

Kimball Arts Festival
Park City | August
This arts festival takes place on Historic Main Street. Each year, more than 50,000 visitors explore 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states and enjoy 30 live musical acts and an array of cuisine offerings.

Blues, Brews and BBQ
Snowbasin Resort (Ogden) | Summer
On Sunday from early June to late September (noon to 5:30 p.m.), the lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge at Snowbasin Resort converts into a vibrant festival-like atmosphere with free music from nationally touring artists, incredible BBQ food and ice cold beverages.

Native American Celebration Powwow & Festival
Salt Lake City | July 24
This festival celebrates the cultures of the first Utahns or indigenous people of the state in the form of song, dance, food and crafts on July 24. 

Pioneer Day
Salt Lake City | July 24
This is a state holiday in Utah, celebrating the passage of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. See downtown Salt Lake City — and most Utah towns — come alive with a parade an all-day events, including the Days of '47 Rodeo. Some locals choose to celebrate it under the name "Pie and Beer Day." No matter what you call it, it's a great day to be in Utah. 

Labor Day and Fall Festivals

No Name Chili Cook Off
Snowbasin Resort (Ogden) | Labor Day
For Labor Day weekend, Snowbasin Resort hosts an elevated Blues, Brews, and BBQ with five great acts throughout Sunday followed on Monday with the annual No Name Chili Cook Off. The Snowbasin Resort Culinary team will make batches of their own personal chilis to have out for the guests of the event to sample, taste, and then vote on. The winning chili will be served all year long at John Paul Lodge for the upcoming season.

Midway Swiss Days Festival
Midway | August 31–September 1
The annual festival takes place in the beautiful Heber Valley, less than an hour from Salt Lake City. It is one of Utah's largest festivals.

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship
Midway | Labor Day
Also in Midway over Labor Day is the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, a truly thrilling international competition that has grown to become one of the largest of its kind.

Heber Valley Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Heber Valley | October
This is one of the most prominent festivals of its type in the country. Every fall, cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, and jokers meander their way to the two-horse town of Heber City for performances, concerts, Western entertainment, arts and crafts, fun and games, and more.

Oktoberfest
Snowbird (Salt Lake City) | August–October
This festival celebrates Germany's finest food, beer and music in the stunning setting of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City and Park City. Admission is free!

Fruit Harvest Festivals
August–September
Fruit has historical value to Utah, because it was essential to the seasonal and year-round diets of the early settlers, yet it remains vital today. So the harvest season is celebrated throughout Utah at several fruit harvest festivals — some are more than 100 years old.

Moab Music Festival
Moab | August–Septmber
This festival pairs rich acoustic performances with stunning red rock venues.