Utah knows how to celebrate its culture, arts and people. The festivals in Utah are where half the fun is at. Utah's many cultural events and festivals can be a great way to have a good time and get to know the state's unique culture.
Throughout the year, annual events and festivals for just about everyone--heritage, Native American culture, railroad history, agriculture, arts, music, outdoor recreation--and so much more. Here are some of the festivals you'll hear most Utahns talk about year after year that you won't want to miss.
Downtown Salt Lake City's premier summertime festival, the Utah Arts Festival (uaf.org) on the square of the public library features everything between local and internationally renowned artwork. June.
A great celebration of the LGBQT community, Utah Pride Festival (utahpridefestival.org) in Utah draws out crowds from all colors and backgrounds to show love and acceptance. June.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival (bard.org) a Tony Award-winning festival in southern Utah featuring remarkable talent paired with the most classic and modern offerings of theater. June through October.
Get your fill of classical music in the beautiful summer mountains at the International Music Festival (pcmusicfestival.com) in Park City. June through August.
Utahns celebrate the state's "birthday" on Pioneer Day--July 24--the day Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Today many communities' around the state observe their heritage with parades, fireworks, rodeos and a day off. The Days of '47 (daysof47.org) is the largest gathering with a week of activities. July.
Held at Snowbird Resort, Oktoberfest (snowbird.com) celebrates fall harvest with a vast collection of German cuisine and brews. August through October.
The Salt Lake Greek Festival (saltlakegreekfestival.com) is the largest ethnic festival in Utah. It's held in downtown Salt Lake City and celebrates the Greeks' heritage with food and performances. SEPTEMBER.
A remarkable winter wonderland, the Festival of Trees (festivaloftreesutah. org) auctions off more than 800 gloriously decorated trees and other holiday garb with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Primary Children's Hospital. December.
For more festivals in Utah, go to visitutah.com