From the forests of the Wasatch Mountains to the crimson rocks of its southern deserts, Utah is home to exciting outdoor recreation and friendly locals. In the winter, the fluffy snow draws visitors for skiing and snowboarding, and the warm temperatures of summer entice hikers from all over the world. In addition to the outdoor amusement, the cities of Utah are also home to an abundance of art festivals, musical productions, historical museums and more.
- Name of location Park City, UT
This independent film festival begins mid-January and goes for 10 days, brightening up the dreary, full-on winter. Begun in 1981 by Robert Redford, it is a respected and popular venue for significant works. Book hotel rooms months in advance to stay in Park City. You know you want a glimpse of Robert Redford.
- Name of location Salt Lake City, UT
One of 12 favorite marathons listed in Runners' World, this 26.2 run is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. It begins at the University of Utah Olympic Legacy Bridge and ends at the Olympic Legacy Plaza at The Gateway. There are open, masters and wheelchair divisions and 17 age divisions. Sanctioned by the USATF, this race is a fast, downhill course. There are fees for the marathon and 5K-race, but watching is free.
- Name of location SALT LAKE CITY, UT
See some of the most beautiful quilts every created and get some quilting or stitching tips from the pros at this event that takes place during the last weekend in August. Watch live demonstrations, stroll through the series of vendor's booths and pick up a few new sewing tricks.
- Name of location Moab, UT
Memorial Day weekend in Swanny City Park has art, music, food, live entertainment and Kid-O-Rama. Fine art, photography, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, wood and clothing are on display and admission is free. It's near Arches National Park and showcases the best pieces from Southern Utah.