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.
- Salt Lake City, Utah in Salt lake city, UT
For three days in the first part of December, the South Towne Expo Center dazzles crowds with over 700 decorated trees from your dreams. Gingerbread houses, wreathes, playhouses and centerpieces thrill all Christmas-loving visitors and excite the kids into a holiday frenzy. The visit from Santa really tips the scales, and handmade food treats are the icing on the cake. Sparkle and glitter get visitors in the mood for the holiday season and start the gift-buying off right. This might be the place to find unique gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people that you agonize over every year. Dream big.
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.
- Salt Lake City, Utah in 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.
- South Towne Expo Center in 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.
- Tabernacle Square in Historic Downtown Loganï¿½ï¿½, UT 84343 in Logan, UT
The middle weekend of June livens up Tabernacle Square with a juried art festival that includes live music, great food and a children's art yard. Artistic mediums include: oil and watercolor paintings, photography, sculpture, fiber art, jewelry, pottery and more. More than a hundred artists bring their works to the grounds of the Logan Tabernacle. There are concerts every evening in this over 30-year tradition.
- Library Square 200 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84101 in Salt Lake City, UT
The third week of June carves out four days of art celebration downtown on Library Square. Visual, performing and culinary artists have astounded 80,000 visitors annually since 1977; this includes live music, dancing and kids' activities. Over 250 artists share their creations in a three-block stretch of town. Think about what "culinary" art entails, and then plan your visit.