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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Historic Main Street Park City, UT 84060 in Park City, UT.

The very first part of August, a Kimball Arts Center fundraiser is held to fund and support free exhibitions, gallery tours and Art Talks year-round as well as art education outreach for the entire community. Over 200 artists, jury-selected, in 12 media areas, exhibit in historic Main street for over 57,000 visitors. A children's area, music and excellent cuisine are included. This event is partnered with the Sundance Institute, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation and the Deer Valley Music Festival, to name a few.

  • Address: work 155 North 1000 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Map It in Salt lake city, UT.

After the first few days of September, the state fair opens up with a bang and runs for 11 days. From deep fried Twinkies to fine art, it's all in there. Rides, animals, live music, and more draw thousands. Interesting competitions and maggot sandwiches are unique to this state fair, but are not required activities. Of course, there are a lot of games and little yellow ducky grabs for toddler prizes.

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