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.
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 Logan��, 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.
- Salt Lake City, Utah in Salt lake city, UT
The founding of the city by Mormon pioneers in 1847 is a celebration that includes: rodeos, parades, dinners, first encampment hikes and royalty pageants. Don't forget Family Fun Day and the Float Preview Party. Events begin in March and culminate in this July event and horses are involved frequently. It's a state holiday! Celebrate it here.