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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Moab, Utah in Moab, UT
Classical chamber music is showcased in the last of August and first week of September for 12 days in the red canyon-lands of Moab; old and new masterpieces from around the world are performed. This feast for the senses is an international event. Ancient red rock surrounds the concert venues for heightened enjoyment of sights and sounds.