June 12, 2024 at 7:15am | Alexandra McEwen

Is there anything better than a Utah summer? As Utah real estate agents, we’d collectively argue ‘No’, and our sentiment is shared. More and more we’re seeing homebuyers moving in from other states who agree that Utah just has that special ‘thing’ about it. From music and art festivals to food and cultural events, each city in Utah offers eclectic and unique experiences that attract locals and tourists alike… and summer is when we can highlight it all! 

The weather is great, people are kicking back with their kids and going on adventures. The housing market tends to be a bit more relaxed before the madness of fall, and we’re here to take advantage of it. Here’s a guide to some of the top summer activities in Utah, highlighting the best festivals and events that you can expect from each region and city. 

Utah Arts Festival
Date: June 20-23
Held at Library Square, this festival is a celebration of visual arts, performing arts, film, and culinary arts. With over 160 visual artists, six performing stages, a film program, and a fantastic array of food vendors, the Utah Arts Festival is the state's largest multidisciplinary art event. Interactive workshops and kids' activities ensure there's something for everyone.

America's Freedom Festival in Provo
Date: June 30 - July 4
One of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the country, Provo’s America's Freedom Festival includes a grand parade, Stadium of Fire concert and fireworks, and various patriotic events. The festival also features a hot air balloon fest, carnival rides, and food vendors, providing fun for all ages.

Days of '47 Parade and Rodeo in Salt Lake City
Date: July 19-24
Commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, this event includes a grand parade, a rodeo, fireworks, and other festivities. You can camp out on Salt Lake City streets along the route that evening. One big sleepover for your family and friends and it’s always a blast to see the streets covered in campers!

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival in Salt Lake City 
Date: July 26-August 4
The Great Salt Lake Fringe is a performing arts festival. Over two weekends, they showcase 20 performing artists and groups featuring theater, dance, music, magic, storytelling, and more. The fringe shows are original, uncensored, and unadjudicated, making it an authentic and worthwhile venture.

Deer Valley Music Festival
Date: Various dates in July and August
Hosted by the Utah Symphony, the Deer Valley Music Festival is a series of open-air concerts that blend classical and contemporary music. Set against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, attendees can enjoy everything from Beethoven symphonies to Broadway show tunes. Picnics on the lawn are highly encouraged, making it a lovely evening out.

Twilight Concert Series
Date: Thursdays from June to August
A staple of Salt Lake City's summer, the Twilight Concert Series brings a diverse lineup of musicians to Pioneer Park. From indie rock to hip-hop, these concerts offer a relaxed vibe and a chance to discover new music. Local food trucks and vendors add to the festive atmosphere: all in all a great summer eventing. 

Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Date: August 2-4
This annual festival transforms Park City's historic Main Street into a hub of creativity. Featuring over 200 artists from around the country, the Kimball Arts Festival offers live music, gourmet food, and interactive art installations. It's an ideal spot for art lovers and families looking to explore artistic endeavors this summer.

TimpFest in Lehi 
Date: August 7-10
Short for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, TimpFest is one of the premier storytelling events in the nation. Held at Ashton Gardens, the festival gathers storytellers from across the globe to share their tales. The enchanting setting and engaging performances make it a unique cultural experience for attendees.

Moab Free Concert Series
Date: Friday evenings in July and August
This series of free concerts is held at Swanny City Park and offers a mix of musical genres, from folk to rock to bluegrass. The family-friendly atmosphere includes food vendors and a laid-back setting perfect for enjoying a summer night under the stars.

Moab Music Festival
Date: August 30 - September 14
Known for its stunning red rock scenery, Moab also hosts a unique music festival that incorporates the natural landscape into its performances. Concerts are held in various locations, including canyons and riversides, providing a magical auditory and visual experience. Genres range from classical to jazz, and the festival also features educational outreach programs.

St. George Streetfest

Date: First Friday of every month, June - September
This monthly festival turns downtown St. George into a lively block party. Featuring live music, food trucks, artisan vendors, and a beer garden, the Streetfest is a vibrant community event that showcases the local culture and creativity. Family-friendly activities ensure everyone can join in the fun.

Utah’s summer festivals and events offer something for every type of family, whether you're finding activities for the kiddos, an art lover, music-obsessed, foodie, or adventure seeker. Each city gives its own style, making summer the perfect time to explore the Beehive State and check it out for yourself.

If you’re looking for a new home or hoping to sell yours this summer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to McEwen Realtors. We are a team of award winning, full service Realtors, serving sellers and buyers along the Salt Lake City and Utah Wasatch Front. Led by Alex and Mike McEwen, a third generation Realtor and husband and wife team with 10+ years of experience, we aim to create the happiest clients in Utah. Our clients can expect a personalized experience, world class representation, and expert guidance. Text or call us today and put our experience and expertise to work toward your real estate goals at 801-389-8975.
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