34th annual Utah Arts Festival kicks off in Salt Lake City


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Artists, musicians and food vendors have made their way to downtown Salt Lake for the annual Utah Arts Festival, and organizers have wrangled up some new headliners for this weekend's festivities.

Ticket information:
Adult: $10.00 (except Lunchtime Admission Special--see below)
Seniors: $5.00
Children 12 and under: FREE all 4 days of the Festival
Lunchtime Admission Special (Thursday and Friday noon-3 pm only): $5.00
"Y'all come back" Pass: On your way out, pick up a Y'all Come Back Pass at the gate to receive 2-for-1 admission on your return visit. Come all weekend long!
Day-of 4-Day Festival Pass: $30.00 (savings of $10.00! Only available until on Thursday.)
Ride Your Bike Discount: $2.00 discount off of regular adult admission in the Valet Bike Lot

Eighty thousand Utahns are expected to enter the gates of this year's arts festive to get a look at the creations of 147 visual artists -- glass, photography, embroidery and much more. There are also more than 100 musical artists scheduled to perform.

Organizers say this event -- one of the largest urban festivals in the country -- is supposed to inspire.

"Things are unexpected. You might see a dance that really touches you, and all of a sudden you realize, "I love dance!" And you didn't realize that before," says Utah Arts Festival spokeswoman Eugenie Jaffe. "So, it's an introduction to some; and for experienced art lovers, it's just a reminder of why we love it."

Artists from as far away Mexico and Canada have come to the festival this year. Many vendors say they hope all year to be chosen to participate. A special jury judges their works, so this festival is good for business.

Utah Arts Festival
Thurs. June 24 - Sun. Jun 27
Noon to 11 p.m. daily
Library Square
200 East 400 South

"It's a really amazing arts festival, one of the better ones that I do, and I travel all over the West Coast," says potter Gil Harrison.

Still, one of the best parts for many people is enjoying the art as a community. Plus, it's just a great place to people watch. After 34 years, organizers hope this festival is still the place to be.

The Utah Arts Festival runs from noon until 11 p.m., now through Sunday at Library Square.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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