SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is in full swing, and with the end of the school year come longer days and seemingly endless activities with which to fill them. Get out of the house and have some fun with these festivals and events happening in June throughout the Beehive State:
Salt Lake area
Mondays: Draper Summer Concerts in the Park
Draper City and the Draper Community Foundation will hold free concerts every Monday in June from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Draper City Historic Park, 12625 S. 900 East.
- June 3: Killer Keys Dueling Pianos
- June 10: Slick Rock Gypsy
- June 17: Vision
- June 24: Red Desert Ramblers
June 1–3: Utah Pride Festival
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this year at the 44th annual Utah Pride Festival. Events will include a march and rally, interfaith services, live entertainment, a 5K charity run and the traditional Pride Parade. The festival will be held at Washington Square, 451 S. State St., and tickets can be purchased here. View the parade route and festival map here.
June 7–9: Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Celebrate Scottish heritage with dancing, piping, drumming, vendors and more at the Utah Highland Games and Scottish Festival, held at the Utah State Fair Park, 155 N. 1000 West in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $15 for people 65 and older, as well as students 12 to 18 years old. Active military with a current Geneva Conventions ID and children 11 and under can attend for free. Tickets are $20 for adults.
June 8: Holi Festival of Colors
This year’s Holi Festival of Colors will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Krishna Temple, 965 E. 3370 South in Salt Lake City. The event will include interactive dance, live mantra bands, DJs, yoga, food and color throws. Online registration costs $6.50. Outside colors are not allowed, but bags of color can be purchased within the festival for $3 each.
June 13–15: WestFest
This year’s WestFest will include a parade, carnival, local entertainment, food, fireworks and more, all at Centennial Park in West Valley, 5405 W. 3100 South.
June 15: Utah Asian Festival
The 42nd Utah Asian Festival is free to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 S. State St. in Sandy. Check the website as the event nears for more information.
June 14–15: Utah Blues Festival
The fifth annual Utah Blues Festival, held at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City, benefits the nonprofit Utah Blues Society. The festival showcases national and local blues artists and offers workshops and a youth showcase. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.
June 20–23: Utah Arts Festival
Celebrate the performing, visual and literary arts at the Utah Arts Festival, held at Library (200 E. 400 South) and Washington (451 S. State St.) squares. Tickets start at $8; children 12 and younger get in free. Events start at noon and go until 11 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.
June 27–29: Taylorsville Dayzz
Taylorsville Dayzz will be held at Valley Regional Park, 5100 S. 2700 West, and will include live entertainment, a parade, a car show, carnival rides, a "Ralph Breaks the Internet" screening, fireworks and more. Most activities are free.
June 29: LOVELOUD
Kesha will headline the third LOVELOUD festival, the brainchild of Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds. Other performers include Tegan & Sara, Martin Garrix, K. Flay and more. The event will be held at Usana Amphitheater, 5150 Upper Ridge Rd in West Valley City. Tickets for the festival, which begins at 2:30 p.m., start at $29 and can be purchased here. Proceeds benefit local and national LGBTQ+ charities.
June 1: Utah Lake Festival
The annual Utah Lake Festival, aimed at educating the public about lake improvement plans and encouraging outdoor recreation, will be packed to bursting this year with activities like a sailboat regatta, live music, boat rides, educational booths and fishing instruction. Food trucks will be on premises. The event will be held at Utah Lake State Park, 4400 W. Center St. in Provo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
June 1: Pop Con
Utah Valley’s Pop Culture Convention is an opportunity to celebrate pop culture, anime, games and cosplay in a fan-oriented environment. Tickets start at $18; children 8 and younger can enter for free. Pop Con will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W. Center St. in Provo, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find the full schedule here.
June 1–8: Springville Art City Days
Springville’s annual celebration of summer will include carnivals, parades, a balloon festival, live entertainment, food and plenty of activities for the entire family. Most events are free to the public; find the entire schedule on the Art City Days website.
June 3–8: Cedar Hills Family Festival
This year’s festival includes a family swim night, golf and pickleball tournaments, an adventure zone, children’s activities, an outdoor movie, a parade and more, finally closing out with a free fireworks spectacular at 10 p.m. on June 8 at Mesquite Park, N Mesquite Way. Some events are free; others require tickets. Find more info here.
June 10–15: Orem Summerfest
Celebrate Orem’s centennial with a special Summerfest, featuring a carnival and pool party, live entertainment, balloon art, face painting and more. Most activities are free to attend; buy tickets for the pool party here. Summerfest will be held at 56 N. State Street. Presale carnival tickets can be purchased at the Orem Public Library.
June 10–15: Saratoga Splash Days
Saratoga Springs’ annual celebration is jam-packed with family friendly events including a carnival, water party, picnic, movie night, battle of the bands, live entertainment, fireworks and more. Most events will be held at Neptune Park, 452 W. 400 North. Buy presale carnival wristbands for $25 at the library until June 8 or at the Civic Events booth at Neptune Park on June 10–11. Ticket packages for individual rides start at $12.
June 15–16: 11th Annual Snowbird Brewfest
This year’s Brewfest will feature more than 30 local and regional beers, as well as live music and more than 20 crafters and vendors. Additionally, the Father’s Day BBQ on June 16 will feature potato salad, hamburgers, BBQ-braised St. Louis ribs, jerked chicken, shaved ice and more. Tickets for the Brewfest start at $10.
June 15–22: Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days
Strawberry Days is said to be the longest-running celebration in the state, with events including a carnival, live entertainment, car show, rodeo, parade, pie-eating contest and all the strawberries you can get your hands on. Many events are free; find ticketing and location information on the Strawberry Days website.
June 22–30: Lehi Round-Up Week
Enjoy events like a picnic in the park, art shows, a barbecue, miniature float parade and more at Lehi’s Round-Up Week, culminating in a weekend rodeo. Locations and pricing vary by event; find more info here.
May 31–June 2: Ogden Music Festival
Tickets start at $40 for this year’s Ogden Music Festival, held at Fort Buenaventura, 2450 A Avenue. In addition to enjoying traditional music outdoors, attendees can visit the petting zoo and participate in a variety of outdoor-themed activities. Children and teens age 16 and younger can attend for free. Find the full lineup here.
June 8: Brigham City Arts Festival
Gather at Bill of Rights Plaza, 20 N. Main St., to view work by heritage and contemporary artists. There will also be live music, food trucks, a quilt show, kids games and a bike decorating contest and parade. Admission is free and the event starts at 10:30 a.m.
June 8–9: Ogden Arts Festival
Enjoy a diverse array of performances and a variety of art-related activities at this year’s Ogden Arts Festival, at Union Station, 2501 Wall Avenue. Check the website for more detailed information as the event draws near.
June 13–15: Summerfest Arts Faire
The Summerfest Arts Faire will be held in Historic Downtown, 50 N. Main St. in Logan, and feature a variety of art, live entertainment and food. Check the website as the event nears for up-to-date information.
June 21–22: South Ogden Days
The 20th anniversary celebration of South Ogden Days will be particularly active, featuring golf, mud volleyball, spikeball and pickleball tournaments; the Spartan Challenge; a 5K and Kids K Sunset Glow race; the South Ogden's Got Talent competition; a battle of the bands, outdoor movie, parade, carnival, live entertainment and fireworks. South Ogden Days will be held at Friendship Park, 692 E. 5500 South. Most activities are free; check the site for a full lineup.
June 28–Aug. 10: Deer Valley Music Festival
The Deer Valley Music Festival is the summer home of the Utah Symphony. This year’s festival kicks off with Chris Botti and the Utah Symphony on June 28 at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr. in Park City. Tickets start at $15.
May 31–June 2: Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo
Tickets start at $5 for children and $10 for adults for this year’s Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo, held at the Old Spanish Trails Arena, 3641 U.S. 191 in Moab. Events will include bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping and more.
June 5–8: Panguitch Quilt Walk
The annual event will feature a Chocolate Fest and silent auction, play and dinner theater, pioneer home tour, heritage fair, pioneer village, tractor parade, quilt walk races and a tractor pull. Keep an eye on the website as the event nears for an up-to-date schedule and pricing information for the Chocolate Fest.
The main attraction for June’s First Friday event in St. George is the car and bike show at Tabernacle St. and Green Gate Village. Also enjoy local arts, bands, vendors, food and entertainment for all ages from 5 p.m. to midnight. Many activities are free; find pricing for others here.
June 21: Frontier Folklife Festival
More than 30 artists from Utah, Nevada and Arizona will be represented at this year’s festival, which will offer opportunities to browse for one-of-a-kind gifts, listen to live music, learn about traditional frontier skills and more. Admission is free.
June 26–29: Bryce Canyon Annual Astronomy Festival
The 18th annual festival will have telescopes available and feature various astronomy-themed activities and programs. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Amber Straughn, associate director of astrophysics science at NASA.
June 27–Oct. 12: Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespeare Festival returns to Cedar City starting June 27, with "Macbeth" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as its opening-night performances. Ticket prices, venues and plays vary; find a full schedule here.
June 28–30: Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally & 5K
Watch dozens of balloons rise into the sky in the morning, then head to historic Main Street on Saturday evening for the balloon glow. A 5K race will take place on Saturday morning as the balloons take off.
June 14: Helper Outlaw Car Show
The 33rd annual Outlaw Car Show will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Helper and include a car cruise and poker run. The event is free to attend.
Steph Grimes is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, although she'll always be a Las Vegan at heart. Find her on Twitter: @stephgrimes