5 Must-See Things to See at the Utah Arts Festival This Year

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They say life imitates art, but this month, art is life at the Utah Arts Festival June 23-26 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. For four days, art (in all its forms) takes center stage, literally and figuratively.

With over 170 artists and over 200 performances across six stages, there’s something for everyone – and their inner artist – to enjoy at Library Square. The four-day event is filled with performances, exhibitions and creative sessions. You can view the full Utah Arts Festival schedule online.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect.

film festival

Take a step into another world with the festival’s series of independent films. The 2022 Fear No Film Festival features 12 programs, including a short documentary program, animated programs, narrative programs, a KIDS short program, midnight programs, and a Utah Made program. The films reflect art from Utah as well as 23 countries around the world. The film festival begins each day at noon in the Salt Lake City Library Auditorium and does not require additional tickets.

5 Must-See Things to See at the Utah Arts Festival This Year

Gigs

From renowned favorites to new rising stars, these performances are sure to get you up and dancing (which is highly encouraged!). From The Fixx to Judith Hill, Diggin Dirt, Mars Highway and many more, your toughest task will be choosing the next of the festival’s six stages! Check out the entire musical program and make harmonious plans.

Workshops

From making your own origami paper cranes to creating graphic novels to boosting your creative well-being, there’s a Utah Festival of the Arts workshop for every member of the family (kids can also participate). Choose from niche topics like memoir or food writing or connect with kindred spirits by participating in an open mic of poetry. For children, discover a pop-up book workshop to channel their inner author and illustrator.

5 Must-See Things to See at the Utah Arts Festival This Year
Photo: Jeff Swinger

Artists’ Market/Exhibition

Giving patrons a unique chance to see the artistry and talent of Utah’s youngest rising stars. The 2021/2022 Utah All-State High School Art Show traveling exhibit showcases inspired art from across the state.

Of course, you’ll also want to make time for the Artists’ Market, which features more than 170 artists from across Utah – and the world – in a variety of mediums, including ceramic, fiber, drawing and pastel. , digital art, jewelry, photography, painting, glass, sculpture, wood and much more.

The experience

The Utah Arts Festival experience is nothing but an experience. With a variety of food vendors, kids’ activities and more, you’ll want to stick around for a while. Tickets are available on the Utah Arts Festival website and cost $13 per day for an adult when purchased online ($15 on the site) or $45 for a four-day pass. Seniors are $8 each and children 12 and under are free.

New this year, UTA is allowing customers to show their Utah Arts Festival tickets as a free fare. Your festival ticket is your UTA fare for the dates shown on the ticket with unlimited access to FrontRunner, TRAX, buses and UTA on demand.

Get ready to experience Utah’s creative side, while channeling your inner artist at the 2022 Utah Festival of the Arts.

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