As summer vacation begins to fade and the back-to-school bustle overtakes the day-to-day, many find themselves lamenting the end of summer fun. However, Utah still offers a wide range of activities throughout the month of August to finish out the season!
Below please find a list of a few of the best activities in Utah for the month of August. Happy planning!
Movies in the Park
While the weather is warm and school is still out, people stay outside longer. Outdoor Movies, a favorite activity during the summer months in Utah, can be found at Drive-In Theaters, Universities, up Canyons, or in local parks. While you can do the movie by yourself, many cities has at least one outdoor movie night scheduled in the month of August. The entry fee for city festivities tends to be free. During the movie, you can often find food trucks rallies close by. Additional information can be found on your local municipality’s web page.
National Parks Birthday
Utah boasts 5 National Parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. Although these can be enjoyed all year round, August 25th is one of the best days to visit, as the entrance fee is waived. Every year, the National Parks Service waives the entrance fee in all of its parks to celebrate the day it was created. Likewise, the fee will also be waived at National Monuments. This year, it will be celebrating 105 years of service!
The Zermatt Resort ‘Summer Concert Series’
During the summer months, the Zermatt Resort located in Midway hosts a free outdoor concert. Running from June to September, guests and locals can expect a fun night of music. The Concerts start at 7pm and are held out on their lawn, with spaces and spots given on a first come, first served basis. Moreover, it is also advised to arrive early, as well as to bring your own chair, blanket, and snacks.
In August, the lineup is as follows: Mary Beth Maziarz (contemporary piano-based pop-folk music) on 08/07, Molly in the Mineshaft (contemporary folk music) on 08/14, Lincoln Highway (bluegrass/folk band) with Kristen Lloyd (singer/songwriter) on 08/21, and The Ron Saltmarsh Saltaire Band (jazz music) on 08/28.
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Located in Cedar City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival offers a myriad of plays every year. With the option of Matinee or Evening performances, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is a great way to experience the theatre. This year, the festival is celebrating its 60th year of performances.
The plays showcased this season are:
- ‘Pericles’ (June 21st – September 9th)
- ‘Richard III’ (June 22nd – September 10th)
- ‘The Comedy of Errors’ (June 23rd – September 1st)
- ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ (June 25th – October 9th)
- ‘Ragtime’ (June 26th – September 11th)
- ‘Cymbeline’ (July 16th – October 9th)
- ‘Intimate Apparel’ (July 17th – October 9th)
- ‘The Comedy of Terrors’ (July 29th – October 9th)
- ‘Words Cubed’ (August 13th – 28th)
You can find tickets for sale on their site: https://www.bard.org/
Full Moon Lift Rides
From May to September, the Sundance Resort offers Full Moon Lift Rides. This unique activity is perfect for family, friends, and date nights! The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes allows for individuals to experience Utah’s stunning nature landscape under the stars. On August 23rd and 24th, Ray’s lift will run from 8:30pm – 11:00pm. Due to the dropping temperatures after sunset, is advised to come with blankets, jackets and hats.
Tickets can be found on https://www.sundanceresort.com/
Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month
The month of August is recognized as Pacific Island Heritage Month in Utah and all month long festivities can be found. The celebrations will kick off Saturday, July 23rd at Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City. The event lasts from 5-10pm and is open to everyone. It is a great family activity, as there is no admission fee. At this event, participants can expect food, live entertainment, cultural education and shopping. Additional information and other Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month activities can be found online.
Throughout Utah almost every municipality offers a Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. At these markets, local fruit, vegetables, and wares can be found in abundance. Shopping locally at the Farmer’s Market is a great way to support local business and turns grocery shopping into a memorable outing. Local Markets open around 8-9am and close around 1-2pm. Information about your local Farmer’s Market can be found online.
Kimball Arts Festival
From August 6th – 8th in downtown Park City, around 200 artists gather for the Kimball Arts Festival. These artists travel from 33 states and 3 countries to celebrate, showcase, and sell their artwork. Live performances with Mountain Town Music can be found on two outdoor stages within the festival. The event will be located along Provo Main Street. It is advised that tickets be purchased in advanced.
Further details can be found online:https://parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/
Hogle Zoo Paint Night
Hogle Zoo hosts an on-site paint night on August 21st that allows participants to put a brush to canvas in painting the animal residents. An artist is there to guide everyone through the process and by the end of the night, participants have a finished painting to take home with them. Supplies are provided, although there is a ticket price of $35. The event lasts from 6pm-8pm and tickets can be purchased online: https://www.hoglezoo.org/