School is back in session and as routine starts to overtake the days, there is still time for a last hurrah in the warm weather. Throughout the month of September, Utah offers an array of different enjoyable and inclusive activities. There are outdoor concerts, cultural celebrations, conventions and fairs. There is an activity for everyone to enjoy!
Ranging from Salt Lake City to St. George, below is a list of the best Utah events for the month of September.
Labor Day Celebrations – Sept. 5th
Over Labor Day weekend, all over Utah there are several businesses hosting events and offering special deals. From shopping to hiking to outdoor concerts and events, participants can enjoy many activities throughout Utah’s valleys and peaks. Outdoor events can be found at Red Butte Garden, Snowbird Resort, and throughout Utah’s cities. Further information on these events can be found on the host’s sites.
Outside of events, you can also enjoy the weekend at local museums, attractions, and parks—many offering deals to celebrate the holiday.
Polynesian Days – Sept. 3th, 4th, and 6th
Every year, Thanksgiving Point holds a special Luau known as Polynesian Days. This event, encompassing 3 days, September 3th, 4th, and 6th is open to everyone for the price of $1 per day. At this event, participants can expect food, crafts, dancing, crafts, and cultural education. There are even little villages teaching children about cooking, dancing, and singing. Found within the event are several competitions, like Masters of the Flame, and a Pickleball Tournament.
Additional information regarding this event can be found at: https://polynesiandaysutah.com/.
Local Heritage at the Miners’ Day Parade – Sept. 6th
On September 6th, Park City celebrates its mining heritage with a day full of festivities. They offer a Parade, 5K Fun Run, live music, and other festivities. One event, beloved by locals, known as “Running of the Balls” involves thousands of golf balls rolling down Park City’s Main Street. Below is the schedule for Park City’s Miners’ Day celebration:
7:30 – 9:30 AM – Miners’ Day Breakfast, City Park
8:00 AM – Miners’ Day Bark City 5k Run, City Park (bring your dog)
10:30 AM – Running of the Balls, Main Street (get there early to buy balls)
11:00 AM – Miners’ Day Parade, Main Street
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM – Food Trucks, City Park
11:45 AM – Music in the Park, City Park Stage – Jake & the Heist
12:00 – 4:00 PM – Fun in the park kids’ activities
12:30 – 1:00 PM – Kids Games, City Park
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Mucking and Drilling Competition, City Park (across from library on Park Ave.)
2:45 PM – Music in the Park, City Park Stage – The Electric Moose Band
3:00 – 6:00 PM – Skateboard Bowl Jam, Skateboard Park
Miners’ Day Celebrations take place in Park City, UT on Main Street or in City Park.
Utah State Fair – Sept. 9th – Sept. 19th
The Utah State Fair, known as Utah’s biggest and longest running event in the state, is held from September 9th – 19th in Salt Lake City. Home to carnival rides, booths and food trucks, the State Fair is known for the good times it brings to both young and old. This event offers an exciting combination of rollercoasters, live music, shows, art, livestock, and even hosts its own rodeo. Tickets can be purchased on-site or online.
Location: 155 North 1000 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Mediterranean Salt Lake Greek Festival – Sept. 10th – 12th
Salt Lake City is home to an annual Greek Festival! Put on by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the festival is kicking off its 45th It started as a bazaar in the basement but has grown to become the largest ethnic festival in the state. It features homemade Greek food, music, and dancing. Held on September 10th – 12th, this celebration acts also as fundraiser for local charities and community outreach programs. Admission is $3 per person, but is free for students with their ID and for children 5 and under.
Location: 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Concert in the Park – Sept. 13th
From April to September, concerts are held in Vernon Worthen Park. Known as The Concert in the Park Series, the concerts is FREE to the public. The park has seating available but participants are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. The final installment of the series will be held on September 13th at 7:30pm. This concert is known as ‘Idol 80’s’ and will feature the Billy Idol Tribute Band with special guest Joan Jett. Additional information for this activity can be found online.
Location: 300 South 400 East, St. George, UT 84770
Salt Lake Comic-Con – Sep 16th – 18th
Every year, Salt Lake hosts Comic Conventions allowing fans of cult favorites, anime, and superheroes to interact with their icons and dress up as their favorite characters. The event was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however officials have ensured that it will be happening in September. This year boasts a large number of TV, Voice and Film Actors from beloved shows, Comic Creators, Authors, Artists, and Panelists. A complete list can be found on the events site, with additions added regularly. Lasting all day, September 16th – 18th, participants can purchase tickets online.
Location: 100 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Sand Hollow Lantern Festival – Sept. 25th
Since the Disney movie Tangled was released in 2010, Lantern Festivals have been at the top of everyone’s bucket list. On September 25th at 5pm, Southern Utah will be holding a Lantern Festival in the Sand Hollow State Park. Within the festival, participants will find food trucks, event booths, music and an amazing view as paper lanterns are released. Tickets cost $35 and include a lantern, lighter, and sharpie. Additional information for this festival can be found online.
Location: 3351 South Sand Hollow Road, Hurricane, UT 84737
Santa Clara Swiss Days – Sept. 23rd – 25th
Since 1990, Santa Clara City has been celebrating its heritage of Swiss Pioneers. The celebration known as, Swiss Days, will be held on September 23rd – 25th from 8am-10pm. This year’s festivities will include 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast, Swiss Days Parade, and a free concert. Throughout the three days, participants will also find pioneer craft demonstrations, races, tournaments, and a car show. Additional information regarding the event can be found online.
Location: 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara City, UT 84765
Festival of India – Sept. 26th
Located in Spanish Fork, Utah, the Krishna Temple hosts a Festival of India every year. This year, it will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2021 from 5pm to 9pm. This year, the Festival of India boasts interactive Indian Bollywood dance lessons, yoga classes, and authentic cuisine, Pageant of the Epic Ramayana, color throwing and fireworks. Live music will also be provided. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $3 for adults and $1 for children. T-shirts, sunglasses, and bandanas can be purchased for the event.
Location: 8628 South State Road, Spanish Fork, UT 84660