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Best September Activities in Utah

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

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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

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Best August Activities in Utah

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.

Farmer’s Market

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/