AUGUST ART FESTIVALS
Aug 3, 2016
By: Mo Edwards
This is not a test. It is August, people! August! We are officially chin-deep in summer, and what is summer if you’re not being festive? Don't let the second-most wonderful time of the year slip away without enjoying a few more festivals. Because
then it will be winter! I'm sorry but it’s true!
Spring City Bluegrass Music Festival & Gallery Stroll
The Spring City Bluegrass Music Festival is like a backyard hangout with your friendly neighborhood sheep ranchers as well as out-of towners from across the state and out-of-staters from across the border. Listen to some of those bluegrass tunes while you enjoy the sunset and a quiet conversation about the finer points of ram shearing. The lineup includes classic bluegrassers Ophir Creek as well as the bluegrass punk-rock mashup Folk Hogan. Bring a blanket or chair, some cash for snacks and a tent to set up in the nearby pasture.
WHEN: August 5–6, 2016
WHERE: Telegraph Springs Stage, 35 West 100 North, Spring City, UT
TICKETS: Single day: $15. Both days: $25.
Women's Redrock Music Festival
The name really says it all. This festival is in the canyon country town of Torrey, a hop skip and a jump from Capitol Reef National Park. It’s organized and run by women on a mission to give women performers from all over the world a chance to rock out… or sing quietly...or yodel...or rap...or whatever! (Hashtag feminism.) Everyone’s welcome to relax or dance or relaxingly dance at this 2-day outdoor music festival. Stay overnight at one of the bed and breakfasts in town or camp out under that real purdy southern Utah sky.
WHEN: August 12–13, 2016
WHERE: Robbers Roost, 185 Main Street, Torrey, UT
TICKETS: Friday night only: $50. Saturday only: $60. Both days: $100.
Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Like your older, cooler, cousin who knows where to get dru—um machines, Park City just really knows how to throw great parties. The Kimball Arts Festival is no exception. The festival is a fundraiser that keeps the non-profit art center free and open to the public all year round. Festivities include live music, art exhibits, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, kids activities and more. Check out the Festival After Dark, a list of events happening after the festival closes for the night so the fun can go on and on. Just like all great parties should. ( Stay in school, kids.)
WHEN: August 12–14, 2016
WHERE: Park City’s Historic Main Street
TICKETS: Adult weekend pass: $12. Ages 6–17 weekend pass: $6. Children 5 & under: FREE. Friday night, Summit County residents: FREE.
Craft Lake City DIY Festival
Bask in the innovative spirit of the Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Stroll through the booths and witness the creative wares made by local artisans. Try to spot the start-up company that will be selling its products worldwide in a few years. If you enjoy doing science stuff, check out the DIY Engineers section which showcases handmade or computer-engineered projects created by local tinkerers, makers, and innovative companies. There’s also food, music, kids activities and coffee, coffee, coffee.
WHEN: August 12–14, 2016
WHERE:Gallivan Center, 239 Main Street, Salt Lake City
TICKETS: 1-day pass: $5. 3-day pass: $10. VIP: $50. VIP: $30. Kids 12 & under: FREE.
Helper Arts & Music Festival
Get out of the big city and into the heart of Helper (near Price). So named for its “helper” locomotives waiting and ready to assist trains traveling up Soldier Summit. The town has been slowly and quietly blossoming into an art enclave. Which is why you should help yourselves to the Helper Arts and Music Festival, a free event showcasing the local art community. Check out everything from award-winning desserts to a gallery stroll to a hip hop kids’ workshop (that rhymes — I’m doing it!). Yep: Hip Hop Helper. (Are there hamburgers in Helper?) Holla!
WHEN: August 18–21, 2016
WHERE: Main Street, Helper, UT
TICKETS: FREE admission
The Shakespeare Festival, the ultimate place to see the Bard (and more) in Utah, is going strong until October. See a play written by the man himself or one in modern English. The Greenshow, a delightful pre-play performance, will keep entertaining children and adults alike until September 10. Don’t forget to purchase some humbug butter candies to enjoy while you contemplate why there is so much ado about nothing.
WHEN: June 27–Oct 22, 2016
WHERE: 351 Center Street, Cedar City, UT
TICKETS: Prices vary. Greenshow is FREE. Visit the website for play ticket prices