Top 20 Events and Festivals in Utah USA
Top Events USA showcases the top 20 Utah USA events, festivals and fairs.
Two of the major events featured here at TopEventsUSA.com are the Sundance Film Festival, one of the events featured in this list, and recognized as one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA, and the Lehi Round-Up Celebration that was named as the Best Rodeo in the Daily Herald Best of Utah County 2012 Readers Choice Awards.
See below for a complete list of the main Utah US events
Sundance Film Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah
One of the Top 20 events and festivals in Utah USA, and the largest independent cinema festival in the USA heralded as one of the world’s best film festivals, the Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford in 1981, is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, and a group of noncompetitive showcase sections, including the Sundance Online Film Festival. Through its Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists.
For more information about the Sundance Film Festival visit: http://sundance.org/festival/
The Sundance Film Festival is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
US Open Snowkite Masters
Attracting over 100 Snowkiters from as far as North Carolina and Tahiti, the US Open Snowkite Masters is a fun weekend of free-riding, freestyle exhibition and racing. Welcoming all skiers and snowboarders to participate (registration is free), this North American leg of the Snowkite Masters series hosts the US Open with National Champion Titles up for grabs.
For more information about the US Open Snowkite Masters at Skyline visit:
April (actual dates depend on climate and crops)
Thanksgiving Point, Utah
Showcasing more than a quarter of a million tulips of more than 100 varieties, the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival, one of the main Utah US events, in the 55-acre Thanksgiving Point Gardens is redesigned each year to create a new display. Part of the event includes music, vendors, storytelling for children, and food as well as garden tours and demonstrations every day.
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Utah Arts Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Utah Arts Festival, a popular event for almost 4 decades, features over 200 performers and artists from Utah and beyond. Visual arts include 2-D and 3-D mixed media, ceramics, digital art and photography, drawing and pastel, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, painting, photography, sculpture, wearable art and wood.
For more information about the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City visit: http://www.uaf.org
Lehi Round-Up Celebration
One of the main Utah US events voted the Best Rodeo in the Daily Herald Best of Utah County 2012 Readers Choice Awards, the Lehi Round-Up Rodeo begins with the Longhorn cattle being driven down Main Street of Lehi. Apart from the obvious rodeo events, other attractions of the Lehi Round Up Celebration include a 5K walk, and 5K and 10 K runs, a softball tournament, parades, a chuck wagon breakfast, a horseshoe tournament and readings of cowboy poetry.
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Mormon Miracle Pageant
This free historical drama performed in late June in the open air at the steps of the famous Manti Utah Temple is a famous, award winning and popular Beehive State attraction that delves into the restoration of the gospel, the witness of the Book of Mormon, and the journey of the faithful pioneers to the beautiful Sanpete Valley.
For more information about the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti
America’s Freedom Festival – Stadium of Fire
America’s Freedom Festival is a private, non-profit, non-political foundation that organizes 25 annual patriotic events in and around Provo in the Beehive State, the most well known of which is Stadium of Fire, one of biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the USA, a popular event for over 30 years attracting an audience of more than 50,000 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The entire Freedom Festival event is one of America’s biggest patriotic celebrations, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans from the whole of the USA and all over the world.
For more information about America’s Freedom Festival in Provo visit:
Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Memorial Park – Payson, Utah
The only free Scottish festival in the Western United States, the Payson Scottish Festival is a traditional, family oriented event with bagpipe, drum and highland athletic performances like the Scottish 5K and fun run and competitions, displays of traditional Highland dancing, sword dancing, a parade, activities for the children, as well as traditional ethnic foods, celtic music, and other entertainment all relating to the theme of the event.
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Days of '47
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Days of '47 remembers Utah's early pioneers with 21 separate events beginning in March and culminating with an all-day extravaganza on July 24th, a state-wide holiday. This fun-filled parade is one of the largest and oldest in the United States. Colorful floats, bands, horses, clowns, and other entries thrill thousands of spectators each year.
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Bear Lake Raspberry Days
Garden City, Utah
Celebrating the Bear Lake Valley harvest of Raspberries, the Bear Lake Raspberry Days event attracts people from all over the world not only for the delicious raspberries but also for the rodeos, parades, fireworks and a craft fair. The parade is filled with floats, marching bands, antique cars, drill teams and more. The participants in the parade usually have bags and bags of candy and beads, which is thrown into the crowds as they make their way down the parade route.
For more information about Bear Lake Raspberry Days in Garden City visit:
Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Park City, Utah
A tradition for 39 years, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is a 2-day event that takes place in the heart of Park City. Showcasing the work of more than 220 artists, attractions include live music, 3 beer and wine gardens, and the Kimball Kids' Corner featuring activities such as face painting and art projects. The Annual Kimball Art Auction & Gala, with Tom Terry, provides an exciting atmosphere to enjoy food and drink combined with awesome art.
For more information about the Park City Kimball Arts Festival visit: http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/artists-area
Western Legends RoundUp
Offering an opportunity to experience the old west “the way it was”, the Western Legends RoundUp, nominated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association offers everything to celebrate the old days of the old west including mountain men skills like tree felling, cowboy shooting, cowboy poetry, Western photography, old fashioned hand quilting, dutch oven cooking, old West apparel making, Western swing dancing, and even Western photography.
For more information about the Western Legends RoundUp visit:
Moab Music Festival
Each year musicians and music lovers alike, from across the country and around the world, travel to the Moab Music Festival to perform and to listen to musical masterpieces, old and new, set among some of nature's most spectacular landscape masterpieces .... the red rock canyonlands of Moab. Known for its distinctive programming, the award-winning Moab Music Festival offers concerts of classical chamber music, traditional music, vocal music, works of living composers and jazz performed by acclaimed artists from around the country.
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Utah State Fair
Salt Lake City, Utah
Every year the Utah State Fair, one of the top 20 events and festivals in Utah USA, presents a host of events including star entertainers, a demolition derby, truck pull and PRCA Rodeo, as well as exhibits of a variety of things from the expected agriculture and livestock shows to creative and fine arts, cooking contests and demonstrations, and food exhibits featuring locally grown and prepared foods from around the state, as well as fun food items including everything from corn dogs to candy bars.
For more information about the Utah State Fair visit:
World of Speed
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Presented by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association, World of Speed is one of three annual meets for high-speed race cars at the Bonneville Speedway on the 159-square-mile Bonneville salt flats in northwestern Utah. The fastest wheel driven cars in the world include the 427mph, land-speed record-holding Turbinator, The Autopower Special which has been timed at 442 mph and other record setting cars. There are no grandstands. Spectators walk through the pits and talk to the drivers and crews.
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Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest
October (end September to beginning November)
One of the Beehive State’s most popular Fall events, the Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest features the 12-acre corn maze that has been going strong for almost two decades with a new design every year, and the Grain Train Maze on which visitors can take a light-hearted journey through the corn. Other attractions include the Pumpkin Princess Playland, Insanity Point’s haunted trails, and plenty of fun events from trick-or-treating with local mascot characters to blasting pumpkin cannons, mining for gems, or simply picking out the perfect pumpkin.
For more information about Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest in Lehi visit :
Saint George Marathon
Saint George, Utah
Rated by Runner’s World as one of the 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons, one of the Top 20 Marathons in the USA, and one of the four "Marathons to Build a Vacation Around", the Saint George Marathon in rural Utah has generally come to be considered one of the best marathons in the USA. As popular as it is, the organizers have limited the number of contestants to only 7,400. It is also noted for its very rural route and that it generally follows a downhill course. Events apart from the actual marathon and many other running events include the awards ceremony, the NordicTrack Health & Fitness Expo that attracts over 20,000 people, and the ever popular pasta dinner. Also, the Saint George Marathon is a “qualifying race” that requires a qualifying time from another marathon before a runner can take part.
For more information about the Saint George Marathon in Utah visit:
Moab Folk Festival
An exciting gathering of artists from the national, regional and local contemporary folk music community, the Moab Folk Festival includes some of the finest singer/songwriter musicians in the country. Past performers include Chris Smither, Greg Brown, Christine Lavin, John McEuen and David Olney.
For more information about the Moab Folk Festival visit:
Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
end November to 1 January
Spanish Fork, Utah
Beginning Thanksgiving evening and carrying through to New Year’s Day, this 16-year old tradition in Canyon View Park features displays which are animated and contain motion lights or moving parts. Visitors can see Santa waving, a pink tree, a sea serpent, geese, and more as they view the lights from the car or take a hayride through the park. Hayrides are available for groups of 20 or more.
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.