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Utah Arts Festival

JUNE 28-30
Library Square



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Accessibility Guide

The annual Utah Arts Festival magically appears each summer in downtown Salt Lake City. The temporary nature of turning Washington & Library Squares and the surrounding streets into a community gathering space to celebrate the arts can provide unique challenges for those attending the Festival with special needs.

For info about other logistics for the festival, please visit our Tickets & Plan page.

We’re committed to making the Utah Arts Festival an open, accessible and safe space for its attendees. If you would like to request an accommodation that is not listed, please contact 801-322-2428 (press one to leave a message) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wheelchairs

Parking

Accessible paid parking is available at the underground lot at the Main Library located at the 400 South entrance. Additional ADA designated street parking is also located on 500 South between 300 East and State Street.

Wheelchair Check-out

Action Medical provides the Festival with a number of wheelchairs for use during your visit. Available on a first come first served basis at all box office locations free of charge.

Site Accessibility

The grounds of Washington & Library Square may be challenging to get around. We have installed temporary ramps to ease access to sidewalks area streets, electrical cords are covered where possible or in place flown overhead to minimize tripping hazards. Please ask staff or volunteers (those who are identified wearing staff t-shirts) if you need assistance and they will facilitate.

Aira is available at the Utah Arts Festival!

Aira is an accommodation tool which provides access to visual information from human visual interpreters through a smart phone app. This service is being offered for free at Library Square and will be available for the entire festival. For more information about Aira, please visit www.aira.io or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Salt Lake City Corp. View this video for details about visual interpreting.

Viewing Areas

Patrons who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices will find designated seating or view areas at each stage/venue. Patrons who have a disability of such significance that it substantially limits their ability to stand are welcome to use these seats as well. Space is available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Amphitheater Stage: Located on the northeast corner of Library Square, the Amphitheater Stage is accessible for wheelchairs from a ramp located outside of the Main Entrance going east on 400 South. During Amphitheater Stage performances in the evening, a security guard is posted at the ADA gate on 400 South to provide access. Patrons using the ADA access to the Amphitheater Stage area should make sure to get a handstamp for re-entry at the Main Entrance as they exit. Once atop the grassy area, there are two options for viewing: 1) flat concrete area at the back of the crowd-viewing area or reserved seating up by the stage on the grass.
  • Park Stage: Located on the east side of Library Square, the Park Stage is accessed via the ramp near the southeast corner entrance. The access point is marked with signs. There is open seating on the grassy area.
  • Festival Stage: Located on 200 East, the Festival Stage has reserved ADA viewing on the east side of the street by the Sky Box.
  • Garden Stage: Located near the southeast corner of the City & County Building, the Garden Stage has various access points via sidewalks. We have reserved seating near the stage.
  • WordFest Stage: Located just north of the Leonardo, the WordFest Stage is easiest to access from the ramp and sidewalk running directly north of the Leonardo. There is also access via ramp and sidewalk east of the stage seating area.
  • The Round: Located outside the Main Library's glass wall, the Round provides reserved seating by the sound tent at the back of the stage.
  • Fear No Film at Library Auditorium: Located inside the Library, the Library Auditorium has designated accessible viewing areas. Please talk to the Fear No Film staff for details.

Accessible Toilet Facilities

Indoor restrooms are located in the lower level of the Main Library accessible by elevator.

The Festival has wheelchair-accessible-accessible toilet facilities located with all of the porta-potty banks at the following three locations: 1) east of the City & County Building (which also include accessible handwashing stations); 2) on City & County block near the corner walkway at 200 East and 500 South; and 3) on the east side midblock on Library Square near the Park Stage. All porta-potties are stocked with hand sanitizer.

Pets & Service Animals

The Utah Arts Festival is not a place to bring your pet. It can be hot, crowded and loud. If your animal is lost in the crowd of 80,000 people, we don’t know if you will find it again. It is very stressful for animals and even a usually well-behaved pet may feel the need to protect its owner by attacking another person or animal.

Service Animals

Persons with disabilities and their ADA Approved Service Animals (dogs or miniature ponies) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at the Utah Arts Festival.

Individuals with service animals will be greeted by our security team when they enter the Festival and receive a special tag to attach to the service animal’s collar during their visit. This will let our patrons, staff and other security officials know the service animal was vetted.

If a service animal does not adhere to the following conditions staff will have the handler remove the animal from the site. The handler may return without the animal. The animal must:

  • Be housebroken
  • Be under control of and with its handler at all times
  • Not threaten the health or safety of any person or other animal

All service animals must remain with their handler at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice command.

Emotional Support Animals

The ADA does not include “emotional support animals”— animals that provide a sense of safety, companionship, and comfort to those with psychiatric or emotional conditions — in its definition of Service Animals. Although these animals often have therapeutic benefits, they are not individually trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers. Utah law specifically excludes animals who are used solely to provide emotional support, companionship, comfort, well-being, or crime deterrence.

ASL Performances

American Sign Language interpreters will be featured at selected performances.

Friday, June 28

  • 4PM Trace Wiren & Her Porch Rockers @ Garden Stage
  • 5:05PM Ms AyeVee @ WordFest Stage
  • 5:15PM Pompe N' Honey @ Garden Stage
  • 5:30PM She Said: Women's Voices in Utah Showcase @ WordFest Stage
  • 6:30PM Ambedo @ Garden Stage
  • 6:40PM Marilyn Melissa Salguero @ WordFest Stage
  • 7:10PM Sammi Walker @ WordFest Stage
  • 8PM Steely Dead @ Amphitheater Stage

Saturday, June 29

  • 12:05PM Ted Erekson @ The Round
  • 1:15PM Elizabeth Allen Berry @ The Round
  • 1:30PM Tina the Secret Poet @ The Round
  • 3:45PM M. Colton Brodeur @ The Round
  • 7:30PM Cool Cool Cool @ Amphitheater Stage
  • 8:30PM Mothers of Mayhem @ Festival Stage
  • 9:30PM Andy Frasco & the U.N. @ Amphitheater Stage
  • 10:00PM Alicia Stockman Band @ Festival Stage

Sunday, June 30

  • 4:15PM Tycoon Machete @ Park Stage
  • 5:30PM Shecock With A Vengeance @ Park Stage
  • 7:45PM The Plastic Cherries @ Amphitheater Stage
  • 8:00PM The Last Night @ Festival Stage
  • 9:30PM YOKOKA Family Band @ Festival Stage
  • 9:45PM future.exboyfriend @ Amphitheater Stage

Art Access

Our partners at Art Access have a booth at the Festival located directly east of the City & County Building. We encourage everyone to visit them to find out how they increase accessibility in the arts through opportunities for artists with disabilities and training for cultural organizations.

Keep up with the latest Festival news!