Festival Blog & News

Thank You! (And Take Our Survey)

To our artists, supporters, performers, volunteers, audiences and art fans, THANK YOU from all of us at the Utah Arts Festival! We can't do this festival without you and your enthusiastic participation. See you in 2019!

Literary Arts Awards

The following awards were made during the 2018 Utah Arts Festival for those participating in our literary arts program.

2018 Fear No Film Awards

Fear No Film receives outstanding submissions from around the globe along with bold, diverse films made right here in Utah. As always, the short films that screened during the Festival showed a range of artistry giving Festival audiences an opportunity to explore many relevant and timely issues. We overheard...

Best in Show and Award of Merit announced

The Festival is happy to announce the Best in Show and Award of Merit among more than 170 artists in the Artist Marketplace. 

All Kid Hands On Deck!

If you've been to the Festival at least once with a kid, you hopefully have visited the Kids Art Yard and you probably know there are some activities there that will keep kids busy for a while (and even we like to stop and paint now and then because — why not?).
But our resident kids' activities...

Where Creativity and Technology Meet

There's nothing better than when a plan comes together — especially when it involves some upcycled stuff combined with a little infusion of energy crossed with the vision to make it happen. The old folks might call that MacGyver-ing. We just call it a hands-on experiment gone right!
At our Art &...

Premieres and Poetry

Part of the Utah Arts Festival’s mission is to bring new art to the state of Utah. Whether that be a masterpiece painting, national headlining act, or fabulous food. But we don’t stop there, we are proud to bring you our Composer Commissions, Dance Commissions, and Literary Arts programs. These innovative...

Ripping off the Band Aids

Fear No Film at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival 
The year 2018 is ripping off a patchwork of societal band aids, each placed over time across a range of incomplete issues. Fear No Film 2018 distinguishes these band aids through the lenses of over 50 international, award-winning short films,...

Find your Masterpiece

Tips and Tricks for Enjoying our Artist Marketplace 
This year, the Festival’s Artist Marketplace is the largest, ever-exciting, and most competitive in our history. With 170+ artist booths gracing our nine-acre footprint, it’s easy to see why when the Utah Arts Festival comes to...

Friends Forever, Brunch Together

The Utah Arts Festival would like to take a minute to thank our generous sponsors. The Festival is a place where art comes to life and community comes together in new and exciting ways, all thanks to our donors. These donations allow Festival goers the opportunity to explore and experience...

Hands On Art

Think the Utah Arts Festival is just a place to buy art?  Think again! Make your own art by attending one of the Festival’s dynamic workshops designed to bring out the artist in you and your family. But sign up soon, because spaces are filling up fast.
Learn a New Technique
Encaustic Newspaper...

Paint to the People

Urban Arts
Graffiti happens by people making a mark on the world at the intersection of art and typography. Born of the
streets, urban arts breathes and beats with our city landscape.
A voice for the many, we do not
destroy—we create. Located southeast of the Library Crescent Wall.

Live Graffiti...

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Backstage at UAF 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Norway’s Ready To Assemble, Utah’s Dead Air, Vietnam’s Nín thở take top Fear No Film jury honors

Jun 25, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Winners announced for Artist Marketplace, Wasatch IronPen, Literary Arts individual, team poetry slam competitions

Jun 25, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Utah independent filmmakers at Fear No Film include Arthur Veenema, Christopher Lee

Jun 24, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Closing day headliners include St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Salt Lake City Saxophone Summit, Repertory Dance Theatre, finals for individual, team poetry slams

Jun 23, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Kevin Sybrowsky’s metal artworks synthesize vintage durable manufactured goods with witty contemporary reflections

Jun 23, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Saturday headliners include People Under The Stairs, Guy Davis, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Azwaj premiere by Saad Haddad

Jun 22, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Julie Simpson’s handmade textiles, Jared Judd’s sculptures of preservation among Artist Marketplace features

Jun 22, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Friday headliners include DJ A-Trak, Talia Keys and The Love, Osmond Chapman Orchestra, world premiere dance, jazz commissions

Jun 21, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Aasia Hamid’s self-taught bead artistry, Nathan Brimhall’s volumetric sculptures among Artist Marketplace highlights

Jun 21, 2018

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: Many new voices, along with individual, team poetry slam competitions will electrify Literary Arts venue

Jun 20, 2018

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June 21

Ron Pope & Gomez

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June 23

People Under the Stairs

June 24

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

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Experience the expanse of artistic styles and viewpoints from the artists visiting us in person or via exhibit or film.

Performing Arts

Enjoy world-class local and nationally touring performers doing what they do best.


The Festival celebrates creativity for all ages with the chance to collaborate with hands-on sculptures and make-and-take projects.

2018 Utah Arts Festival
June 21-24
Library Square
Salt Lake City


With six stages of music and dozens of bands performing daily, the Utah Arts Festival is the place to be in June.


Don't be shy to get your hands a little dirty and make something for yourself at one of the many workshops or maker projects.

Food & Drink

Add a little flavor to your Festival enjoying our culinary artists and beverage makers plus join us for Sunday Brunch.

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