The 43rd Annual Utah Arts Festival Brings New Festival Vibes to Downtown Salt Lake City, June 20-23, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 5/23/19 — The Utah Arts Festival brings world-class festival vibes to Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City on June 20-23. Now in its 43rd year, it is the state’s largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event, featuring hundreds of new and diverse performances, musicians, art installations, food, film, and even dinosaurs.

New for 2019, the Utah Arts Festival welcomes Saurus, a mobile street theater experience featuring 16-foot dinosaurs roaming through the Festival grounds. Produced by the internationally renowned Close-Act Theater, the playful Sauruses are controlled by performers (on stilts) who are concealed in extraordinary costumes. Onlookers will stand in awe as the Sauruses mingle among the crowds. Festival goers can catch these beasts sauntering through the Festival daily at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.

Another new feature in 2019 is Women Who Rock Day on Friday, in collaboration with KRCL. It’s all about women who rock it in the arts! Music on all of our stages will feature female musicians, kicking off the day with Rock Camp For Girls at noon on the Park Stage and capping the night with Caroline Rose on the Amphitheater Stage. Also look for female leads on the Big Mouth Stage and at the Fear No Film Festival, too.

In addition, this year’s Festival will include over 100 new attractions and events for people of all ages, including 46 new music performers, 36 new literary artists, 28 first-time filmmakers from 24 different countries, 7 new visual artists and 6 new DJs.

Lisa Sewell, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Festival says, “Each year we create a new, fun and exciting experience for our community. And this year is no different. We invite everyone to enjoy all the new live music, film screenings, local visual artists, art exhibitions and giant dinosaurs. And we’re excited about Women Who Rock Day on Friday when we showcase all the amazing female artists in our community. Grab your friends and come join us in the City's backyard to enjoy the NEW.”

In its 43rd year as a key Utah ambassador for highlighting the value of arts in a diverse community, the Festival features 170+ visual artists and 100+ performing arts groups, drawing 80,000+ participants each June to celebrate artistic expression in the heart of Salt Lake City. The 2019 Festival includes top world, national and local musicians and performers and program slates in literary arts, visual arts, kids activities, dance performances, musical commissions, street theater, art & technology, urban arts, film and culinary arts.


Ken Kullack


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The 43rd Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, from Noon to 11PM at Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.