3 Free Summer Festivals in Salt Lake City

Are you looking for fun and exciting things to do with your family this summer? Salt Lake City is home to several entertaining festivals and concert series all summer, many of which are free. Here is a list of several free summer festivals you can take part in this year with, or without, the little ones.

Live Green SLC

2011 marks the 8th year of this free green living festival in downtown Salt Lake City. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. on May 6, 2011 in Library Square, downtown. The festival is free and open to the public with over 100 qualified vendors, an eco-friendly fashion show, and a Sundance movie screening. This year’s lineup includes Vieux Farka Toure (Mali), Bomba Estereo (Columbia) and Boukman Experyans (Port au Prince). To save traffic frustration and do your part for the environment, consider parking at one of the many Trax Park and Ride locations around the valley and riding UTA/TRAX to the festival. For more information, visit the Live Green SLC Festival website, here.

Living Traditions Festival

For the past 26 years, the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City has offered a glimpse into the diverse ethic influences in our city. With an emphasis on food, music, culture and dance, you can celebrate diversity with the whole family, for free. This year, the festival will take place on the grounds of the City and County building in downtown Salt Lake City on May 20, 21, and 22,2011. To find out exact times and a lineup of performers, please visit the official website, here.

Gallivan Center Folk and Bluegrass Festival

The Gallivan Center hosts an annual Folk and Bluegrass Festival every year which gives families a chance to relax on the grass with a picnic dinner and enjoy the show under the stars. Last year’s lineup included Clumsy Lovers, Bronwen Beecher The Fiddler Preacher, and Ridin’ the Faultline, among others. The free festival is held Pioneer Day weekend, so this year it will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The Gallivan Center is a family friendly venue, so there is no alcohol served at this event. For more information as it becomes available on show times and schedules, please visit the Gallivan Center’s website.

Each of these events depends upon the cooperation and dedication of a group of volunteers, so if you’re looking for a way to give back a little this summer, contact information is available on each of the websites. The main focus, of course, is to provide family entertainment at an affordable price, in this case free, so be sure to take them up on it.

Sources: Personal experience

Live Green SLC

Living Traditions Festival

Salt Lake City/Gallivan Center

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