Annual Festivals/Fairs in Salt Lake City, UT
The Utah State Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the entire year. Residents come from all over Utah to attend and try out all of the different kinds of food. Popular foods at the Utah State Fair in past years were deep fried Twinkies, maggot sandwich, deep-fried cotton candy and bacon-stuffed Twinkies. Live music is a popular event, and people come to the Utah State Fair just to see the variety of concerts available. Amusement rides and game booths surround the fair grounds with fun for the entire famiy. Utahns bring their best and compete in events such as best recipe, largest pumpkin, tallest livestock and art contests.
Every September the community comes together for two days to create the Avenues Street Fair. Located just above downtown Salt Lake City in the historic Avenues district, over two hundred booths fill the streets with local artists, food, crafts, organizations and entertainment. A kids parade starts the fair, and the best costume award is handed out. The Avenues Street Fair has been held since 1970, and began as a remodeling tool exchange. Twelve local musical groups perform on two different stages, and enter a contest every year to be chosen as the entertainment. Each year a local artist is selected to create a unique theme for that year's fair.
Every August for two days, hot air balloons fill the morning and night sky at the Sandy Balloon Festival. The sunrise balloon launch happens in the morning to kick of the day's activities, and food vendors are on hand to provide you with your morning breakfast. During the day, families can enjoy entertainment from local bands and food vendors in the park. At night, the balloons are lit up and glow in the night sky. If learning to fly a hot air balloon is on your wish list, arrive early, find a pilot, and experience the thrill of being on a hot air balloon crew. Bring the entire family and stay throughout the day.
Every Spring, the Sri Sri Radha Krsna Temple hosts the Holi Festival of Colors. A large crowd gathers together, counts down, and throws scented powder and perfum colors all over each other. Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus in the spring. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month of Phalguna, which usually falls in February or March. The main purpose of Holi is to celebrate the new season and say goodbye to winter. It also commemorates events in Hindu mythology. This has become such a huge festival in Utah that Hindus and non-Hindus alike gather together to celebrate with each other.
An annual festival full of music, dancing, parades and food! Every September at The Gateway Mall, the Utah Brazilian Festival kicks off with a School Of Samba Carnaval Parade at the south end of The Gateway. The parade follows through The Gateway to the north end, where music fills the air and food booths are spread throughout. Enjoy zumba, a Brazilian form of exercise, and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that evolved into breakdancing. Brazilians in the Utah community are excited to share their culture with the rest of the community and show them how Brazilians put on a party. Enjoy native Brazilian food such as coxinhas, cheese balls, Brazilian lemonade, feijoada and currascos.