Salt Lake loves to celebrate all four of its seasons. No matter when you travel, you'll find a perfect "gay-cation" activity any time of year:
June 26-29: Utah Arts Festival
A collection of Western artists gather in downtown Salt Lake at the iconic library square to sell handmade, local product. At this three-day event, you'll find everything from the tacky-and-wacky to groundbreaking pieces and performances unrivaled in the West. The goal of the Utah Arts Festival is to promote the arts and enhance life through Utah. It hopes to foster an appreciation for art and encourage innovation. This outdoor festival has an assortment of food trucks and beer, so come hungry. More info here.
July: Bitters And Bites
Mixing food, drink, art, and music, this hip event is typically held in the spring and hosted by some of Salt Lake's best restauranteurs. The leaders at Pallet, Finca, Wild Grape, Takashi, Bar X, and Copper Onion come together in their love of local. Ticket price is $40 and comes with drinks and food. My favorite part? Six different mixologists... such lovely libations. More info here.
July 24: Pioneer Day & The Days of '47
In 1847, 70,000 members of the religious group, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka The LDS Church, who's members are referred to as the Mormons), headed west pulling handcarts over 1,300 miles to reach their "promised land," and established Salt Lake City. This unique state holiday hosts rodeos, floats, and wagons, cattle, and handcarts. Tie on your bonnets gents, and get in the Utah pioneer spirit. Find more info here.
Thursday Evenings July - August: Twilight Concert Series
Talk about an outdoor music festival that attracts major bands and headliners! This amazing festival goes on every Thursday in the heart of downtown Salt Lake at Pioneer Park, a venue that takes up an entire city block. With a small fee at the gate, you'll enjoy a myriad of spirits, food trucks, and crafts. All ages are welcome; it's is a great activity with a large group of friends. This season's line up is impressive: Lauryn Hill, Beck, Local Natives, & The Head and The Heart. More info right here.
September 4-6: Salt Lake Comic Con
Superheroes unite! With over 100,000 attendees and a fresh cast of comic book celebrities, ComicCon's Salt Lake event has been wildly successful. You wouldn't believe the amount of people that attend and the types of costumes you'll see. If you love to nerd-out on comic books, comic-book themed movies, science fiction tv, film, and books, and generally all things pop-culture, this is the place for you. More info here.
PechaKucha provides an informal space where creative people connect and share their ideas, work, and thoughts. The goal is to provide creatives a forum to present what they love. It's an excellent community to help anyone, even visitors, foster visions to make dreams a reality. More info here.