Making the most of your summer in Utah – part two: Quit watching Netflix

Welcome to part two of “Making the most of your summer in Utah.” If you haven’t checked out the first blog where I discuss the best places to eat in Salt Lake City, take a look now! During the warmest months of the year, I encourage you to quit watching Netflix (at least for a little while) and check out some fun events happening in the Valley.

  • Dreamscapes: “A world of pure re-imagination, where immersive physical and digital artworks take you on an ethereal journey. Dreamscapes manifests the surreal nature of the subconscious in a 14,000 square foot labyrinth suitable for all ages to play, explore and of course, dream.” For those Instagram-able moments, Dreamscapes is a breathtaking art installation put on by the Utah Arts Alliance. Hurry and visit this exhibit soon as it ends June 5. For more information and ticket purchases, please click here.
  • Zoo Brew – “See the zoo in a way that’s hard to imagine – with no strollers!” On select Wednesday’s throughout the summer, the Hogle Zoo will be hosting Zoo Brew from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.00, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards the zoo’s conservation efforts. For more information and ticket purchases, please click here.
  • SLC Tacofest – Anything with the name tacos in it should automatically grab your attention, and the idea of having multiple taco vendors in one place just tickles my fancy. Salt Lake City’s third annual Tacofest is happening Aug. 3 at the Utah State Fairgrounds, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information and ticket purchases, please click here.
  • Food Truck Face OffFor all you foodies out there, this is another big festival you won’t want to miss. A $5.00 ticket will grant you access to 30 different food trucks, live music, a movie after dark in the park, and an opportunity to give back to the community. This event will take place on June 29 at Liberty Park. For more information and ticket purchases, please click here.
  • Pride FestivalJoin more than 50,000 spectators at one of Utah’s largest festivals and support the LGBTQ community. On June 1-2, the Utah Pride Center will be hosting its annual Pride Festival, which is one of the largest in the country. Expect lots of fun entertainment, parades, diverse food options, vendors, and much more. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please click here.
  • Concerts and Festivals: Concerts are the best way to enjoy the summer with your friends, and Salt Lake City has a great line up over the next several months. Below are a few popular artists that will be touring here this summer. Tickets can be found on websites such as or directly through the host venue.
    • Backstreet Boys vs. NSYNC – May 24
    • Billie Ellish – June 4
    • Lany – June 11
    • Brad Paisley – June 13th
    • Aly & AJ – June 15
    • Love Loud Festival – June 29
    • Santana – July 2
    • Ariana Grande – July 13
    • Shawn Mendes – July 16
    • Jon Bellion – July 20
    • Mumford and Sons – Aug. 13th
    • Lord Huron – Aug. 14th
    • $UICIDEBOY$ – Aug. 21
    • Blink 182 & Lil Wayne – Sep. 2
    • Red Butte Garden Concert Series

Finding things to do when boredom strikes during the summer can seem impossible, especially if you’re from Utah and you feel like you’ve done it all. Aside from these cool things happening in the Valley, there is also so much to do in the surrounding areas. We are lucky to live in a beautiful state with so many national parks, so hiking and camping is always a fun way to spend the weekend. Make the most of your summer; it’s going to go by quick!

Bayleigh Whiteley

Bayleigh Whiteley is a sophomore at the David Eccles School of Business. She enjoys studying marketing and working as an Ambassador for the Business Scholars program and an intern for Marketing + Communications.

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