Summer 2019 filled with community festivals
Live music will entertain festival goers all summer long. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)
By Joshua Wood | [email protected]
As the school year winds down and summer heats up, festival season takes off and lasts throughout the summer. From the end of May until late August, cities throughout the Salt Lake Valley celebrate community spirit with parades and fireworks along with local traditions unique to each summer event. Check out this schedule of festival events and plan your summer fun.
SoJo Summer Fest
May 29-June 1
City Park (11000 South Redwood Road), City Hall (1600 Towne Center Drive), Heritage Park (10800 South Redwood Road)
With the theme, “Where Summer Begins” South Jordan gets the season off to a classic start with SoJo Summer Fest. Attendees can enjoy summer traditions like the car show and parade on June 1 along with a fun SoJo twist, the Battle of the Bands.
Heart and Soul Music Stroll
1530 E. 2700 South
Local bands share the healing power of music as friends and family can stroll from house to house listening to various performers. Food trucks and bike rentals will be available. These performers spend the rest of the year playing for audiences who can’t come to the music stroll.
West Valley City
Centennial Park (5405 W. 3100 South)
“Your Family, Your Community, Your Festival,” Westfest offers something for everyone. The event includes a parade, 5k and 10k races, vendors, and fireworks. From June 13 to 16, enjoy one of the best carnivals in the valley.
Fort Herriman Towne Days
Butterfield Park (6212 W. 14200 South) and other locations
Herriman celebrates 20 years of incorporation at this year’s festival. Residents and visitors can show off their talents in the Fort Herriman Days talent show and enjoy the circus and a wide variety of events, including the Yeti Run. The festival also features a home run derby, carnival and more.
Valley Regional Park (5100 S. 2700 West)
Taylorsville offers a blend of the usual summer festival activities along with a musical twist. Festival goers can take in the parade and fireworks, check out the hot rods at the car show, and run the 5k. The event also features performances by the Utah Symphony and the Taylorsville Orchestra.
Riverton Town Days
June 27-29, July 2-4
Riverton Rodeo Arena (1300 W. 12800 South) and City Park (1452 W. 12600 South)
The Riverton Rodeo returns on June 28 to start off Town Days. The event will also feature a parade, carnival, fireworks, and movie in the park. To fuel their fun, attendees can take in the chuck wagon breakfast. Contests and activities include spikeball, pickleball, 3-on-3 basketball, yoga in the park, and more.
West Jordan Rodeo Arena (2200 W. 8035 South) and Veterans Memorial Park (1985 W. 7800 South)
West Jordan offers a big time rodeo, fireworks, carnival, and more during Stampede Days. The festival kicks off with the parade, which is followed by two days of action-packed rodeo activities followed by the carnival.
Murray Park (296 E. Murray Park Avenue)
Murray Park is the place to be for the city’s Fun Days on July 4. The day includes a breakfast, parade, 5k run/walk, and children’s race. Attendees can also enjoy the chalk art contest, and of course, fireworks.
July 4 Parade and Festival
South Salt Lake
Fitts Park (3050 S. 500 East)
The City of South Salt Lake offers a pancake breakfast to start off its July 4th parade and festival at Fitts Park. The festivities will also include a 5k and parade.
Sandy City 4th of July
South Towne Promenade (10000 S. Centennial Parkway)
“Let Freedom Ring” is the theme of the Sandy City 4th of July festival. The event will once again feature the spikeball tournament, plenty of vendors, games, and activities for kids, as well as the parade and fireworks.
July 11-13, 16, and 19-20
Draper Park (12500 S. 1300 East)
Draper Days kick off with the rodeo on July 11-13, then the festival continues with more activities, including the children’s parade on July 16. There will be plenty of tournaments and activities on July 13 when people can compete in pickleball, tennis, and basketball. Events on July 19-20 include the parade, car show, 5k, concerts, and more.
7500 S. 2700 East behind Butler Middle School
Butlerville Days returns with two action packed days of fun. There will not be a 5k this year, but the popular pickleball tournament is back. Attendees can also enjoy the parade, rides and games, the car show, a movie in the park and fireworks.
Old West Days Rodeo
July 26-27, August 5-10
Bluffdale Park (2400 W. 14400 South)
Old West Days kick off with the rodeo on July 26 and 27. Then a wide variety of activities happen between August 5 and 10 including a parade and the family shindig on Aug. 10.
July 29-Aug. 5
Midvale City Park (425 E. 6th Avenue)
Historic Midvale Harvest Days take place from July 29 to Aug. 5 and will feature block parties, a movie in the park, music, and more. The parade, festival, and fireworks will take place on Aug. 3 at Midvale City Park.
Sandy Balloon Festival
Storm Mountain Park (980 E. 11400 South)
Starting at sunrise, the Sandy Balloon Festival will take off from Storm Mountain Park and fill the skies. Activities will fill the rest of the weekend, including the balloon glow on Saturday evening at the South Towne Promenade (10000 S. Centennial Parkway).
Blue Moon Arts Festival
Holladay City Hall Park (2300 E. 4570 South)
Wrap up the summer in Holladay with the Blue Moon Arts Festival. The event will include live music, arts, food, and children’s activities.