Summer is fast approaching, which means cities and counties throughout Utah are preparing to hold annual festivals or fairs to celebrate their history and foundings. The following are some of the festivals and celebrations that families can look forward to in 2017.
Note: This list is not all-inclusive and only includes city festivals and celebrations. The list does not include July 4 and Pioneer Day celebrations unless the city heritage celebration falls during those dates.
Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days, May 29-June 3
Highlights include carnival, demolition derby, fireworks, grand parade and rodeo. See eaglemountaincity.org.
Cedar Hills Family Festival, May 30-June 3
Highlights include carnival, movie night ("Moana"), fun run, parade and fireworks. See cedarhills.org.
South Jordan Summerfest, May 31-June 3
Highlights include carnival, music, sports tournaments, parade and fireworks. See sjc.utah.gov.
Springville Art City Days, June 3-10
Highlights include carnival, parade, vendors, concerts and fireworks. See springville.org.
Saratoga Splash Days, June 5-10
Highlights include carnival, bike rodeo, music, parade and fireworks. See saratogaspringscity.com/splash
Orem Summerfest, June 8-10
Highlights include carnival, basketball shootout with Jimmer Fredette, music, parade and fireworks. See summerfest.orem.org.
Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games, June 9-11
Highlights include piping and dancing competitions, music, food, vendors and children's activities. Note the new location this year. See utahscots.org.
Brigham City Heritage Arts Festival, June 10
Highlights include concerts, vendors, quilt show and children's activities. See brighamcity.utah.gov.
Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, June 10-18
The longest running celebration in Utah, highlights include concerts, tea party at the Bungalow, carnival, rodeo, grand parade and fireworks (at the rodeo). See strawberrydays.org.
Jacob Hamblin Days (Kanab), June 15-17
Highlights include trail ride and youth and ranch rodeo. See jacobhamblindays.com.
Logan Summerfest Arts Faire, June 15-17
Highlights include performing artists, food and art vendors and the Creation Station. See logansummerfest.com.
Nibley Heritage Days, June 15-20
Past highlights include contests, prizes, food, parade and fireworks. See nibleycity.com.
Tooele Arts Festival, June 15-18
Highlights include performance and visual artists, culinary vendors and children's art yard. See tooeleartsfestival.org.
West Fest (West Valley City), June 15-18
Highlights include fun run, vendors, movie under the stars and fireworks. See westfest.org.
Coalville BBQ Festival, June 17
Past highlights include children's activities, concerts, fireworks and, of course, barbecue. See coalvillecity.org.
Lehi Roundup, June 17-24
Highlights include fun run, art show, golf tournament, grand parade and rodeo. See lehi-utah.gov.
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, June 21-24
Highlights include stargazing and astronomy lectures. Keynote speaker is Seth Jarvis, director of Clark Planetarium. See nps.gov.
Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, June 23-24
Highlights include biker parade, vendors, entertainment and, of course, a lot of hot-air balloons. See panguitchmainstreet.org.
Fort Herriman Days, June 22-24
Highlights includecarnvial, water games, parade and fireworks. See herriman.org.
Taylorsville Dayzz, June 22-24
Highlights include carnival, movie in the park ("Beauty and the Beast" 2017), parade and fireworks. See taylorsvilledayzz.com.
Provo Freedom Festival, July 1-4
Highlights include Stadium of Fire, historic provo tours, Freedom Run and balloon festival. See freedomfestival.org.
Mt. Pleasant Hub City Days, July 1-4
Highlights include rodeo, mountain man rendezvous, fun run, mammoth and kids parade and fireworks. See mtpleasantcity.com.
Murray Fun Days, July 4
Highlights include community breakfast, 5K and kids race, activities, parade and fireworks. See murray.utah.gov.
Farmington Festival Days, July 5-8
Highlights include sports tournaments, 5K/10K, concerts, free breakfast, fireworks and youth dance. See farmington.utah.gov.
American Fork Steel Days, July 6-15
Highlights include carnival, art show, car show, Tea with the Queen, movie in the park ("Moana"), parade and fireworks. See steeldaysaf.com.
Draper Days, July 6-15
Highlights include rodeo, children's and grand parade, family movie night, 1K/5K races and fireworks. See draper.ut.us/776/Draper-Days.
Vernal Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, July 6-8
Highlights include Dinah decoration contest, vendors and rodeo. See vernalrodeo.com.
Payson Scottish Festival, July 7-8
Highlights include highland dances, athletic competitions, piping and drumming and vendors. See paysonscottishfestival.org.
Fountain Green Lamb Days, July 14-15
Past highlights include fun run, craft fair, fireworks and parade. See facebook.com/LambDays.
Halloween in Summer Festival (Magna), July 14-15
Highlights include creature feature, street festival, all ages trick-or-treating and costumed spooktacular. See halloweeninsummerfestival.com.
Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, July 17-24
Highlights include sports tournaments, vendors, carnival, rodeo, parade and fireworks. See spanishfork.org.
Days of '47 (Salt Lake City), July 19-24
Highlights include family festival, Deseret News Marathon, parade and rodeo. See daysof47.com.
Bountiful Handcart Days, July 21-22
Highlights include park activities, art and craft exhibition, grand parade and fireworks. See handcartdays.org.
Butlerville Days, July 21-22
Highlights include food vendors, carnival, chalk art contest, movie in the park ("Finding Dory"), parade and fireworks. See cottonwoodheights.utah.gov.
Tremonton Days, July 21-22
Highlights include community dinner, booths, petting zoo and pony rides. See tremontoncity.org.
Piute County Fair Butch Cassidy Days, July 25-29
Highlights include scavenger hunt, 5K, Nerf wars, rodeo and parade. See butchcassidydays.com.
Morgan County Fair, July 28-Aug. 5
Highlights inlude concerts, lunch in the park, pet show, parade and rodeo. See morgancountyfair.org.
Wasatch County Fair, July 28-Aug. 5
Highlights include country market, contests, exhibits, demolition derby, rodeo and parade. See wasatchcountyfair.com.
Highland Fling Days, July 29-Aug. 5
Highlights include fun run, movie in the park ("Moana"), vendors, car show and parade. See highlandcity.org.
Salt Lake County Fair, Aug. 2-5
Highlights include vendors, entertainment, monster truck show, carnival and rodeo. See slcfair.com.
Emery County Fair, Aug. 3-5
Highlights include car show, cook offs, horseshoe tournament, ATV rodeo, mystery escape rooms and local entertainment. See emerycountyfair.com.
Tooele County Fair, Aug. 3-5
Highlights include car and bike show, concerts, vendors, demolition derby and carnival. See tooelefair.org.
Alpine City Days, Aug. 4-12
Highlights include 5K, vendors, pickleball tournament and parade. See alpinedays.com.
Duchesne County Fair, Aug. 4-12
Highlights include sports tournaments, concerts, demolition derby, talent show, rodeo, petting zoo and parade. See duchesnecountyfair.com.
Kane County Fair, Aug. 5-12
Highlights include sports tournaments, exhibits, Dutch Oven cookoff, night fun run and parade. See thekanecountyfair.com.
San Juan County Fair, Aug. 5-13
Highlights include vendors, exhibits, local rodeo, concerts and photo scavanger hunt. See sanjuancountyfair.com.
Summit County Fair, Aug. 5-12
Highlights include demolition derby, rodeo, entertainment, pie baking contest, and parade. See summitcountyfair.org.
Juab County Fair, Aug. 7-12
Highlights include booths and concessions, demolition derby, pageant and rodeo. See juabcountyfair.com.
Lindon Days, Aug. 7-12
Highlights include car show, ice cream social, movie in the park ("The Lego Batman Movie"), free swim day at the Lindon Aquatics Center, fun run and parade. See lindoncity.org.
Midvale Harvest Days, Aug. 7-12
Highlights include concert, 5K, vendors and parade. See midvaleharvestdays.com.
Millard County Fair, Aug. 9-12
Highlights include monkey show, food vendors, outdoor movie (Zootopia), dinner at the fair and co-ed softball tournament. See millardcounty.com.
Sevier County Fair, Aug. 9-12
Highlights include vendors, monster truck show, rodeo and entertainment. See ut-seviercounty.civicplus.com.
Washington County Fair, Aug. 9-12
Highlights include entertainment, vendors, carnival, fun run, parade and fireworks. See washcofair.net.
Weber County Fair, Aug. 9-12
Highlights include demolition derby, MMA fight, vendors, entertainment and rodeo. See webercountyfair.org.
Cache County Fair, Aug. 10-12
Highlights include food vendors, carnival, exhibits, entertainment and rodeo. See cachecounty.org/fair.
Sandy Balloon Festival, Aug. 11-12
Highlights include food, entertainment and hot air balloons. See sandy.utah.gov.
Rich County Fair, Aug. 15-20
Highlights include dance, rodeo and fireworks. See richcountyut.org.
Davis County Fair, Aug. 16-19
Highlights include food, rides, monster truck show and rodeo. See daviscountyutah.gov/fair.
Utah County Fair, Aug. 16-19
Highlights include commercial and craft vendors, talent show, demolition derby, monster truck show, concerts and carnival. See utahcountyfair.org.
Garfield County Fair, Aug. 17-20
Highlights include junior rodeo, motorized rodeo, games, livestock show and ping pong ball drop. See garfield.utah.gov.
Sanpete County Fair, Aug. 17-26
Highlights include car show, parade and rodeo. See sanpetecountyfair.net.
Box Elder County Fair, Aug. 19-26
Highlights include exhibit and vendor booths, livestock exhibits, entertainment, carnival and rodeo. See boxeldercounty.org/fair.htm.
Magna Main Street Art's Festival, Aug. 19
Highlights include arts, crafts and music. See magnautah.org.
Western Legends Round-up (Kanab), Aug. 21-26
Highlights include concerts, tractor pull, parade and barn dance. See westernlegendsroundup.com.
Beaver County Fair, Aug. 23-26
Highlights include demolition derby, monster truck show, contests, games, pageants and rodeo. See beavercountyfair.com.
Carbon County Fair, Aug. 25-26
Past highlights include tractor pull, demolition derby, concerts and fireworks. See carbon.utah.gov
Enterprise Cornfest, Aug. 26
Highlights include car show, vendors, entertainment and Dutch Oven dinner. See enterprisecornfest.com.
Hurricane City Peach Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Highlights include entertainment, Pioneer Corner, 12K fun run, rodeo and parade. See cityofhurricane.com.
Iron County Fair, Aug. 31-Sept. 4
Highlights include demolition derby, trail ride, concert, rodeo, fish grab and junior livestock show. See ironcountyfair.net.
Payson Golden Onion Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 4
Highlights include boutique, food vendors, carnival and parade. See paysonutah.org.
Midway Swiss Days, Sept. 2-3
Highlights include entertainment, craft and vendor booths, 10K race and parade. See midwayswissdays.com.
Brigham City Peach Days, Sept. 6-9
Past highlights include 10K, car show, pageant and carnival and entertainment. See boxelderchamber.com.
Old Capitol Arts and Living History Festival (Fillmore), Sept. 7-9
Highlights include artist/artisan booths, food court, silent auction, entertainment and art show. See oldcapitolartsandlivinghistoryfestival.org.
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Sept. 7-9
In a new location at Thanksgiving Point, highlights include food, concerts and storytelling festivals. See timpfest.org.
Utah State Fair, Sept. 7-17
Highlights include entertainment, children's activities, exhibits, vendors and demolition derby. See utahstatefair.com.
Sandy City Heritage Festival, Sept. 9
Past highlights include food, entertainment, car show and inflatables for children. See sandy.utah.gov.
Santa Clara Swiss Days, Sept. 21-23
Highlights include 5K run/walk, pancake breakfast, food and merchandise vendors, concerts, pioneer craft demonstrations and children's activities. See sccity.org/swiss-days.