Summer is coming! What better way to celebrate than to spend time in the great outdoors. With its festivals, hikes, markets and national parks, Utah has no shortage of places to go to stay outside this summer. Read our list of 15 ways to enjoy Utah's warm weather.
Granary Row is back for its second season after a one-season hiatus.
Self-described on its Facebook page as a "pop-up street festival," Granary Row is set up on 700 South between 300 and 400 West in Salt Lake.
Artists, musicians, food trucks are nestled in and between the storage containers that house many of the projects.
Granary Row will be open Fridays and Saturdays between 6 and 11 p.m., June 5 through Aug. 22.
Check out Granary Row's Facebook page for more information.
Movies combined with a fresh breeze, the night sky and your family, friends and neighbors makes for a low-maintenance night out.
Although the Movies under the Stars at the State Capitol has been canceled for the season, venues throughout the Wasatch Front still offer places to view.
Here are some of our picks:
- Hatch Family Chocolates Summer Movie Nights
- St. George Summer Movie Series
- Downtown Provo Outdoor Summer Cinema
- Millcreek Venture Out
- Salt Lake Friday Night Flicks
From the tip to tip, Utah is full of hikes suitable for any activity or fitness level.
Here are a few of our favorite areas:
Utah boasts five national parks and dozens of state parks. These provide no shortage of opportunities to swim, hike, bike, run, camp and embark on adventures.
To plan your visit to one of Utah's state parks, visit the Utah Department of Natural Resources' website. To learn about Utah's national parks before you start your trip, visit the National Park Service's site.
Festivals in Utah run year round. Summer offerings range from the popular Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake to the lesser-known Lamb Days in Fountain Green.
Some of our other favorites include the Craft Lake City DIY Festival, Swiss Days, the Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Check out this list featuring many other festivals happening in Utah this year.
Hear some of your favorite bands play in one of Utah's concert series:
- Ogden Twilight. $5 for online advance tickets; $8 for day of show tickets; $20 for a season pass. Click here to see this year's lineup.
- Twilight Concert Series. $5 for advance tickets; $10 day of show tickets; $37.50 for a season pass. Click here to see the lineup.
- Provo Rooftop Concert Series. Free. Click here to see the lineup.
- Red Butte Concert Series. Adults: $37-$90; children: $20-75. Discount for Garden Members. Click here to see this year's lineup.
- Deer Valley Concert Series. Costs vary. For lineup and concert costs visit the Deer Valley website.
- Snowbasin Blues, Brews & BBQ Summer Concert Series. Free to the public. To learn more, click here.
New bike lanes, wider streets and the GREENbike program make Salt Lake an great place for an outdoor biking adventure.
Head to one of the city's bookstores or cafes. Or, join Salt Lake County's Cycle the City challenge. For every three landmarks you visit, your name will be entered once for free tickets to the Utah Arts Festival.
A list of 20 bike maps of bike routes throughout the state, made by the Utah Department of Transportation, allows you to take your ride outside Utah's capitol city.
In the heart of downtown Salt Lake City,
the Gallivan Center offers a variety of activities to keep you outdoors.
Come down on weekdays at noon for the Lunch Bunch Concert Series or Thursdays starting at 11 for Food Truck Thursdays. On Tuesday evenings, enjoy Drink and Dine at 5:30 and stay for Big Band Dance Night at 7:30.
Also keep an eye out for other events (like the free Utah Symphony night on May 22).
Visit the Gallivan Center website for more details.
Utah's ski resorts stay busy even in the summer.
Zip-lines, roller coasters, mountain biking trails, alpine slides, hiking trails and chair lift rides are just the beginning of the adventures you can have.
For more information, visit Ski Utah or each resort's website for more information.
Get some fresh air and fresh produce from local farmers at one of Utah's farmer's markets.
Stop by Downtown Salt Lake City, Park City, Sugar House, Wheeler Historic Farm, Happy Valley or Ancestor Square in St. George.
Or check out some of the other locations at Utah's Own.
If you want a more laid back day, take a day out on the trail. For many in the state, trailheads are a short walk, bike or car ride away.
Depending on the trail, you may chance on some overhead trees and get some relief from the hot summer sun during your outing.
Check out a list of walking and biking trails in Utah, created by the Utah Department of Transportation.
Catch a concert, play, performance or musical at one of Utah's outdoor amphitheaters.
Here are some venue suggestions:
- Sandy Amphitheater
- Tuacahn in St. George
- Bryce Canyon (note: The only performance you'll catch here will be a sunrise or sunset)
- Draper Amphitheater
- Dixie State's Tanner Amphitheater
- Murray Park
- Kenley Amphitheater
Hit up a game this summer with Utah's Major League soccer team or its Minor League Baseball team.
Tickets for Real Salt Lake range from $25 to $500. Click here for more information about the games and promotions.
Bees game tickets cost between $10 and $27. For more information about games and promotions click here.
Head down to Utah County for a canoeing experience under the moonlight at CLAS Ropes Course.
Try to spot river otters, beavers and owls as you cruise down the Provo River.
After you return, snag a s'more or two by the fire.
For more information visit clasropes.com.