Special Events in Salt Lake City

IAMA Free Folk and Bluegrass Festival
This annual music festival is held in downtown Salt Lake City at the Gallivan Center and is sponsored by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association.

This festival showcases local and national bands that jam through both styles of music. Music sets are performed unplugged and often include instruments like the fiddle and washboard. Normally held in July, this event is free for both locals and tourists.

Brother Brigham's Ball
This annual ball normally takes place in July. Held for both historical and general celebration purposes, this ball recommends pioneer dress from the time period of Brigham Young, the mid-1800s.

The ball takes place at The Garden Palace in Heritage Park and is sponsored by This is The Place Heritage Park organization in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pioneer Days Festival
This event is held in July of every year and is held in honor of the Latter-day Saint pioneers who settled in the state. Pie eating contests, parades, foot races and train rides are just some of the activities that can be expected.

The event is sponsored by the Days of 47', Inc. organization in conjunction with the state and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Residents of the city often call Pioneer Days the Days of 47' to commemorate the end of the pioneers travel to settle in Salt Lake City.

Native American Celebration
This event coincides with the Pioneer Days Festival as a celebration of all things cultural honoring the area's Native American tribes. An inter-tribal Powwow is held before the day's main parades with traditional dances from the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute tribes.

The event is sponsored by The Native American Celebration in The Park organization and is held in the city's Heritage Park.

Sundance Institute Summer Series
This annual event is presented by the Sundance Movie Festival organization and runs from June to August. The event offers free community independent films every evening at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater.

Independent films covering various genres are offered such as documentaries, action, adventure, romance, comedy, family friendly and horror. All made free to the public in an effort to give those who cannot afford the full festival a chance to see the products of independent filmmaking.