Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Make sure you check out the Living Traditions Festival for its 30th annual celebration. Presented by The Salt Lake City Arts Council, this free multicultural festival celebrates and honors Salt Lake City’s diverse ethnic communities through its unique food, music, crafts and dance.
Wondering what’s in store for the three-day event? Take a look at the top three highlights below.
- Performing Arts: It’s time to get on the dance floor! With over 70 local performers, performing arts will be taking center stage throughout the course of the Living Traditions festival. Each performance promises to impress by highlighting a unique culture through varied rhythms, vocals, movement and instruments. Special guest artists include Bombino, a native of Agadez, Niger and A Tribe Called Red representing Canada. To see a full list of this weekend’s performers, click here. For a closer look at the special guest artists, click here.
- A Taste of Traditions: If you’re a foodie, you don’t want to miss out on the festival’s endless selection of ethnic eats, from falafel sandwiches to Indian tacos and egg rolls. If you’re craving something sweet and spicy, check out the Thai Booth and try the fresh Thai Sweet Rice with Mango or the Chicken Satay. The African Booth is also popular for beignets, Samosa Beef and Smoked Chicken Braiser. Check out the complete list of food vendors here.
- Craft Artists: Over 40 different craft artists will be demonstrating and selling art from around the world. From Tibetan knotted rugs to Native American beadwork and Polynesian bone carving—this multicultural festival has it all. Festival visitors even have the opportunity to “Meet the Artist” at the Craft Stage, where they can learn about different art forms and their significance throughout history. Check out some of the different cultures and artwork that will be represented at the festival here. Wondering how you can keep the little ones busy? The Living Traditions Festival also has an area entirely dedicated to children where they can learn how to create fun and colorful crafts, including Hawaiian leis and Japanese origami.
The Living Traditions Festival takes place on Friday, May 15, from 5pm to 10pm, Saturday, May 16, from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday, May 17, from 12pm to 7pm.
The Living Traditions Festival is great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Salt Lake City’s diverse community with family and friends. To learn more about the festival and all of the activities that are taking place, click here.
Photos by Jere Keys via flickr.