June kicks off summer as well as festival season in Utah. In addition to art festivals, parades and food-themed festivals, there are several festivals happening in Utah this summer that honor international and multicultural heritages. Whether celebrating your own past or looking to learn more about others, here are a few of this summer’s most anticipated festivals.
June 12-13: Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games: Celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage and participate in traditional Highland athletic challenges, such as the famous Caber Toss challenge where athletes attempt to chuck an 80-plus pound tree section, participate in Highland dancing accompanied by bag pipes and drums, sample Scottish food and enjoy music from the Wicked Tinkers, Molly’s Revenge and Men of Worth. For more information, visit utahscots.org. For even more Scottish fun, check out the Payson Scottish Festival on July 10 and 11.
June 13: Utah Asian Festival 2015: Back for it’s 38th year, the Asian Festival is a free event at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. From 10 am to 7 pm, visitors can enjoy a pageantry of performance, exhibits, vendor booths, art and crafts and food from various Asian communities represented by Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese. From 5 to 7 pm, dress up in your favorite cosplay and join the party for the Asian Pop Dance and Parade with live music by DJ JPan. For more information, visit utahasianfestival.com.
June 18-21: WestFest: WestFest is an annual celebration that commemorates the establishment of West Valley City and recognizes its citizens’ various cultural backgrounds. The festival includes carnival rides, a family fun run, talent show, an outdoor screening of “Big Hero 6,” a concert by the West Valley Symphony, a fireworks spectacular and international cuisine. Grab your lawn chairs, have dinner and enjoy the diverse entertainment of WestFest. For more information, visit westfest.org.
July 19-24: Spanish Fork Fiesta Days: Each year Spanish Fork celebrates the Utah Valley’s Spanish, Mexican, and Latin American or Latino roots by hosting “Fiesta Days.” Highlights of the week-long event include the Fiesta Days Rodeo, Western heritage parade, children’s parade, craft fair, carnival, family concerts and fireworks. For more information, visit spanishfork.org.