Starting Line | Summer 2018 Issue
Escape the valley’s summer heat and venture to Park City Main Street on Sundays from now–September 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for this ever-growing market and street festival. Expect gourmet food, art, live music, free bike valet, kids’ activities, and free yoga. Don’t miss the make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar and beer garden.
Bring your lawnchairs and blankets to Millcreek every Friday evening Now–August 10 for free outdoor movies, live music, outdoor recreation, and food trucks. Each night ends with a family-friendly movie under the stars. Venues, themes, and movies vary weekly, so visit the website for details.
The ski resorts of Utah’s Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons host this festival dedicated to bringing hikers and wildflower enthusiasts to the mountains. Learn about native flowers on guided hikes for all ability levels, ranging from 45-minute strolls to three-hour wilderness tromps. Marvel while trained guides share their knowledge, and enjoy live music and kids’ activities when you’re back at the resort base. Brighton- July 21, Solitude- July 22, Alta- July 28, Snowbird- July 29.
Celebrating the art of songwriting and power of song, this one-of-a-kind music festival August 3–4 at Snowbasin Resort offers a more intimate, authentic experience than larger festivals. Attendees can expect in-the-round performances by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin, Billy Dean, and many more. Event also features songwriting workshops, late-night acoustic performances, and songwriting tent sessions for collaborating to create new songs.
We’d be remiss to skip Oktoberfest at the Bird, one of Utah’s biggest and best festivals. Experience the changing seasons in the mountains paired with craft beer, German food, music, and dancing beginning Saturday, August 18 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday until October 21. Also open Labor Day Monday, September 3. Extend your visit with a scenic tram ride, hiking, mountain biking, or thrilling summer base activities like the Mountain Coaster. Bring cash for the $10 parking fee.
In the former mountain mining town of Park City, Labor Day has a whole different meaning. Each Labor Day (Monday, September 3 this year), the town’s mining heritage is remembered and celebrated with a parade, Funky 5K run, music in the park, mucking and drilling competitions, and the Running of the Balls Charity Event. Instead of fighting crowds on a Labor Day vacay, visit nearby Park City for this staycation celebration.
Join 200 women in the mountains of Huntsville, Utah September 7–9 for group camping and outdoor adventures amidst dazzling fall colors. From SUPing to hiking, include activities welcome beginners and seasoned adventurers. Nighttime brings inspirational fireside speakers and the Rendezvous Disco.
FitCon is venturing outdoors for this inaugural fit fest September 22 at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park in Lehi, Utah. Expect themed races, MMA fights, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments, obstacle courses, fitness classes, kids’ zone, live music, and food trucks. Pizza, donut, ice cream, dog, and kid-themed races for $20 each, or $30 for all five. Adult event admission $10. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Best Hikes: Salt Lake City
By Lori J. Lee
Review by Jenny Willden
Are you always hiking the same trails and looking to try something new? Lori’s book features 43 easy hikes and tough treks within an hour of Salt Lake City with incredible views of lakes, waterfalls, and wildflowers. Each hike is fully described and includes directions, maps, hiking time, and points of interest along the way. Lori also calls out the best hikes for dogs, kids, and where to camp when making your hike an overnight. As a lifelong Utahn, I thought I knew all the Wasatch’s best hikes, but this book just showed me a new favorite, Waterfall Canyon in Ogden.