Guide to September in Salt Lake City: Events and Festivals

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September might be the most beautiful month of the year in Salt Lake City, with temperatures dropping as summer comes to an end, but just because summer is technically over, that doesn't mean the fun has to end. There are still plenty of festivals, events, and activities to enjoy throughout September in Salt Lake City.​ From parties over Labor Day weekend to Salt Lake Comic-Con, there are plenty of great events, festivals, and celebrations to enjoy in the city this month.

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Join the Party Over Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end of summer and the last chance to enjoy summertime fun. Make the most of your holiday with great Labor Day weekend activities in the Salt Lake City area, including outdoor concerts at the Red Butte Garden or Gallivan Center, Oktoberfest at Snowbird Resort, the Miner's Day Parade in Park City, and the Labor Day Luau at Thanksgiving Point.

You can also spend the weekend hiking through Utah's natural landscape in Bell Canyon, check out some kid-friendly museums and attractions like the Natural History Museum or the Hogle Zoo, or cool off at a local waterpark, splash pond, or pool.

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Celebrate Culture at the Polynesian Days Festival

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The Polynesian Days Festival is held the first week of September at Thanksgiving Point, a complex with shopping, dining, and a museum in Lehi, Utah. This free, three-day outdoor event features ukulele workshops, whole-hog cookouts, hula classes, and handmade craft stations in celebration of the Polynesian heritage and population of Salt Lake City. However, the highlight of the event is the Saturday night concert; previous headliners include Josh Tatofi, Dustin Park, and Tiva of Kapena.

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Attend Concerts at Vivint Smart Home Arena

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Vivint Smart Home Arena hosts major headliners all year long, but as the home court of the NBA Utah Jazz, this arena is the largest, most high-tech of its kind within a five-state radius and boasts a seating capacity of 19,911. In 2019, you can catch Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on September 4, Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty Tour 360 on September 14, and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's Roll Me Away Tour on September 28. You can even catch the Salt Lake Shootout hockey event between the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks on September 21.

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Ride the Rides at the Utah State Fair

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The venerable Utah State Fair, which dates to 1856, offers something for everyone over two weeks in September each year. Attractions include livestock, arts, crafts, commercial exhibits, carnival rides, fair food, concerts, a demolition derby, freestyle motocross, and even a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo.

The 2019 Utah State Fair will run from September 5 to 15 and take place at the Utah State Fairpark, which is located in northwestern Salt Lake City, just a few minutes away from downtown, Temple Square, and Capitol Hill.

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Taste the Mediterranean Salt Lake Greek Festival

Attendees at the Greek Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah

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The Salt Lake Greek Festival is Utah's largest and most popular ethnic festival, featuring homemade Greek food as well as traditional music and dance. The annual Salt Lake Greek Festival evolved from a handicraft bazaar in the basement of a Greek church to one of the country's finest and largest celebrations. The festival is also a major Salt Lake City fundraiser, with a large percentage of the proceeds distributed every year to local charities and community outreach programs.

The Salt Lake Greek Festival takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (279 South 300 West in Salt Lake City) from September 6 to 8, 2019.

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Salt Lake Comic-Con

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Salt Lake Comic-Con returns to the Salt Palace Convention Center on September 5 to 7, 2019, for three days of pop culture exhibitions and celebrity appearances. Each year, this massive event brings comics, fan art, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, film, and TV and their associated comic creators, artists, actors, performers, authors, celebrities, and professionals to meet and interact with their fans.

In 2019, celebrity appearances include actors Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter," Colonel William Tavington in "The Patriot"), Ross Marquand ("The Avengers," "The Walking Dead," "Mad Men," "The Mindy Project"), and Lou Diamond Phillips (Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba") as well as actress Rebecca Mader (the Wicked Witch of the West in "Once Upon a Time," Charlotte Lewis in "Lost") and voice actress Linda Ballantyne (Serena Tsukino in "Sailor Moon").

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Buy Local at Farmers Markets

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Enjoy the harvest season, which starts in mid-September, with farm-fresh produce and other local culinary delights at one of the many farmers' markets in the Salt Lake area. Popular markets include the Downtown Farmers Market, which brings in 80 local farmers to Pioneer Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays; the Murray Farmers Market on Fridays and Saturdays; the Park Silly Sunday Market; and the University of Utah Farmers Market at Tanner Plaza on Thursdays.

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Celebrate Local Heritage at the Miner's Day Parade

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An event unique to Salt Lake City, Miner's Day celebrates the mining heritage of Park City with a full day of festivities on Labor Day each year. Popular activities include the Miner's Day Parade, mucking and drilling competitions, a 5K Fun Run, live music performances, and the famous "Running of the Balls," which features thousands of golf balls rolling down Main Street.

All Miner's Day festivities take place on Main Street or City Park in Park City, Utah, which is about 40 minutes west of Salt Lake City by car.

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Skate Over to the Skate Deck Challenge

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Each year, Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City hosts a vibrant art show featuring artwork made with skate decks (the top of the skateboard) submitted by local and visiting artists. In 2019, the 9th Annual Skate Deck Challenge will hang in the gallery from September 3 to 29, with a gallery stroll reception on September 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Celebrate Tradition at the Festival of India

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On September 14, 2019, head south of Salt Lake City to the small town of Spanish Fork for the 35th Annual Festival of India at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple. This unique festival features Indian Classical and folk dancing, yoga classes, interactive Bollywood entertainment, Indian cuisine, and a performance of the popular epic "Ramayana" that culminates in the destruction of a 20-feet-high effigy of the evil Ravana.

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