The Polynesian Days Festival is held the first week of September at Thanksgiving Point, a complex with shopping, dining, and a museum in Lehi. The free three-day outdoor event features ukulele workshops, whole-hog cookouts, hula classes, and handmade craft stations. Past concert headliners include Josh Tatofi, Dustin Park, and Tiva of Kapena.
Vivint Smart Home Arena hosts major headliners all year long. On September 4, 2018, The Smashing Pumpkins will headline the arena, followed by Maroon 5 on September 7, J. Cole on September 8, and Def Leppard + Journey on September 25.
As the home court of the NBA Utah Jazz, Vivint.SmartHome Arena is the largest, most high-tech arena within a five-state radius and boasts a seating capacity of 19,911.
The venerable Utah State Fair, which dates to 1856, offers something for everyone. That includes livestock, arts, crafts and commercial exhibits, carnival rides, fair food (funnel cake, anyone?), concerts, a PRCA rodeo, a demolition derby, and freestyle motocross. The fair will run from September 6 to 16, 2018.
The Salt Lake Greek Festival is Utah's largest and most popular ethnic festival. It features homemade Greek food and Greek 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 Salt Lake Greek Festival, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 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.
Salt Lake Comic Con comes to the Salt Palace Convention Center on September 6 to 8, 2018. Salt Lake Comic Con is a pop culture convention event that 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. Ben Affleck (a.k.a. Batman), Chuck Norris, Tim Curry, Dick Van Dyke, and Evangeline Lilly are among the celebrities expected to put in an appearance in 2018.
Enjoy the harvest season with farm-fresh produce and other local culinary delights at one of the many farmers' markets in the Salt Lake area. There's the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park, which brings in 80 local farmers, the Murray Farmers Market, and Park Silly Sunday Market, among others.