Mark Your Calendars for These Summer Music Festivals
No mountain-town summer is complete without live music. While concert series abound in Park City, you need to venture just a short distance to partake in Utah's summer festival scene. Here are a few nearby music festivals to add to your summertime calendar.
Returning for a third year, Utah's largest multi-day music, art, and camping festival is set to take place June 22-24 at River's Edge Campground in Heber City. Just 16 miles from Park City, Bonanza Campout promises plenty of sunshine in the mountains and a stellar line-up of musicians, including headliners pop singer-songwriter Halsey, hip-hop heavyweight Wiz Kahlifa, and Grammy-nominated electronic DJ/producer ZHU (full line-up here). Unlike most large festivals where you must agonize about which acts you want to catch, Bonanza Campout is boutique enough to let you catch all your favorite performers. The best way to enjoy the festival is, of course, by camping, but tickets sell fast so it's best to plan ahead. Camping is also available in the nearby Deer Creek State Park. For more info and tickets, visit the festival's website here.
Founded by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, the LOVE LOUD Festival returns to Utah on July 28 at the Rice Eccles Stadium. About far more than just coming together for good music, the festival seeks to ignite conversation about love, understanding, acceptance, and support of LGBTQ+ communities, particularly in Mormon dominated Utah. Performers at this year's festival include Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Mike Shinoda, Trevor Glenn, and more (see full line-up here). The creation of the first LOVE LOUD Festival in 2017 was documented in the film Believer which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charities, including Encircle, Trevor Project, Tegan And Sara Foundation, and others.
Women's Redrock Music Festival
Hit the road for some serious female empowerment at the Women's Redrock Music Festival (Robber's Roost, 185 Main St, Torrey, Utah). Taking place this year on Aug. 10th and 11th, the festival is designed to help foster local arts and economic development in Wayne County through the empowerment of independent women and gender diverse musicians from Utah and around the world. The full list of performers and activities has yet to be released, but organizers are dedicated to constantly improving the fest rather than simply making it bigger. It's all about giving back and this non-profit festival does through donations and scholarships for women. Finally, in case you're wondering, men are also welcome. Stay tuned with all the latest information via their website.
Beaver Mountain Music Festival
Take a short trip up to Beaver Mountain (40000 East Highway 89, Garden City) in the Cache National Forest for two days of concert events at the 2018 Beaver Mountain Music Festival (Aug. 17-18). This year's festival will showcase 31 amazing artists (full line-up here) on two stages with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting production. In addition to music, the event will also feature several art installations, mini-half pipe and skate competitions, and a Cosmic Recess Playground. For the youngest music fans, there will be a Children's Village, complete with bouncy house, carnival games, On Chord Academy's Musical Petting Zoo with instrument instruction for kids, face painting, and more. Camping (on and off-site) and RV hookups are available. For more info or to purchase tickets visit the Beaver Mountain Music Festival website.
Das Energi Festival
Those of the electronic dance persuasion get two nights of bass dropping beats during the Das Energi Festival (Aug. 17-18). The festival takes place at the iconic Great Saltair (12408 W Saltair Dr, Magna, UT) music venue, located next to the shores of the surreal and stark landscape of the Great Salt Lake against the Wasatch Mountains. Acts include Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Deadmau 5, Rezz, and more. In addition to dancing all night, guests will also have the chance to immerse themselves in unique art installations, dance performances, a Synergy Station, and Galactic Flats.
Reggae Rise Up
Also taking place at River's Edge Campground in Heber, Bonanza's Campout's sister festval Reggae Rise Up (Aug. 24-26) brings prominent reggae acts to Utah. This year the headlining acts include two of the largest touring domestic reggae groups Rebelution and SOJA as wells as legends like Stephen Marley (son of Bob Marley), Steel Pulse, The Original Wailers, and many others. One of the highlights for the multi-day, all-inclusive festival this year will be nightly local late night after-party featuring art installations, local breweries food trucks, a vendor village, and additional interactive fan experiences. Again, camping is best way to fest, so grab your tickets before they're gone. For additional info and tickets, visit the Reggae Rise Up website.
Moab Music Festival
The award-winning Moab Music Festival returns for its 26th year of "music in concert with the landscape" from Aug. 27 - Sept. 13. Not your traditional music festival, the Moab Music Festival curates distinct program and intimate concert experiences for lovers of chamber music, traditional, jazz, Latin, and music of living composers. Get ready for 20 concerts performed by world-class musicians (artist list here) staged at both indoor and outdoor venues around Moab. Top picks for this fest include the signature Grotto Concerts, taking place in a pristine wilderness grotto 30 miles down the Colorado River, reached by jet boat, the 3 day / 2 night Musical Raft Trip through Westwater Canyon (the festival kick-off event), and the finale 4 day / 3 night Musical Raft Trip through Cataract Canyon. For tickets and more info, visit the festival website.