Held by the Salt Lake City’s Art Council at Library Square, the Living Traditions Festival is a great way to get out and experience over 70 different cultures in one place from around the world, for free! Whether you decide to visit with a friend or with family, there are various activities and events for all ages. The Living Traditions Festival is held on the weekend from Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th and because it is located downtown, they encourage patrons to take alternate transportation to avoid the hassle of parking. The UTA Trip Planner is a great way to plan your trip to the festival using public transportation. There is also parking located in the surrounding blocks in metered stalls and pay lots.
For the Youth:
Inside the library near the main entrance, the Living Traditions Festival will be hosting a Kid’s Area where children can create their own fun crafts while traditional artists share their stories about culture. The Kid’s Area is open on Saturday, May 18th from Noon-7:00 PM and on Sunday, May 19th from Noon – 5:00 PM.
Get ready to dance to some music because there will be live artists performing all day long on three different stages, including the Street Stage, the Plaza Stage, and the Amphitheater Stage. The festival map will give you their exact location. Some family bands I would recommend seeing include: Nzas – Hiona New Zealand American Society / Maori Dance from 6:45 – 7:30 PM on the Street Stage. On Saturday, May 18th, The Hawaiian Dance will perform at the Plaza stage, from 2:00 – 2:45 PM, and the Anton Family Band will also perform at the Plaza stage on Sunday, May 19th, from 12:15 – 1:00 PM. You can find the stage schedules for each performing artist day by day via clicking here.
For the Adults:
Throughout the Living Traditions Festival, professional craftsman from all around the world come to create their pieces and share the history behind their acquired skills and techniques. Stop by to play a round of Bocce ball, which is a European sport that closely resembles bowling. If you are hungry, stop by the Food Market to enjoy a world wide assortment of savory and sweet dishes.
Throughout the evening, artist will be performing on the three different stages located throughout the Festival. Just to give you a heads up on where the final performances of the night are – On Friday the 17th, the Ballet Folklorico De Las Americas / Latin Music & Dance will be performing on the Street Stage from 9:00 – 10:00 PM. On Saturday the 18th, the final performance will be the Rumba Libre Band / Latin American Dance Music on the Street Stage from 9:00 – 10:00 PM. On Sunday the 19th, the final performance will be the Salt Lake Chinese Dance Arts: Chinese Dance on the Plaza Stage from 6:30 – 7:00 PM.
Don’t forget, admission is free!