About Living Traditions


Produced by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Living Traditions Festival is a FREE three-day multicultural festival celebrating the traditional music, dance, crafts and foods of Salt Lake City’s contemporary ethnic cultural communities. Admission is free for all festival attendees, which brings together over 50 cultures—both native & foreign—that have made Salt Lake City their home.

Living Traditions honors the cultural activities of these groups, which are maintained and handed down from generation to generation, and are based on traditional practices, techniques and materials. Some are thousands of years old, some are only performed at community celebrations, and others are practiced within families on a daily basis.


The Living Traditions Festival is committed to celebrating and presenting Salt Lake City’s diverse and ethnic folk arts and their respective communities and cultural traditions.


To share the richness of our community’s cultural diversity, by presenting them through the performing, crafts & culinary arts and showcasing them in a festive, educational and respectful manner.

We will achieve this mission by:

  • Providing a platform & venue for local ethnic communities to share their cultural heritage
  • Sharing these cultural heritages with younger audiences to encourage the continued support and participation for future generations
  • Assisting local ethnic communities in preserving and continuing their respective cultural traditions, and to help build pride and identity for these groups