6 fun and entertaining things to do in and around Salt Lake City

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As the summer heat gives way to fall, there are plenty of activities to do during one of Utah’s finest seasons. Whether you’re new to the state or a lifer from Utah, there are plenty of nearby adventures you can enjoy year-round, especially on weekends.

Explore one of the many breathtaking trails along the Wasatch Front or sample the food and festivities at a local fair or festival. Whatever your preference, here are several options if you’re looking for a great local hike or a family event to enjoy on the weekend.

Trek

Strap on your boots, grab some water, sunscreen and granola bars and get ready to marvel at the beauty of these local trails.

Canyon of Neff

This dog-friendly canyon trail is an absolute gem, heading into the hills from an upscale neighborhood on the East Bank of the Salt Lake Valley. It starts as a service road in low brush but quickly gains elevation as the trail narrows to a dirt road and climbs to cooler heights. You will cross a pretty stream and come out in a meadow with a resolutely alpine look. You can turn around and reverse your course whenever you run out of time, but if you can make it all the way to the wildflower meadow, you’ll definitely be glad you did.

Silver Lake

If you’re up for a challenge that will end with an epic reward, this place should be on your to-do list. Silver Lake Trail in Utah is a dazzling destination. This particular trek lets you visit not just one, but two magical lagoons for double the reward after a long climb.

White Lake

6 fun and entertaining things to do in and around Salt Lake City
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Starting from a trail halfway up Big Cottonwood Canyon, White Lake is hands down one of the most beautiful spots in the Wasatch Mountains. After three kilometers of uphill walking, the trail winds through a side canyon until it reaches an exquisite lake surrounded by dramatic vaulted peaks. Plan to take plenty of time to bask in the beauty of the lakeshore. Also, you will need space in your phone for about three hundred photos.

Gatherings

If you prefer something a little less athletic than mountain trekking, check out these upcoming events in the Salt Lake area.

Snowbird Oktoberfest 2022

Whether you’re of German descent or not, you’re sure to have a great time at the annual Snowbird Oktoberfest. A family event with activities, food and plenty of beer for the drinkers, the festival starts in mid-August and lasts until mid-October. With thousands of visitors each year, it’s one of Utah’s biggest festivals. Admission is free and the event runs from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, including Labor Day.

Family art fair

Do you have an artist in the family? Come paint and party at the Visual Art Institute Family Art Fair in Salt Lake on August 27th. Add your brand to a giant mural and enjoy food, treats, music, caricatures, face painting and balloons. You won’t want to miss it!

Avenues Fair 2022

Held annually on the second Saturday in September, the Avenues Street Fair celebrates the unique and eclectic history of the neighborhood, which is one of the oldest in Salt Lake. The Greater Avenues Community Council chooses a different street to highlight each year and this time the fair will take place between G and L streets. It’s free and open to anyone who wants to discover local talent and art with shows and local food vendors. The fair will take place on Saturday, September 10, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Try any or all of these activities and you’ll soon learn that being bored in Utah will never be a problem.

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