Subtlety is a hallmark of brilliant art, whether it's the hint of a smile on the Mona Lisa or the cow on a motorcycle in the background of American Gothic. Dive into the details with this Groupon.
$15 for Four-Day Arts-Festival Admission ($30 Value)
From Thursday, June 21, to Sunday, June 24, visitors explore visual-art exhibitions such as the vibrant impressionist paintings of Pilar Pobil, art demonstrations from featured artists, the 2012 artist marketplace, and a towering sand sculpture crafted by Ted Siebert. A further feast for the eyes, screenings of short films in seven thematic categories, team-slam poetry competitions, and interactive art labs and exhibitions also go on all weekend. More than 66 musicians and bands also provide a soundtrack to the event with jams in bluegrass, pop rock, afrobeat, and country.
Utah Arts Festival
Visitors to the Utah Arts Festival stride across concrete promenades and grassy lawns sprawled out between fountains and modern buildings, which have glass walls that reflect the fest’s vibrant paintings and eclectic sculptures. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, the four-day festival has taken over a multiblock radius to accommodate 170+ visual artists, 100+ performing groups as well as program slates in literary arts, visual arts, kids activities, dance performances, musical commissions, street theater, art and technology, urban arts, film and culinary arts. Throughout indoor and outdoor exhibitions, visitors explore varied works of visual art represented through special exhibitions and hands-on workshops with featured artists. A marketplace also gives artists a place to sell their paintings, wearable art, and sculptures to help disseminate their crafts and raise enough money for van Gogh’s ghost to move out of their basements.
Families will love the children’s art yard, with hands-on activities and take-home projects just for kiddos. The Utah Arts Festival offers activities for kids of all ages, and kids ages 12 and under receive free festival admission.
Musicians score the festival throughout its days with worldwide genres on several outdoor stages, and storytellers and other literary artists tickle ears with eclectic tales and recitations of the UN staff directory. Across the grounds, festival staffers recycle the fete’s discarded plastic, aluminum, and cardboard as well as food scraps and vegetable oil, and promote eco-friendly practices with a protected bicycle lot and bike valet.