Staff Picks: Summer Time Isn't Quite Over in Utah

You wouldn’t know it because of the record breaking heat, but summer is almost over! Back-to-school commercials are already flooding the airwaves. But don’t fall into your winter depression just yet—there is still so much happening around town. Grab the kids, grab your friends and spend a couple more weekends playing in Utah.

Ashley Szanter, Associate Editor

“If you’re looking for something a little strange and maybe creepy to do this weekend, check out Antelope Island’s Spiderfest 2017. It’s exactly what it sounds like, people. Enjoy a whole day learning about the variety of spider species that live on the island as well as details on how important they are to our ecosystem. You can also learn some tips on which spiders you can keep around and which to stay far, far away from. It’s a family friendly event for all ages filled with spider walks, spider crafts, and spider talks this Saturday, August 5 from 10am-4 p.m. at the Antelope Island Visitor’s Center in Layton.

Glen Warchol, Managing Editor

Coloring outside the lines

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival is back this year with more than 200 performances of all sorts, created by individuals and theater companies. The only thing in common is that they can’t run more than an hour.

The performances running Friday and Saturday can be edgy, funny, disquieting, life changing. It’s a great way to get a idea what’s happening on the cutting edge of SLC’s performance scene.

And for families, there’s Kids’ Fringe.

Because it’s impossible to list the performances, we recommend you hit the Fringe online schedule.
Fringe takes place at two performance spaces in Sugar House:
Fringe Factory (old Desert Industries building) 2223 Highland Dr. and Westminster College’s Jewett Center,  1840 S. 1300 East

Andrea Peterson, Digital Media Manager

I am the kid who never grew up. I get jealous of kids going to summer camp and not because I have to work a 9-to-5 job. I love working for Salt Lake magazine. But I am an eternal learner. Probably why I took more credits than I needed in college and maxed out my life savings on grad school. (No regrets!) I couldn’t be happier that Salt Lake has Craft Lake City. I love going to their community events and learning about anything from craft cocktails to making terrariums. So of course I am more than floored for Craft Lake City’s 9th Annual DIY Festival this weekend at the Gallivan Center. And I’m a science geek. (I went to Space Camp for reals four summers in a row.) This year’s festival broadens the definition of handmade art to include music, artisanal food, jewelry, clothing and a whole building dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Mary Brown Malouf, Executive Editor

Who knows how long our heat wave will last? The only answer I know is “too long” but the other thing I know is one thing to do about it: ICE CREAM.

Fortunately, Fireside on Regent recently started making amazing soft-serve ice cream. So every Sunday in August from 5-7, they’ll be hosting an Ice Cream Social. All items will be two dollars—soft serve in a cone or bowl, banana split, espresso profiteroles with coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce, and orange/root beer floats. 126 S. Regent St., (right behind the Eccles Theater)
P.S. My advice? Drop in a few minutes before you want ice cream and eat a pizza.
Old 97s are playing up at Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews and BBQ this Sunday. It’s cool up there. And it’s free. Opening act takes the stage around 12:30 p.m., next band starts playing around 2:30 p.m. and the Old 97s will begin playing around 4:00 p.m.

You can bring the kids—there’s a Spider Jump, climbing wall and a playground. Food in Earl’s Lodge is available from 12:00pm until 6:00pm with the Award-winning BBQ  favorites like the Blues & Brews Burger, House Smoked Beef Brisket, and Loaded Fries. A wide selection of local beer will also be on tap on Earl’s Patio.

Jessica Patterson, Sales Associate

This Friday  and Saturday, the Pedal Provo Ghost Tour will be rolling, beginning at the west side of the Provo Cemetery/Exchange Park at 9 p.m. The ride includes a tour through Provo, complete with spooky stories and fascinating facts. Cost is $10-$16, and bikes are available to rent. Bring a friend, a date, or go alone (for those more interested in a solo scare).

Melody Kester, Office Manager
An annual family tradition is back Friday through Saturday. The Salt Lake County Fair is located at the Equestrian Park, 2100 W. 11400 South, South Jordan.
With carnival rides, food and entertainment, including concerts, monster trucks, races, barrel racing, blue ribbons and—something new this year—color-foam parties and color throws all day long.

Maxx Chan, Staff Writer
Photo by Jordan Montano
Join the UMFA in Utah’s outdoors where families will experience art and nature. It’s part of UMFA in the Wild, a collaborative partnership between UMFA educators, the National Forest Service and American Land and Leisure.

The free activities are geared toward families for intergenerational art making. All materials for these activities will be provided.

Make a Nature Rubbing Book

Sunday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. Washington Lake Campground, Crystal Lake Trail just off Mirror Lake Highway. Learn about the variety of textures in nature and how artists represent them in paintings and drawings. Make your own book to classify and record rubbings of the natural textures around you.

Andrea Peterson
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