The Living Traditions Festival supports the diverse artistic traditions and perspectives through the presentation of both historical and contemporary customs by facilitating thoughtful conversations around the unique qualities of various cultures and the similarities of the human experience, while creating bonds among community members. Come enjoy the diverse multicultural offerings of food, live performances, and art from the many cultures that have made Utah their home. We will also have engaging panels, hands-on workshops, food demos, film screenings and kids activities. Admission is free for all event attendees.

The program features long-standing live music and dance performing artists, craft artists and food vendors, some who have been participating since the first festival in 1986! There will also be new artists and vendors welcomed into the program who are continuing their culture and families’ traditions. 

This year the Salt Lake City Arts Council is excited to feature some of the additional programming that happens beyond the stages, food and craft vendor markets. There will be panels produced in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts and Museum – Ways of Being: Advocacy in the Traditional Arts, Passing it Down: The Continuation of Tradition, and Dress, Regalia, Attire: Traditional Expressions of Identity. These panels will take place on Sunday in the Comic Book space on Library Square. If attendees are interested in getting hands-on learning about various cultural crafts, there will be several workshops downstairs in the Library classrooms throughout the weekend. Attendees can learn to dance the tango, make Mexican paper flowers, and more! 

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is once again partnering with the Sundance Institute to screen a package of short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The films featured are all made by Indigenous filmmakers and will be playing Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm in the Library auditorium. On Sunday at 2:00pm there will be a special 12 Minutes Max in the Library Auditorium. Curated by the Salt Lake City Public Library, this monthly series presents three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, theater, performance art, writing, and the like — each 12 minutes or less.


The festival will be held at Washington Square and Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

Friday May 19th 5-10pm

Saturday May 20th Noon-10pm

Sunday May 21st Noon-7pm


Click here to view the Program Guide.

For more information about the Living Traditions Festival, click here.