Events for Art & Museum Exhibits

Utah Arts Festival

The Utah Arts Festival brings art to life at Library Square through awe-inspiring performances, artistic expression, and surprising discoveries at the state’s largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event June 21-24. The Utah Arts Festival features 160+ visual artists and 100+ performing arts groups, drawing 80,000+ participants each June to celebrate artistic expression in the heart of Salt Lake City. The Festival includes seven performing venues of top world, national and local musicians and performers and program slates in literary arts, visual arts, kids activities, dance performances, musical commissions, street theater, art & technology, urban arts, film and culinary arts. During this four-day celebration of the arts, Festival patrons will discover the sky is not the limit—courtesy of BANDALOOP. In its 42nd year, the Utah Arts Festival welcomes BANDALOOP, an internationally renowned dance company that awakens the human spirit and activates public spaces. In what they dub vertical dance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing—by utilizing the unique curving glass façade of the Downtown Library as their stage. BANDALOOP will perform each night during the 2018 Utah Arts Festival.


Water Play & Honey Climber New Exhibits Opening

Member’s Preview 9 – 10 am Public Opening 10 am Special activities 10 am – 12 pm Celebrate the opening of two brand new exhibits! Make a splash in the new Water Play exhibit featuring racing rivers, a water wall with ramps, wheels, and tipping buckets, a water vortex and more! Then, make the climb from the lower level to the upper level of the museum in the Honey Climber. Use your imagination and become a Busy Bee. Explore the Hive and Garden as you climb, hop, slide and buzz your way through the maze! Be the first to experience these thrilling new exhibits!


Autism Afternoon

FREE Admission for all families! Generously sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation. All children and families are invited to this sensory-inclusive afternoon of play! From 4-6 pm, we'll be turning the lights down and reducing noise in the museum. Sensory bags equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards, are available for checkout at the Admissions Desk. A limited number of weighted lap pads are also available upon request.


World Connections Children's Festival

Community Free Day. Welcome the arrival of summer at Discovery Gateway and celebrate Salt Lake City’s diverse culture with performances and experiences that feature traditional music, dance, and food! Performances include Kenshin Taiko drummers, Casa Quetzaldoatl dance and music, An Dragan Ceilteach Irish Dancers, Juan Diego CHS Steel Band, Si Lum Gung Fu Club Lion Dance, and much more!


The Gateway Art Stroll

The Gateway is proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll as part of the vibrant visual art scene in Salt Lake City. Walk the Rio Grande and explore the murals and interactive art pieces throughout the property. Meet the local artists involved in our Art Shop Project as they open their doors for special pop-up galleries – as well as the permanent gallery, the Urban Arts Gallery for the grand re-opening in their new location.


Third Saturday for Families: Color Journey Collages

Experience a journey in color around Great Salt Lake with the installation by Spencer Finch in the UMFA Great Hall. Create your own color journey in a paper collage.


Summerfest International Art & Folk Festival

Performers from around the world will share their dance, music, and culture during the 2-day Summerfest International art and folk festival. This 31-year tradition, produced by the Bountiful Davis Art Center, runs August 10-11. Summerfest is always free to the public, at Bountiful City Park. With international and local performing groups, food trucks, artist booths, and the popular Children’s Art Yard, Summerfest is a celebration of art and culture for all ages!


The Gateway Art Stroll

The Gateway is proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll as part of the vibrant visual art scene in Salt Lake City. Walk the Rio Grande and explore the murals and interactive art pieces throughout the property. Meet the local artists involved in our Art Shop Project as they open their doors for special pop-up galleries – as well as the permanent gallery, the Urban Arts Gallery for the grand re-opening in their new location.