This festival, held at Salt Lake City & County Building’s Washington Square (450 South 200 East), celebrates the many, many cultures that comprise Salt Lake City’s population. Admission is free -and you can enjoy performing arts, ethnic food, and crafts demonstrations across the square. Held outdoors at the perfect time of year -this festival offers a pleasant escape from a winter of being indoors before temperatures climb steeply in June and July.
Performing artists include the underground electronica dance-fusion music of Bomba Estéreo from Bogotá, Colombia (on Friday at 7pm), Vieux Farka Touré (Friday at 8:30pm), son of famous Malian guitarist, Ali Farka Touré, the Haitian mizik rasin band, Boukman Eksperyans (Saturday at 8:30pm), blending traditional folklore and voodoo sounds, and many, many more throughout the day.
Definitely come hungry, as the food market offers some of the freshest, tastiest, most affordable and interesting things you’ll eat all year. Vendors include the Thai Buddhist Temple, Indian Walk-in Center, Philippine American Association of Utah, Dionysus Belly Dancers (serving Greek cuisine), the Laotian Lat Lao, Fraternidad Salvadorena, and many more serving Pakistani, Polynesian, Tibetan, Dinkan, Italian, Basque, Lebanese, Swiss, Bosnia-Herzegovinian, Tongan, and Vietnamese cuisines.
This really is one of Salt Lake’s most interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable festivals all year; and at no cost, the biggest hassle it will give you is parking troubles. Ride your bike! The Salt Lake Bicycle Collective will valet park it for free.