UT Posted in Utah December 29, 2015 by Catherine Rees 24 Things Everyone MUST DO in Utah in 2016 Some Utah things are simply too good to be missed. Here’s a list of 24 (two for each month of the year). Start with these, then add your own! 1. January: Rub elbows with celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Film Festival/Facebook Check out this year’s award-winning indie films at Sundance from January 21st to 31st. 2. January: Check out Ice Castles in Midway. Midway Ice Castles/Facebook Ice Castles is open starting January 11th through February 27th. Reserve your tickets in advance. 3. February: Go skiing or snowshoeing. Snowbird/Facebook February brings some of Utah’s worst inversion and pollution to our valleys along the Wasatch front. Get out of the gunk and head to a higher elevation. Go skiing, snowshoeing or tubing. You’ll breathe easier and enjoy Utah’s world-famous snow at the same time. 4. February: Attend Comic Con FanXperience March 24-26. Salt Lake Comic Con/Facebook If you’re not into fandom, people watch. The costumes will be fabulous! 5. March: Hang with the animals at Hogle Zoo. Hogle Zoo/Facebook March is a great month to visit Hogle Zoo. Fewer people visit during winter months, so you can stake out the best vantage spot in front of the lions and hang out as long as you’d like. 6. March: Cover yourself in color at the Festival of Colors. Chris Chabot/flickr The annual Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork is the largest in the country! It happens on March 26th, 2016. 7. April: Visit Utah’s national parks. Fred Moore/flickr April 16th through 24th is National Park Week. Enjoy FREE admission at all five of Utah’s national parks: Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches and Capitol Reef. 8. April: Celebrate spring at Thanksgiving Point’s Tulip Festival. Thanksgiving Point/Facebook Thousands of tulips blooming will certainly convince you that spring is on its way to Utah. 9. May: Go hiking. sunshinecity/flickr Emerge from your hibernation den and get active in Utah’s mountains. This is the hike to Angel’s Landing; you can choose something a bit less strenuous if you’d like. 10. May: See rock crawling and art in Moab. goneMOAB/Facebook Gone MOAB runs from May 22nd through 27th; the 24th annual Moab Arts Festival runs May 28th and 29th. 11. June: Be proud in Salt Lake City. Pink Sherbet Photography/flickr The 2016 Pride Festival runs June 2nd through 5th. Watch the parade, then head to the festival for food, music and fun. 12. June: Celebrate Summer Solstice. Calvin Chu/Commons Celebrate at “Sun Tunnels” in Lucin on June 20th. Created in 1978 by artist Nancy Holt, the tunnels are designed to line up exactly during the solstices. 13. July: Visit a farmer’s market. Mike Brice/flickr Enjoy some of Utah’s freshest produce. Farmer’s markets across the state are also great places to check out local artists’ handiwork. 14. July: Celebrate Pioneer Day in your hometown. Ken Lund/flickr Every town in Utah celebrates Pioneer Day. Watch the parade, eat pancakes at a community breakfast and enjoy fireworks. 15. August: Attend an outdoor concert. taviamcgrath/flickr You’ll find outdoor concerts all over the state; catch one before summer’s over. 16. August: Go camping. Christian Ronnell/flickr Camping is a low-cost way to have some fun in the great outdoors. Grab a tent, or just roll your sleeping bag out under the stars. 17. September: Stop by the Utah State Fair. Utah State Fair/Facebook Goats, pigs, cows and a bunch of fried food! The 2016 Utah State Fair runs September 8-18. 18. September: Watch hot air balloons in Park City. Tom Kelly/flickr The hot air balloon festival, Autumn Aloft, started over 30 years ago. It runs for a few days every September. 19. October: Take the Alpine Loop to see fall foliage. Dan Pearce/flickr The Alpine Loop is always full of color, but there’s plenty of other great autumn drives to take, too. 20. October: Bag a buck. orientalizing/flickr The deer hunt (general rifle) runs October 22-30; the elk hunt (general rifle) runs Oct 8-20. 21. November: Try a new restaurant. Tuscany/Facebook Treat yourself to dinner. Try a new restaurant for a change of pace (pictured is Tuscany, Utah Best in State Winner 2015 for Italian Food). 22. November: Vote! Theresa Thompson/flickr This year’s election is a biggie -- get out there and submit your ballot for America’s next Commander in Chief. 23. December: See the lights at Temple Square. Micah Sheldon/flickr If millions of twinkle lights don’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. 24. December: Dress up for the Nutcracker. Ballet West/Facebook Wear your best party dress (or suit) and see Ballet West’s iconic Christmas production What else should Utahns do in 2016? Tell us in the comments!