We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. January: Rub elbows with celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival.
Check out this year’s award-winning indie films at Sundance from January 21st to 31st.
2. January: Check out Ice Castles in Midway.
Ice Castles is open starting January 11th through February 27th. Reserve your tickets in advance.
3. February: Go skiing or snowshoeing.
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.
If you’re not into fandom, people watch. The costumes will be fabulous!
5. March: Hang with the animals at Hogle Zoo.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of tulips blooming will certainly convince you that spring is on its way to Utah.
9. May: Go hiking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find outdoor concerts all over the state; catch one before summer’s over.
16. August: Go camping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The deer hunt (general rifle) runs October 22-30; the elk hunt (general rifle) runs Oct 8-20.
21. November: Try a new restaurant.
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!
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.
If millions of twinkle lights don’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.
24. December: Dress up for the Nutcracker.
Wear your best party dress (or suit) and see Ballet West’s iconic Christmas production