Music and Arts Festivals

Alex C. Hickmon, Art Editor

As spring and summer arrive, so do the music and art festivals we look forward to for months.

You might feel that all the big, well-known venues and festivals are too far away for you to be able to attend. But there are actually really good ones right in our backyard. Bonanza, for example, is a huge music, art, and camping festival. Located in Heber, Utah, Bonanza gives off an indy vibe with a flair of camping.  Bonanza is a three-day event–Friday, Saturday, and Sunday–and is nonstop. As you pitch your tent to stay the weekend, music is blasting in the background and there are stands of art displays and fun things to buy. This year’s music performances include DJ Snake, G-Eazy, Smokepurpp, SOB x RBE, Harry Hudson, Bishop Briggs, and many, many more. It can get a little pricey for the whole weekend though; the three day GA pass is $185 per person, according to the Bonanza website. It includes all performances and activities, but does not include the actual campsite. So you’d have to be willing to spend quite a bit: the grand total could be well over $300.

Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Coachella was from April 12 to April 21 — so it’s obviously too late to attend — and consisted of well-known artists such as Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Jaden Smith, and Kanye West. Coachella is known to be more than just the music though; this is the time when people wear their most crazy and elaborate outfits. It’s the time to debut their new look. Also, some of the most liked pictures are from Coachella, according to Instagram. Everyone is always envious when they find out that you went to Coachella.

The Utah Arts Festival runs from June 20 to 23 in Library Square, downtown Salt Lake City. Full of music, art, and film, it’s definitely one to remember. About 80,000 people attend each year, and it’s one of Utah’s biggest festivals. Not only is the Utah Arts Festival a great way to spend a summer weekend, but it is also a non-profit organization to help spread the quality of life through art and music. According to their website, they want nothing but to “maintain the highest artistic quality in our production”. So if you go, make sure to donate a few bucks.

Music and art festivals are a great way to spend your summers and breaks. They will definitely leave an imprint on you and make you want to go to more. They will make your summer one to remember with all of these events and festivals.