8 family-friendly events in Utah that are worth the drive this weekend

Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 5:30 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

Sunny skies are in the forecast for this weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to take a trip and see what Utah has to offer. Here are eight fun Utah events that are worth the drive. 

2017 Living Traditions Festival

The Salt Lake City Arts Council will host the 32nd annual Living Traditions Festival in downtown Salt Lake City. The three-day multicultural event will feature music, food and activities from more than 50 cultural groups from around the globe and will allow attendants to get a glimpse into different cultures. 

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 19; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Where: Library Square, 450 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City

Cost: Free

Endangered Species Weekend

The Living Planet Aquarium will offer a scavenger hunt for children, and everyone will be able to meet the aquarium’s two desert tortoises. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will also be at the aquarium to showcase what they do to protect the state’s endangered species. 

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21

Where: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway, Draper

Cost: $14.95-19.95

West Jordan Big Band Jazz Night

The award-winning West Jordan Jaguar Big Band will have a concert Friday at West Jordan High School. The concert will feature a mix of classic and contemporary hits. Items will be raffled off during the event, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 19

Where: West Jordan High School, 8136 S. 2700 West, West Jordan

Cost: $10-15

Ride for Education

The first ever Tim Wangsgaard Memorial Ride for Education will take place at Centennial Junior High School in Kaysville. The ride will have three different courses: 62 miles, 30 miles or 5 miles. All proceeds will be given to the Utah School Employees scholarship fund. 

When: 7 a.m. Saturday, May 20

Where: Centennial Junior High, 740 South Sunset Drive, Kaysville

Cost: $5-50, depending on the race

Downtown Yoga Festival

Are you a yoga enthusiast? Head down to the Westminster College campus for a weekend full of speakers, workshops and many different types of yoga. From experts to first timers, this festival will have something for everyone. Be sure to reserve your spot today. 

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

Where: Westminster College, 2120 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City

Cost: $29

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Start the summer right by celebrating healthy families. Playing bubble sports, eating food samples from Natural Grocers and learning how to play musical instruments are just a few of the things you can do at this event. There will be plenty of activities and plenty of fun for the kids. 

When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Where: YMCA Community Family Center, 4223 S. Atherton Drive, Taylorsville

Cost: Free

Mobster Mystery Dinner

This mystery dinner will have a little bit of everything, including food, mystery and plenty of fun. Your ticket will include an Italian buffet with salad, breadsticks and desert. Reserve your seats today, and buy a couple ticket for a discount. 

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Where: The Cache, 119 S. Main St., Logan

Cost: $30

Discover the Dinosaurs: Unleashed

Explore another time at Discover the Dinosaurs: Unleashed in Sandy this weekend. Get up close and personal with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and even a T-Rex. The activities are endless with mini golf, bouncy houses, digging for bones, Jeep rides and more. 

When: 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 19; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21

Where: South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy

Cost: $14-$52

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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