Events for Marginalized Voices

Family Festival and Disability Resource Fair

This is a fun free event put on by the Utah Parent Center for families who have children, youth, and adults with disabilities to come and enjoy time out in the community together. The highlights of this event is a self-advocate talent show followed by an all abilities dance party! There will also be roller skating/adaptive skating, games and giveaways, and community resources. For more information and to register please visit and follow us at @utahparentcenter on IG. Registration and admission are free. The first 500 registrants will also get free skate rental! Registration opens 5/3/2024.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2024

Outdoor Auntie and Utah Film Center’s Black, Bold & Brilliant program are partnering with Tracy Aviary to present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Together, we are hosting a night of cinematic exploration and adventure under the stars unlike any other programming offered in Utah. Join us on Friday, June 28th, to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Disabled, and LGBTQ+ communities engaging with outdoor sports, public lands, and environmental activism with outdoor films and local vendors. >> When: Friday, June 28. Doors open at 7:30pm and films will begin at dusk (approx. 9:15pm). >>Where: Tracy Aviary at Kea Lawn Good to know: >>Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at The Bird Feeder Cafe. >>Bring your blanket and chairs and arrive early for the birds and stay for the movies! >>Alcohol for sale, 21+ only, must have ID on hand. >>Can’t attend but still want to support? >>Purchase a donation gift ticket at >>Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at About the Films: SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature–through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. Chasing the Bono 11 min | USA Mussel Grubbing 7 min | USA The Studio 13 min | USA Paddle Tribal Waters 9 min | USA Apayauq 17 min | USA Tracing History 13 min | USA Forward 16 min | USA African Voices for African Forests 9 min | USA Rewilding Rio 15 min | USA Soundscape 14 min | USA

SLAM Music Festival

The SLAM Music Festival is now accepting young Utah music artists under 21 performance applications for all genres now through July 15, 2024. Winners announced on August 15 for the September 7, 2024 festival in downtown Salt Lake City.

Summer Outdoor Film Series presents “Searching for Sugarman” at Liberty Park

Get ready to soak up some summer vibes at Utah Film Center’s Summer Outdoor Film Series, returning to Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. The movie lineup features a collection of curated, award-winning cinematic stories that are truly unique. For five Friday summer nights, Utah Film Center presents a selection of films from its annual programs and festivals, including Black, Bold & Brilliant, Artist Foundry Utah Filmmakers Showcase, Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids, and Utah Queer Film Festival. And here’s the best part—it’s all free and open to everyone! Visit for the movie lineup and details. Reserve your spot for an unforgettable outdoor movie-in-the-park experience. Searching for Sugarman >> Friday, July 12 >> Presented by Black, Bold & Brilliant Program powered by Utah Film Center Film summary: Though he faded into obscurity in the US, an early 1970s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumored to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the man's true fate. >> Watch trailer at: >> Get free tickets at: Good to know: Snacks for sale by Sweet Hazel & Co. Bakeshop & Bistro Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed Blankets and lawn chairs welcome Bathrooms are north of the tennis courts Event opens at 8 pm, with film scheduled to begin at dusk, approx 9:15 pm Reserve your FREE spot HERE Check-in upon arrival to be entered into a prize drawing for a chance to free merch Outdoor Film Series takes place on the east side of Liberty Park, just north of the Chase Home Museum near the middle of the park.

Book Signing with author Jonathan Aubrey - Am I Different - for National Disability Independence Day

Johnathan Aubrey and his wife love being involved with helping children. They are licensed foster care providers. Johnathan is no stranger to obstacles and challenges. Not only was he born with cerebral palsy, he was also in Resource and Special Ed in elementary school. Despite these and other challenges, Johnathan attended Weber State University and was able to graduate with a dual bachelor's degree in economics and English in four years. He has worked as a real estate agent in Utah since 2008, but gets the most joy reading his book "Am I Different?" and sharing a message of winning despite all obstacles at school assemblies and other functions. Jonathan will be telling his story, answering questions for both grown-ups and kids, and signing copies of his picture book, Am I Different, at The Printed Garden from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on National Disability Independence Day, July 26th - the day that commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. This event is free and open to the public. There might even be cookies!

Soifua Foundation Luau Fundraiser

Talofa, friends! Are you ready for a night of fun, culture, and giving back? Join us on August 12, 2024, at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater at the Soifua Foundation Luau Fundraiser! Soifua is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. Get your tickets at Zagg locations in Valley Fair Mall, Southtown Mall, Layton, Roy or Ogden, or simply visit️ Every ticket purchased helps provide scholarships to students. This fundraiser is designed to launch our Utah-based scholarships, continue our scholarships in Samoa, and help lay a foundation for expansion to the other Islands. Lawn tickets for Kids under 4 are FREE, and other tickets range from $5-$15. Come early starting at 5:00 PM to enjoy the food trucks and vendors before the show starts at 7 PM! (Doors Open at 6:15) Don't miss out on the traditional Polynesian Dances, Fire Dancers, Lei Greeting, Photo Ops, and cinch sacks for the first 500 k-12 students! (Food is not included) Let's celebrate back-to-school season and the rich culture of Samoa together! #SoifuaFoundationLuau #SupportEducation #PolynesianCulture

Utah Queer Film Festival (formerly Damn These Heels)

Experience the Utah Queer Film Festival (UQFF) in person on October 25-27, 2024 at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center–an exciting weekend of LGBTQIA+ creativity, ideas, and art explored through dramatic and documentary films from around the world, including local short films. Virtual films will be available October 27-November 3, 2024. As the longest-running queer film festival in the Mountain West, UQFF celebrates, inspires, and highlights queer stories, queer history, and queer joy through a diverse selection of feature and short films, community collaborations, workshops, discussions, and more! >>June-July 18: Early-bird festival passes for Utah Queer Film Festival are on sale now! >>Mid-July: First Program Announcements >>Mid-August: Additional Program Announcements >>Early September: Films, workshops, and tickets available to reserve with your pass! >>October 25-27: Pick up your physical pass and enjoy the in-person Festival >>October 27-November 3: Select films available to view during the online Festival Buy your Early Bird Festival Film Pass at: Utah Queer Film Festival is powered by Utah Film Center.