June 12, 2018

West side festival returns for encore

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By The West View

By Nigel Swaby

The 2nd annual Westside Music, Arts and Food Festival will return to Sugar Space on June 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring many of the same musicians that made last year such a hit, the 2018 festival has expanded hours and will feature Changing Lanes Experience as its headline act. Besides longer hours, Festival organizers also received a permit to close 800 West in front of Sugar Space. Over 50 art and information booths will line the street and multiple food trucks will be showcasing their menus. This is an all ages event with free admission.

Conceived last year as a way to showcase positive elements of the west side, the festival was a surprise success with multiple vendors and artists who attracted over 500 people in just four hours. With only weeks to prepare last year, this year’s organizers Restore North Temple and the River District Chamber decided to expand both the hours and the venue for 2018. Advanced planning allowed the organizers to receive an “ACE” grant from Salt Lake City to help fund this year’s event. “Generous support from Rocky Mountain Power has helped us immensely both years,” said Aaron Ernst of Restore North Temple. Andeavor is the main stage sponsor for 2018. With more space and marketing support from media sponsors KRCL and The West View,  the 2018 West Side Festival hopes to attract 1,500 attendees.

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The 2017 festival was a blur of activity with performers ranging from Polynesian drummers to bluesman Danny Weldon to the jazz quartet K-Tones. Dancers, aerialists and magicians entertained the crowd on three different stages while food trucks kept the crowd fed with a variety of delicious food. One attendee remarked last year he had the best tacos he’d ever tasted.

Traditions have to start somewhere and event organizers envisioned last year’s festival to be the start of something that would take place many times over the coming years. It’s telling that all the artists and musicians who were invited back, jumped at the opportunity. This year’s festival is the next step in the journey. It looks to be bigger, better and more fun than ever before.


  • Westside Music Art and Food Festival
  • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Headline show: 7 pm - Changing Lanes Experience
  • 132 S. 800 W. at Sugar Space
  • Parking - 200 S.
  • Take Trax to Jackson/Euclid stop
  • Bike valet available

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