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Urban Arts Festival returns on September 2, 3 & 4

Rahzel - Urban Arts Festival returns on September 2, 3 & 4

“We are proud to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Utah Arts Alliance’s first festival in our programming roster. The Urban Arts Festival has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change in our community. Over the past decade, the festival has helped to usher in a new era of art and artists in Utah. We shine a light on underrepresented artists and art styles and continue to expand the definition of art,” said Derek Dyer, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Alliance and Founder of the Urban Arts Festival. 

Festival hours:
Friday, September 2, 5 – 10 pm 
Saturday, September 3, noon – 10 pm
Sunday, September 4, 10 am – 6 pm 

Visit for a complete schedule of festival activities.
Signature events outlined below:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2, 3 & 4, festival hours
Live Entertainment and National Headliners

This year’s festival line up boasts an incredible range of local entertainment, from rap to the blues and everything in between. Highlights include Kiki Cabaret—a diverse showcase of local performing artists, from cirque to burlesque. Produced by Utah’s own Leggy Meggy, this show brings the oohs, the aahs and the ooh la las to the festival stage.

Continuing the Urban Arts Festival legacy of bringing legendary hip hop artists to Salt Lake City, we are pleased to announce this year’s headliners Rahzel and Carnage the Executioner, 8 – 10 pm on Saturday, September 3 

Rahzel is a three-time Grammy winner, the undisputed World BeatBox Champion and most famous beatboxer around the globe. Rahzel is the  godfather of noise and a long time member of the Roots. 

Rahzel is considered one of the founders of beatboxing as we know it today; he has been beatboxing since the early 1980s and gained critical acclaim with his iconic debut album “Make the Music 2000”

Carnage the Executioner has been a prolific producer and performer over the last twelve years. He boasts an undeniable resume with numerous quality releases. Although he is a Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist, he has performed in Europe & South East Asia, tours the U.S. His engaging live show has enabled Carnage to steal the hearts of music fans worldwide. As an experienced human beatboxer of over 30 years, Carnage instructs others to use the body as an instrument. He’s well known as the rapper’s favorite rapper. 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2, 3 & 4, festival hours
Artist Marketplace 

Artists practicing any and all mediums are invited to sell their handmade artworks at this open-air street market with 80+ vendors. Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your collection or for amazing gift giving. Support local artists!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2, 3 & 4, festival hours
Live Mural Painting

30+ local muralists and graffiti artists come together for a live painting exhibition interspersed throughout The Gateway. The exhibition is curated by Salt Lake City artist Josh Scheuerman with support from the BLOCKS. 

Friday, September 2, 5  – 10 pm 
Lowrider Custom Car Culture Exhibit

Take a look under and over the hood of these custom lowriders, hoppers and bikes. Awards will be given for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Display and more. Don’t miss the Hop Off Event at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 4, noon – 4 pm
Hard-N-Paint Street Basketball
Hard-N-Paint is a Salt Lake City basketball league for the youth and adults, bringing authentic basketball to the community since 2012. This exhibition includes a 3-point shootout, slam dunk contest, pick up game (open to the public) and the Hard-N-Paint Street Fashion booth.

12th Annual Skate Deck Challenge at Urban Arts Gallery, 116 S Rio Grande 
Award Ceremony, September 4, 5:30 pm at Urban Arts Festival
Show will hang August 30 – October 2

There’s a reason why the annual Skate Deck Challenge is the most popular show at the award-winning Urban Arts Gallery. Local artists contribute to a vibrant and diverse collection of artworks made using blank skate decks. The submissions encompass multiple artistic disciplines—the only rule being it must start with a blank skate deck!

The first skate deck challenge produced by the Utah Arts Alliance was held in 2010. It was so popular, the following year it became the beloved Urban Arts Festival. Returning to its roots, voting will be open to the public through Friday and Saturday of the Festival, with the five winners receiving prizes, accolades, and serious bragging rights.