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What to expect at the Utah Arts Festival

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 19:29:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Arts Festival is celebrating 40 years with 165 artists’ booths along with a film festival, concerts, food, children’s activities and performance art.

This year, there’s a new partnership to help get folks there. The festival is working with Uber, including designating a drop-off and pick-up area on the corner of 500 South and 300 East.

Residents and workers in Salt Lake City may want to avoid 400 and 500 South during the festival, where crowds are likely to delay travel.

Festival-goers got in free on Thursday because of a grant from the Utah Department of Heritage and the Arts, and any adults who show up before 3 p.m. on Friday get in for half price ($6).

Children 12 and under get in free.

The artists come from all over the world, and the line-up includes talented locals like leather workers Kellie Murphy and Natalie Wall. Murphy and Wall won Best in Show at the Festival in 2015 for their hand-tooled leather bags decorated with unique designs.

Murphy says they work hard while traveling to festivals, but they love it.

“We get to work for ourselves, and we don't have to have crappy jobs,” Murphy said.

The Utah Arts Festival continues through Sunday, June 26. Visit their website for more details.