Arts & Culture
Bluff has a vibrant arts and cultural scene.
Bluff is an arts community. It is home to numerous artists, photographers, writers, sculptors, weavers (wool and willow), jewelry designers and potters who gain inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding desert landscape. Many Bluff artisans have public galleries that offer you a chance to speak with the artist and gain insight into their work.
Through several important trading posts, Bluff also serves as a center for the works of nearby Native American artisans. Quality Native American rugs, baskets, jewelry, pottery are featured at the trading posts along with other Native American and Southwest art.
Don’t miss Bluff’s annual events.
The Bluff International Balloon Festival is held on Martin Luther King holiday weekend in January. The three day event involves about 25 hot-air balloons. The balloons fly over Bluff for two days, and over scenic Valley of the Gods for one day. The Balloon Festival also hosts a Southwest Cuisine Cookoff where would-be chefs strut their stuff. An Arts Fair is also held in conjunction with the Balloon Festival, featuring the works of regional artists.
The Utah Navajo Fair is held annually in September. The fair kicks off with a parade that stops all traffic on Highway 191 for several hours. The Navajo are known for their expert horsemanship and the rodeo provides an opportunity for exciting rodeo action. Several nights of traditional Native American song and dance, along with Pow Wow dancing, are a not-to-be missed attraction of the fair.
The Bluff Arts Festival is held annually in October. Highlights of the Arts Festival include hands-on workshops on topics ranging from archeology to xeriscaping. The Arts Festival offers a well-known, keynote speaker along with a standing room only Bluff Film Festival. And, during an Art Walk, patrons are given a chance to see and purchase local artisans’ fine arts and crafts as it is displayed at over a dozen Bluff businesses in the Art Walk.