An unusual-for-Utah summer rainstorm hit the Utah Arts Festival just before 6 p.m. Thursday, turning Library Square into a quiet expanse with a few noisy islands.
The noise wasn't coming from amplifiers, as power has been deliberately but briefly shut off at the major stages, lest the electricity attract a lightning strike.
People gathered in any shelter available, like the canopy tents at the Park Stage and in the City Library atrium. The atmosphere is jovial, with many just laughing off the predictable unpredictability of Utah's weather.
In the Artist Marketplace, tent flaps came down and tarps came out, to protect more sensitive artwork from water damage.