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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Josh Wright is a local pianist from Sandy whose debut album just charted at No. 6 on the Billboard classical charts.
Weekend Express: Top 7 events happening in Utah
First Published Aug 09 2013 02:51 pm • Last Updated Aug 16 2013 11:33 am

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Salt Lake County Fair » This year’s theme is Forever in Blue Jeans. But the events include the old county fair favorites of a carnival, vendors and livestock shows. Go to http://countyfair.slco.org for more information.

When » Today through Saturday, Aug. 10

Where » 2100 W. 11400 South in South Jordan

Tickets » $10 for children ages 5 to 12; $15 for adults

Sandy Balloon Festival » The big balls of hot air float off the ground 7 a.m. Saturday. There’s a photo contest and food vendors.

When » 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Where » Storm Mountain Park, 11400 S. 1000 East in Sandy

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Tickets » Free

Tongan festival » The National Tongan American Society’s 16th annual Friendly Island Festival promises a non-stop entertainment stage, food, interactive Traditional Tongan craft demonstrations, indoor aquatic center, skate park and more. Go to www.ntasutah.org for more information.

When » 10 a.m. today and Saturday, Aug. 10

Where » Fairmont Park, 1049 Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

Music » Listings by David Burger

Josh Wright: The Pianist is the next performer in a monthly series presented by the Excellence in the Community Foundation. The Steinway artist’s self-titled debut album topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its April 2011 release. His latest CD, "My Favorite Things," was released in May. "We wanted to have a variety," said the 25-year-old Sandy native, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Utah.

When » Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where » Viridian Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan

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