SPRING INTO SUMMER

Summer is upon us, bringing longer days needing to be filled with fun, and of course, food. Get the most out of your summer by checking out some of the events happening around Salt Lake City this year.

Living Room

It is a University of Utah classic and an essential summer “stroll” for hikers, beginner to avid. Evening is best, where the reward after two miles and 967 feet in elevation tends to be an SLC-signature sunset over Salt Lake Valley, the Oquirrh Mountains and the sparkling waves of the Great Salt Lake. If the view from the Living Room’s stone sofas and rock recliners doesn’t satisfy the soul, or if you’re just looking for more aerobics, continue up to the ridge line, where you can drop into Red Butte Canyon, or make your way to Mount Wire, which sits at 7,136 feet. More trail information here.


 

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Jack’s Peak

This 1.6-miler is situated in the H Rock open space south of campus, above Foothill Drive and off of 2100 South. The summit is named after Jack Edwards whose ashes were scattered by his parents in 1995 after the toddler passed away from leukemia. Views of neighboring Mount Olympus to the south are epic and the perspective of campus to the north are pretty alright, too. On the way down, follow the ridge line to the H Rock to see the latest taggings from the Highland High School (for which the rock is named) senior class and ensuing counter-tag from the rival East High. More trail information here.

 

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Little Black Mountain

This is not the typical romp through the foothills. Round-trip, this hike can be anywhere from eight to 10 miles, depending on the trailhead. And with more than 2,600 feet
in elevation gain to 8,040 feet, it is deemed strenuous. False summits abound, so don’t be discouraged if one pinnacle just leads to another greater height to ascend. There’s a little bit of a scramble to reach the prominent ridge line, which divides City Creek Canyon and Red Butte Canyon. If punishment is your vice, continue along the ridge to Lookout Peak for another few miles and 900 feet in altitude. More trail information here.

 

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Grandview Peak

At 9,410 feet, Grandview is the tallest of Salt Lake City’s surrounding peaks. The summit can be approached in a multitude of ways, including the Great Western Trail, either from the southeast via Big Mountain or from the northwest from Davis County. Or it can be reached from City Creek Canyon, where the trailhead begins at the end of City Creek Canyon road at Rotary Park. City Creek is the shortest route, but it entails some bushwhacking and a steeper approach. Whichever way you choose, it’s worth the trip. More trail information here.

 

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The Sugarmont Food Truck League
Mondays | 5-9 p.m.
Sugarmont Plaza, 2230 S. Highland Drive

Enjoy live music and about 10 food trucks with a variety of cuisine to choose from. You can find more information on their Facebook page.

KSL Food Truck League
Wednesdays | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
KSL Broadcast House, 300 W. 55 N.

Head downtown SLC for lunch at the KSL Broadcast House for the KSL Food Truck League. Find more details on their Facebook page.

Food Truck Thursdays
Thursdays | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gallivan Avenue, 239 Main St.

Every Thursday, head to Gallivan Avenue for a round-up of Salt Lake City’s food trucks. Go here each week for a list of vendors participating that Thursday. You can find more information on their Facebook page.

Friday Night Flicks
Friday nights June 2-July 14, 2017 | Booths open at 8 p.m., movie begins around 9:15 p.m.
Various SLC parks

Enjoy free family friendly movies and food trucks at various parks throughout the summer.

For a list of movies and locations, go here.

FOOD TRUCK FACE OFF
June 10, 2017 | 3-9 p.m.
Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 S.

Do good while having fun at Utah’s largest food truck rally for charity.

This Food Truck Face off will support five local charities: Utah Community Action, Fourth Street Clinic, YWCA Utah, Volunteers of America-Utah and Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Pre-order your meal tickets for $5 each or buy them at the event for $6 each. Redeem your tickets at the truck of your choice. Menu items will be priced in terms of one, two or three tickets with most meals costing two tickets.

You can purchase tickets online here.


Utah Pride Festival and Parade
June 2- 4, 2017
Parade: Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Admission: $10
Washington Square and Library Plaza

The Festival empowers the LGBTQ+ community of Salt Lake, as well as the state of Utah as a whole, to come together and celebrate. Pride Elevated 2017 is excited to offer additional celebratory events, extended festival hours, diversified food and business vendors, venue upgrades and even greater entertainment.

UTAH FOSTER CARE CHALK ART FESTIVAL
June 16-18, 2017
The Gateway,18 North Rio Grande Street

For 15 years, Utah Foster Care has presented this free community art event that turns Rio Grande Street into a gallery of vibrant street murals.

Events include Kids Korner packed with new activities, such as “The Foster Parent is In” booth and lots of art projects for kids.

The featured artist this year is Julie Kirk-Purcell.

WASATCH MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
June 19-24, 2017
Salt Lake City, Park City, Sandy, Snowbird Ski Resort

Returning to the mountains for a third year, the Wasatch Mountain Film Festival has an all new lineup of amazing work from the world’s best filmmakers. Featuring screenings from June 19-24 in Park City, Salt Lake, Sandy and Snowbird Ski Resort, and will feature roughly 50 adventure and environmental films from around the globe.

Utah Arts Festival
June 22-25, 2017
Admission: $10-$12

Library Square

Enjoy everything that is art in Utah with music, food, artist booths, cultural performances and more.

PERUVIAN FESTIVAL
July 28-29, 2017
Library Square, 500 S. 300 E.

Peru comes to Utah. The seventh Peruvian Festival features Peruvian artisans, cooks, musicians and dancers. The participants will showcase the rich diversity of Peru, the many ways that traditions are exchanged from generation to generation and how Peruvians adapt to their new home while maintaining connections with the past.

SALT LAKE CITY TACO FEST
Aug. 5, 2017
155 S. 600 West

We are excited to announce that Utah’s first annual Tacofest will be held Aug. 5, 2017, at the Mexican Civic Center. There will be live music, children’s activities, and the best tacos Utah has to offer.

We will be donating a part of the proceeds to Meals on Wheels to recognize their services to the community. This event is ALL AGES and will be free to the public.

CRAFT LAKE CITY DIY FESTIVAL
Aug. 11–13, 2017

Gallivan Plaza

The DIY Festival prides itself on presenting all things indigenous to the state from entertainment to craft food.

FESTA ITALIANA
Sept. 16-17, 2017
The Gateway,18 North Rio Grande Street

Festa Italiana SLC is a non-profit, Italian Festival in Salt Lake City sponsored by Colavita put on by the Italian American Civic League and Italian Club of Salt Lake. Proceeds from the festival will support local and national non-profit charitable organizations supported by the Italian-American Civic League of Utah. This year proceeds will be contributed to Catholic Community Services to support their homeless and refugee outreach services.

Activities include: Live Italian entertainment, authentic food booths, beer, wine, arts and crafts, historical displays, spaghetti-eating contest and more.

GREEK FESTIVAL
Sept. 8-10, 2017
Holy Trinity Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church, 279 300 W, Salt Lake City

Admission: $3

The Salt Lake City Greek Festival is considered to be one of the finest cultural events in Utah and is the largest Greek festival of the western United States. Enjoy the food, dance and culture of Greece at the Salt Lake Greek Festival hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Greater Salt Lake.

UTAH STATE FAIR
Sept. 7-17, 2017
Utah State Fair Park, 155 N 1000 West

The Utah State Fair promotes Utah and its products with events by the Utah Dairy Council, Utah Beef Council, Utah Wool Growers Association and the Utah Farm Bureau. “Utah’s Own” Food Court features locally grown and prepared foods from around the state. The Utah State Fair strives to blend the best of Utah tradition and heritage with new technology and modern ideals.

9th and 9th Street Fair
Sept. 17, 2017| 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
900 S. 900 E.

Held at the intersection of 900 South and 900 East in Salt Lake City, the 9th and 9th Street Festival has become an annual event where everyone from the city converges to enjoy food, fun and music.


Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 10 p.m.
Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City

July 4, 2017, at 10 p.m. Salt Lake City’s annual 4th of July celebration will celebrate Independence Day in style with FIREWORKS. As always it will be a patriotic neighborhood party on Salt Lake City’s west-side. The firework display will be located near the north part of Jordan Park. Go here for more info.

SALT LAKE BEES GAMES
Various dates
Smith’s Ballpark

Join the Salt Lake Bee’s in May, June and July for fireworks after the game. Click here for a list of all promotional games and to see the fireworks schedule.

SLC’S ANNUAL FIREWORKS SHOW
Monday, July 24, 2017 | 10 p.m.
Liberty Park/Herman Franks Park

Join us for Salt Lake City’s annual Firework Show at Herman Franks Park near Liberty Park.  Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy the firework display that will be located in the center of Herman Franks Park.


FAMILY FLICKS
Fridays, June 23-Aug. 4, 2017
Snowbird

Free movies every Friday on the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck at dusk (approx. 30 minutes after sunset). Lawn chairs and coolers welcome. The Birdfeeder will be open, selling popcorn, cotton candy, frozen cheesecake, root beer floats and more.

A list of movies and dates can be found here.

Monday Night Movies
Mondays in July | 8 p.m.
Gallivan Center Plaza

Movies start at dusk, outdoors, under the stars. Low back chairs, blankets, pillows and food are allowed. “Gallivan Eats,” the Gallivan Center’s concessions stand will be open for snacks.

Click here for dates and list of movies.

Friday Night Flicks
Friday nights June 2-July 14, 2017 | Booths open at 8 p.m., movie begins around 9:15 p.m.
Various SLC parks

Free family friendly movies at different Salt Lake City parks each week will be shown on a large inflatable screen with free popcorn. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a neighborhood party under the stars.

Plus, the Food Truck League will be at each movie and food will be available to purchase on site. For a list of movies and locations, go here.

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Friday nights from July-August | Bands play at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk
Utah State Capitol, southwest lawn

Bring your family, friends and pets to listen to a local band, watch a movie at dusk and try a variety of food from local Food Trucks.

A list of movies and times can be found here.


Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series
May-September

Red Butte Amphitheatre

Admission: Varies

Grab your picnic basket and blanket and head over to the gorgeous Red Butte Garden Amphitheater for an eclectic lineup of musical artists from Trey Anastasio Band to Santana, Jason Mraz to Amos Lee.

OGDEN TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES
Every Thursday night in June

Admission: $5-$10
Ogden Amphitheater

Come see an incredible lineup of artists from OK Go to Miike Snow.

HEART & SOUL MUSIC STROLL
Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 3-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Filmore and Glenmore streets between 2700 South and Zenith Ave.

Local bands will be bringing their talents to the streets of the greater Salt Lake community, playing from neighborhood porches and yards. A free community event, enjoy an afternoon strolling from house to house, yard to yard, band to band, through the tree-lined streets of a Salt Lake neighborhood. Click here for more info.

UTAH BLUES FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Admission: Varies
Gallivan Center Plaza

The festival connects people to a musical genre that has used the American experience as its voice: the Blues. Showcasing national and local Blues artists, as well as a youth showcase and workshops, the Utah Blues Festival has something for everyone. 

Twilight Concert Series
Thursdays starting July 20, 2017 | Gates open at 5 p.m.
Admission: $5

Pioneer Park

The 2017 series features artists like Little Dragon, Andrew Bird, Solange Knowles and The Roots. Just to name a few.

SLC Jazz Festival
July 28-29
Gallivan Center

The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival is the premier jazz festival in Utah. Since 2001, the festival has featured some of the best jazz and musical guests that have delighted visitors throughout the Wasatch front and beyond.

Gallivan Center Lunch Bunch Concerts
Weekdays May-September | 12-1 p.m.
Gallivan Center

These lunch time concerts feature some of Salt Lake’s best local musical talent.

Snowbird Cool Air Concerts
Every Saturday from June 20-Aug. 8, 2017 | 6-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Snowbird Plaza Deck

Pack a picnic and head up to the outdoor concerts at Snowbird featuring top bands from around the nation.



Downtown Farmer’s Market
Saturdays June through October | 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pioneer Park

Local produce, meat, food, flowers, craft artisans and more in the heart of downtown. Easily accessible via TRAX.

Liberty Park Farmer’s Market
Fridays June through October | 4 p.m. to dusk
Liberty Park

Fresh, local produce from small local farms and businesses.

9th West Farmers Market
Sundays June through October | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
International Peace Gardens, 1000 S. 900 W.

The atmosphere at the 9th West Farmers Market is friendly and inviting. Visit with our local artisans, enjoy fresh prepared food, purchase some of the best produce to be found locally and enjoy the live performances by local musicians.

We have different special events through out the season, including Book Day where you can swap books with others at the market, and Pet Day when we promote the many rescue organizations who bring out wonderful animals who are in need of good homes. We also promote the talented youth of the community to come: to learn arts and crafts, sell items that they have made themselves, or even perform musically during open mic sessions at the Market.