Things to do in Downtown Salt Lake

Founded in 1847 by the Mormon pioneers, and still the home of the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, Salt Lake City has lots to see and do. The downtown area has been up and coming for several years now and continues to grow up. But don’t take my word for it, check some of these places out.

Things to do:

http://thegallivancenter.com/
See what is happening at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake. From concerts to food events, and the yearly Craft Lake City DIY event, there is always something happening at the Gallivan. And check out ice skating all winter long at the ice rink starting in November. And every Thursday for all the businesses in the area, there are a collection of food trucks where you can swing by for lunch.

https://saltlakefilmsociety.org/
If you don’t want to be outside, why not catch a film at the Broadway Center Cinema. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Broadway features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well.

https://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Just down the road from the cinema, at Pioneer Park during the summer and at the Rio Grande Depot during the winter, check out the downtown farmers market.
Every Saturday from June to October, swing by Pioneer Park in the AM for fresh produce, local meat, eggs, and other locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods, and culinary accouterments. The market moves indoors to the Rio Grande Depot from November to April where you can still find great local products.  

 

Where to Shop:
 
https://squareup.com/store/boozetique
Also on Broadway is Boozetique, a great little shop for all your cocktail needs. From glassware, corkscrews, and shakers to bitters, simple syrups and more, you will find all your drinking needs. 

https://www.goldenbraidbooks.com/
Down the street and around the corner a little ways, you will find Golden Braid Books, a little oasis in the busy city. Offerings include gifts and books for feeding the mind, spirit, and soul.  Find items to fix your feng shui or find that best seller you have been looking forward to reading all year.
When you’re shopped out and need a bite to eat, there are fantastic restaurants within a few minutes walk.

 

 

Where to Eat: 

http://hslrestaurant.com/
You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. You’ll want a reservation for this one, but Chef and owner and James Beard award winner Briar Handly is doing some fantastic things here. Get the cauliflower; you will not be disappointed.

http://www.undercurrentbar.com/
After dinner, head around the corner to Under Current, an upscale neighborhood bar. They can make all the classic cocktails you might want and have a bar-tending staff that can create just about whatever you are in the mood for. If you still need a bite after dinner, they make some killer fries.

http://www.beerbarslc.com/
And speaking of fries, head on over to Beer Bar where you can find all things beer, of course, and grab some excellent Belgian style frites. With German-style beer hall tables, and a menu that consists of sausages and fries, what’s not to love. But if beer is not your thing, step through the door to the adjoining Bar X and grab yourself another cocktail.

Salt Lake City Parks

Salt Lake City has a wide variety of puplic parks, depending on what types of activities you want to do. From paddle boats at Liberty Park to great sledding hills in the winter at Sugar House Park, you can pack a picnic and spend the day outdoors enjoying all the amenities each park has to offer.

Here are a few we think are just great.

 

 

Sugar House Park- The land that houses Sugar House Park was once the site of the Utah State Prison. In 1947 the Utah Legislature passed a statute to set aside the land to be used as a state park.  The park is 110.5 acres of green space and a large pond. There are seven pavilions, regulation soccer and baseball fields. Two children’s play areas with plastic playground equipment and an amphitheater that seats 220 people. In the winter, hills provide great sleigh-riding hills.

 

1330 E 2100 South

Liberty Park-The second largest park in Salt Lake, spanning 80 acres. There are many unique things to see and do at Liberty Park. Tracy Aviary is a beautiful walking area of all different types of birds. Liberty Lake has paddle boats puttering about and a small island in the center where you can get out and sit in a gazebo overlooking the lake. There is a large water play area, Seven Canyons Fountain, where water flows down cement canyons into a large pool of water at the bottom. Two playgrounds, one for older kids and one for younger kids, are separated by a splash pad. They also have tennis courts and a swimming pool.

600 E 900 South

Memory Grove-This park is full of monument’s, Creekside pathways and fountains. Plenty of picnic tables are available to have lunch and take in the views. The park was constructed in the 1920’s and has monuments that honor fallen soldiers from the First World War. There is also a replica of the Liberty Bell. Memory Grove is a great place for walking, jogging or biking.

There are off-leash areas for dogs at the north end of the park.

 

300 N Canyon Road

 

Parks for Kids with Disabilities

 

Liberty Park- The rotatory playground (playground #2) has ADA access and a water feature for kiddos with special needs.

There are also large ADA swings.

 

600 E 900 South

 

Wild West Jordan Playground- Crews are currently working on adding new equipment to this all-abilities playground to make it even better than it was before. Play equipment is custom made and will re-open this Fall.

 

1985 W 7800 South

Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day?

If you have lived in Utah for any length of time, especially during the summer months, you have most likely heard the debate of Pioneer Day vs. Pie and Beer Day. Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 to commemorate the first Mormon Settlers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Pie and Beer Day, also celebrated on July 24th, is an annual tradition where bakeries and local restaurants have pies paired with local craft beers.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, or perhaps both, we have found a few places around town that put on an array of fun-tivities.

Pioneer Day

Parades down Main Street, the smell of Brigham’s donuts inside the Social Hall and a beautiful bird show that you can get up close and personal, are some of the main events that make celebrating Pioneer Day at This is the Place Heritage Park unique. Be sure you get in on the watermelon eating contest.

This is the Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Ave

Days of ‘47

The celebrations run from July 19th-24th. Cowboy games and the rodeo take place at the Utah State Fair Park. Desert News Marathon kicks off the morning of the 24th with the colorful historic parade beginning shortly after. Families line the streets the night before to get that special seat. Fireworks take place at dusk at Liberty park

Utah State Fair Park

155 1000 W

Liberty Park

900 South 700 East

 

 

 

Pie and Beer Day

 

The Beer Bar will be offering 26 different pairings of pie and beer. Tickets are $30 and include five pairings.

Beer Bar

161 E. 200 S.

2pm-6pm

 

Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a celebration at Talisman Brewing Company. There will pie, beer and a raffle, along with a guided community ride and safety inspection. Tickets are just $5.

Talisman Brewing Company

1258 Gibson Ave

4pm-7pm

 

 

 

Route starts at South Temple and State Street.

Then runs East to 200 East.

Then turns South to 900 South.

Then turns East to 600 East (Liberty Park).

 

Courtesy of Daysof47.com 

Where to take you dog in Salt Lake in the summer

The dog days of summer are upon us! We know how much your four-legged friend enjoys hanging with you, wherever you go. Summer in Salt Lake is bursting with options for you and your pooch to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of our top picks.

Parks to take your dogs

  • Tanner Park –Plenty of space and great trails for your four-legged friend to run off leash and even enjoy a running creek (stay clear if water is running fast).

2760 Heritage Way

  • Herman Franks Park-Large gravel area for your dog to run and play. Two entrances are well stocked with bags so you can clean up after your pooch.

1300 South 700 East

Hikes for you and your dog

  • Neff’s Canyon-Beautiful scenery and well-groomed trails with a lovely stream. The hike is 6.2 miles and steep in some areas.

4326 White Way

  • Millcreek Canyon-Anther great option to hike with the your four-legged kid. Fairley easy trails with stream and places to stop for a picnic. Depending on the day, your dog may or may not have to be on-leash. Even numbered days they are required to be on-leash.

3800 Millcreek Canyon Road

Patio Friendly Spots

  • Campfire Lounge– with a cool vibe and a great pet-friendly patio, Campfire Lounge serves brunch, drinks and all your favorite snacks like tater tots and mac ‘n cheese bites. With three firepits to gather around, plan on spending a few hours.

837 E. 2100 South

  • Flatbread-Serving pizza, flatbreads and pastas, this sugar house haunt is a fun gathering place to bring all the kiddos, including your hound.

2121 S. McClelland Street, Suite 109

Summer Salt Lake Festivals

Summer in Salt Lake is the place to be! There are so many fun festivals that happen throughout the summer, you are sure to find one or two that meet your fancy.

Here are a few of our go-to’s that help make our summer time entertainment tons of fun.

 

Utah Pride Festival- Happening this weekend. The Utah Pride Festival features a parade, food and vendor booths and lots of celebratory activities. Events on both Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, parade takes place Sunday 10am-noon. Festivities take place at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

June 1-2

Washington Square

Utah Arts Festival– Taking place this summer June 20-23 at Library Square in Salt Lake City. The Utah Arts Festival has something to offer everyone, from the young to the young at heart. There are amazing local artist exhibits, live music, festival eats, documentary short films and even hands-on workshops.

June 20-23

Library Square, Main Library

Utah Blues Festival- Get your blues on at the Utah Blues Festival. Now in its 5th year, the festival is a fundraiser for the Utah Blues Society. This unique music festival connects attendees to national and local Blues artists. There is also a youth showcase and workshops.

June 14-15

Gallivan Center

Deer Valley Music festival– Cool mountain air and live talent make the Deer Valley Music Festival on the top festivals to partake in during the summer months. The Main Stage kicks off with Chris Botti with Utah Symphony and wraps up the Indigo Girls. For a complete list of concerts visit www.deervalleymusicfestival.org

June 28-August 10

Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

Oktoberfest -Taking place every weekend from mid-August and running until mid-October, the Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a fun way to transition summer into fall. Live music, vendors and of course plenty of German food and drinks, coupled with mountain views and air, make this a festival not to be missed.

August 17-October 19

Snowbird