Community, culture, and quality of life matter a lot to us. That's why we pay close attention to interesting local events that bring people together, give back, inspire creativity, and are simply a good time! Check out what's coming up and mark your calendars - maybe we'll see you there! Click on each event name to learn more.
Sept 2-4, 10am-10pm: Urban Arts Festival
Rooted in the social and cultural life of the community, Urban Arts Festival provides a platform for cultural art, music, and performance. The Urban Arts Festival is a FREE community event organized by Utah Arts Alliance. The festival showcases hundreds of artists, performers, and musicians.
Sept 7 & Sept 21, 6pm-7:30pm: Autumn Hikes to Forage
Have you ever been in the woods and wondered, is that berry safe to eat? Learn about ethical and sustainable foraging and plant identification within the Wasatch mountains with some experts. Go up Millcreek Canyon, to identify, learn, and forage plants growing in the intermountain west. Now open for registration!
Sept 8, 5pm-8pm: Yappy Hour @ Liberty Park
Bring your pups, friends, and family to the park for a FREE fun filled evening with live music, great food, drinks, and great booth browsing with our vendors. As always, they'll dedicate half the event to the pups with a large off-leash area full of tennis balls and toys for them to run and play freely.
Sept 9, 6:30pm: Ballet West in the Garden
Ballet West returns to Red Butte Garden! The program includes Juliano Nunes’s Orange, Scottish Ballet Resident Choreographer Sophie LaPlane’s Galantheae, and Arthur Saint-Léon’s La Vivandière Pas de Six. Orange is an expression of joy and peace, reminiscent of a sunset. La Vivandière Pas de Six, a 19th-century Romantic-era suite of short dances from a lost full-length story ballet, is delicate, light, and full of challenging technical demands for the dancers. Galantheae examines the dual nature of the snowdrop flower, both delicate and resilient, which mirrors the nature of ballet dancers themselves.
Sept 9-11: 46th Annual Greek Festival
The Salt Lake Greek Festival is the 2nd largest cultural festival in Utah and the largest Greek Festival West of the Mississippi. Experience Hellenism and Orthodoxy as they showcase delicious food, spectacular dancers, hospitality and their Orthodox faith through beautifully guided tours of the amazing Cathedral and museum.
Sept 10, 10am-2pm: Jordan River Canoe Clean Up
This project will involve habitat preservation by removing debris and trash from the river to restore ecological integrity to the Jordan River Parkway and maintain the natural area. The Jordan River Commission has 6 canoes for a maximum of 18 people to get the job done. The JRC brings the canoes, PFDs, paddles, and instruction. All they need is volunteers to help with hauling trash from the river!
Sept 10, 11am-8pm: Hispanic Heritage Parade & Street Festival
This free event will feature an exciting community parade that kicks off at 11:00 a.m.! Members of hispanic communities, organizations, and political parties representing different hispanic countries will be participating. There will also be food vendors (Colombian, Mexican, Venezuelan, Peruvian, Bolivian and more!) adult beverages, local artisans, dance performances, live music, and other family friendly entertainment!
Sept 10, day & night events: Neon Rodeo
Neon Desert Co.Lab is lassoing a wide range of musical, cultural, and creative luminaries with the purpose of furthering dialog and discovery around House—in the truest spirit of the dance floor. This year, centered on Detroit's rich House (and Techno) music history and its industrious creative communities for inspiration. Neon Rodeo is a celebration of thought and movement expression, a place for cross-cultural intersectionality, and mutual respect. Through listening, learning, and dancing together, we hope to positively shape the future of this place we call home.
Sept 19, 6pm-8pm: Craft Lake City Workshop (21+), Macramé Rainbows
Learn how to create your own adorable rope rainbow keychain in this step-by-step macramé workshop! Attendees can choose from a rainbow of colors to create a wrapped macramé keychain to display with pride! Included in the purchase price of the workshop ticket, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail (or non-alcoholic mocktail!) at Alibi Bar & Place inspired by this specific workshop, handcrafted with care by Alibi’s talented bartenders.
Sept 21-Oct 16: Sleeping Giant @ Salt Lake Acting Company
When a firework-filled marriage proposal goes very wrong, the accompanying explosions wake up something very old that’s been sleeping in the nearby lake for thousands of years. What follows are intimate, darkly comic, and sometimes startling vignettes about the lengths people go when they desperately want something to believe in.
Sept 22-25: Joe's Valley Bouldering Festival
The 8th Annual Joe's Valley Fest returns. Ride a steer, climb with a pro, eat jerky, make jewelry, and so much more. Based in Joe's Valley, Utah, Joe's Valley Fest is a non-profit on a mission to enhance the local economy and build community by bringing rock climbers and locals together around shared enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Sept 23 & 24, 7pm: The Goonies in Concert
What happens when a group of kids come across a map leading to One-Eyed Willy’s pirate treasure? Experience one of the most enchanting films of the ’80s in this cult classic, produced by Steven Spielberg, as the Utah Symphony performs Dave Grusin’s exhilarating score live-to-picture.
Sept 24, 5pm-11pm: Bike Prom
Bike Prom is a family-friendly event for folks of all ages, and is Bicycle Collective’s fundraising event to support the construction of our New Hub and Community Bike Shop. Don your fanciest prom duds or costume, grab a date (or group, or come solo) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets.
Sept 24 & Oct 29, 2pm-3pm: Family Nature Club @ Tracy Aviary
Free and monthly, every last Saturday. The goal of Family Nature Club is to provide the tools, knowledge, and skills families need to play, laugh, and grow along the Jordan River while getting to know other families. Monthly meet-ups will include a unique nature-based activity and plenty of time to get to know one another in a safe and socially-distanced environment.
Sept 28, 6pm-7:30pm: ACME Session | The Air We Share @ UMFA
How would you fix Utah’s bad air quality? In this ACME Session we’ll explore Utah’s air quality through art making and discussions inspired by the Utah Museum of Fine Art’s latest exhibition Air. Hear about air quality and air justice from University of Utah faculty and students, local artists, and your community members. Explore current research and creative approaches to understand the air around us—and make your own work of art that combines data collection and artistic expression. All ages welcome!
Sept 29 & Oct 27, 6pm: Annie @ The Front!
We're excited to once again be sharing insider tips about Salt Lake County real estate and answering any questions. September will be at the OG Front, and October will be at the South Main location. Hope to see you there!