Summer Events to Check Out!
Updated: Jun 17
Local vibes are our favorite, so we keep a close eye on happenings to get out and mingle, support local artists, and simply be among the community. Warm weather allows even more events to take place! We've compiled a list of events we're looking forward to - maybe we'll see you there!
@ The Front Climbing Club, South Main
Everyone probably knows at this point that the Salt Lake Real Estate market is a bit bonkers. Multiple offers, waiving due diligence, low inventory, oh my! Join Annie Trujillo as she discusses real estate in Salt Lake City. What do buyers need to know, what should sellers know, and should you play or run away?
Annie, former manager of the Front Climbing Club, has been a real estate agent for 7 years. She has sold well over 100 properties and has made the top 500 Board of Realtors list two years running.
June 3, 7pm-9pm: A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks
@ UMOCA Auditorium
In conjunction with the exhibition Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms, UMOCA and the Utah Film Center are proud to present A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks. This feature-length documentary film explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic, and social equality as seen through the lens of Gordon Parks, one of America’s most trailblazing artists, and the generation of young photographers, filmmakers, and activists he inspired.
June 3 - 5: Utah Pride Festival
@ Washington Square
The Utah Pride Festival returns with plans for 60,000+ attendees over two days with more, more, more to welcome everyone back to PRIDE! This includes more space with food trucks on 500 South and our Volunteer Village on Library Square. Plan on more drink stations, more entrance gates and more exhibitor booths. The Utah Pride Festival is the largest PRIDE celebration, per capita, in the Western United States.
June 4, 3pm-5pm: Somatic Tracing Performance #3
@ Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Throughout Mitsu Salmon’s exhibition, Somatic Tracing, in the AIR Space there will be a series of performances that activate the work through actions, dance, and music. Wheels are attached to the paintings which move with the performers inside and outside the AIR space. The performances like the exhibition draw from the history of the building of the transcontinental railroad to notions of invisible Asian labor and healing. Salmon collaborates with four Asian American performers, who embody and converge these stories with their own. They create an elusive choreography and actions that are ever-transforming, fluctuating between the autonomous and collective. The project is in conversation with the artistic movements of Gutai, action painting, and Butoh, contemporary dance.
June 5, 10am-2pm: Jordan River Canoe Clean Up
Join Neptune Divers and the Jordan River Commission to make a difference in our urban river. Come ready to get wet & muddy while having fun removing garbage that has made it’s way into our urban river. They’ll have canoes for volunteers or bing your own.
June 9 & July 14: Fursdays with CAWS
@ The Front Climbing Club
Ready for a cuteness overload? Every second Thursday of the month, The Front's Impact Coalition partner CAWS brings adorable, adoptable animals to their gyms. Go play with a pile of adoptable dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats. Who knows, one of those fur babies might steal your heart and go home with you!
Fursdays with CAWS will rotate between all of their locations – follow The Front on Instagram for the latest on where they’ll be this month!
June 10, 7:30pm: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Juneteenth Fundraiser
@ Tracy Aviary
Outdoor Afro– Utah Network is partnering with the Tracy Aviary and Utah Film Center’s Black Bold & Brilliant program to present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Join them on Friday, June 10th for their Juneteenth fundraiser featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ communities engaging with outdoor sports, public lands, and environmental activism. All tickets include your admission to Tracy Aviary and ticket sales will be donated to Outdoor Afro National and Black, Bold & Brilliant. They’ll have food and refreshments for purchase at The Bird Feeder Cafe and a lawn full of outdoor sports vendors. Arrive early for the birds and stay for the movie so bring your blanket and chairs! If you can’t attend the in-person event the films are available online. You can still support and participate!
June 12, 12pm-6pm: Wild Earth Market
@ Ember SLC
The goal of Wild Earth is to create a culture of conscious consumerism. It is a place where the community can support local artists, learn about current environmental issues facing Utah, and contribute to the ongoing work of our non-profit partner. This is conscious consumerism. Each dollar spent on local art results in a donation towards pressing environmental issues here at home.
Wild Earth artists come from all over Utah, but most call Salt Lake City home. They are printmakers, painters, metalsmiths, and more. Inspired by the natural world and committed to keeping Utah wild and free, all participating artists donate 10% of market sales towards a non-profit partner.
June 12 & July 10, 10am-4pm: Urban Flea Market
@ The Gateway
The Urban Flea Market is a year-round market that offers the opportunity to shop, browse and enjoy the experience of a Sunday in downtown Salt Lake City. It also provides a great community outlet for vendors to sell items that will be treasures for others.
June 15, 6pm: Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Summer Music Series
@ The Front Climbing Club, SLC
Utah-based band Pixie and The Partygrass Boys push the envelope to party, punk, pop, bluegrass and funk. Roll into the SLC Front Climbing Club courtyard every Wednesday night for live music, good vibes, and frosty beers from Uinta Brewing!
June 17 & July 15: Gallery Stroll
The Salt Lake Gallery Stroll is committed to bringing the value of visual art to the forefront of Salt Lake City’s cultural identity. By gathering galleries and other businesses to promote visual art, they strive to stimulate interest and investment in an ever-growing local visual art community through this FREE public event.
On the 3rd Friday of each month (except in December when it's on the 1st Friday). Galleries are open after hours for the public to meet artists and browse the exciting and thriving visual arts market in Salt Lake City. Some sponsors offer special discounts and rates for those who participate in Gallery Stroll.
June 18, 12pm-4pm: UMFA Mural Day
@ Utah Museum of Fine Art
Join UMFA in celebrating the beauty and power of murals in our community! At this FREE all-day-long event, you’ll make your own mural from chalk at the Third Saturday event and engage local muralists in an Art Talk. Listen to some good tunes with DJ Fonz, eat some good food from Papito Moe’s and Franco’s Churros & Crepes, and celebrate the mural installation 2020: From here on out.
June 18 & July 16, 2pm-8pm: International Market @ Utah State Fairpark
Utah State Fairpark & Event Center presents Salt Lake City’s first International Market coming this summer. The International Market will share the local arts, flavor and flair of Salt Lake City’s culturally diverse community. Featuring ethnically-diverse foods, goods and services by local and international artisans, and globally represented entertainment. The long-term plan for the market is to grow each year, eventually becoming a full-time destination.
June 23-26: Utah Arts Festival
@ Library Square
The Utah Arts Festival produces the largest multi-disciplinary outdoor event in Utah annually. Four Days. Six Stages. 170+ Artists. 200+ Performances. And plenty of vibes.
June 24, 9pm: METROPOLIS w/ Garth (L.A.), Derek Russo (NYC)
@ Metro Music Hall
Always a lively vibe featuring New City Movement residents with tip-top selectors from the underground of house and techno. The dance floor is always charged with energy, love, and memorable good times.
June 25, 4pm-9pm: Little City presents Summer in the Granary, Part II
@ 349 West 700 South
After three years adjacent to the Fleet Block in the Salt Lake City's Granary District, Little City has moved to its second location. Don't worry, they're just a block away. Now located at 349 West 700 South, Little City is evolving. They've partnered with BCG Holdings which gives them a larger outdoor venue and the capacity to host bigger events, markets, festivals, and private parties. Enjoy live music, live mural painting, food and drink!
June 25; 6pm-9pm: ALLY UP!
@ Maven District
Inspired in part by an all-female wrestling match witnessed in Mexico where the ring was lit by pickup truck headlights, AND an American roadshow-come-tailgater… The Inaugural (We Hope!) @NOWWIDWORKS / @MAVENSLC Event + Ballet Tailgater with, so far, dancers Tara McArthur and Sydney Sorenson as Goo Goo Goldrush and Thunder Rose; text-based conceptual artist Jamie Clyde; sound designer and engineer Adam Day; Ty Dickerson and Hope Hornbeck on wieners and libation-assist; [secrets]; and YOU!
June 26 & July 31, 7pm (Social Hour at 6pm): Kiki Cabaret
@ Alliance Theater
Kiki Cabaret is a thrilling and titillating monthly variety showcase with awe inspiring performances, creative art installations, photo ops, refreshments, and a plethora of themes that let you dive in & surrender to the fun!
Kiki is the crème de la crème, from cirque acts that catch you holding your breath, to burlesque acts that will have you purring in your seat, they’ve got a little something for everyone’s flavor. Kiki showcases live musicians, drag queens and kings, comedians, jugglers, pole dancers, aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers, unicyclists, the list goes on!