Thinking About SLC: Entertainment

A paradise for foodies, outdoorsy types, and film buffs, Salt Lake City and the surrounding environs are also home to a wealth of arts and entertainment opportunities. The Beehive State is the source of the pioneering modern dance company Ririe-Woodbury, Utah Symphony (one of the only full-time symphonies in the nation), and plenty of museums and galleries to keep you busy for days (or at least the hours you are not in conference sessions!). Here’s just a few events to pique your interest; be sure to check the resource list for additional opportunities or “create your own adventure” using ideas from the half-day trips local guide.

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  • The Egyptian Theatre, located on the historic Main Street of Park City, was designed by an Egyptologist inspired by the exploration of King Tut’s Tomb in the 1920s. The building itself, one of very few Egyptian Revival buildings in Utah, is worth a visit; go see Mamma Mia! while it’s playing at the theater. When you’re in Park City, visit the local Banksy artworks, and explore the bookstores and galleries of Historic Main Street.
  • Are you a fan of Blues music? Then an evening with Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan is not to be missed. Playing at the beautiful, newly opened Eccles Theater, within walking distance of the conference hotel, this is an experience truly worth your while.
  • Pioneer Theater, located on the University of Utah campus, is a professional theater that continually provides high quality productions to the community. Sweat, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will open on March 29th.
  • Take some time to explore Salt Lake City’s public artworks. Use this interactive map to guide your tour, and be sure not to miss the Granary District, a burgeoning haven for local restaurants and businesses, as well as the locale for 11 new murals, unveiled this past fall.
  • In case of inclement weather, you can explore more art by taking either a guided or self-guided tour of the murals and exhibits in the Utah State Capitol building. View the murals funded by the Public Works of Art Program in the early 20th century, as well as the Level 4 exhibit in honor the Chinese railroad laborers that were instrumental to the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of this historic event).
  • For the foodies, a not-to-be-missed event at the Natural History Museum of Utah: the 2019 Chocolate and Cheese Festival. Buy goodies from the best local producers and attend workshops to supplement your pairing and tasting skills.