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Oct 25
Monster Block Party

For all the Ghouls and Boys! The Monster Block Party , daytime Halloween festival for Salt Lake City's goblins and ghouls of all ages. There will be trick-or-treating booths, a costume contest with prizes (Kid, Teen and Adult divisions), free arts and crafts projects, a pumpkin drop, live performances and more!

Oct 27
Alt-J

Fusing elements of hip hop, experimental rock, and electronic music, English indie-rock band Alt-J create a peculiar, highly infectious sound. Having burst into pop culture with their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, the Leeds-based band has been compared to artists including Hot Chip, Cut Copy, and Wild Beasts, and Everything Everything. Audiences worldwide have been captivated by their pulsating rhythms and intimate vocals. Don't miss this chance to see them perform live at The Complex!

Oct 28
Halloween Hi-Jinks

Halloween Fun for the Entire Family with Costumes, Prizes and Spooky Music.

Join all the ghosts and ghouls at Abravanel Hall for a spooky Halloween concert. Bring your entire family, wear your best Halloween costume, and register for your chance to win fantastic prizes. Costume registration begins at 6 pm. Costume judging categories include: Group, adults, children, and orchestra members.

*Registration is required for costume contest prize consideration.

Oct 29
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Houston Rockets. 

Oct 31
Marinade

Talia Keys has been making a name for herself. A Utah Native, she has been playing shows all over her home state in the last 6 years. This past summer she took her one woman show across the United States. She began her journey at Electric Forest in Rothbury MI, where she was received very well and was named one of the "Best of Electric Forest" by Insomniac. She continued on to play in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Having just released her first solo EP, Gemini Mind she wanted to spread her music and message across the country. She also plays with her band Marinade and they have been together for 5 years now. Together they have released an album, played countless music festivals, bars, venues and toured through Colorado, Idaho and Utah.

Nov 1
Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Phoenix Suns.

Oct 15 - Nov 1
Little Shop of Horrors

 Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant.

Nov 5
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Nov 5
Freeman of Ween

Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman's 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before. But Clouds, a deceptively chill Rod McKuen covers record, was just a warm-up for the artist once known as Gene Ween. In the opening minutes of Freeman, the self-titled debut from his new band, Freeman addresses addiction and its aftermath with the combination of merciless self-inventory and artful songcraft that earned Ween one of the most devoted fan bases in contemporary pop. 

Nov 6
Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl

On the Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl, Utah Heritage Foundation tells the history of beer in Utah and takes you into three of Utah's most well-known watering holes, with a Thrist Fursday Pub Crawl pint glass included with your registration! 

Starting April 2014, the pub crawl will take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Nov 7
Poor Man's Whiskey

Northern California's outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. This "High-Octane Hootenanny" will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man's Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

Nov 7
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Dallas Mavericks.

Nov 8
GWAR

Rock gods GWAR will dominate the masses when their Eternal Tour with guests Decapitated and American Sharks storms the stage at Saltair. Don't miss out!

Nov 8
RJD2 with Blueprint and Daedelus

Audio Sage presents RJD2 with Blueprint and Daedelus at The Depot. This will be a great show, so don' t miss out!

Nov 7 - Nov 16
Giselle

Passion, betrayaland forgiveness from beyond the grave.

A ghost story, a love story, an all-time classic—newly conceived by Adam Sklute. A haunting drama about a poor peasant girl and the prince who deceives her, see why Giselle remains one of the most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

Nov 6 - Nov 22
Happy

Happiness. Is it an authentic state of contentment, fulfillment, grace – or merely delusion, self-deception and denial? Wasatch Theatre Company tackles that question in the Utah premiere of playwright Robert Caisley’s Happy. Alfred is happy about his life. He’s happy with his job. He’s happy with his marriage. He’s even happily raising his special needs daughter. However, when his best friend invites him to meet the latest woman in his life, things spin out of control. Join Wasatch and explore the nature of happiness. The show is directed by Jim Martin and features Brian Pilling (Alfred), Alyssa Franks (Eva), George Plautz (Eduardo), and Michelle Lynn Hall (Melinda). Happy opens Thursday, November 6th and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South). There are also 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees on November 15th and 22nd. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.arttix.org or by calling 1-801-355-2787. “90 wild and intriguing minutes. Caisley’s script is funny, deliberately unnerving, full of smart dialogue and stinging rejoinders.” – The Miami Herald

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30 Fun Things to Do in Salt Lake City with Kids

Published: 09/11/2012

By Allison Tibaldi, Mommy Poppins -- Salt Lake City, Utah offers all the amenities and attractions of a big city, but is only minutes from scenic nature that provide recreational possibilities in all seasons. The city is fairly compact compared to others in the wide-open American West, and the downtown is served by TRAX, a free light rail system that makes moving around town a breeze.  Excellent area-wide public transportation can get you to the ski areas in a jiffy, so Salt Lake City makes a convenient base camp for families who want to ski Utah’s famous powder. 

Despite the Mormon influence, there is a somewhat surprising blossoming craft beer movement, so parents can enjoy a locally made brew with dinner.  Combine this with an airport that gets top ratings for efficiency and non-stop flights from many U.S. cities and you have a family vacation in the making.

City Attractions

1) Natural History Museum of Utah
This new museum showcases Utah’s rich and varied natural history.  Its design is very innovative.  You approach it the way you would descend an actual red rock canyon in the southern part of the state, making for a visually stunning impact.  The Native People, weather and dinosaur exhibits are especially well done.  There are tons of hands-on, interactive activities, like basket weaving and dinosaur digs.  There is a good café, with modest prices and a kid’s meal option.  

2) Clark Planetarium
This free state-of-the- art planetarium lets kids explore science and space.  There is a charge if you want to watch a 3D IMAX movie in the Hansen Dome Theatre, but there are plenty of fun exhibits that could keep kids busy for a few hours at no cost.  We loved seeing the moon rock from the 1971 first moonwalk and the classic Foucault pendulum that proves the earth is rotating.

3) Discovery Gateway 
This children’s museum boasts 60,000 square feet of interactive explorations.  Older kids may like the Media Zone, where they can anchor the nightly news.  Younger children should find lots to do in the kid-sized town, where the grocery store is a springboard for open-ended, creative play.

4) Gateway Mall 
The Clark Planetarium and the Discovery Gateway are located in this 30-acre city shopping mall.  There are lots of dining choices, shops and a 12-screen cinema complex.

5) The Leonardo 
This contemporary science, art and technology museum encourages creativity and curiosity.  It is full of hands-on participatory possibilities and has frequently changing special exhibits.

6) Salt Lake City Main Library 
No ordinary library, it is the cultural hub of the city.  There is a rooftop garden with a birds-eye view of the mountains, an auditorium with lots of family programs, a café and a huge children’s section, all free.

7) Utah’s Hogle Zoo 
This is a well-maintained zoo that has up-close Animal Encounters, where visitors can interact and feed some of the zoo’s inhabitants, including giraffes.  You need to sign up for these encounters in advance and pay an extra fee.

8) The Tracy Aviary 
These eight acres border Liberty Park and are devoted to birds.  You can see over 400 species here. Our favorites were the many owls.

9) Red Butte Garden and Arboretum 
The expansive lawns here are a wonderful place to stroll.  The Children’s Garden is fun and fragrant and there are frequent concerts and workshops for kids.

10) This is the Place Heritage Park 
Explore a re-created pioneer-style village.  Step back in time and pan for gold, ride a vintage fire engine and watch a blacksmith at work.

11) The Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle 
It is true that only Mormons can enter the temple, but the stately grounds and concerts can be enjoyed by anyone.  Musical families should not miss a free rehearsal or concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with its organ and thousands of pipes.

Activities

12) Play in Liberty Park 
This city park has a swimming pool, tennis complex, pond and several playgrounds for hours of free fun.

13) Swim in the Great Salt Lake
These briny waters are so salty that you can’t sink.  Great Salt Lake State Park is outside of town, about a 25- minute drive.  Locals say Antelope Island, which is farther from town, is the best place for a full body float, or just dunk a foot in to get the sensation. 

14) The locals are a fit and outdoorsy bunch.  Get into the spirit and rent bikes.  Bingham Cyclery has five locations around town that rent bikes for the entire family.  Liberty Park has a level, easy bike path.

15) There are lots of mountain biking opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains.  Antelope Island State Park is a good spot for families with older kids, who are interested in a challenging ride or hike.  You will see buffalo roaming and lots of birds in this park.

16) There are nearly a dozen ski areas within an hour of downtown, so you will have your choice of powder.  Try family-oriented Snowbasin, an hour from town and easy to reach by bus.

17) Ice-Skate at the Utah Olympic Oval, where the 2002 Winter Olympians took to the ice.

 


 

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