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EVE Winterfest: 6th annual downtown celebration features fan favorites and new additions

Published: 12/16/2014
Salt Lake City (Dec. 16, 2014) – The Downtown Alliance announces EVE WinterFest. The sixth-annual celebration continues with a three-day celebration in downtown Salt Lake City, Dec. 29, 30 and 31. More than 40,000 attendees are expected to take advantage of a $20 three-day pass to access ten downtown venues. Three-day passes for children between 3 and 9 years old are $15. Single day tickets are available for both adults and children.

A true community-wide celebration that includes everything from Temple Square to the Squatter’s Hop Rising Craft Beer Lounge, EVE-goers are encouraged to celebrate across the city. Family specific programming can be found at venues such as Discovery Gateway and Clark Planetarium, conveniently located at The Gateway, where parking is included for EVE patrons. Friends and couples looking for a more sophisticated celebration will enjoy the Hops & Spirits VIP Experience at UMOCA, a 21 & over party at Utah’s contemporary art museum, available with a VIP level ticket.

EVE goers can experience a wide range of art exhibits, film screenings, comedy shows, live music, ice-skating, cultural performances and family programming throughout downtown. Venues with admission included in the EVE Pass are Clark Planetarium, Off Broadway Theatre, Broadway Centre Cinemas, Discovery Gateway, Gallivan Center Ice Skating and The Leonardo (Body Worlds exhibit is available as an upgrade). Temple Square, City Creek Center and UMOCA are always free, but will have extended hours and programming during EVE.

A featured EVE benefit is access to the Utah Jazz vs Minnesota Timberwolves game on Dec 30, with a lower bowl seat available to EVE ticket holders. Details for redemption can be found on

In its sixth year, EVE organizers have committed to continuing fan favorites from past EVE celebrations, most of which are designed to offer warm, indoor experiences at the Salt Palace. BounceTown, a “town” of inflatable houses children and kids at heart can play in, as well as the BallRoom, featuring a lasers, lights, upbeat music and beach balls and HoopDeDoo, where hula hoops glow-in-the-dark to create a unique user experience. New this year is the BrickYard, 400,000 Legos for hands-on building, as well as spectator opportunities with Master Builders.

The WinterFest stage lineup, also located indoors at the Salt Palace, showcases the best of Utah’s performance artists, including live music on New Years Eve, featuring headlining act Fictionist and supporting performances from Westward The Tide. Additionally, Afro-Brazilian troupe Samba Fogo, Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble and Children’s Theatre will offer performances all three nights. The Ski City DJ tower is the only outdoor performances this year, with fresh beats all three nights of EVE, culminating in a unique countdown experience on the 31st in sync with a light show and the raising of America’s largest MirrorBall.

“Salt Lake City comes to life with EVE Winter Fest, a three-day celebration with concerts, DJs, drinks for adults and engaging activities for kids and families,” said Jason Mathis, executive director for the Downtown Alliance. “EVE is unique to Utah: it builds on our Olympic legacy of inclusion and fun. EVE appeals to everyone and is supported by organizations as diverse as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation, as well as City Weekly and Squatters Brewery.”

EVE is presented by the Downtown Alliance, along with community partners including Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints Foundation, University of Utah Healthcare, Salt Lake City,  Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation, George S & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake Arts Council, X96, Coca-Cola, City Creek Center, City Weekly, Zoo Arts & Parks, 24 Salt Lake, Blue Sky Renewable Energy, Squatters Craft Beers, Slug Magazine, KRCL, Utah Jazz, Utah Digital Services, GREENbike, Fidelity Investments, 97.1 ZHT & 99.5 and Ski City.

Tickets are available at

WinterFest Stage at Salt Palace (indoors):

December 29 
7:00 – 7:45 Utah Children’s Theatre Shakespeare for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans
8:00 – 8:45 Ayllupura South American and Andean Folk Music
9:00 – 9:45 Rumba Libre Salsa and Latin Jazz

December 30
6:00 – 6:45 Utah Children’s Theatre Shakespeare for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans

7:15 – 8:00 Rumba Libre Salsa and Latin Jazz
8:15 – 9:00 Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble Balkan Traditional Dance and Music
9:15 – 10:00 Samba Fogo Afro-Brazilian Dance, Music and Fire Performance

December 31 
6:15 – 7:00 Rumba Libre
7:30 – 8:30 Folk Hogan
9:00 – 10:00 Westward the Tide
10:30 – 11:45 Fictionist

December 31 (World Stage) 
7:30 – 8:15 Utah Children’s Theatre Shakespeare for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans
9:00 – 9:45 Kenshin Taiko Drummers Traditional Japanese Drumming
10:15 – 11:00 Ayllupura South American and Andean Folk Music
11:00 – 11:45  Samba Fogo Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance

Live DJ sets and local acts, outdoors at the Ski City DJ Plaza.

Plus, additional lineup of live music at Temple Square & City Creek Center

EVE Venues:
Salt Palace 
Utah Jazz
Gallivan Center Ice Skating
City Creek Center
Discovery Gateway
Clark Planetarium
Temple Square
The Leonardo
UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)
Off Broadway Theatre
Broadway Centre Cinema