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Sep 3
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are out on tour in support of their fifth album, "AM." Check them out live with guests Mini Mansions September 3rd at Saltair!

Sep 3
International Folk Festival

The International Folk Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary at the Sandy Amphitheater bringing local folk groups together from across Utah to perform dances and music from countries around the world. Grab your family and friends and come travel the globe at the Sandy Amphitheater.

Sep 5
The Aquabats

Calling all Bat-Boys and Bat-Girrrls… Don’t miss a night with costume clad crime fighters The Aquabats when they bring their 20th Anniversary Tour to The Depot.

Sep 6
Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas

Professional Soccer:  The battle between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas is held at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sep 6
A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Performing arts festival featuring world class performers such as Kenshi Taiko Japanes Drummer, La Viet Band, Zivio, Rinceori Don Sproi,  Mariachi America, Little Feathers, Dancers from India, and Kesuchan Peru in partnership with Downtown Farmers Market.

Sep 6
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

The ODDBALL Comedy and Curiosity Festival stops at USANA Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 6th.
Tickets are on sale now!
Scheduled to appear:
Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis C.K. Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings

ODDBALL is a full festival experience featuring comedy, a second stage, the cut-throat freak show, a roaming troupe of misfit performers, tasty treats, libations and more!

Tickets and Venue Information:
Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com.
Tickets are also available at the USANA Amphitheatre box office day-of-shows starting at 12PM.
(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Sep 5 - Sep 7
Salt Lake Greek Festival

The parishioners of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake, along with the esteemed clergy, Fr. Mathew Gilbert, Fr. Michael Kouremetis, Fr. Elias Koucos and Deacon Anatoly Kiriev, would like to extend a cordial welcome to you, their guests, to the 38th Annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival.

Sep 7
Saturday's Voyeur
Saturday's Voyeur (by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht) will once again be a voice to the more liberal audience base in Utah. This funny, raucous, truly unique, musical satire written for us and about you will give Utahns a place to laugh at and love living in Utah.
Sep 10
Bluegrass and BBQ Night

Enjoy the incredible view of the Salt Lake Valley while you sit back and relax with some delicious Starfire BBQ and take in the tunes of local bluegrass band, The Lab Dogs!
We welcome you to enjoy the music in the Canyon on the 2nd floor and Starfire BBQ will be on the front terrace and can accept cash and cards for their delectable cuisine.
Bluegrass and Barbecue is free to attend. Guests will have to purchase any food they want to enjoy. Anyone wishing to see The Horse, or any exhibit, will need to pay admission to the Museum. The Museum is open until 9pm every Wednesday.
Don't forget to visit The Horse!
The Horse is a special exhibition that includes cultural objects from around the world and explores the enduring bond between humans and horses. Regular Museum admission is required to see The Horse.

Sep 11
Red Butte Outdoor Concert Series: An Acoustic Evening

Whether it’s through the soul of southern Gospel, 70’s style Funk, Blues, Reggae, or Rock and Roll, Ben Harper has been stunning audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Pearl Jam, Natalie Maines, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jack Johnson.Harper’s most recent album Get Up!, is a collaboration with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite.

Sep 11
Drake Vs Lil Wayne

Hip-Hop stars, Drake and Lil Wayne hit USANA Amphitheatre on September 11th!

Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets & Venue Information:

Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com

Tickets are also available at the USANA Amphitheatre box office day-of-shows starting at 12PM

Lawn tickets are available at the Depot box office on Friday's between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays) and day of Depot shows starting at 5PM (excluding club nights & private events)

VIP packages also available!

(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Aug 23 - Sep 12
Death, the Final Frontier: May the Corpse Be With You

 Poison Ivy Mysteries is a local Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Experience. We perform intriguing musical murder mystery shows for the public which you can attend at one of our three unique venues. Christophers Steakhouse in Draper, The Hotel and Club Elevate in Salt Lake City and Diamond Lils in Salt Lake City.

The Galactic Alliance is preparing to welcome a new planet into the Alliance and aliens from across the galaxy are meeting in the space station above the newly inducted planet. This conference could seal the fate of the universe but will the outcome be peace or is there an underlying plot for vengeance? Come and be a delegate from another world in Death...the Final Frontier...may the corpse be with you.

Sep 13
Strut Your Mutt

Strut Your Mutt is a leisurely fundraising dog walk and fun run with your dog which will be followed by a doggie-themed festival that includes pet contests, photos, doggie goodies, a kid activity zone, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, including food, refreshments, a beer garden and more. It's all to raise money for your favorite local animal welfare group (any of Best Friends’ local No More Homeless Pets Network partners) or for Best Friends Animal Society, and to help Save Them All.

Aug 23 - Oct 4
Boot Scootin' Boogie - Utah's 1st and Only Country Bum

"Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots". The Boot Scootin' Boogie Run is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run. So Cowboy Up!! Live Entertainment

Ya'll think playing in the mud is fun? Just imagine playing in mud while romping like a cowboy or cowgirl. The Boot Scootin' Boogie is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run.
Get down and dirty in the mud with challenging obstacles, such as:
•Rope wrangling
•Hay mound hopping
•Cattle chutes
•Cowpie slinging
•Fence flinging
•Milky way
•Two step terrain
•Snake in the boot

So shine up those belt buckles and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls. This is going to be a party that even the youngsters don't want to miss.

On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bootscootinboogierun
On Twitter - https://twitter.com/BootScootinRun
On LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/bootscootinboogie
LinkedIn Group - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Boot-Scootin-Boogie-Run-6553293

Aug 16 - Oct 12
Oktoberfest

Snowbird's Oktoberfest began in 1973, when two men costumed in leather lederhosen, inspired by the towering mountains that reminded them of their homeland, came to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to play their accordions and sing in their native German tongue. Now – attracting over 60,000 visitors annually – Oktoberfest has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Oktoberfest includes Oktoberfest Halle featuring the tastes of Bavaria with entertainment from local and national German bands and yodelers.

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GOED Announces New Managing Director at the Utah Office of Tourism

Published: 01/11/2013
Salt Lake City, Utah – Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced today that Vicki Varela has been selected as the new managing director of Tourism, Film and Global Branding at the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT), an agency of GOED.  The announcement was made during a regularly scheduled Board of Tourism Development meeting.

Ms. Varela is widely known in the Utah business community. One of her most public positions was as spokesperson and deputy chief of staff to Governor Mike Leavitt over an eight year span.  She has been in the
persuasion business for most of her career during which she organized many successful campaigns, including the statewide ballot initiative that positioned Utah to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Working behind the scenes, Ms. Varela built brands such as the Kennecott Land Daybreak community and the Prosperity 2020 movement, which is focused on improving Utah’s workforce readiness and educational outcomes.

“We are very pleased that Vicki was willing to step out of her successful career in the private sector; it speaks to the love and passion she has for the State of Utah,” said Spencer Eccles, GOED executive director. “Her extensive strategic communications and branding experience will further enable us to unify the state under a global marketing and branding strategy.”

“Branding Utah is a communicator’s dream.  My role will be to tell the stories that persuade tourists and business leaders alike to make Utah their destination. Yes, for our spectacular sites and business culture, but even more for the intrinsic shift that happens when people experience Utah,” Ms. Varela said. “I am honored to join the Herbert administration to help position Utah on the world stage.”

Ms. Varela will be transitioning into her new role over the next several weeks as she goes through the process of closing Varela Strategic Communications Inc. She will be assuming the position which was left vacant with the recent retirement of long-time managing director Leigh von der Esch.

Ms. Varela is a graduate of Brigham Young University and mother of two adult sons.

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