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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.

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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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House speaker backs convention center hotel

Published: 02/06/2014
 

After a bill to fund a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City fell just short of legislative approval last session, House Speaker Becky Lockhart challenged Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to devise a megahotel plan that helps the whole state, not just the capital city. He apparently has.

Lockhart joined other legislative, business and community leaders Wednesday in endorsing a soon-to-appear bill that will lend state financial aid to the privately led development of a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

"I'm honored to lend my support to this visionary venture," said the Provo Republican in a news conference from the Sky Bridge linking City Creek Center's shops east and west of Main Street.

She voted against the measure last session, when it fell three votes short of passage on the session's final night

What secured Lockhart's backing now is a provision - in a bill that will be introduced later this week - that sets aside funding for promotional materials that can be distributed in advance to people attending conventions in Salt Lake City, encouraging them to lengthen their trips and visit other Utah attractions.

As an example, an "Experience Utah" video produced by the Utah League of Cities & Towns was shown, touting all that the state has to offer.

"This shows the never-ending ways to explore Utah," Lockhart said, calling the tourism-generating connection to convention-center funding "an agenda for action."

Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said the bill will be unveiled in the House later this week and that Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, will be its Senate sponsor.

As last year, this new version envisions joint contributions by the state, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City to the construction of public-meeting facilities within a privately financed hotel of 800 to 1,200 rooms. Its total cost is projected at $335 million.

Wilson said the new bill puts a $75 million cap on the public investment - $25 million by each government - and specifies the hotel itself will be funded privately, with the developer qualifying for tax rebates once the hotel is generating new revenues.

About 5 percent of the revenue that could go toward those rebates will be diverted to the tourism-promotion effort, McAdams added.

That initiative should alleviate the concerns of rural lawmakers, he said, insisting again Wednesday that a megahotel will not hurt existing downtown hotels - as claimed by the Utah Taxpayers Association and Sinclair Oil, owner of the Grand America and Little America hotels.

McAdams contends the headquarters hotel will enable Visit Salt Lake to book more conventions at the Salt Palace, compensating existing hoteliers for business lost in competition to the megahotel.

Jordan Garn, executive director of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, said his member hotels - including Sinclair's - don't think that will be the case.

Their impact study (with the taxpayers association) indicates that in the first five years of the megahotel's operation, existing hotels will lose out on $105 million to the owner of the government-subsidized, 1,000-room hotel.

"We are working tirelessly to see how are concerns can be mitigated," Garn said. "We're disappointed the speaker has decided to support the measure without some sort of mitigation element to it that appreciates the positive impact our hotels have had on the community."

But other downtown business interests back the idea.Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie said the funding formula is sound because the incentives offered to attract a hotel builder are similar to what the Governor's Office of Economic Development provides to other businesses courted by the state."The legislation is consistent with strategies supported by our business community," he said.

Linda Wardell, general manager of City Creek Center, said the proposed hotel would benefit her mall and its stores significantly. Studies show, she added, that shopping is the prime leisure activity of conventioneers, who spend four times more than regular shoppers. Each big convention attracts thousands of visitors, Wardell said, people "who will return home as evangelists for City Creek Center and other parts of Utah."

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