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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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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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The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013

Published: 12/03/2012

Forbes, by Christopher Steiner

Rankings have become so ubiquitous in our world – top colleges, top cities, top jobs, top sandwiches – that they’ve begun to lose value.  Everybody has a ranking about everything.  Making matters more confusing, most rankings get so granular that nearly every person, place and thing is ranked No. 1 for something.

Wear a helmet: The home to Corbet's Couloir retained it's No. 1 ranking for 2013.

In the ski world, there’s been a bit of this specialization ranking creeping in as well.  To be sure, some of it is fair.  Winter Park, for instance, can’t compare its terrain to that of Snowbird, but the Colorado resort does offer some of the greatest access to disabled and adaptive skiers in the world – and it deserves credit for that.  Other outlets rank snow, grooming, family friendliness, food, lodging, customer service and even the quality of the booze on mountain.

All of those things matter to somebody.  But here we only rank one thing: Awesomeness.  It’s the most important thing we can measure.  If you can know a place’s awesomeness, do you need to know anything else?

Answer: No.

We measure awesomeness with strict adherence to quantitative and scientific methods.  The rankings you see here are the product of the most honed algorithms ever unleashed on the ski world.  Being on this list means something.  It means awesomeness.  We don’t rank 50 resorts, we rank only ten — and we’ve included extended and 100% new material on the top six.

There’s nothing east of the Rockies on the list because no resort east of the Rockies has the snow or terrain to crack our awesomeness rankings–something that matters for both beginners and experts (soft western snow >> eastern ice).  Not that there isn’t fun to be had in the East or even the Midwest.  Ski wherever you can.  We plan to do a separate, eastern list next year.

Again, we rank awesomeness and awesomeness only.  If you want to find out what ski resort has the best hot chocolate and marshmallow bar, you’ll find that list elsewhere.  If you want the hard facts on what ski mountain gives you the best possibility of a soul-moving experience on and off the snow, then you need rankings based on our patented Pure Awesomeness Factor.  In the ski business, this is known as PAF.  It’s not something that resorts make public, but every mountain knows where it stands.  Most big resorts employ at least three data scientists who spend their days looking for methods to raise the resort’s PAF score.  Boost that score, and you get closer to excellence.

Awesomeness is the only proxy for awesomeness.  It’s the critical path to a vacation that becomes legendary.  So for the second time ever, here are the top ten resorts in the United States according to PAF...:

Snowbird: Best snow, epic terrain, epic lift.

2.   Alta and Snowbird, Utah (PAF = 97):

For most people, these two resorts that occupy a splendid apron of Little Cottonwood Canyon just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake should be the default ski vacation. Direct flights to Salt Lake can be had from most cities and the trip from the airport to the snow here is a leisurely stroll compared with the white-knuckle pilgrimage between Denver and Colorado’s resorts.

We rank Snowbird and Alta together because they are together.  They share a boundary line and even, for those who choose to purchase it, a joint lift ticket.  If you go to one, you should go to the other.  Unless you’re a snowboarder, in which case Alta won’t allow you to plow through its chutes and trees—and what glorious chutes and trees they are.

The terrain at Alta and Snowbird is the terrain against which all others are measured.  Snowbird’s tram, which, like Jackson’s, also traverses from the base of the resort to the top, is the only lift that compares with the tram at Jackson Hole. The lift line for the Snowbird tram on a prime powder day can get ugly—one of the drawbacks of being on top of a greater metropolitan area of 2 million people.

The good news is that not all of those people ski and, even better, this place has a lot of powder days—it gets 600 inches a year—more than anywhere outside of Alaska.  The snow is dependable and comes in a density that’s user friendly, like a stiff dollop of whipped milk on a cappuccino.  If you’re going on a trip for three days or less, it’s hard to go anywhere but Utah. We can’t stress enough how awesome the skiing is here.  If you haven’t been, just go.

Not to be missed: Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge, a wonderful modern building whose raw, reinforced concrete edifice evokes the work of architect Paul Rudolph, a brilliant shaper of glass and poured stone.

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