Author: Toni Isom

 

Toni Isom is the Director of Content Management at Visit Salt Lake. You can find her in Salt Lake's awesome bike lanes, thrift shopping, enjoying a pint on the patio at Junior's, or bouldering at The Front. She's excited to share Salt Lake's story with the world, so if you'd like to guest post on the Visit Salt Lake blog, send her an email: tisom@visitsaltlake.com.

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Salt Lake's Best Live Music Venues

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The bands and musicians that play Salt Lake inevitably come back, despite it being relatively far away from other tour stops—this city is full of passionate music makers and fans, and the stoke is infectious. And in addition to its popular outdoor music festivals and superstar arena concerts, Salt Lake has some awesome smaller venues that are booking killer shows. Here’s a guide to the best small and mid-sized places to see live music in SLC, and who’s playing this month.
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The Best of City Creek

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Shopping is a favorite Salt Lake pastime, from the various boutiques across the valley to downtown’s state-of-the-art City Creek Shopping Center. The latter is a 23-acre open-air mall than spans across charming Main Street. City Creek opened in 2012, and it was the catalyst for the rapid transformation of Salt Lake’s urban center and arts district. It’s not only Salt Lake’s go-to destination for upscale and contemporary shopping, it’s also a favorite hang spot for families, friends, and first dates.
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Salt Lake's Best Bakeries

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There’s no shortage of spots to get your pastry fix in Salt Lake, whether you want to start the day off right with a morning bun and shot of espresso, cap off your evening with some millefeuille and pinot noir, or just grab a fresh baguette on your way to a Red Butte concert. Here are some of our very favorite bakeries and cafes.
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Salt Lake’s Best Boutiques

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Salt Lake is home to dozens of unique boutiques, ranging in style from dapper gent to boho siren, and ranging in price from “investment” to “impulse.” Here are some of the best small, local, thoughtfully curated shops in the Salty City.
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2016 Utah Beer Festival

Brew Lovers Unite!

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The Utah Beer Festival is back for its 7th round! (Picture us prancing in a field of hops, a frothy stein in each hand.) This year beer-lovers will enjoy more elbow room, as the festival has been moved to the spacious Utah State Fair Park. AND there’s more beer on offer than ever before. AND the festival raises funds for the Human Society of Utah, so you can feel extra good about quaffing that cold one.
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The Meatless Feast

Salt Lake's Best Vegetarian and Vegan Dining

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It seems like Salt Lake has always had a sizeable vegan and vegetarian population. Even when it more closely resembled a mountain town than a bustling city, Salt Lake had a surprising number of veggie-friendly eateries with plenty of loyal patrons. Some think it’s related to the active, health-conscious lifestyle that tends to accompany backyard hiking trails and ski resorts. Some think the phenomenon holds hands with Salt Lake’s long-simmering underground music scene. It’s probably a bit of both, and several other freakonomic factors.
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Eat, Drink Salt Lake

The Perfect Balance of Bites & Sips

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Salt Lake hosts a number of enticing food events, but one of the newest, and one of Visit Salt Lake’s favorites, is Eat Drink SLC—in fact, we love this event so much we’re sponsoring it for the second year in a row. Eat Drink SLC brings some of the city’s finest restaurants, chefs, and food purveyors together with top wineries, distillers, brewers, and mixologists for an unforgettable evening of dining and drinking. The event benefits three non-profits (Tracy Aviary, SB Dance, and Race Swami) and celebrates the pastiche of Salt Lake’s food and drink scene. Each food purveyor is paired with a drink partner to keep your palate energized—there’s no chance of flavor fatigue or bouquet boredom at this event.
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Metal in Zion

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 While Salt Lake becomes ever more cosmopolitan and progressive, its legacy as the capital city in a state settled by Mormons means its music scene is often preemptively dismissed by outsiders. But predominant cultures always spawn passionate subcultures and countercultures, and Salt Lake is a shining example of this phenomenon—from brewers to artists to activists, Salt Lakers form strong, supportive subcommunities, often with exceptional results.
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How to Have an Extravagant Anniversary Weekend in Salt Lake

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With our PTO banks running low, my husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary in town this year. Normally we tend to gravitate toward life's thriftier pleasures, but we went for the gold this weekend. Here's how we made two nights feel like five (in a good a way).
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5 Secrets of Salt Lake

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Most people know about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Alta's powder skiing, and summer nights at Rio Tinto Stadium, but Salt Lake is chock full of hidden gems. Here are five of our favorite secret spots.
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