The Best of Salt Lake: Arts, Music & Culture

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Music

The Twilight Concert Series The Twilight Concert Series kicks off in August and runs every Thursday night at the Gallivan Center. This season’s lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but past seasons have included shows from The Roots, Diplo, Trombone Shorty, and Digable Planets. Admission is $10. The Cultural Core An initiative founded in 2010, the area bounded by 600 West, 400 East, 400 South, and North Temple is known as “The Cultural Core” of Salt Lake City.  Venues include the brand-new, state-of-the-art Eccles Theater (pictured above), where acclaimed shows like “Book of Mormon”, "Hamilton",  “Waitress” and “Wicked” play. Also in the Core: Abravanel Hall, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the Capitol Theatre.

Local Galleries

Art at the Main Art at the Main is a cooperative gallery featuring contemporary, original art by some of Utah’s best local artists. The gallery also hosts informative and educational art events for the public; you can find it in the ground floor atrium of the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library. Urban Arts Gallery/Utah Arts Alliance The Urban Arts Gallery is a nonprofit venue of the Utah Arts Alliance and is located in The Gateway. WIth contemporary works ranging from fine modern art to street art by emerging and established Utah artists, the gallery also includes a boutique with locally-created jewelry, t-shirts, prints, and souvenirs.

Museums & Attractions

Temple Square The most-visited attraction in Utah, Temple Square is the focal point of downtown, and all of the streets were built to orient out from Temple Square. This is the official headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and hosts 3 to 5 million visitors each year. Tours of the grounds and historical residences are available for free, but the temple itself is not open to non-members. Natural Museum of History The Natural Museum of History (pictured above) gives an accessible introduction to the science in Salt Lake’s landscape. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and interactive. Learn about Sky, Land, First Peoples, The Great Salt Lake, Past Worlds and Utah Futures, and don’t forget to check out the spectacular view of the Salt Lake Valley from the observatory deck! Hogle Zoo The 42 acres of the zoo are filled with trees, pathways and more than 800 animals. Do not miss seeing the African Lions on Lions’ Hill, and the Elephant Encounter. Be sure to take a ride on the Zoofari Express. Tracy Aviary The largest—and oldest— free-standing aviary in the nation, provides an inspiring look at caring for birds and nature. It’s considered by locals to be a cultural landmark and a breathtaking public garden, as well as a leader in environmental education and conservation.

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