salt lake summerIt’s about to get hot! Summer is officially here and heating up Salt Lake City (in more ways than one).  With family-fun activities, outdoor sights and sounds, and unique food experiences for all ages and interests, 2019 will be a summer to remember. Traditions are timeless, but add something new to your summer bucket list with one of these ‘must- do’s’ going on around Salt Lake and the state of Utah this year. Kick off the summer with an outdoor concert or downtown gallery stroll — whatever you’re into, the capital city has something you’re going to be raving about.

1- Red Butte Concert Series 

Red Butte Concert Series is a local favorite and a summer must-do. With top-name acts like Galactic, Seal, Nathaniel Rateliff (to name a few), and a breathtaking backdrop of Salt Lake’s Wasatch Range, Red Butte’s Concert Series offers up summer sounds in the perfect setting. Plus you can bring in your own cooler (yes, that means your own brew, bubbly, and food) which makes this summer event hard to beat. Shows regularly sell out, so get your concert tickets here while they last.

2– Salt City Sounds 

Salt City Sounds Concert Series at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake is the city’s newest summer tradition. On weekends through July, the series will feature an all-ages top-billing act featuring a 21+ area for beer and alcohol purchase as well as vendors and food trucks. With Empire of the Sun, Common and Kaskade hitting the stage, these shows are already creating a big buzz downtown. Jump on tickets for a single show or check out the entire summer series here.

3– Monthly Gallery Stroll

The monthly Gallery Stroll in downtown Salt Lake is the perfect excuse to explore the city and take in the city’s vibrant culture and inspiring arts scene with a fresh perspective. This free public event occurs on the 3rd Friday of each month. Some galleries open their doors after hours so the public can meet with featured artists, mingle, and admire their work.

4- Wasatch Wildflower Festival

Spanning two weekends in July, city dwellers can escape the heat in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons during the annual Wasatch Wildflower Festival. Enjoy hikes, arts and crafts and live music while taking in the beauty of Utah’s summer wildflowers. Visit Brighton and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon on July 13th and 14th and stop by Alta and Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon on July 20th and 21st. Carpooling is encouraged to reduce congestion and emissions!

5- Eat, Drink SLC

Don’t miss out on the gastronomic event of the summer! Check out this year’s Eat, Drink SLC at Tracy Aviary on Wednesday, July 10th 2019 from 6:30-9:30pm. Salt Lake’s food scene is buzzing, and this is your chance to sample some of the best Salt Lake has to offer. All proceeds will go to local non-profits, so indulge while giving back to the community. Check out this year’s food and drink partners and get your tickets here.

6- Downtown Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmers Market is entering its 28th year as Salt Lake City’s most beloved summer tradition for both residents and visitors.The farmers market of all farmers markets takes place every Saturday around the entire perimeter of downtown’s Pioneer Park. Stop and shop with a free bike valet, grab lunch at one of the many food carts and pick up produce and handiwork from local vendors. For more info check out:

Summer flies by quickly, so get outside and enjoy the beautiful, unique city and all it has to offer. There’s a reason Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the nation and its capital city is one of the top ten metros for millennial homebuyers, with lifestyle listed as one of the biggest factors for making the move.

Happy summer!