Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City

Entertainment

Visitors looking for things to do in Salt Lake City find a progressive, growing variety of entertainment options. There's much to choose from: Professional sporting events, festivals, concerts, movies, performances, and many more Salt Lake City attractions that the whole family can enjoy. Salt Lake City was also the host of 2002 Olympic Winter Games, attracting sponsors, athletes, sports fans, and media from around the world.

In addition, Salt Lake City's diverse attractions feature a year-round schedule of music, fine arts, and theatre ensuring you'll never run out of things to do in Salt Lake City. The most difficult part will be deciding what you want to do next!

For more information on things to do in Salt Lake City or Salt Lake City attractions, simply call our concierge at 801-258-6703.

Sports

Utah is famous for its snow, but its sports offerings extend much farther than the slopes. Energy Solutions Arena is home to Utah's NBA team, the Utah Jazz. These days, the Jazz regularly sell out the 20,000-seat arena, although a few last-minute tickets can almost always be found.

Lazy summer afternoons take on a different aspect when viewed from the stands of a Salt Lake Bees game. Utah's professional baseball team is as competitive as they come, and finished 2007 as division champs. The Bees have sent more than 10 players to the big leagues, so there's always the chance of getting an early look at a future Major League MVP. Their stadium features one of the best mountain views in minor league baseball, and feature fireworks displays after home games.

In just a few short years, Utah major league soccer team Real Salt Lake has become a much-loved staple in the Utah sports community. And for some fast speed on ice, visitors can catch Utah's ECHL ice hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies. Home games take place at the Maverick Center, which also hosted Olympic hockey and speed skating events during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Summer Festivals

Summers are a great time to sample the many Salt Lake City attractions. Outdoor activities abound, and the good Salt Lake City weather brings out the crowds. On Saturdays, many head to downtown Pioneer Park where the Downtown Farmer's Market (one of the largest in the country) offers an astonishing array of local produce, baked goods, artisan crafts, and entertainment.

Summer is also Salt Lake City's outdoor festival season. Almost every weekend, visitors will find a festival celebrating Utah's love of music, art, jazz, ethnic diversity, and more

The annual Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and the Deer Valley Music Festival are Salt Lake City attractions that draw avid music fans. Past festivals have featured performances by greats such as Nancy Wilson, Chuck Mangione, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, the Brubeck Brothers and more.

Art lovers of all ages can indulge their passion at the annual Utah Arts Festival, featuring a feast of live performances on five stages, local and international street theatre, film program, exhibition and culinary delights. The festival features over 140 booths of juried fine arts and crafts, and four exciting days of live entertainment from more than 100 local, national, and international performing artists!

The Living Traditions Festival celebrates Utah and Salt Lake City's growing diversity. The many groups, native and immigrant, that call Salt Lake City "home" gather to share authentic foods, music, dance, and crafts of their homelands and heritage. With a program that incorporates performing arts, film, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and craft workshops, there's something to interest everyone at this fascinating cultural festival.

Winter Activities

During the winter months, there are still plenty of things to do in Salt Lake City, both indoors and outdoors. The Sundance Film Festival comes to town in January, with showings and premieres in the downtown area. Temple Square is fabulously ablaze with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and a trip "to see the lights" is a local tradition for Salt Lake residents and visitors. The Gallivan Center becomes Salt Lake's answer to Rockefeller Center, with an outdoor skating rink and café seating for well-bundled hardy souls.

Museums and More

Those who prefer more intellectual pursuits will want to explore the celestial offerings of the Clark Planetarium, check out the fossils Utah Museum of Natural History, climb on vintage tanks at Fort Douglas Military Museum, get cultured at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, and dig for long lost relatives at the Family History Library, to name just a few. The Leonardo is a contemporary museum that explores the ways in which science, technology and art are connected.

For Kids

Younger visitors will enjoy a day spent at Discovery Gateway, where creative and interactive exhibits delight the young and the young at heart. Book-loving kids will adore the kid-sized reading nooks in the kid's area of the Salt Lake Public Library. This is the Place Monument State Park, Tracy Aviary, and Utah's Hogle Zoo offer a day of outdoor fun for the whole family, with plenty to see and do. The Gallivan Center in the heart of downtown lets the whole family ice skate by moonlight in the winter months or share a blanket for a free film in summer.