- John de Campos
Is it hot in here or is it just the natural hot springs under the Great Keep? In any case, send a raven, summer has come! Well, technically, not till June 21, but we figured we'd serve up an insiders' take and give you an all-knowing three-eyed raven's bird's-eye view to all things fun-in-the-sun. (Yes, we thought long and hard about these GoT references.)
What's your idea of a perfect summer day? Perhaps checking out an arts festival or outdoor concert? You'll find inspiration here. How about setting up camp, hitting the trails and sipping on a frosty local ale? Aye, that's in here, too. Spoiler alert: You'll also find a local authors spotlight, a rundown of the best places to ride your e-dragon, er ... scooter, and nary a mention of twincest. Be still, my stoneheart!
While the hit HBO series might be ending, talk of multiple spin-offs is stronger than anti-Daenerys backlash, so why not daydream that some scenes could be shot right here in our own backyard? "My show is about castles and medieval cities, and there aren't many castles in New Mexico, sad to say," the grand maester himself, George R.R. Martin, told me in Santa Fe back in 2013. Well, George, a white castle towers over this capital city's skyline, so, keep your options open.
But, hold the door, there's more! Think: a long-distance running primer for jesters, a comprehensive farmers market directory and a lion's share of al fresco dining options.
We're not sure if songs will be written about this special issue or not, but in the end, we hope it inspires you to get out, explore and bask under the scorching sun of the Seven Kingdoms (Or, you know, the 29 counties).
—Enrique Stormborn of House Limón, the First of His Name, the Ruler of Newsroom Staffers and First Freelancers, the Keeper of the Red Pen, the Lord of 248 S. Main St., the Unsunburnt, the Breaker of Run-On Sentences.
GoT in the SLC
Squint hard enough, and these destinations could easily double for Thrones locations.
Salt Lake City haunts are more of a natural fit for wholesome productions like High School Musical and the forthcoming The Other Side of Heaven 2, but beneath its gleaming surface, a fair amount of Flea Bottom-approved grit can be found across our gilded town. Sure, some locations below are peppered with Old Nan's breed of creative license, but there's no denying the Greyjoys would feel right at home on the shores of the Great Salt Lake; Park City gets as cold as North of the Wall; and if there's one eatery in the known world that could cater a feast in Winterfell's Great Hall, it would be Chuck-A-Rama. So why in the seven hells not?
Salt Lake Temple
Dominating the capital city's skyline, it's the seat of the King of the Andals and the First Missionaries. With its impenetrable walls (unless you're lucky enough to be a recommend-carrying member), the monolithic LDS temple could easily be cast as SLC's version of the Red Keep. Bonus points: Rumor has it its cellars are home to the great Jell-O molds of Relief Society presidents past.
Ogden Walnut Tree
Just off Park Boulevard grows an imposing English walnut tree, thought to be the oldest in the state. It's not a far stretch to think of the urban deciduous specimen as the Beehive's equivalent of a sacred Weirwood. And an even shorter stretch to imagine that against it, Orrin Hatch was awarded immortality at the hands of the elfin Children of the Ward.
Gilgal Sculpture Garden
Tucked away near the corner of 700 East and 500 South, the diminutive public park is chock-full of lore and whimsy. With its central statue of founder and visionary Thomas Battersby Child Jr., as well as a sphinx topped with Joseph Smith's head, it could easily serve as the local version of the Crypts of Winterfell. For the love of everything holy, the Night King should deffo keep away.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Think of it as Utah's version of Vaes Dothrak. Known for playing host to numerous land speed records, hordes of motorsports enthusiasts descend upon the 30,000-acre salt pan each year, and hoot and holler at metal steeds racing at otherworldly speeds. Yes, the barren expanse is considerably whiter than the Great Grass Sea, but then again, everything is whiter in Utah.
- Courtesy Utah Renaissance Faire
The Maiden Fairs
... and some established ones, too.
By Scott Renshaw
Every year, the warm weather brings along with it a cornucopia of opportunities to experience concentrated doses of artistic expression. Whether it's bingeing theatrical productions, taking in the arts and crafts of various cultures or seeing work by dozens of visual artists, you can get a taste of almost everything somewhere this summer. Get out your calendars, and carve out some time to support local creators.
Tuacahn: Fans of Disney musicals are bound to be in heaven, as Tuacahn's glorious red-rock amphitheater hosts both Disney's The Little Mermaid and the Disney songbook roundup Disney's When You Wish. But the musical memories don't stop there. The season also includes the beloved The Sound of Music and the multi-Tony Award-nominated The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. A season package is the perfect way to enjoy some of the greatest tunes you've always loved. 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, May 24-Oct. 24, tuacahn.org
Utah Shakespeare Festival: Celebrate the Bard in Southern Utah, even as you immerse yourself in the great art of theater. This season's Shakespeare productions include the tragedy power-pairing of Macbeth and Hamlet, plus Twelfth Night and Henry VI, Parts II & III. You can get a bonus dose of Elizabethan-themed fun with the comedy The Book of Will, about friends of the recently deceased Shakespeare trying to preserve his writing legacy. Arthur Miller's The Price, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Every Brilliant Thing round out the season. 195 W. Center St., Cedar City, June 27-Oct. 12, bard.org
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre: Make your way to Logan, and get a sense for the wide range of emotions that can be created by the pairing of music with theatrical performance. Family-friendly musical theater in the Broadway tradition includes Disney's Newsies and Mary Poppins, plus the classic West Side Story; for a sample of vintage opera, enjoy Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. There's even a couple of opera-themed plays in Terrence McNally's Master Class and William Luce's Bravo, Caruso. Make time for special events like silent films and the annual International Vocal Competition. Ellen Eccles Theater, 43 S. Main, Logan, July 5-Aug. 2, utahfestival.org
Moab Arts Festival: Memorial Day Weekend is a perfect time to revel in Moab's spectacular scenery, and enjoying art is just a bonus. Artist booths present painting, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry and more, while scheduled live performances include music from Quicksand Soup, Meander Cat and the Vitals, plus Grassroots Shakespeare doing Henry V and The Little Mermaid (not at the same time). Swanny Park, 400 N. 100 West, Moab, May 25-26, moabartsfestival.org
Queer Spectra Arts Festival: This inaugural event looks to showcase art from a wide variety of LGBTQ perspectives. Experience a 2D and 3D art gallery, live performances and installations, plus panels and discussions on topics related to the intersection between queer identity and art. Commonwealth Studios, 150 W. Commonwealth Ave., May 25, 1-10 p.m., queerspectra.com
Ogden Arts Festival: Ogden showcases local artists, plus plenty of family-friendly activities and live performances, at historic Union Station. Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., June 8-9, ogdenartsfestival.com
Utah Arts Festival: No other single event brings together so many different kinds of creativity, with so many guests ready to enjoy it all. Visual arts booths fill two blocks of downtown SLC, with a schedule serving up dance, street theater, writing workshops, short films and dozens of musical acts. Headliners include New York-based ska band The Slackers, folk artist Christine Lavin and Colorado four-piece string band Head for the Hills. Library Square, 200 S. 400 East, June 20-23, uaf.org
Park City Kimball Arts Festival: By the time the dog days of August roll around, you'll be itching for an excuse to get out of the valley into the cooler mountain air. Park City's annual arts festival—supporting the Kimball Art Center—takes over Main Street, for a full weekend of booths showcasing local and national artists, wonderful food and live music performances. Historic Main Street, Park City, Aug. 2-4, parkcitykimballartsfestival.org
Living Traditions Festival: See p. 14.
Scandinavian Heritage Festival: If you've ever wondered about the history behind Utah's plethora of Hansens, Andersens and Jensens, Ephraim is the place. A full weekend of activities includes plenty of storytelling, live music, craft and food booths, family activities and a Friday night fireworks show. Various venues, Ephraim, May 24-25, scandinavianfestival.org
Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games: Scottish culture in Utah is on display during a weekend of bagpipe performance and highland dancing, but don't miss the athletic events that make this a real one-of-a-kind spectacle. In the ancient tradition of clan competitions, witness caber toss, hammer throw, stone toss and other feats of strength. Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, June 7-9, utahscots.org
Venezuela Festival: Celebrating the culture, traditions and history of Venezuela, this event includes food, arts-and-crafts, vendors and live music performances, with headliner Jerry Rivera, "El Baby de la Salsa." All that, plus the "Miss Venezuela 2019" pageant. Vincit Amor Event Center, 993 S. Bending River Road, June 26, noon-11 p.m., bit.ly/2vTd2G3
NACIP Powwow & Festival: While much of the state celebrates the arrival of white pioneers on July 24, Utah's indigenous populations celebrates those for whom this was the place for generations before 1847. Experience traditional singing and dancing, plus food, family activities and fireworks. Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 South, June 24
Rocky Mountain Elk Festival: The national convention of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation incorporates two events into this inaugural Park City showcase. While the Elk Camp is open to RMEF members with registration, the Elk Festival is a free event open to the public, full of unique activities like cooking demonstrations, archery challenge, a traveling conservation exhibit featuring some of largest bull elk from across North America, and even the World Elk Calling Championship featuring more than 100 competitors going for more than $14,000 in prizes. Canyons Village, Park City, July 11-14, rmef.org
Mega Peruvian Festival: The melding of Spanish and indigenous cultures—plus those of more recent immigrants—gets a grand party at Library Plaza, featuring folklore, original art, live music and plenty of amazing food. Library Plaza, 210 E. 400 South, July 26-27, 6-11 p.m., facebook.com/fiestas.delperu
Utah Renaissance Faire: Live your own olde tyme adventure with enough authentic flavor to make you wonder whether dragons are right around the corner. Wandering minstrels, mages and fire performers provide the atmosphere throughout the festival grounds, as well as live jousting exhibitions by the Knights of Mayhem, armored combat, an authentic Viking village, food vendors and live Celtic music. Plus, more family-friendly activities than you would ever find on a Game of Thrones episode. Thanksgiving Point Electric Park, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Aug. 23-24, utahrenfaire.org
Greek Festival: For the 44th year, Utah's Greek community shares its wealth of cultural treasures with guests of all backgrounds, giving us all a chance to sample authentic food, experience traditional dance performances and tour the Hellenic Cultural Museum. 279 S. 300 West, Sept. 6-8, saltlakegreekfestival.com
Look out GRRM, these local authors hold their own.
By Amanda Rock
Consider yourself warned. Famous authors live in our realm and you could run into them grocery shopping or grabbing a bite to eat. Don't panic. Be cool. Authors are totally normal people and why wouldn't wouldn't you see them at Smiths? Should you ask for their autograph? A selfie? Gush about their latest novel? Ask if they still believe Bran is the Night King? Probably. Here are five to watch out for:
You don't have to explain what fry sauce is to Shannon Hale. This
New York Times bestselling author is a Salt Lake City native. More than 25 books are in her roster, including Princess Academy, which won the prestigious Newbery Honor award. Along with husband Dean Hale (who also calls SLC home), she writes the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl novels. Hale's books feature awesome female characters and she writes them for everyone to read—girls, boys, kids, teens and adults. She's a champion for equal reading rights, fighting gender bias whenever she can. shannonhale.com
When Celeste Ng and Stephen King rave about your first novel, you know you've made it.
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent is heartbreaking, beautiful and impossible to put down. The most talked about book of 2017, My Absolute Darling received stellar reviews and it was the first debut novel to appear on the best-seller lists in the U.S. and U.K. at the same time. Raised on the Mendocino coast by his two mothers, Tallent now resides in Salt Lake City. gabrieltallent.com
The Utah Poet Laureate is required reading for locals of all stripes. Besides poetry, the University of Utah English professor also pens novels and essays. Rekdal's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review and The New Republic, among other popular publications. She's received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as other distinguished awards. Nightingale, her newest collection of poems, will be published this spring. paisleyrekdal.com
Jessica Day George
New York Times best-selling author Jessica Day George also put down roots in SLC with her husband and three kids. She writes compelling fantasy books and fairy tales for young adults and adult-adults who appreciate a good story about debutantes in 1890s who travel to Romania and maybe become servants to the Draculas. (Pick up a copy of Silver in the Blood and let's read it together!) In 2007, she won the Whitney Award for Best Book by a New Author for Dragon Slippers. jessicadaygeorge.com
James A. McLaughlin
OK, you're less likely to run into James A. McLaughlin, as I think he prefers the mountains to the city. Relocating to the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake from rural Virginia where he grew up, McLaughlin is an avid photographer, capturing landscapes and wildlife. Bearskin, his first novel, has been nominated for both the Edgar and Barry awards for best first novel. Set in the Appalachians of Virginia, Bearskin is an action-packed thriller written with a naturalist's voice. He's currently working on two novels related to Bearskin. jamesamclaughlin.com
- Enrique Limón
Campfire & Blood
Want to spend more time in the great outdoors, but not sure where to start? We've got your back.
By Naomi Clegg
You've gone on a few hikes, done a little car camping, and you want to go harder. Bigger. Deeper. Wait, that's not what I meant at all. Let's start over. You've gone on a few hikes and you want to step up your outdoors game. Now what? The next step is backpacking, also known as the process of putting your shelter and sustenance on your literal back and toughing it out in the wilderness for a minimum of one night and a maximum of forever nights. But since it's your first time, let's maybe stick to one or two.
The first time I went backpacking, I set out at twilight and hiked maybe two miles up an isolated, quickly darkening trail. About 20 minutes in, I realized I didn't know whether this was cougar territory, and from then on assumed every rustle was the beginning of a vicious animal attack. My toes were so cold that I couldn't fall asleep until 4 a.m. When I woke up, a snowstorm had hit. I hope you don't have this experience your first time out. Since I clearly did it the hard way, I chatted up an unassuming REI employee for some advice—thank you, Morgan, for your assistance. I am sure you, dear reader, have a much better sense than I did, but nevertheless, there are some things you need to know before you go. Shall we?
Need to know: The basics
Safety first, kids! Know where you're going. Research camping options before you set out and make sure you follow the guidelines, which vary. (Do you need to reserve a campsite? Camp a certain distance from trails and roads? Camp only at existing campsites?) Always bring a map, compass and GPS. I don't own a GPS because I spent all my money on a tent, but Morgan tells me they are worth it, and there are even devices that can send emergency text messages in your time of need. Also, tell a friend or family member where you'll be and when you expect to be back. Leave a note under your car seat with your itinerary, too.
What to bring: The gear list
• A backpack
• A tent
• Hiking boots
• A sleeping bag rated for at least 10 degrees below the projected low temp
• A camp stove plus fuel
• More food than you think you need
• A headlight or flashlight
• Water bottles or a reservoir bag
• Layers. Bring extra clothes.
• Map, compass, GPS
• A small first-aid kit
• A lighter or matches
• A pocket knife
• Sun and insect protection
Things that are very close to necessary but that you perhaps won't die without:
• A little shovel
• Ziplocks and trash bags
• Good wool socks
• Four sporks
• At least one trekking pole or hiking stick
• Hand sanitizer and wipes.
• A good book, a journal and a pencil
P.S. Wondering where to get all this gear? Start one piece at a time. REI Co-op (locations in Salt Lake and Sandy) holds a garage sale several times a year. Recreation Outlet (3160 S. State) offers, as one Yelp reviewer puts it, some "sick deals" on gear from second-tier brands. Kirkham's Outdoor Products (3125 S. State) is pricier, but offers high-quality gear, including their own line of canvas tents.
Where to go: 3 local destinations for first-time backpackers
Wasatch Range: Lake Desolation
Starting at the Mill D trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon, you'll hike about 3 ½ miles through aspen and pine groves and meadows of wildflowers. The name belies the beauty of the lake, which is, if not super busy, far from desolate. Just make sure you camp at least 200 feet from the lake.
Wasatch Range: Lake Blanche
Another Alpine lake, and it's lovely. It's about 3 ½ miles to the lake from the Mill B South Fork Trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Leave time to explore the natural playground that surrounds the lake.
Uintas: Amethyst Lake
I really love hiking to lakes, clearly—arriving at a big bowl of water is a tangible reward that makes all your hard work seem worth it. This hike in the Uintas is best done over the course of two or three days if you're just starting out. It's 13 miles roundtrip, but there's quite a bit of elevation gain. You'll find plenty of places to camp along the way. Start at the Christmas Meadows Trailhead. The permit fee is $6. Smaller lakes, waterfalls, meadows and coniferous trees dot the trail. Consider setting up a base camp halfway up the trail your first night and day-hiking to the lake and back to base on day two.
The Lord of Fright
Conquer your fears and tackle that adrenaline bucket list.
By Scott Renshaw
Winter in Utah is so inextricably linked to the thrills of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports that it's easy to forget that the excitement doesn't need to end with the spring thaw. There's no need to put your jones for adrenaline on hold for six months—not when the state is filled with opportunities to try out other activities that can really get the blood pumping. If you've got yourself an "adrenaline bucket list" of stuff you'd like to try, there's no time like the present. Here's a look at some of those activities, organized for different comfort levels so that you can find your sweet spot between baby-steps and death-defying.
The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park
If you're going to ease your way into the big-time activities, you might as well begin with a reminder of the stuff that thrilled you in your younger years. The wAIRhouse offers a 35,000-square-foot facility full of places to get your bounce on, plus dodgeball courts, slam-dunk courts to give you that illusion of NBA legitimacy, and an extreme net course (not included with general admission). If you're coming with little ones, there are age-appropriate areas for toddlers, and even a lounge area with TVs to take a little break as you work yourself back into thrill-seeking shape. 3653 S. 500 West, wairhouseslc.com
Park City Mountain Resort Alpine Coaster
Amusement park roller-coasters like those you'd find at Lagoon are a perfectly respectable way of adding a safe sense of danger. But there's an added touch of spectacle involved in taking that ride down a mountainside. Park City Mountain Resort's Alpine Coaster winds its way through the summer greenery at speeds up to 25 mph (roughly the equivalent of Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds). There are height and age restrictions; individual rides are available, but you get the best deal with a summer "adventure pass" that also includes access to the luge-like Alpine slide, climbing wall and much more. 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, parkcitymountain.com
Dive Utah, Bonneville Seabase
You say that Utah is a landlocked state, so ocean-type activities are simply impossible here? You have so much to learn. If you've ever wanted to learn to SCUBA dive, set up individual or group lessons with Dive Utah (4679 S. 2225 East, Holladay, diveutah.com), with introductory classes and preparations for open-water diving, all right here locally. Or if you'd like the experience of swimming through tropical reefs without major travel expense, take just a short drive to Bonneville Seabase (1600 N. SR 138, Grantsville, seabase.net), where natural springs and natural salinity creates a de facto inland ocean full of fish, available for visitors to dive right in (reservations available).
Everyone wants to experience what it's like to fly; while you work your way up to it, try starting by remaining firmly attached to something. Many locations offer zipline experiences, but Zipline Utah serves up some of the longest experiences in the world, including the Screaming Falcon Full Tour: a 3,900-foot-plus swoop over Rainbow Bay, plus seven suspension aerial bridges, and additional lines, for a total of two miles enjoying spectacular views while never touching the ground. Shorter zips and kid-appropriate options are also available; reservations only. Deer Creek State Park, Highway 89, Mile Marker 22, ziplineutah.com
Deer Creek Island Resorts Wakeboard Clinics
Utah's beautiful lakes and reservoirs are a great place to experience the daredevil sensation of treating a wave of water like a skateboard halfpipe. Even if you've never been pulled behind a boat on anything before, you can learn everything you need to know at Deer Creek Island Resorts wakeboard clinics. Individual sessions are a one-hour, one-on-one intensive personal introduction to the sport; group clinics are also available for a more cost-effective option. There are even specialty clinics for pre-teen riders and for women only. Highway 89, Deer Creek Reservoir, deercreekislandresort.com
High Country Adventure Provo River Tubing
The experience of navigating down the state's rivers, fresh from the melting Rocky Mountain snows, evokes a sense of adventurous discovery, almost as though you're seeing the world the way 19th-century explorers did. If you're not quite ready yet for the whitest of white water, but still in decent physical shape and with solid swimming ability, try floating along the Provo River with friends on heavy-duty tubes. Experiences include life jackets and basic river navigation instruction, plus a shuttle back to your point of origin, with discounts for larger groups. 3702 E. Provo Canyon Road, Provo, highcountryadventure.com
Hang Gliding and Paragliding
The conditions at Point of the Mountain are legendary as one of the world's best spots to learn—and perfect—the art of hang gliding or paragliding, providing the smooth winds that make for ideal learning. The area is home to multiple schools and companies that provide equipment, as well as experiences perfect for every comfort level. Try out a tandem flight to get a feel for soaring with a professional instructor, then take the lessons needed to be able to manage sustained flights on your own. Check with the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association to find the preparation that's right for you. uhgpga.org
Zion Adventures Waterfall Rappelling
Feel like experiencing the splendor of Southern Utah's red rock country in an unexpected way? How about descending into secluded canyons while waterfalls lap at your feet? If you're in shape for a 9-11 hour day, get a glimpse of rarely-seen, privately-owned areas as you experience 9-10 rappels along a 400-foot waterfall to the bottom. The adventure includes a mandatory ground school clinic, and a sense for taking the road—or the canyon—less traveled. 36 Lion Blvd., Springdale, zionadventures.com
Sky Dive Utah
OK, no more messing around: It's time to jump right the hell out of that plane. Only 25 miles west of downtown Salt Lake City, you can build up to your solo experience with a tandem jump with an instructor, getting amazing views of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding areas. That 60-second freefall before opening the parachute might seem like an eternity, but once you're getting instructed on how to control and maneuver your way to the ground, you'll wonder why it took you so long to get started. 4647 N. Airport Road, Erda, skydiveutah.com
- Derek Carlisle
A Race of Thrones
Looking to wing your first long-distance running event? Read on.
By Ray Howze
So I winged my first half-marathon. Don't get me wrong. I trained, but for only less than a month ahead of time. Experienced runners and fitness coaches might cringe. "You could be injury prone. Don't forget to stretch," I imagined them telling me.
But dammit, I had to set some goal and I figured the Salt Lake Half-Marathon was as good as any. Except I'm also lazy. As a half-baked New Year's resolution, I said I'd start training for the April 13 race date. Then March 18 rolled around. Still no training. I signed up, though, telling myself if I ran for three days a week, I should be OK. My goal was to simply finish and not necessarily in a certain time.
After I signed up, I started my "training." 5Ks on Monday, run for an hour on Wednesday and try to go anywhere from 5 to 10 miles on Saturday. To my surprise, it wasn't as impossible as I imagined.
I woke up on race day around 5 a.m. to a fresh layer of Beyond The Wall snow. Yikes. My first long-distance running event and it was going to be cold AF. I'll admit, if it was raining, I probably would have passed and said, "Not today." But the weather was clear enough to run.
After the race started, though, there were a few brief uphill climbs to get to 11th Avenue. Hey, I didn't sign up for this. There was still 12 miles to go and I was afraid I'd wear myself out. But I got that out of the way as quick as possible and headed toward City Creek. Then, a woman passed me power walking faster than I was jogging. Sheesh!
At the beginning, I had to keep telling myself to ignore the others and go at my own pace. I averaged 11:30 per mile. Not fast by any means, but I was going to have to get to 13.1 somehow.
When I made it to South Temple, I was already starting to feel the grind after about 5 miles. To my surprise, though, the people cheering along the route really do help your psyche. I saw a sign that read "Pain is just the French word for bread." A little humor helps.
Next came the climb up to 1100 East from 900 East on 800 South. That's not the steepest part of the hill, but it was uphill nonetheless. I had to walk. And so did just about everyone else.
After that climb, I figured it would be smooth sailing down to Sugar House. But my energy started to drain. If you're new to endurance events, you might not be as familiar with those energy gels. But, boy, I took one down at mile 7 and it gave my body the boost it needed.
When I reached mile 10, I had never run farther than that—so this was all new territory. Friends advised me though that at this time, it was going to be adrenaline that carried me the rest of the way. Sure enough, that's what I needed. I turned the corner to see the finish line and couldn't believe I was going to finish. My time: 2:30:31. Plenty of room for improvement. But I think I proved to myself and hopefully to anyone else looking to get in shape, it can be done. Just get started. Set a goal. And you'll be happy you did. Meanwhile, I've already signed up for a full marathon next year. Lord of Light, help me.
Dracarys Dos and Don'ts
Here are a few tips I learned from my short time as a long-distance runner:
Do start training earlier than a month before. Maybe at least six weeks ahead of your race.
Get shoes that feel comfortable. I stopped by Salt Lake Running Co. to get new shoes. The place offers a video analysis of your running so you can get the right kind of fit, as well as a more thorough analysis to understand your "run signature."
Don't worry about all the accessories. When it comes down to a race, it's just putting one foot in front of the other. Air pods? Too fancy. Heart monitors? Sure, if you really need it to monitor your heart rate.
Do take it easy. If you're not an experienced runner, just focus on reaching your distance first.
Get in the Game
Here are a few races around the Wasatch Front you might want to check out through August. (These include races that offer distances longer than 5K.)
Ogden Marathon (Full and Half)
May 18, Weber County, ogdenmarathon.com
Timp Trail Marathon (Full and Half)
May 18, Orem, timptrailmarathon.com
Race for Grief (10K)
May 27, Bountiful, raceforgrief.com
Oquirrh Mountain (Half, 10K)
June 1, Tooele, facebook.com/oquirrhmountainhalfmarathon
Utah Valley Marathon (Full, Half, 10K)
June 1, Provo, utahvalleymarathon.com
Corner Canyon Half Marathon (Half, 12K, 6K)
June 8, Draper, happytrailsrace.com
Drop13 Half Marathon (Half)
June 8, Cottonwood Heights, drop13.com
Lantern Run (Half, 10K)
June 8, Liberty Park
Squaw Peak (50 mile)
June 8, Provo, squawpeak50.com
Butterfield Brawl (10K)
June 15, Herriman, rungr8.com
Huntsman Hometown Heroes (10K)
June 15, Salt Lake City, hope.huntsmancancer.org
Wahsatch Steeplechase (17 mile)
June 15, Salt Lake City, wahsatchsteeplechase.com
American Fork Canyon Run Against Cancer (Half, 10K)
June 22, American Fork, afcanyonrun.com
Heber Half (Half)
June 29, Heber, heberhalf.com
Freedom Run (10K)
July 4, Provo, freedomfestival.org
Riverton Country (10K)
July 4, Riverton, rivertoncity.com
Park City Trail Series (10K)
July 13, Park City, pctrailseries.com
Crack of Dawn (8K)
Millcreek Canyon, July 20, sports-am.com
HandCart Days (Half)
July 20, Bountiful, southdavisraces.com
Deseret News Marathon (Full, Half, 10K)
July 24, Salt Lake City,
Steel Days Run (10K)
July 20, American Fork, steeldaysrun.com
Legacy Midnight Run (Half, 10K)
July 26, Farmington, utahmidnightrun.com
Timpanogos Half (Half)
July 27, American Fork, timphalf.com
Wasatch Half (Half, 10K)
Aug. 3, Midway, triutah.com
Wasatch Wellness Run (10K)
Aug. 3, Provo, wasatchwelnessrun.com
Park City Trail Series (15K)
Aug. 10, Park City, pctrailseries.com
Herriman Hold 'em Half (Half)
Aug. 17, Herriman, rungr8.com
Mid Mountain Marathon (Full)
Aug. 17, Park City, mountaintrails.com
Run Elevated Half (Half)
Aug. 17, Sandy, sandy.utah.gov
Porters Half (Half, 10K)
Aug. 17, Draper, triutah.com
PC2PG (Half, 10K)
Aug. 17, Provo, pc2pg.com
- Enrique Limón
The best—and worst—places to try out the realm's hottest way to get around.
By Kelan Lyons
Whether you think they're terrific traveling companions or sidewalk scourges, there's no denying that electric scooters have changed how to get around Salt Lake City. They may not have the same convenience as commuting via car, but zipping from Point A to Point B on a Bird, Lime or Spin scooter is a cheap, fun way to travel that—just like riding a bike or walking—doesn't make the Salt Lake Valley's air quality worse.
But, rider beware: not all roads are created equal. Each brand's scooter can travel up to about 15 miles per hour, making some streets safer to scoot on than others. Below are some suggestions on the best and worst places in the city to scoot your little heart out. And, for Christ's sake, wear a helmet regardless of which route you travel.
The second-largest park in Salt Lake City (after Sugar House Park), Liberty Park features ample space to scoot along its paved trails while basking in the beautiful mountain views. Kill a lazy Sunday by scooting over and joining its famed drum circle, or if you like plays on words, restore a Bird to its namesake's habitat by riding to the Tracy Aviary.
The city's bike map marks the space along 300 South between about 1100 East and 400 West as being mostly "high comfort." That's probably because much of that bike lane is protected by a divider that separates it from the rest of traffic. If you want to ride a scooter downtown but you're afraid of motorists, this street's for you.
Jordan River Parkway
Considering it runs 45 miles, it's unlikely you'll be able to ride the entirety of the Jordan River Parkway on a scooter. But don't let that stop you from soaking up some sun and scooting to famed local hotspots like the International Peace Gardens, Glendale Golf Course and Constitution Park.
1000 West from 800 South to 600 North
Much of 1000 West from 800 South to 600 North is listed as "medium comfort" on the city's bike map. If you want to see the West Side, the Jordan River and the Utah State Fair Park, and don't mind trekking along a higher volume road, this route is ideal.
If you start scooting at the northern end of the Utah State Fair Park, you can go even farther north than 1000 West would take you. Throttle that accelerator and head through Rosewood Park and the Rose Park Golf Course. If you're feeling adventurous, follow the trail west from the links and eventually you'll connect with the Jordan River Trail.
There's no better way to risk life and limb than taking a scooter on State Street, a high-volume, no-nonsense road that's hostile to bikers and scooter riders alike. Unless you're looking to break the law and ride on the street's uneven sidewalks, steer your scooters away from this asphalt asshole.
The crowded, bus-heavy 2100 South is nobody's friend, least of all scooter riders who want a fast, low-stress ride. Instead, if you're riding from Sugar House toward UTA's Central Pointe Station, steer that scooter a block or two south, along the less-traveled, safer Trax walking platforms that run beside the train tracks.
Terrorizing missionaries and the religious faithful is generally frowned upon in polite society, especially in the Utah theocracy's capital city. Do yourself a favor and keep clear of the LDS church's hallowed grounds. The Temple Square-bordering 200 West is a great place to wind your scooter through the busy city streets. It's what Jesus would do.
If you have a death wish, Redwood Road between 2100 South and North Temple is a great place to scoot. Otherwise, avoid it at all costs. Riding down Redwood is a miserable experience that should be reserved only for masochists, people who have good health insurance and those who enjoy waiting for medical care in emergency rooms.
If you're feeling an inter-city trek between Sugar House and Holladay, don't bother scooting on Highland Drive. It's a grueling ride devoid of friendliness toward scooter riders. You'll get honked at, fear for your life and loath your decision to take such a crowded, unprotected, bus-infested road. Instead, ride on 900 East for a more comfortable, albeit more indirect, route.
- Derek Carlisle
Breaker of Chains
Say 'Dracarys' to that corporate meal and opt for these local haunts instead.
By Alex Springer
Yes, SLC is home to more national food chains than the Night King had zombie minions, but that doesn't mean that our own scrappy forces of local restaurant heroes can't take 'em down. For every debauched menu item that the big boys roll down the track, Utah's own burger joints, pizza parlors and taco stands are standing by ready to defend us from the onslaught. Lift your hands and rise.
Westerosi Bacon Cheeseburger
Few of the combos on this list have as much bitter history as the Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Carl's Jr. and the Texas Bacon Cheeseburger at Apollo Burger (multiple locations, apolloburgers.com). There was a time when you could get a Western bacon at both restaurants, but CJ's took Apollo Burger to court for copyright infringement—they claimed to have invented the term "Western Bacon Cheeseburger." Apollo did its best to fight back, but their efforts were in vain and so the Texas Bacon Cheeseburger was born. When you bite into a tasty Texas Bacon Cheeseburger, pictured, not only are you getting a superior product for practically the same amount of money, but you're also sticking it to a soulless chain that, truth be told, goes a little overboard with their barbecue sauce.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as floppy, foldable slices of pizza. Pizza Hut, Domino's and Little Caesar's do an OK job at mass-producing this kind of magic, but if you happen to find yourself with a hankering for some greasy, slightly trashy (in all the right ways) pizza, then The Pie Hole (344 S. State, 801-359-4653, pieholeutah.com) needs to be in your life. The Pie Hole is open later than the storefronts operated by big pizza (until 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays); they offer vegan pizza that doesn't suck; and after one slice of the Munchy Mango, it makes it obvious they're the Arbor Gold to the other guys' swill.
Cersei Gordita Crunch
When in the market for tacos in the 800 South and State Street area, you can either go to Taco Time or one of the several taco carts that now surround the fast food chain's location. El Paisa is my favorite of the bunch—for a couple bucks, you can get tacos al pastor or carne asada, but they'll always have my respect for showing me the beauty of well-cooked beef tongue. Songs will be written about El Paisa's lengua. So, when taco Tuesday rolls around—and your first impulse is to hit up Taco Bell, Del Taco or the ilk—pass on the drive-thru, prop yourself along the sidewalk, frosty bottle of Mexican Coke in hand, and get ready to feast like a king (or queen).
The Cheesecake Factory is perhaps the most dastardly chain of them all. Thought to be unbreakable, despite the bad casino lighting and tacky menu advertisements, it rises like an impregnable garrison of Glamburgers. Across the Wasatch Front, good people who have simply been lulled into submission by the siren song of a five-page cheesecake menu flock to this unholy place. With a little bit of redirection, however, these folks can be freed. For those of you whose parents insist on the Cheesecake Factory for special occasions, may I present The Dodo (1355 E. 2100 South, 801-486-2473, thedodorestaurant.com) as an alternative. It's got the same faux-fancy aesthetic; it boasts an equally eclectic menu; and a slice of their mountainous Toll House Pie towers above Franken-cheesecake any day of the week.
Wrenching the Wheel
If there's one area of the fast food spectrum in which Utah leans local, it's ice cream. Sure, Baskin Robbins has its 31 flavors, but visiting Leatherby's Family Creamery (multiple locations, leatherbys.com) or Monkeywrench (53 E. Gallivan Ave., facebook.com/monkeywrench) on a Friday night shows that the Beehive's frozen treat connoisseurs prefer their icy thrills homegrown. Both Leatherby's and Monkeywrench offer gigantic sundaes, overstuffed ice cream cones and plenty of other sweet surprises that have yet to be bested by their national counterparts. Their addictive menu items' secret ingredient? Locally unsullied ingredients plus heaps of TLC (and, perhaps, blood magic).
- Enrique Limón
What is Dead May Never Pie
From handheld to traditional, is there a better food than pie?
By Alex Springer
Whether you're spending your time is avoiding spoilers at the dinner table or warding off your twin's advances (too far?) there's no denying pie is the ultimate way of capping off a feast. Regardless if your taste is more Joffrey or Rat Cook, these best pies of Crusteros are sure to do the trick.
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie ($3.79)
The time to get yourself a rich slice of buttermilk pie from Penny Ann's Café is now. This is a warm hug of wholesome goodness that mixes the best elements of pie with the best elements of sugar cookies. After fighting the Army of the Dead in low lighting, this is the kind of flavor combo that can make your head right again. Multiple locations, pennyannscafe.com
Toll House Pie ($6.99)
Enter The Dodo's Toll House Pie. It's a warm, gooey hybrid of chocolate chip cookies and pecan pie, which are two of the most comforting resources that human beings have conceived. Snag one or two slices of this excellent dessert for cases of extreme long night duress. 1355 E. 2100 South, 801-486-2473, thedodorestaurant.com
Snack Crack Pie ($25.00)
Want to live like a Lannister? Then treat yourself to a Snack Crack pie from Heber's June Pie (they'll sometimes do pop-up shops in Salt Lake City, if the journey is too daunting). The treat's crust is made out of a sticky sweet Chex mix, and a combo of creamy fillings seals the deal. Hear your taste buds roar. 133 N. Main, Heber, 435-503-6950, junepie.com
Cubano Meat Pie ($4.25)
Take a trip to Fillings & Emulsions before our eternal winter and munch on this savory hand-held pie. Not only will the flavor explosion of one of the finest sandwiches on the planet make you appreciate the culinary diversity that only immigrants can give us, but, as evidenced by his multicultural staff and stellar Latin American-inspired offerings, Chef Adalberto Díaz, pictured, is a true champion of diversity. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Walder Frey. 1475 S. Main, 385-229-4228, fillingsandemulsions.com
A Feast for Bros
Outdoor patios you can (Iron) bank on!
By Naomi Clegg
Julien Baker once sang from the rooftop above Alleged's patio bar before she turned 21, which cements the three-story club—once Ogden's finest brothel—as both the stuff of legends and an all-around swell place to enjoy an outdoor drink. 201 25th St., Ogden, 801-990-0692, alleged25th.com
A Bar Named Sue on State
A classic dive. Neon lights that spell "cold beer" and "whiskey" light up the outdoor patio, where you can have a smoke after listening to local bands play inside. 8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222, abarnamedsue.net
Bar X/Beer Bar
Whether you're in the mood for classic cocktails in a Prohibition-era speakeasy or casual beers and brats, these adjoining bars have it all, plus a buzzy patio. 155 E. & 161 E. 200 South, 385-259-0905, beerbarslc.com
Tacos, burritos and Iguanaritas on a summer night at Blue Iguana's below-ground patio? Sign me up. 165 S. West Temple, 801-533-8900, blueiguanarestaurant.net
Step into olde-worlde central Europe—and then step outside onto the patio to enjoy a traditionally brewed lager with some potato pancakes and Bohemian goulash. 94 Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-5474, bohemianbrewery.com
Is there any local establishment for which the patio is more integral than Campfire Lounge? This Sugar House bar takes camping kitsch to the next level—in a good way—with outdoor firepits, wood furnishings and tin foil dinners. 837 E. 2100 South, 801-467-3325, campfirelounge.com
Cliff Dining Pub
A classy Draper establishment with craft cocktails and a menu that draws on dining traditions from around the world to create new dishes, like sushi nachos, which you can eat while enjoying the expansive views. 12234 Draper Gate Drive, Draper, 801-523-2053, cliffdiningpub.com
Dick N' Dixie's
The small patio that lines the side of this neighborhood bar is the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up on gossip or debate the most recent sports game. 479 E. 300 South, 801-994-6919
Get your park views at this classy establishment, right across from Sugar House Park. Add a slice of rainbow cake or peanut butter pie to sweeten the deal. 1355 E. 2100 South, 801-486-2473, thedodorestaurant.com
East Liberty Tap House
A perfect summer night: A fantastic burger and fries with a glass of cider at ELTH, chased by a late-night showing at the Tower Theatre, right next door. 850 E. 900 South, 801-441-2845, eastlibertytaphouse.com
This ain't your average neighborhood beer joint. Enjoy craft cocktails, martinis and an expansive wine list from the cozy, warmly lit outdoor patio. 6405 S. 3000 East, Holladay, 801-943-1696, elixirloungeslc.com
Sandwiches should be eaten outdoors. That's especially true if that sandwich is a Reuben from Feldman's Deli. 2005 E. 2700 South, 801-906-0369, feldmansdeli.com
Garage on Beck
Enjoy a show from local bands, then step out on the spacious patio for a breath of air, a Corona and a chat around the firepit. 1199 Beck St., 801-521-3904, garageonbeck.com
Ah, Gracie's. Catch some live music and drink a local beer on a summer night at this celebrated spot. 326 S. West Temple, 801-819-7565, graciesslc.com
Green Pig Pub
Whether you're in the mood for classic burgers or vegan burritos, enjoy the breeze on the award-winning rooftop patio—voted the best in SLC—of this downtown sports bar. 31 E. 400 South, 801-532-7441, thegreenpigpub.com
A biker bar—for cyclists. Beer hounds and mustachioed persons also welcome. 751 N. 300 West, 801-953-0588, handlebarslc.com
Hog Wallow Pub
Live music at a rustic tavern located at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The perfect post-hike pitstop. 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, 801-733-5567, thehogwallow.com
A wood awning shades patrons at this classic Murray bar. Beer, brats, booze and a breeze? Perfection. 7 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-266-2127, icehausbar.com
If what you want is a magical, romantic experience, La Caille is the place to go. Watch peacocks wander the grounds from the lantern-lit eating area while dining on French cooking. 9565 S. Wasatch Blvd., Sandy, 801-942-1751, lacaille.com
Level Crossing Brewing Co.
This newly opened brewery boasts an outdoor patio complete with picnic tables and cornhole where you can enjoy your fave local brews. 2496 S. West Temple, levelcrossingbrewing.com
Take a drive up Millcreek Canyon for special occasion fine dining at this atmospheric (think a magical cottage in the woods), Zagat-rated New American restaurant. 6451 Millcreek Canyon Road, 801-272-8255, log-haven.com
Enjoy Utah's best burgers and a beer on the large, rustic patio that looks out on 1300 South. 135 W. 1300 South, 801-487-4418, lucky13slc.com
With locations at 9th & 9th and 15th & 15th, these airy eateries offer modern takes on Middle Eastern classics, with an extensive Lebanese wine list. 912 E. 900 South, 801-521-4572; 1515 S. 1500 East, 801-484-9259, mazzacafe.com
A perfect Sunday morning hangout: Browse the selection at adjoining Golden Braid Books while you wait for a table on the flower-filled outdoor patio, then enjoy the best damn potatoes you've ever put in your mouth. 151 S. 500 East, 801-322-0404, oasiscafeslc.com
Piper Down Pub
It's an Irish pub, but it's so much more. Head up to the rooftop patio to enjoy Sunday mimosas and endless bloody marys, or down some bangers and mash on Mondays. 1492 S. State, 801-468-1492, piperdownpub.com
Poplar Street Pub
Sit on the high stools out back at this popular pub and enjoy some garlic fries. Come early if you want a seat—those bar stools are in high demand on warm summer nights.
242 S. 200 West, 801-532-2715, poplarstreetpub.com
Porcupine Pub & Grill
A family-friendly pub geared toward the outdoorsy, with spacious patios at both their original location at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and their university location. 258 S. 1300 East, 801-582-5555; 3698 Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, 801-942-5555, porcupinepub.com
It's a speakeasy, all right. There's a secret password (tell them you're under the weather), a dapper staff dressed in their 1920s best and burlesque performances on weekends. Bring your cigarette holder and smoking jacket for a trip to the outdoor patio. 151 E. 6100 South, Murray, 801-281-4852, prohibitionutah.com
This is a restaurant worth driving out of your way for. It's fresh and affordable, the breakfast of your dreams, every time—and the food tastes even better basking in the shade right outside. 3474 S. 2300 East, 801-277-6499, rootscafeslc.com
Salt Lake's hottest club! Get your dance moves on, then cool off on a tree-shaded patio overlooking a creek. 4760 S. 900 East, 801-590-9940, theroyalslc.com
Along with being the state's second-oldest restaurant, Ruth's has the distinction of having one of the best patios in all of SLC. 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, 801-582-5807, ruthsdiner.com
Go through the red door on this industrial street and enjoy a locally made brew on the newly refurbished patio. But BYOF (bring your own food). Pets welcome! 154 W. Utopia Ave., 435-200-3009, shadesofpale.com
Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
A contemporary Italian restaurant in an architecturally stunning building that includes—you guessed it!—a lovely, tree-shaded patio. Class up a weekday evening with a glass of wine and some fancy pasta. 454 E. 300 South, 801-746-4441, stanzaslc.com
The Sun Trapp
One of Salt Lake's few true queer bars. Pregame for your next Viva La Diva show at Metro Music Hall, mere feet away, with a beer in a Mason jar on the patio out back. 102 S. 600 West, 385-235-6786, thesuntrapp.com
Downtown's best tacos. Get buzzed with a side of chips at this eatery right across the street from the Main Library. 204 E. 500 South, 801-355-8518, canellas.com
The Tap Room
It's been around forever, but still remains a hidden Sugar House gem. Have a whiskey and a late-night chat under the umbrella tables that fill a greenery-filled alley. 2021 S. Windsor Circle, 801-484-6692, facebook.com/slctaproom
"Not your average rice-and-beans place," says chef Todd Gardiner. Enjoy fresh takes on Latin classics at four different locations in the Salt Lake Valley, plus one in Lehi. All have patios. Multiple locations, taqueria27.com
This establishment seems made for nostalgic summer nights, with twinkle lights, live music and tasty eats on a secluded patio right next to Pioneer Park. 365 W. 400 South, 801-328-4155, thetinangel.com
Comfort food, mostly Southern style. Chow down on classic dishes such as fried green tomatoes, cornbread, fried chicken and pie right across from Liberty Park. 501 E. 900 South, 385-202-7167, traditionslc.com
Wood-fired pizza and lobster lasagna, California wine, and a spot on the patio looking out on 900 South. What more could you ask for? 680 S. 900 East, 801-533-8746, triodining.com
Enjoy live music and a drink or two on the patio at this downtown nightclub, once a 19th-century boiler room. 32 Exchange Place, 801-322-3200, twistslc.com
This Main Street mainstay opens onto the street on warm summer nights so you can enjoy a craft cocktail and New American dishes au naturel. Wait, not that kind of au naturel. 325 S. Main, 801-363-0137, whitehorseslc.com
Your handy summer farmers market guide.
By Naomi Clegg
9th West Farmers Market
This Sunday market takes place at Jordan Park, next to the International Peace Gardens. Buy produce, honey and handiwork, or watch local musicians and entertainers perform. A token-exchange system allows market-wide debit and EBT payments for produce. Jordan Park, 1000 S. 900 West, Sundays, June 9-Oct. 13, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 9thwestfarmersmarket.org
Downtown Farmers Market
The farmers market of all farmers markets, this Saturday bazaar winds 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. Pioneer Park, 350 W. 300 South, Saturdays, June 8-Oct. 19, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., slcfarmersmarket.org
Murray Farmers Market
A produce-focused market (yes!) that claims to be Utah's oldest farmers market, with a great central location in the valley. Murray Park, 296 E. Murray Park Ave., Fridays & Saturdays, July 27-Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., facebook.com/murrayfarmersmarket
Park City Farmers Market
Drop by Park City's farmers market on a weekday afternoon. This Wednesday market takes place at the Park City Resort and prioritizes local, organic produce. Park City Resort, Silver King Lot, 1845 Empire Ave., Park City, Wednesdays, June 12-Oct. 16, noon-5 p.m., parkcityfarmersmarket.com
Park Silly Sunday Market
For a weekend Park City option, the Silly Sunday Market offers a county fair atmosphere along Park City's Main Street, with costumed vendors and stilt-walking performers; the market sees an average of 13,000 people every Sunday. Main Street, Park City, Sundays, June 2-Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., parksillysundaymarket.com
Sugar House Farmers Market
This family-friendly neighborhood market focuses on local, artisan prepared foods and crafts. Fairmont Park, 1049 E. Sugarmont Drive, Wednesdays, July 3-Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m., sugarhousefarmersmarket.org
Sunnyvale Farmers Market
This farmers market, located in a food desert that houses many refugees and immigrants, partners with New Roots to sell produce grown by refugees at urban community farms. It's right off the Trax red line and offers a food pantry, resource booths, produce—including many crops from around the world—and a free kids' lunch and activities. Sunnyvale Park, 4013 S. 700 West, Saturdays, June 15-Oct. 19, noon- 2 p.m., sunnyvalefarmersmarket.org
Tuesday Farmers Market
Satisfy your mid-week vegetable cravings with this Tuesday extension of the Downtown Farmers Market, which starts at 4 p.m. and ends at dusk. Pioneer Park, 350 W. 300 South, Tuesdays through Sept. 24, 4 p.m.-dusk, slcfarmersmarket.org
University of Utah Farmers Market
This late-season farmers market starts in August, with the arrival of the fall semester—but don't worry, it's open to everyone, students and non-students alike. Tanner Plaza, 201 S. 1460 East, Thursdays, Aug. 22-Oct. 3, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., sustainability.utah.edu
Wheeler Sunday Market
Murray's Wheeler Historic Farm hosts a Sunday market with produce, canned goods, arts & crafts and food trucks and stands. Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, Sundays, June 2-Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., slco.org/wheeler-farm
Songs of Ice and Fire
Tap your boots at these Ed Sheeran-less music fests.
By Erin Moore
Festival season is something that rocks the whole country as soon as the warmer weather eases into our days and nights, and Utah's no exception. Here, it's not just SLC's downtown that transforms into a musical paradise, but the wildernesses and red rock landscapes all around the state, too. Below are some previews of what this year's rosters have to offer us, as well as festivals and concert series that might inspire you to pack up your dragon and embark on some music-chasing road trips.
Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series (May 31–Sept. 23)
The concert series at Red Butte Gardens offers a great chance to not only get outside to enjoy music and the summer weather, but also to enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the views of the valley from the hillside. The series brings big names across the genre-spectrum to its family-friendly, picnic-on-the-grass setting. Some of this year's 31 shows include Seal, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, the Utah Symphony, Shakey Graves and the B52's as they make their anniversary tour with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way, $20–$94, redbuttegarden.org/concerts
Ogden Twilight (June 6–Sept. 27)
Ogden Twilight, located at the Ogden Amphitheater, offers up a chance for Ogdenites to enjoy big acts in their own backyard. The series stretches out to September, with shows roughly every two weeks. Their lineups always include heavy hitters, and this year is no different: headliners include Washed Out with Deerhunter, The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Iron & Wine, and Rüfüs Du Sol. Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th Street, Ogden, $10-$20, ogdentwilight.com
Utah Blues Fest (June 14-15)
Put on by the nonprofit Utah Blues Society, the Utah Blues Fest is a four-years-running festival born from the tossing and turning of different past blues festivals that have come and gone. The festival takes place at the Gallivan Center, and includes not only local and national blues acts, but workshops where festival-goers can learn how to play and make instruments. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Sue Foley and the UBS Youth Blues Showcase are among the performers. The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, $30–$150, utahbluesfest.org
Deer Valley Music Festival (June 28-Aug. 10)
Akin to Red Butte in some ways, Deer Valley Music Festival is a great escape for those who want to get away from the city for an evening and nestle among the stars and the cradle of Park City's mountains, with the glow of the sunset and the stage as company. Deer Valley frequently features performances by the Utah Symphony, and this year they'll perform on separate occasions with trumpeter Chris Botti, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth and Indigo Girls, among many other performances. Deer Valley Resort, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City, $15-$100, deervalleymusicfestival.org
LoveLoud (June 29)
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds founded LoveLoud three years ago to benefit LGBTQ youth in Utah, a group which is deeply underserved in our state, with its conservative politics and Mormon religion leaving many kids abandoned by their families. The festival includes queer artists such as Kesha, Tegan and Sara, Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers. Proceeds from ticket sales go to local and national LGBTQ charities. Usana Amphitheater, 4150 Upper Ridge Road, West Valley City, $29.50–$59.50, loveloudfest.com
Twilight Concert Series (July 20–Aug. 30)
The uniquely affordable summer mainstay that is the Twilight Concert Series returns for another round at the Gallivan Center, after a several years-long stint at Pioneer Park. Although it's had its ups and downs over the years, the series pushes on, giving people around the valley an affordable, accessible way to spend summer nights downtown. This year is the second year the series finds itself back at the Gallivan Center, and its lineup of headliners includes: Hippie Sabotage, Blind Pilot, Young the Giant, Vince Staples, Leikeli47, Courtney Barnett and Santigold. The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, $10 presale, $15 day of show, twilightconcerts.com
More Festivals Around the Kingdom:
Blues, Brews, and BBQ
Blues festival with expansive lineup. Snowbasin Resort, 3925 Snowbasin Road, June 9–Sept. 8, snowbasin.com
Late summer metal, punk and post-punk festival. Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, dates and lineup TBA, crucialfest.com
A well-known EDM event in the hot Utah desert. The Great Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna, Aug. 16–17, dasenergifestival.com
Moab Music Festival
Classical music sweeps over breathtaking Moab canyons and red rocks. 58 E. 300 South, Moab, Aug. 26–Sept. 12, moabmusicfest.org
Ogden Music Festival
Americana, bluegrass and rock 'n' roll camping fest. Fort Buenaventura, 2450 A Ave., Ogden, May 31–June 2, ofoam.org
Provo Rooftop Concert Series
A locals-focused concert series that features "battles of the bands" and theme nights. 100 W. Center St., Provo, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, lineup TBA, rooftopconcertseries.com
Reggae Rise Up
The Utah counterpart to Florida's own Reggae-only fest of the same name. River's Edge Campground, Heber City, Aug. 23–25, reggaeriseuputah.com
Rio Grande Concert Series
Features one national and one local artist every Thursday in May. The Gateway, through May 30, shopthegateway.com
Salt Lake City Jazz Festival
Weekend event full of prolific jazz figures in the heart of SLC. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, Sept. 5–7, slcjazzfestival.com
Women's Redrock Music Festival
Folk and singer-songwriter festival on the edge of Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey. Dates, lineup, location TBA, womensredrockmusicfest.com
- Enrique Limón
A Clash of Clinks
Sail, bike or dragon-ride to these local breweries.
By Mike Riedel
It used to be that "Salt Lake City" and "beer" were as rarely uttered in the same sentence as "Sandor Clegane" and "thottie." Now, our little mountain enclave is finally getting its ale groove, and is in the midst of a craft beer boom. Need proof? Over the past three years, a baker's dozen of new breweries have opened across the state, six of those in the central downtown area. Here's a quick brewery guide to the craft beer spots in the capital city's inner grid:
Toasted Barrel Brewery
Billed as Utah's dedicated sour brewery, Toasted Barrel's goal is to push the limits of what sour and wild beers can be by producing exotic and standard styles, all with an emphasis on hand craftsmanship. Owners Sage Dawson and Lynn Litchfield came by craft beer through the joy of homebrewing, but found little in the way of regularly-available, local sour beers. Now the city's northernmost brewery has a regular selection of young and old sours, including beers like their Sour Farmhouse ale and their newest release, Black Currant Sour. 412 W. 600 North, 801-657-6942, toastedbarrelbrewery.com
Red Rock Brewing Co.
One of Salt Lake's O.G. breweries, this downtown staple opened its doors in 1994 and has been upping the city's beer game since, all while nabbing the Great American Beer Festival's Large Brewpub of the Year award in 2007. No matter if you skew toward ales or lagers, low- or high-point, Red Rock's consistent portfolio of award-winning beers keeps the comfy brewpub packed on a nightly basis. Their Elephino Double IPA is the state's second-most popular local beer, and their Nut Brown Ale has more awards than creepy Craster had kids. Multiple locations, redrockbrewing.com
Think of them as local beer's First Men. Way back in 1989, Peter Cole and Jeff Polychronis took a gamble that their fellow Utahns would crave homegrown beers in a cozy downtown setting—and they've only continued to grow since. Initially, the brewpub occupied the first floor of its 300 South location; it now takes up all three levels. Building on that legacy, head brewer Jason Stock keeps the beer selection fresh, innovative and traditional all at once and handsomely adorns every bottle of Hop Rising, the realm's best selling high-point beer. 147 W. 300 South, 801-363-2739; 1900 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-9868, squatters.com
One of Utah's newest breweries is all about gratitude. Hell, the word Kiitos means "thank you" in Finnish. Located on the far west side of SLC's Granary District, Kiitos has rapidly built an excellent reputation. The large, unassuming brewery houses a bar, retail store and a vast selection of pinball machines. Head Brewer Clay Turnbow committed early on to making full-flavor draft offerings while rolling out the barrels (literally) with a diverse range of barrel-aged beers. Try their Vanilla Stout. 608 W. 700 South, 801-215-9165, kiitosbrewing.com
Fisher Brewing Co.
It's rare when you can take a brand and successfully reinvent it. That's what happened in February 2017 when four pals (including a former City Weekly scribe) opened up the second incarnation of the A. Fisher Brewing Co. in Salt Lake's Granary district. The original brewery shuttered in 1963, and primarily brewed light lagers. This new iteration went in a completely different direction: small and localized. Concentrating on small batches and wide variety, this draft-only brewery has become one of the city's greatest success stories. 320 W. 800 South, 801-487-2337, fisherbeer.com
Templin Family (T.F.) Brewing
The newest brewery in central Salt Lake is the brainchild of noted brewer Kevin Templin, who made a name for himself as head brewer for Red Rock Brewing. Looking toward German traditions for his family-style brewery, Templin decided to concentrate on Old World styles with an emphasis on comfort beers. Long festival-style tables with benches that encourage social interactions, mixed with a variety of high- and low-point brews have created a cozy atmosphere that's drawing in beer lovers every hour of the day. 936 S. 300 West, 385-270-5972, tfbrewing.com
Proper Brewing Co.
In early 2013, two brothers by the name of Connelly opened a brewpub in the Aves. Their Avenues Proper and Publick House was an instant hit, and the beer gushed out of the small, neighborhood brewery. To keep up with demand, the Connellys created Proper Brewing Co. on Main Street, the heart of downtown. The beer flows much more freely here, with 10 rotating beers on tap and multiple bottled high-point offerings. Proper's Vienna-style Leisure Brau always puts me in my happy place. 857 S. Main, 801-953-1707, properbrewingco.com
Epic Brewing Co.
Utah's largest locally owned brewery has been bucking the system since opening their doors in 2010. When this maverick brewery debuted, they were the first in the state to exclusively offer high-point beers. Eventually, they got into the lucrative draft-beer scene, but the State Street brewery's bread and butter has always been its cutting-edge big beers. From its Big Bad Baptist Imperial stout to a cornucopia of IPAs, this downtown staple continues to be ... well, epic. Don't forget to check out their newly expanded taproom. 825 S. State, 801-906-0123, epicbrewing.com
Desert Edge Brewery
In 1972, a restaurant called The Pub opened in SLC's Trolley Square. Back then, it was mostly Coors that made its way down wayward travelers' gullets. In 1995, The Pub expanded into the craft beer business and dropped its generic name in favor of the jazzier Desert Edge. It won Utah's first gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Happy Valley Hefeweizen the following year. Over its history, brewers have come and gone, but current head brewer Chad Krussel is making a name for himself at the east side brewpub with his American pale ales. If you haven't tried Krussell's Citra Rye Pale Ale yet, get on it. 551 S. 600 East, Trolley Square, 801-521-8917, desertedgebrewery.com
RoHa Brewing Project
Chris Haas, RoHa's co-owner and head brewer, built a reputation brewing at the aforementioned Desert Edge by concocting classic beer styles with mass appeal. After decades in the biz, Haas and his partners established the RoHa Brewing Project in April of last year. The philosophy remained the same: Create technically proficient beers that are appealing and interesting with the added freedom of no draft restrictions. Right out the castle gate, RoHa's Thursday India Pale Ale won a bronze medal at the North American Brewers Association competition. If IPAs aren't your thing, their Kensington Saison is sure to satisfy nicely. As always, valar morghulis! 30 E. Kensington Ave., 385-227-8982, rohabrewing.com
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