Top 5 Salt Lake City Summer Activities

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I’m already thinking about who I can gift these to. Maybe one for my parent’s anniversary from the town where they originally met, or to a friend who has a ski lodge up in Park City. The possibilities are endless! If you would like to order your own map print check the bottom of the post for a discount.

Summer Farmers Market

Every summer the downtown farmers market occupies Pioneer Park each Saturday from June to October. The farmers market has long been one of my favorite weekend activities for picking up local produce and some of our favorite artisan foods. There’s live music, food tucks and loads of beautiful produce from across the state of Utah.  If you can swing it I’d try and get there early so you can have the freshest pick and not have to fight off the masses when trying to park. Some of our local favorites are:

Twilight Concert Series

Also in Pioneer Park, the best Thursday night entertainment in Salt Lake City is the Twilight Concert Series. Tickets are just $7.50 if you buy in advance and for all that cash you get to see acts like Kurt Vile, Little Dragon, Solange, and The Roots. There’s of course food trucks on site and a very organized bike valet if you want to bike down there.

Go to the Beach

Just kidding there are no beaches in Salt Lake City but for a quick drive you can easily find some bright blue cool waters that make for a perfect beach day. Some of our favorites are:

Jordanelle State Park – Right outside of Park City this state park is big with boaters and outdoor enthusiasts. There are a couple of camp grounds, and picnic areas for day use. You can also rent boats, jet skis, paddle boards and kayaks from the Jordanelle Marina.

East Canyon Reservoir – East Canyon is a little further Northeast and smaller than Jordanelle. Its often less crowded and the water is usually a bright blue color. You can also rent boating supplies and camp at this reservoir.

Pineview Reservoir – Pineview Reservoir is up in Ogden close to Snow Basin and Powder Mountain ski resorts. The 45 minute drive from Salt Lake isn’t too bad and you can combine your trip with hanging out at Snow Basin for Blues, Brews and Bbq’s if you plan to go on a Sunday.

So Much. Free. Yoga.

I think you could find a free workout or yoga class almost every day of the week in Salt Lake durning the summer. Some of my favorites are the Rooftop Yoga series on top of the Downtown City Public Library or the free yoga every Wednesday on the hill of the State Capital. Also the Lulu Lemon at Trolley Square holds a free class every Sunday. If yoga is not your thing you can check out the run club hosted by my personal favorite, SEEK Studio every Sunday at 8:00 am. If none of those work for you simply search yoga events on Facebook in Salt Lake City and I’m sure you will find a few.

Pioneer Day (Pie & Beer Day)

Every year on July 24th Salt Lake City shoots off more fireworks than the 4th of July. Pioneer Day commemorates the entry of the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. People come from all over Utah to celebrate this day. There’s a huge parade, fireworks and festivities all through out the day and most local businesses give their employees the day off. Who doesn’t love a random day off in July?!

For the less traditional observers of Pioneer day, myself included, we celebrate Pie and Beer Day. While this version of the holiday has significantly less meaning its a fantastic excuse to drink beer and eat loads of pie. Beer Bar in downtown Salt Lake holds the best Pie and Beer day event where for $25 you get 5 different slices of pies and their expertly crafted beer pairings.


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