Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to many groups dedicated to the arts. Many performances are held each month, and admission is generally free, with a few exceptions. Admission is, however, limited to visitors age 8 and older. For more information, call (801) 240-3323 or visit lds.org/events.
Ongoing Events on Temple Square
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals
Weekdays and Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Church History Museum
The museum is located across from Temple Square on West Temple Street.
Admission is free.
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibits focusing on the life of Jesus Christ, ancient and modern prophets, the construction of the Salt Lake Temple, and the importance of families.
North and South Visitors’ Centers
Free guided tours of Temple Square and the Conference Center are available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. To arrange a tour of Temple Square, please call 801-240-4872. To arrange a tour of the Conference Center, please call 801-240-0075. Walk-ins welcome.
CONTINUING —Free one-hour tours of the gardens surrounding Church headquarters are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. at door 15 of the Conference Center.
Events on Temple Square
To read about General Conference time (early April and early October) at Temple Square, please go here.
Other Temple Square Events:
Friday and Saturday, March 21-22
The Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale will present a combined spring concert. The concert will be led by Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The general women’s meeting will be held in the Conference Center auditorium on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (MDT) and will be broadcast to many areas of the world. All women, young women, and girls eight years of age and older are invited to view the meeting.
Conference Center Auditorium
Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6
The 184th Annual General Conference of the Church will convene in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday and Sunday, April 5th – April 6th. The Saturday general sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sunday sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. which includes Music and the Spoken Word and 2:00 p.m. The general priesthood meeting will be held in the Conference Center on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
Events in Salt Lake City
Art Exhibit at the Rio Gallery
“Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists”
Opening February 21, 2014
“Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists” is a project of Artists of Utah/15 Bytes. This exhibition is a culmination of the “Utah’s 15″ project that began a year ago when 15 Bytes asked the public to nominate artists they believe have influenced the landscape of Utah art and culture.
They received 97 nominations from 70 individuals. Visual artists, dancers, actors, filmmakers, writers, architects and musicians were all considered for this honor. The public then voted for 15 of these worthy nominees. The 15 were announced at “Utah’s 35 x 35″ exhibition last year. Since then, 15 Bytes has been interviewing and photographing these artists for a book that will be available the night of the opening.
For more information, visit the Rio Gallery website.
Area Universities Announce Their Performance Seasons:
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Bike Share Website Launch
On Sale Now
A Bike Share program is a network of many Bike Share stations, where members can take ANY bike, from ANY station, as many times as they like for a small membership fee. A 24-hour Access Pass, 7-day or Annual Membership lets you take UNLIMITED 30min trips at no extra charge! Every time you dock a bike, you get a fresh 30min.
Instead of renting one specific bike (bike rental), your GREENbike Membership gives you access to ALL THE BIKES at every downtown Bike Share station. Return your GREENbike to ANY Bike Share station so someone else can take a ride.
Visit greenbikeslc.org to become a member.
Winter Farmers’ Market
In partnership with the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Utah Division of State History and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, The Downtown Farmers Market is thrilled to announce the new Winter Market–held indoors at the Rio Grande Depot every other Saturday starting on November 9th. If you haven’t yet been to the Rio Grande Depot, it is a historic train station built in 1910 that once served as Salt Lake City’s main transportation hub. Today the Depot is home to the Rio Gallery, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established Utah artists to gather and educate the community through their artwork. On the south end of the Depot, you will find the Research Center of Utah State Archives and Utah State History.
We are excited to have a home in one of Utah’s treasured historic buildings and to bring the energy of the summer market into the Rio Grande neighborhood during the cooler months.
The Winter Market at Rio Grande Depot will be a local food Market. You can expect many of the quality vendors from the summer market and a few surprises. Shop for local produce, meat, cheese, eggs, packaged and specialty foods year round.
Visit slcfarmersmarket.org for more info.
Dead Sea Scrolls
Ongoing @ The Leonardo
They’ve been called the most significant archaeological find of the last century. Experience the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, November – April at The Leonardo
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times includes one of the largest collections of the priceless 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. Discovered by a shepherd in 1947, the Scrolls contain the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible.
On display with the Scrolls are more than 600 objects from the Biblical to Byzantine Period in Israel, including many that have never been publicly exhibited. You will see a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, the remains of religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics along with everyday household items such as jewelry and ceramics.
Visit theleonardo.org for more info.
Galactic at the Depot
Monday March 10, 8 PM
New Orleans’ favorite sons, Galactic with Brushy One String at The Depot. Get your tickets early!
Tickets in advance are $21.00, $26.00 Day of show
Visit depotslc.com for more info.
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Join Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah and KUED 7 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Roll up your sleeves for some hands-on fun and birthday activities. Enjoy a snack provided by Mrs. Backer’s Bakery (while supplies last), take photos in the photo booth, and watch a screen of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Space is limited
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That screening starts promptly at 10:15 am
Visit discoverygateway.org for more info.
Bring it On: The Musical
February 25-March 2, 2014
Bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL inspired by the Bring It On film, takes you on a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this all new story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. The New York Times calls it, “Impossible to resist!”
Visit arttix.org for more info.
Clothes have a life. Kent Hadfield. Women of Lockerbie.
March 6 – 22
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Worried about parking when you come downtown? Don’t be. We have over 25,000 parking spaces in addition to a wonderful public transportation program. For more information, check out the link here.
Temple Square is a thirty-five-acre plot located in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was no accident that the city was built around Temple Square. When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) arrived in 1847, Brigham Young wanted the Saints to put the focus of their lives on the temple. He set aside a plot of land for the temple built the city up with the temple at its center. Today, Salt Lake City roads are built on a grid system with Temple Square at the center. From there, roads branch out as 100 N, 100 S, 100 W, and 100 E.
The fourteen buildings which are housed on Temple Square today include the:
- North Visitor Center
- South Visitor Center
- Assembly Hall
- Beehive House
- Lion House
- Joseph Smith Memorial Building
- Relief Society Building
- Church History Library
- Church History Museum
- Church Office Building
- Conference Center
- Family History Library
- and, of course, the Salt Lake Temple.
The Tabernacle, completed in 1867, was home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for scores of years, and served as the location of the LDS Church’s General Conferences for more than 130 years. The North Visitor Center houses a replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s sculpture the Christus, and the South Visitor Center has many interactive displays about Jesus Christ and the history of the LDS Church. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (the remodelled Hotel Utah) is home to two restaurants, several Church offices, special-event rooms, a theater (used for Church-made informational and inspirational films), and a distribution center for Church materials. The Family History Library contains the world’s largest collection of genealogical records, which is available for public use, as well as the Museum of Church History and Art.
The Conference Center, completed in 2000, seats 21,000 (compared to the 6,000 seating capacity of the Tabernacle), and is used for General Conferences as well as high-quality community performances such as plays, concerts, and lectures.
The new Church History Library, which opened in June 2009, used special design and construction to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings. This building houses a unique collection of journals, artifacts, photographs, and other records which pertain to the history of the Latter-day Saints and the Mormon Church.
Temple Square is a popular tourist attraction and with 5 million annual visitors, is more visited than either the Grand Cany0n or Yellowstone National Parks. In 2009, Forbes listed Temple Square as the 16th-most visited attraction in the United States.
Temple Square is now even its own geographical mission in the Mormon Church, with missionaries from 51 countries speaking 30 different languages to greet guests and share with them more about the Mormon Church. This is due to the wide variety of attractions for different interests as well as its beauty. The grounds at Temple Square are breathtaking. The landscaping is beautiful, and the Christmas lights and programs at Temple Square are legendary.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearses in the Tabernacle every Thursday, and these rehearsals are generally open to the public. All museums and centers on Temple Square are open free to the public.
See Temple Square in a virtual 3-D tour!