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
Events on Temple Square
To read about General Conference time (early April and early October) at Temple Square, please go here.
Up-and-coming Latter-day Saint artists Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco will be the featured performers with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at this year’s Pioneer Day concert on Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 July, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. On the other end of the summer concert season, on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 7 September, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will perform with the Choir and the Utah Symphony at the Conference Center for the 30thanniversary of the Tanner Gift of Music concert series.
Easter Exhibit in the Church History Museum
This exhibit includes contemporary and historical works of art depicting the final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry. The exhibition is free to the public and will be on display through June 17, 2013.
The display includes a relief sculpture in gold entitled The Sacrament of the Last Supper by world famous twentieth-century Spanish artist Salvador Dalí as well as a fired ceramic blackware pottery set of the The Last Supper by world renowned Navajo artist Harrison Begay, Jr. It also features a number of interpretive pieces that invite patrons to consider the broader effect of Easter events in their personal lives.
The Church History Museum is located directly west of Temple Square at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. The museum will be closed on Easter Sunday. For more information, contact the museum at 801-240-4615 or visit history.lds.org/place/church-history-museum.
Events in Salt Lake City
The Leonardo: Mummies of the World
Opening Feb 16
The New York Times calls it “Magical and Mythical.” Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presents a collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies.
Enter the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactives and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people. Mummies from every region of the world offer unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.
This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.
Visit theleonardo.org for more info.
Sessions@The Leonardo Presents Kickstarter’s Charles Adler
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.
The Color Run Returns to SLC
Registration Open Now
Race August 24
The Color Run™, the largest 5k event series in the nation, will be returning home to Salt Lake City on August 24, 2013. Registration for the event is now open to individuals, families and teams.
With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants have different colors thrown on them at each kilometer.
Visit TheColorRun.com for more info. Use Code “COLORDTOWN” for $5 off.
Downtown Farmers Market Opening Day
Saturday June 8
8 AM – 2 PM
On your mark(et), get set, go! June 8th marks the first day of the Downtown Farmers Market’s 21st season in Pioneer Park. We are extending our hours to 2 pm, that’s one more hour to get to the Market to support local farmers from 18 regional counties, food producers, bakers, Utah artists and other local entrepeneurs. Most importantly, make this the summer to commit to eating REAL food–it does a body good.
Mixed greens (hundreds of varieties), kale, chard, turnips, garlic scapes, green onions, fresh herbs, radishes, kohlrabi, strawberries, turnips, leeks, asparagus (limited), beans and peas (June 15), hot house tomatoes, cut flowers.
Visit slcfarmersmarket.org for more info.
I am Downtown Video Competition
Deadline June 17
We invite professional and amateur videographers alike to compete and tell their downtown story for a $5,000 cash prize!
The point is simple: contestants are asked to define/interpret/explain the phrase “I Am Downtown” in a short film. The only guidelines are to be creative and unique in telling an unexpected story centered in the downtown area.
What’s the catch? You only have up to 100 seconds.
Visit downtownslc.org for more info.
Jersey Boys Serenades SLC
June 4 – 16
Four talents from a rough hood. Four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Four letter words (true Jersey style). “The Four Seasons” are brought to life in “Jersey Boys”. Playing on Broadway and around the world since 2005, the hit musical is onstage for the first time in SLC, at Capitol Theatre.
Who were Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi before they were Rock and Roll Hall of Famers? What’s the story behind their rise to stardom? Their trials and successes in the music industry, love, friendship, and the Italian mob?
Check out our blog for all the info.
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!