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.
December 3, 2012–January 21, 2014
The Church History Museum’s new art exhibit, Portraits of Childhood: Behold Your Little Ones, includes pieces, mostly from the 19th century, featuring children at work, at home, and at play. Admission is free.
Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies to Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Christmas Concert
Well-known American soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on 12, 13, and 14 December in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The guest artists will also join the Choir and Orchestra for the weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast and a mini-concert the following Sunday, 15 December.
Dates and Location
Thursday, 12 December 2013, at 8:00 p.m. (dress rehearsal)
Friday and Saturday, 13–14 December 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 15 December 2013, at 9:30 a.m. (Music and the Spoken Word broadcast plus mini-concert)
Free tickets for these concerts and the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast are required. Because of very high demand for tickets to this event, tickets are distributed through a random selection process.
Those interested may register on the Internet at www.lds.org/events for the opportunity to receive tickets from Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, 21 October 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access may register over the phone at 801-570-0080 (local) or at 1-866-537-8457. All registrations received during those 10 days will have equal chances at receiving tickets in the random selection process. (Read more…)
November 19–December 28, 2013
This Christmas season the Conference Center Theater will feature Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection. Performances will run November 19–December 28, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning October 22. Event Details
November 23, 2013
The National Bible Association, which named Salt Lake City its National Bible City for 2013, will host a Concert of Praise for God’s Word in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Saturday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. Event Details
November 23, 2013–January 12, 2014
- Mimicking the Boy Scout Slogan, “Do a good turn daily,” the exhibit A Good Turn Christmas presents the spirit of Christmas through acts of kindness. The artwork and artifacts, which focus on Christ, exemplify good turns done around the world. Event Details
December 5–7, 2013Celebrate the rich Christmas traditions of Latin America in a concert of music and dance at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Performances will run December 5–7. Complimentary tickets are now available. Event Details
December 7, 2013The Church History Museum and the Pioneer Heritage Company have partnered once again to produce the interactive program “Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration.” Performances will be held December 7, 2013. Event Details
December 8, 2013The annual Christmas devotional will be held December 8, 2013, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The devotional will be available by broadcast or rebroadcast in more than 50 languages. Event Details
Events in Salt Lake City
February 6–8, 2014Registration is now open for RootsTech 2014, which will be held February 6–8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Event Details
Area Universities Announce Their Performance Seasons:
Go to http://desne.ws/Cb7Ifdi
New Exhibit at the Rio Gallery–Borderline
December 6, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Join us for Gallery Stroll December 6, 6-9pm
Borderline is centered around the ways that we perceive boundaries between public and private worlds, giving viewers a renewed vision of the aesthetics of space. Painter Chuck Landvatter’s portraits expose a private glimpse of everyday people. He combines his background in the schools of tradition and low-brow aerosol to form his unique painting style. Megan Mitchell makes ceramic objects based on forms from architecture and furniture. The imagery on the pieces references both landscapes and domestic spaces, serving as a metaphor for the interactions and boundaries between inner and outer worlds. Joe Strickland uses photography to explore the unappreciated beauty of seemingly mundane private spaces.
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.
It’s a Wonderful Life
November 22-December 28
What would life be like without the OBT? Fortunately, we’ll never have to find out. But George Bailey will get a peek at Bedford Falls without him when he gets touched by an angel. Jimmy Stewart’s classic, this ain’t—but, lucky us, it’s much funnier. For more information on “It’s a Wonderful Life” and other OBT shows go to theobt.org
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.
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!