Salt Lake City

Gallivan to celebrate 30th anniversary with special ‘Big Band Dance Night’ and full summer schedule

July 5, 2023

City-goers of all ages are invited to celebrate the John W. Gallivan Utah Center’s (“The Gallivan Center’s”) 30th anniversary with a free Big Band Dance Night on Thursday, July 6, 2023 from 7-9 p.m. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and District 4 City Council Member Ana Valdemoros will kick off the festivities, which include dance lessons, live music and refreshments available for purchase.   

“The Gallivan Center is, very suitably, located right in the heart of our City. Since its opening 30 years ago, the Gallivan has always been a place where residents and visitors have been able to go, have good times, and create lasting memories,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.  

Located on the city block bordered by Main Street, State Street, 200 South, and 300 South, the Gallivan Center has provided free and low-cost events to the public for the past three decades. Its open-air stage, public plaza, special events building, and many green spaces host a variety of festivals, concerts, performances, and gatherings throughout the year. One of the summer season’s most popular attractions is the venue’s Big Band Dance Nights, which take place every Tuesday evening through the end of September.  

“The Gallivan has traditionally been a cornerstone for arts and culture and one of the most beloved places for people to gather downtown,” said Council Member Valdemoros. “It’s no surprise that this year it will host another 200+ events right in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. We look forward to another 30 years of place-making and cherishing this downtown jewel.”

In addition to Big Band Night, Gallivan offers these recurring summer events: Food Truck Thursdays, Drag Nights with Quorum of the Queens, Lunch Bunch Concerts, Sundance Movie Nights, Locals Rock Concerts, Taste of the World Food Truck Round-Up, World Cup Viewing Parties, Twilight Concerts, and Excellence in the Community Concerts. Public use of Gallivan’s sport courts, are available in the summer and fall. Equipment for outdoor games, including pickleball, are available for use at no charge. A full event schedule is available on 


About the Gallivan Center:   

The John W. Gallivan Utah Center is a year-round open space and urban area destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City that serves a variety of uses. The Gallivan Center’s grass amphitheater, public plazas, banquet center, public ice rink, and art installations serve as the hub for concerts, exhibits, workshops, debates and lectures, public gatherings, festivals, and holiday celebrations. The Gallivan welcomes approximately 500,000 visitors each year. Operating for three decades, the Gallivan Center enhances Downtown’s sense of community and vibrancy by fostering diverse and inclusive recreational, educational, artistic, and entertainment experiences for families and individuals of all ages. It is owned and managed by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, which has been investing in the City’s neighborhoods and business districts to improve livability, spark economic growth, and foster authentic communities since 1969.  

Tags: , , , ,

Share "Gallivan to celebrate 30th anniversary with special ‘Big Band Dance Night’ and full summer schedule" to your social network: