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Open Streets returns to downtown Salt Lake City this July

July 1, 2024

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Open Streets programming is returning to downtown Salt Lake City’s Main Street for two weekends this summer: Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, and July 19-20. Between 100 South and 200 South, Main Street will be closed to automobile traffic and transformed into a pedestrian promenade with live entertainment and activations. Social establishments will be invited to extend their premises onto the sidewalks as well.

“I am pleased to announce the return of Downtown Open Streets,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “Open Streets fosters community in the heart of the city with an electric atmosphere that prioritizes pedestrians and families while supporting our small businesses. I am grateful for our city staff and the Downtown Alliance, who make this possible and help us showcase a Main Street pedestrian promenade that is walkable, small business-focused, and inviting to all.”

This year, The Blocks Arts District presents two headline events. First, “Main Street: A Fashion and Music Experience,” presented by Alleyways Amplified, returns on Saturday, July 13, from 8-10 p.m., offering an immersive experience in the lobby of the Eccles Theater. Then, on Friday, July 19, from 6-10 p.m., the Eccles Theater, The Blocks, and the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City will present an evening with four local mariachi bands and renowned Mexican classical guitarist Sergio Fuentes Oseguera.

“I love opportunities like Open Streets for our community to come together, enjoy local talent, and patronize our downtown businesses,” said Eva Lopez Chavez, Salt Lake City Council Member for downtown. “I encourage our community—especially our Downtown families—to explore our Downtown promenade and support!

“Main Street and downtown are at their best when people are prioritized over cars. The programming we have planned will surprise and delight everyone who comes downtown for the fun,” said Dee Brewer, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “We are grateful for the City’s commitment to this demonstration project and their study of permanent improvements to Main Street to enable more public space and programming on this historic Corridor.”

Open Streets, created to foster a family and pedestrian-friendly downtown and study Main Street walkability, is made possible by funding and staff support from Salt Lake City and is activated by the Downtown Alliance and The Blocks Arts District.

Full Schedule:

Friday, July 12, 2024, 6-10 p.m.

Salt Lake County Arts & Culture presents

Salt Lake Speaks – Poetry Slam

Eccles Theater Front Steps

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 8-10 p.m.

Alleyways Amplified presents

Main Street: A Fashion and Music Experience

Eccles Theater Front Steps

Friday, July 19, 2024, 6-10 p.m.

Steppin’ on Main presents in partnership with SLCo Arts, The Blocks and

Consulado de Mexico en Salt Lake City

Mariachi Festival

Eccles Theater Front Steps

Twilight: Watchhouse, 6-10 p.m.

Gallivan Plaza

Saturday, July 20, 2024, 8-11 p.m.

Bandah Presents

Back to Back DJ’s

Exchange Place Plaza

SB Dance and Curbside Theater presents “Tarotville,” 9-10:30 p.m.

Eccles Theater Front Steps

About Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development: Formed in 2016, Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development is focused on building Salt Lake City as a vibrant, beautiful, prosperous, diverse, and authentic place – a place that is economically accessible to everyone. Known as the “Crossroads of the West,” Salt Lake City is strategically located for businesses to succeed. SLCDED works to streamline processes, provide excellent customer service, and offer an array of resources and services to recruit and retain businesses in the City, and ensure they have the tools to thrive.  Learn more

About Downtown Alliance: The Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit organization in Salt Lake City’s Central Business District dedicated to building a dynamic community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment.

About The Blocks Arts District: The Blocks Arts District supports artists, arts, and cultural organizations to enhance Downtown Salt Lake City for everyone’s enjoyment. The Blocks is dedicated to fostering creativity and community engagement through the arts.


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