"Celebrate with your community and support local artists at First Night this year," says Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance. "We are excited to welcome residents from across the state to downtown Salt Lake City, a dynamic and diverse center of art and culture along the Wasatch Front."
Admission buttons to First Night can be purchased in advance at 32 Albertsons locations, Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, and The Gateway concierge; $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Children 12 and under are free. Group sales are still available and make great employee gifts or tenet appreciation stocking stuffers. It's all around frugal fun.
First Night Salt Lake will enliven downtown at the following venues:
Gallivan Plaza, 6 p.m.-midnight:
Three stages of entertainment and themed-warming huts guarantee revelry. Enjoy live music, free ice skating, dance performances, spoken word artists, multi-media, theater, art installations, and a resolution ritual. Welcome 2009 in the heart of the city with a fireworks extravaganza!
Family Festival at The Gateway, 3-6 p.m.:
The Family Festival offers fun for all. Button holders will receive 2 for 1 tickets to Discovery Gateway Children's Museum and laser shows at Clark Planetarium. The Grand Hall will be turned into an interactive kid's zone with hands-on activities; learn Brazilian dance moves with Samba Fogo or take the stage with a theater workshop presented by the Children's Theatre and School. While there, record your dreams and wishes for 2009 on the First Night Wish Fish and ring in the New Year early with a unique laser show at 6 pm.
The Leonardo, 8-11:30 pm:
Downtown's newest museum, located at Library Square, offers a fusion of art, culture and science. Join the Leonardo's First Night Bash for a fun, family-friendly indoor celebration featuring hands-on projects, experiments, storytelling, and more.
Temple Square, 6-11:30 pm:
A full schedule of musical melodies if offered by this long-time First Night venue. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly performances in the Assembly Hall and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The musical menu offers bluegrass, big band, piano, bagpipers, and ethnic melodies.
Activities conclude at The Leonardo and Temple Square early...so make your way to Gallivan Plaza for the Wells Fargo midnight fireworks finale.
Getting to First Night has never been easier. Your TRAX ride is free with an admission button. FrontRunner is a convenient way for our friends in Davis County to travel into SLC. If you choose to drive, free parking is available at garages including: City Center (175 E. 400 South), Exchange Place Garage (24 E. 300 South), Regent Street Parking (160 S. Regent Street), and Walker Center (200 S. Regent Street).
Stay downtown for your first vacation of the year at any of the downtown hotels. Check in early to relax and dine prior to First Night festivities. The Marriott Downtown, the Marriott City Center, The Peery Hotel, The Hilton, and the Shilo Inn are offering First Night Salt Lake buttons as part of a special New Year's Eve package. Visit www.firstnightslc.org for more information.
First Night Salt Lake is an alcohol free, family-oriented New Year's Eve celebration of the arts, promoting cultural, ethnic, and artistic diversity. For the past 16 years, First Night Salt Lake has been one of the state's largest and most successful community events. The Downtown Alliance organizes, manages, and promotes the annual New Year's Eve event, under a contract with First Night Salt Lake, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Downtown Alliance is a non-profit organization serving the downtown property owners, businesses, and residents by promoting downtown Salt Lake City as the premier cultural, business, economic, and entertainment center throughout the Intermountain West. The Downtown Alliance is a strategic partner of the Salt Lake Chamber and utilizes the Chamber's business leadership, public policy relevance, and economic resources to serve downtown business and property owners. For more information, visit www.downtownslc.org.