Utah’s Largest New Years Eve Event “Last Hurrah” Returns To The Gateway

The Gateway and Downtown SLC Presents announce the second annual “Last Hurrah,” presented by Strong Volkswagen, Coors Light and Rockstar Energy Drink. This popular local community celebration is back for its second year. The Last Hurrah is the largest NYE celebration in Utah and is free and open to the public from 8 p.m. – midnight.

The celebration will be held at The Gateway’s Olympic Legacy Plaza with live music on the main stage featuring headliner Band of Annuals, a pop-up 21+ only bar with local distillers and brewers, performers, food trucks and fireworks. THE BLOCKS, Salt Lake’s Cultural Core presents THE BLOCKS Stage at Last Hurrah 2018. THE BLOCKS Stage will feature local performing artists including Lord Vox, Samba Fogo, Kenshin Taiko Drummers and Talia Keys. 

The Gateway has expanded the entertainment, food and beverage offerings with indoor and outdoor venues giving options for the whole family to ring in the new year, including a karaoke lounge and the popular Game Room. Clark Planetarium will be staying open late for Last Hurrah and adding 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows for people to watch. Shows will be discounted to $5 all day and they will be open until 10 p.m. for attendees to warm up and walk through exhibits. 

Samba Fogo (David Newkirk Photography)
Samba Fogo (David Newkirk Photography)

“The Gateway is the perfect place to ring in the new year. We’re located in the heart of downtown with easy access to public transit. With our new public art installations, it’s really transformed into a special place. We host more than 160 community events every year and know how important it is to provide a space for the community to gather. We have some really exceptional things in store for Last Hurrah and can’t wait to celebrate.”

Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director.

“In Salt Lake City, we host great parties and invite everyone to join in the fun. ‘Last Hurrah’ is a perfect way for all ages to ring in the New Year and to celebrate each other and our great Capital City,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

“Vestar continues to make meaningful investments in our downtown, through public art initiatives, supporting events and ushering in great new businesses,” said Downtown Alliance executive director, Dee Brewer.

For more information visit lasthurrahslc.com/  

Main stage schedule-

  • DJ Feral Cat 8 – 10 p.m.
  • Foreign Figures 10 – 10:40 p.m.
  • Headliner: BAND OF ANNUALS 11:00 – 11:50 p.m.
  • Countdown 11:50 PM – 12:00 a.m.
  • Fireworks Midnight – 12:10 a.m.

Pop Up Bar schedule-

  • DJ Flash & Flare 8-10 PM
  • Bo York 10 PM – 12:00 AM


  • Kenshin Taiko Drummers 8 – 8:20 p.m.
  • Samba Fogo 8:30 – 8:40 p.m.
  • Lord Vox 8:50 – 9:45 p.m.
  • Samba Fogo Fire Show at the Olympic Legacy Fountain 9:45 – 10 p.m.
  • Kenshin Taiko Drummers 10 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Samba Fogo 10:40 – 10:50 p.m.
  • Talia Keys 11 – 11:50 p.m.

About The Gateway:

The Gateway is a 1.4 million square foot lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. Owned and managed by Vestar the property is in the midst of a $100 million redevelopment — infusing retail and dining, entertainment, modern office space and tech hub, arts and culture, a 4-star lifestyle boutique hotel, and a full calendar of community-driven events. 

About Vestar:

As one of the leading privately held real estate companies in the United States, Vestar acquires, develops and manages shopping and entertainment destinations that serve as community focal points. Since its inception in 1989, Vestar has earned a reputation for integrity and responsibility in the fields of retail property development, operations, leasing and marketing. Vestar’s current portfolio of retail properties totals 30 million square feet throughout the western states. For more information, please visit vestar.com.

About Downtown Alliance:

The Downtown Alliance is dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. For more information, visit downtownslc.org.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.