Downtown SLC increases Outdoor Dining and Performances This Summer

Downtown SLC Open Streets to Animate Main Street Corridor With Outdoor Dining and Performances This Summer

Downtown SLC’s Main Street will be closed to automobiles and transformed into a pedestrian promenade each weekend this summer. Restaurants, bars and retailers from 400 South to South Temple may extend their service areas onto the sidewalks for more outdoor dining and shopping. A mix of musicians, buskers and artists will enliven the public space on Main from Exchange Place to City Creek Center. 

The opening weekend of Open Streets will be augmented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Busker Fest which will program 30 nightly performances on Main, Regent Street, Gallivan and Exchange Place. 

“We are excited to bring back Open Streets for Salt Lake City residents and visitors alike this summer,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “Main Street Salt Lake City is an incredible gathering place and we hope people will take this unique opportunity to experience our downtown in a new way, with more space to explore, shop and dine at some of our City’s locally owned businesses.”

Last Fall, organizers tested the Open Streets concept to help downtown restaurants, bars and retailers suffering from the pandemic. Several of those businesses experienced a 30% increase in sales as a result of the efforts. 

“Salt Lake City is filled with energy — a steady hum of activity from shopping and dining to arts and entertainment,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “Open Streets will help revitalize our city’s ecosystem, and we are pleased to welcome people back to the heart of our community.”

Open Streets is an invitation to enjoy the 150 restaurants and bars and over 100 local and downtown-only retailers in the central business district. A list of downtown bars, restaurants and retailers can be found here. 

Per new CDC guidelines, masks are welcome but not required outdoors. However, many restaurants and shops require face coverings within their premises. Courteous compliance at businesses is appreciated.

Open Streets attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. There is free two-hour parking at City Creek Center. And there is ample parking at on-street metered stalls and pay lots throughout downtown. Additional transportation information, including ADA access, can be found at downtownslc.org/openstreets.

Open Streets’ promotion of downtown vitality is a partnership between the Downtown Alliance, THE BLOCKS and Salt Lake City with generous support from Visit Salt Lake. 

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.