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The Complete Guide To What’s Going On For Utah 2023 NBA All Stars

Vivint Arena exterior

Salt Palace

The Salt Palace Convention Center is excited to be part of the star-studded NBA Crossover event! The Convention Center will welcome the public through the main entrance via the East Tower located at 100 S West Temple. Friday, February 17th – Sunday, February 19th, doors open for VIPs at 11 a.m., the general public at Noon, and the doors close at 8 p.m. Concerts will be held in the Ballroom. Friday and Saturday, the doors will open for the show at 9 PM and 4 PM on Sunday. Be aware there is no public parking at the convention center during NBA All-Star 2023. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 12, and are available now at

Also, don’t forget there’ll be a temporary popup liquor store inside the Salt Palace too! More info on Gastronomic SLC.


Offering ten zero fare days, February 12-21. This includes FrontRunner, TRAX, all bus services including Ski Bus, Paratransit, and UTA On-Demand. In addition, UTA will be providing a ticket-as-fare promotion for airport travelers the entire month of February for those with a valid day-of-travel airline ticket. This means anyone flying into, or out of, either the Salt Lake City International Airport or Provo Municipal Airport can ride free on the UTA system with a printed or digital airline boarding pass dated for valid day-of-travel.


A celebration of local art, music, and food, CENTRAL will reimagine Gallivan Plaza with a curated three-day experience over All-Star Weekend. Free, and welcoming to all ages, CENTRAL will run 1-10 pm, February 17, 18, and 19. CENTRAL is underwritten by Salt Lake City, Downtown Alliance, The Blocks, and Visit Salt Lake.

Norbert Bueno and his creative team at Bandah designed an immersive installation featuring 25 musicians and upcycled shipping containers with a museum-quality exhibit of local artists. “Our creative team referenced Utah landscapes, music, cultures, downtown’s urban environment and, of course, basketball in creating this experience.” said Bueno. Bueno’s previous collaborations with the Downtown Alliance include pop-up musical performances, roller disco on Main Street, and Groove at Gallivan. “I believe this will be a one-of-a-kind experience that will delight residents and visitors alike,” he said.

Vishwa Srinivasan of Alleyways Amplified is producing a generative A.I. film with local company Outtakes that tells stories about Salt Lake, to be projected on the Gallivan stage. And, Bahaa Chmait, director JOYMOB Events will sprinkle intriguing surprises, sure to produce wow-moments. Adorning the Gallivan grounds will be larger-than-life sculptures from artist Emily Nicolosi, and a sculpture produced just for this event by Isaac Gonzalez, and Norbert Bueno. 

Some of Utah’s favorite food trucks and carts will serve their specialties and free S’more pits will be stationed across the Plaza during the three day celebration. 

“We believe CENTRAL will be among the Salt Lake City surprises and delights that  locals and visitors discover downtown during All-Star Weekend,” said Downtown Alliance executive director Dee Brewer. 

Surprises and delights on TRAX

Downtown Alliance has joined with Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority to program live entertainment inside downtown TRAX trains during NBA All-Star 2023. Riders will enjoy nearly 50 singers, comedians, musicians, and magicians who will be inside train cars from The Gateway to the Gallivan platforms. Train hosts with each performer will answer visitor’s questions and provide directions to nearby destinations, restaurants and activities.  

Visit Salt Lake 

VSL will be helping the Salt Palace Convention Center in hosting NBA Crossover activities and will serve as the hub for public information related to NBA All-Star 2023. 2023 NBA All-Star Game | Tickets, Schedule, & Venues ( contains ticket information, event and venue schedules, tips for planning your travel to Salt Lake, listings of attractions & historic sites, restaurant and nightlife recommendations and tips on transportation, weather and how to enjoy Salt Lake’s great outdoors. Visitors can stop in the Visitor Center located at 90 South West Temple, in the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, to get tips on all the best ways to enjoy Salt Lake while here.

The Gateway

The Gateway is slated to be an exciting NBA All-Star weekend hub with dynamic activations for the community to celebrate from February 16 to 19. Programming includes the Grit Rail Jam, The Shop Salt Lake City pop-up retail experience, Cactus Jack Concert Series at The Depot, Under Armour Basketball Experience and Utah Jazz Catapult at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Several Gateway merchants will host All-Star game viewing parties while American Express will sponsor a large, outdoor screen to show the action on the court. Many activities are free and open to the public. With UTA offering zero fare transportation to keep traffic moving throughout the weekend, visitors to The Gateway are strongly discouraged from driving as parking rates and availability will be at a premium.

“We are so thrilled to offer the energy of NBA All-Star at The Gateway and once again host high-caliber athletes as we did during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games,” says Jacklyn Briggs, The Gateway’s director of marketing. “As an official hub with a variety of free activations, even those without tickets to the game can partake in the magic. It promises to be a weekend to remember for our sports-loving community!”

Grit Rail Jam

Presented by the Utah Sports Commission, The Gateway, Utah Jazz, and Cactus Jack Friday, February 17, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 18, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

A free-to-attend, daytime snowboarding competition that will take place at the Olympic Legacy Plaza. Organized by Jeremy Jones in partnership with Travis Scott, the two-day event will feature amateur riders on the rails Friday. Professional athletes, including Zeb Powell, Dusty Henrickson, Denver Ore, Maggie Leon, Jill Perkins, Maria Thompson, Kaleah Opal, Egan Wint, Zak Hale along with the top female and male amateur riders from Friday, will compete for medals and cash prizes on Saturday. Scott will be in attendance during the Saturday competition to cheer on the finalists.

The Shop Salt Lake City

Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Shop Salt Lake City will activate in two separate locations with five national brands located at 16 North Rio Grande and one at 15 S Rio Grande within The Gateway. An innovative pop-up retail experience will include activations from Cactus Jack, MRKT, StockX, The Webster Miami, CounterPoint (the Utah Jazz private-label apparel and lifestyle brand), and Mitchell & Ness featuring SLAM and Thrifthood. The Shop plans to drop daily exclusive merchandise all weekend. This is curated by fashion veteran Calyann Barnett in partnership with the Jazz.

Cactus Jack Concert Series at The Depot

Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m.

The Depot at The Gateway is the hosting venue for the Cactus Jack Concert Series, which has been specially curated by Travis Scott. Don Toliver and Sheck Wes will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 17. Special artists to headline the series on Saturday, Feb. 18 will be announced shortly. Chase B is the concert series DJ. The Depot is located at 13 North 400 West. Tickets are now sale through The Depot via this link.

Under Armour Basketball and Curry Brand

Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To promote the latest innovations in basketball footwear and some surprises from the past, Under Armour will be hosting a two-day event suited for basketball fans of all ages. 

Fans will get their chance to recreate the iconic ‘Bang! Bang!’ shot from Stephen Curry, create their own magic on the UA Court, and receive a custom tee of their favorite UA Basketball athlete along with much more fun. Special appearances will be made by Famous Los, Maxisnicee, Rachel DeMita, Tristan Jass, Dipika Dutt, and more. You might even catch a glimpse of UA Basketball athletes. 

This event is held at 110 South Rio Grande. For more information visit  

American Express free events

  • “Outside the Court” Activation: American Express’ first-ever “Outside The Court” activation, located at The Gateway just steps away from Vivint Arena, open to all fans, will feature:
    • A tailor shop where fans can customize their own ASW merchandise, including jerseys, sweatshirts, hats and more, in partnership with Rank & Rally.
      • Food & beverages for purchase from local Salt Lake small businesses, including Rooster’s Gourmet Popcorn, Totally Nutz, Joy Popsicles, and Lollipuff Cotton Candy.
      • A speakeasy-style “Dirty Soda Shoppe” serving signature dirty sodas curated by Pop Drinks, a Utah beloved beverage that’s taking over TikTok, exclusively available to Card Members (and up to 3 guests) on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
      • American Express will be hosting a first-look at American Express “Outside the Court” activation on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17 featuring first-time NBA All-Star & current Top-10 player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. In addition, a number of All-Stars will be popping by throughout the weekend, including top rookie Jaden Ivey, Utah Jazz legend Carlos Boozer, and Miami Heat All-Star Bam Adebayo.
      • American Express Block Parties from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday, located at The Gateway just steps away from Vivint Arena, open to all fans, featuring:

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The SLC government is making significant efforts to ensure the success of NBA All-Star 2023. The City is working closely with the NBA and local law enforcement agencies to develop and implement a comprehensive security plan to ensure safety and security of the event. The City is also working with agencies to facilitate the specific transportation needs for the weekend and to mitigate crowd and traffic congestion, by implementing temporary road closures and redirecting public transportation routes. Additionally, the City is focusing on downtown maintenance and infrastructure support to ensure that the area is clean and well-maintained during the event.  Salt Lake City is also supporting downtown activation and events that can be accessed by visitors and locals who may not have game tickets, so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the dynamic environment that NBA All-Star 2023 will bring.