Salt Lake City January Events


You might think of January as a dead, dull month in Utah, but in reality there are a lot of exciting sports, arts, music, film and theater events this month, including the Sundance Film Festival, one of the best Utah entertainment events of the year.

The list keeps evolving, so check back for more events as the month progresses.

Note: While we do our best to make sure all details are accurate, please contact the venue or visit their website before attending an event to make sure times, dates and prices are correct.

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    Pac-12 play starts in January for the Runnin' Utes:

    • Friday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. vs. USC, ESPNU
    • Sunday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m. vs. UCLA, Pac-12 Networks
    • Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. vs. Colorado, ESPN2
    • Thursday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. @ Arizona State, ESPN2
    • Saturday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. @ Arizona, Pac-12 Networks
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. vs. Washington State, Pac-12 Networks
    • Sunday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. vs. Washington ESPNU
    • Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. @ UCLA, ESPN2
    All times MT. All Utah men's basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN 700 AM radio. Many games will be on the Pac-12 Networks, which appear on channels 37, 410 and 757 on Comcast. Pac-12 Network appears on channel 410 on DISH. Pac-12 Networks are not currently available on DirecTV.

    Jon M. Huntsman Center
    1825 East South Campus Drive at the University of Utah

    Tickets $5-$25, see website or call for specials.

  • 02 of 27
    Hale Centre Theatre

    It's 1846. Talented French artist, Millet, feels honor bound to save his fiancée and her father from financial ruin. Millet soon realizes that great paintings make much more money after the artist dies. In desperation, he fakes his own death and becomes...his sister.

    December 31, 2014 – February 7, 2015
    Monday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday Matinees at 12:30 and 4 p.m.

    Adults $28-$31
    Children $16
    No children under five permitted.

    3333 S. Decker Lake Dr. (2200 W.)

  • 03 of 27
    Photo by Digital Vision

    The Utah Symphony presents three classical concerts this month:

    • "New Years in Vienna" The Symphony rings in the new year with a musical homage to a classical tradition in Vienna, Austria. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3, 8 p.m.
    • "The Nutcracker" The Utah Symphony welcomes back guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth with performances of works by Shostakovich’s and Tchaikovsky. Friday and Saturday, Jan 9-10, 8 p.m.
    • "Strauss' A Hero's Life" Featuring Thierry Fischer as conductor and Baiba Skride on violin. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, 8 p.m.

    Abravanel Hall
    123 West South Temple
    801-355-ARTS (2787)

    Tickets $10-$69

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    Maverik Center

    This show, back for it's third year at the Maverik Center, features the All Star Monster Truck Tour, Stirrin' Dirt Racing Winter Blast Invitational Demolition Derby, the Tough Truck Challenge and a Fire Stunt and Thrill Show.

    Friday-Saturday, Jan. 2-3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets $5-$40

    3200 S. Decker Lake Dr. (2200 W.)

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  • 05 of 27
    Jeff Gross, Getty Images

    A Jazz game can be an exciting diversion on a winter's night. The Jazz have eight home games in January:

    Games are televised regionally on ROOT SPORTS (excluding some nationally televised games). ROOT SPORTS channels vary by provider - Comcast: SD - 52, HD - 693 DirecTV: SD - 684, HD - 684.1 DISH: channel varies, usually between 440-450 and 470-480 RADIO: 1280 AM KZNS/97.5 FM.

    • Friday, Jan. 2 - Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 3 - Utah Jazz @ Minnesota, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 5 - Utah Jazz vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 7 - Utah Jazz @ Chicago, 6 p.m.
    • Friday, Jan. 9 - Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 10 - Utah Jazz @ Houston, 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 13 - Utah Jazz vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.
    • Friday, Jan. 16 - Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, Jan. 18 - Utah Jazz @ San Antonio, 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21 - Utah Jazz @ Cleveland, 5 p.m.
    • Thursday, Jan. 22 - Utah Jazz @ Milwaukee, 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 24 - Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 26 - Utah Jazz vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28 - Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Clippers, 7 p.m.
    • Friday, Jan. 30 - Utah Jazz vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.

    EnergySolutions Arena
    301 W. South Temple

    Tickets $8-$162, check website for promotions.

  • 06 of 27

    Downtown Salt Lake Winter Market

    Courtesy Tulie Bakery

    For those of us who like to eat local, it's a little sad when Salt Lake area farmers markets and produce stands shut down at the end of October. For the past couple of years, the SLC Downtown Alliance has been filling the gap with the Downtown SLC Winter Market, which has found a permanent home in the Rio Grande Depot. The market is held every other Saturday during the winter months, November through April.

    Here's the January schedule for the Downtown Salt Lake City Winter Market:

    • Saturday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Rio Grande Depot
    300 S. Rio Grande Street
    Salt Lake City,UT 84101

  • 07 of 27
    Courtesy The Leonardo

    Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life is the latest exhibition from physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. This exhibit celebrates the wonders of the body in childhood, adulthood and across the arc of aging. More than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens’ invention, the process of Plastination—reveal the human body in all its stages and in all its conditions, from health to distress to disease. 

    209 E. 500 S.

    Exhibit opens Sept. 27, 2014

    Tickets $11.95-$19.95

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    The Depot

    The Depot, a live music venue in the historic Union Pacific building at The Gateway, hosts three shows this month:

    • Reckless Kelly - Saturday, Jan. 3
    • Randy Rogers Band - Friday, Jan. 9
    • Guster - Friday, Jan. 23

    400 W. South Temple

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  • 09 of 27
    Photo by Getty Images

    Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings its edgy brand of Hollywood glamor to Park City and showcases dozens of innovative independent films. Getting tickets to Sundance screenings isn't as easy as walking up to the window at your neighborhood Megaplex, but festival organizers have gone out of their way to make tickets available to Utah locals. Take the time to jump through the hoops, and attending the Sundance Film Festival can be a fun, star-studded diversion during a dreary Utah winter.

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    Walking With Dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when Walking With Dinosaurs returns to Salt Lake City. This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species.

    Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 7-11, 2015, times vary

    301 W. South Temple

    Tickets $27.50-$45

  • 11 of 27
    Courtesy Deer Valley Resort

    The world's best freestyle ski athletes will compete in Park City at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Jan. 7-10. Events include include aerial, moguls, and dual moguls. To kick off the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on Wednesday, January 7, at 7 p.m., a free live concert and fireworks display will take place on lower Main Street in Park City.

    All events free to the public.

  • 12 of 27
    John Eder

    Movie lovers can find a huge variety of free film screenings in Salt Lake City, including major Hollywood productions, experimental films, classics, kids' movies, documentaries and more. This month's highlights include A Letter To Momo Jan. 3 at the City Library, and Sol Lewitt Jan. 21 at the the UMFA.

    SLC Free Movies

    SLC Alternative Movie Theaters

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    Utah Grizzlies

    The Utah Grizzlies have six home games in January:

    • Wednesday, Jan. 7 vs. Alaska Aces
    • Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10 vs. Stockton Thunder
    • Monday, Jan. 19 vs. Ontario Reign
    • Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24 vs. Bakersfield Condors

    All games 7:05 p.m., except Jan. 19

    Maverik Center
    3200 South Decker Lake Drive (2200 W.)

    Tickets $12-$35 plus fees; see website for specials.

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    Desert Star Playhouse

    Don't confuse this with the blockbuster cinematic hit, it'll keep you laughing.

    Jan. 8-March 21, see website for show dates and times

    4861 S. State St. in Murray

    Tickets $10.95-$18.95

    Pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, soft drinks and desserts available during the show.

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    Courtesy University of Utah

    In a poll taken by the Pac-12 women's gymnastics coaches, Utah was voted the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Pac-12 regular season title. Join them as they start their season in January.


    • Jan. 9 @ BYU, 7 p.m.
    • Jan. 16 vs. Southern Utah, Boise State, and UC-Davis, 7 p.m.
    • Jan. 23 vs. UCLA, 6 p.m.
    • Jan. 31 @ Arizona, 4 p.m.

    All times MT.

    Jon M. Huntsman Center
    1825 East South Campus Drive at the University of Utah

    General admission is free, but ticket is required. Lower bowl is $5.

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    Pioneer Memorial Theatre

    A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the civil rights movement is flowering.

    January 9-24, 2015
    7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    2 p.m. Saturday Matinees

    300 S. 1400 E.

    Tickets $29-$39

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    The Complex

    The Gooch Firm presents Elite Fight Night XXV at The Complex. Check out a night of MMA fighting featuring Nick Burgos vs Skyler Ledesma and more.

    Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

    Doors open 6 p.m., Fights start 7 p.m.

    537 West 100 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Tickets $25-$50, This is a 21+ event

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    The State Room

    Here's the January lineup for The State Room, one of SLC's favorite small music venues.

    • The Mothers Hips - Saturday, Jan. 10
    • An Evening With Mokie - Friday, Jan. 16
    • Cash'd Out - Saturday, Jan. 17
    • Cody Canada & The Departed, Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Sunday, Jan. 18
    • Andy Frasco & The U.N. - Friday, Jan. 23
    • Moors & McCumber CD Release - Saturday, Jan. 24
    • Particle - Tuesday, Jan. 27
    • Mark Kozelek - Wednesday, Jan. 28
    • Whitey Morgan & The 78's - Friday, Jan. 30
    • Mountain Standard Time - Saturday, Jan. 31

    638 S. State St.

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    Metalfest at In The Venue

    In The Venue

    Sight and Sound Presents Metal Fest 2015 Featuring: Loss of Existence, The Stigmata Massacre, Beneath Red Skies, Ossatura, You'll Die Knowing, Below Zero and Entomb The Wicked.

    Saturday, Jan. 14, 2015

    Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

    In The Venue
    579 West 200 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Admission Info TBA

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    Courtesy Tracy Aviary

    Tracy Aviary is (almost) free every Wednesday in November, December, January, February and March! Just pay a one dollar conservation fee for admission to the aviary.

    Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 2014-March 31, 2015
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    As a special treat this month, the aviary's beloved Andean Condor, Andy, is turning 56 on January 17, 2015 and you are invited to a celebration in his honor from 1-3 p.m. Play games, eat cake, and meet Andy himself!

    589 E. 1300 S.

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    The Second City

    Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to Kingsbury with a new show that finds laughs in all things local, from history, events, and hot-button issues to headlines from The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and mixes these with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style improv.

    Saturday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. ($19.50-$29.50)

    1395 E. Presidents Circle

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    Wiseguys Comedy Club

    Wiseguys comedy clubs at Trolley Square, West Valley City and Ogden bring live comedy to Utah audiences including national touring acts, local favorites, open mic nights, clean comedy nights and more. Shows Tuesday through Saturday. This month's special events include JoKoy, Demetri Martin, Paul Sheffield, Cash Levy, Pauly Shore, Jeff Dye, Jimmy Pardo, and more.

    Wiseguys Trolley Square
    505 S. 600 E.

    Wiseguys West Valley
    2194 W. 3500 S.

    Wiseguys Ogden
    269 Historic 25th Street in Ogden

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    Golden Braid Books

    The Golden Braid will be holding a Psychic Fair this month. Three talented psychics Ross Gigliotti, Barbara Ljord, and Shawn Lerwill will be available for readings.

    Saturday, Jan. 21, 2015

    The Golden Braid
    151 South 500 East

    Readings $25 per 20 minute session

    Appointments are highly recommended for all readings and may be made by calling 801-322-1162. Walk-ins will be accommodated as the psychic's schedules allow.

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    Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers transports you to the exotic shores of India. Two men test the strength of their friendship when a beautiful woman stirs up an old rivalry and a dangerous love triangle. Desire and deception build and threaten to separate the friends forever, leaving compassion and trust as the lovers' only path for survival.

    Capitol Theatre
    123 W. South Temple

    January 17, 19, 21, 23, 7:30 p.m., and 25, 2 p.m.

    Tickets $10-$95

    Capitol Theatre ticket office or by phone at 801-355-ARTS (2787)

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

    Events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place throughout the Salt Lake Valley during the week of Jan. 19-25.


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    Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' at Kingsbury Hall


    Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

    Friday-Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015, times vary

    1395 E. Presidents Circle

    Tickets $35-$75

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    Eric Church

    Don't miss Eric Church, country music's top selling artist of 2014, on  The Outsiders World Tour with guest Halestorm when it hits the stage at EnergySolutions Arena.

    Saturday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

    EnergySolutions Arena
    301 W. South Temple

    Tickets $32.50-$59.50