The time between Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah is a special kind of shoulder season. No one really wants to show up at work for these two weeks, but we all do—unless you’re lucky enough to be on vacation. If you’re one who’s sticking around town, here’s Salt Lake magazine’s staff picks for activities to help you pass the time between celebrating country and state.
Wednesday, July 11
If you thought Ween was weird, wait til you get a load of Dean Ween Group—there are songs on their new album that I can’t even name because of Salt Lake magazine’s rules about cuss words. But one thing is for sure, Dean Ween knows how to write a song. He’s as clever as he’s ever been, and dude still can shred. The Commonwealth Room, 195 W. 2100 South Commonwealth Ave., South Salt Lake
Thursday, July 12
This progressive food event pairs an ideal setting—Tracy Aviary—with ideal activities—eating and drinking. And the proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Who says the Aviary is for the birds? Ages 21+, Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, SLC
Friday, July 13
To celebrate the launch of SLC’s Cultural Core (more on that tomorrow), Downtown Alliance is shutting down Exchange Place to throw a party—taco carts, artists, music and drinks will all be available. But, lets’ be honest: They had you at taco carts. Me too, friends. Me too. 350 S. Main St., SLC
Saturday, July 14
Let’s settle this fiddle vs. violin thing once and for all, shall we? Ricky Skaggs is a legend in bluegrass circles and a mandolin virtuoso. When he and his band hit the Deer Valley Music Festival to play with the Utah Symphony—it might refine what we’ve come to call mountain music. This time quite literally. Snow Park at Deer Valley Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr S., Park City
Chew on this: a five-course meal prepared by Chef Jerry and designed to pair with Idaho’s Cinder vineyard’s offerings with a vintner on hand to answer all of your grape-related questions. Plus, it’s held on Tin Angel’s patios—one of the best in the city. 365 W 400 S, SLC
Monday, July 16
Remember how awesome the ’90s were? Me neither, really. But I do remember how awesome the Counting Crows were. It’s going to be a lot like your favorite flannel shirt from the ’90s—maybe a little worn down with age, but still comfortable, full of nostalgia and maybe a little stinky. Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, 2155 Red Butte Canyon, SLC, this show is sold-out.
Tuesday July 17
The song you know best is “Hey Miami” but this time it’s “Hey Ogden.” The electronica band is taking a break from it’s festival schedule to play Ogden Twilight. Tickets are cheap, and it includes UTA fare (including Front Runner to O-Town)—what else are you gonna do on a Tuesday? Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E 25th Street, Ogden
Now through September 2
Its for Utahns, about Utahns and by Utahns. The annual tradition of Salt Lake Acting Company spoofing Utah culture continues. This year the play celebrates its fortieth anniversary and lets face it: The material seems never-ending, so here’s to 40 more. 168 W. 500 North, SLC