Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Via Utah Venue Market
Salt Lake City’s 2021 Venue Tour Series: Red Butte Garden
As one of the largest botanical gardens in the Intermountain West, Red Butte Garden is marked a special entertainment landmark in Salt Lake City. Renowned for its plant collections, 524,000 spring-blooming bulbs, beautiful event spaces, world-class outdoor concert series, and horticulture-based educational programs, the 21-acred property hosts people from around the world to enhance their experience in nature and bring communities together to share in live event experiences.
A key part of Salt Lake City’s flourishing music scene includes Red Butte Garden’s annual outdoor concert series. Being a member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), the independently owned venue hosts up to 3,000 people in its gorgeously adorned outdoor amphitheater. As an outdoor venue, attendees are encouraged to bring their own low-back folding chair, blankets, and are also welcome to bring their own cooler full of food & beverages.
The community-based, family-friendly concert series has hosted nationally recognized performers under the summer skies since the 1980s, including Modest Mouse, Government Mule, Dr. Dog, John Prine, Barenaked Ladies, Steve Miller Band, Chromeo, Bob Weir & RatDog, The Black Crowes, Steely Dan, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Willie Nelson, and more.
Over the years, Red Butte Garden has grown into one of the nation’s preeminent botanic gardens and outdoor amphitheatre with 200,000 annual visitors, over 10,000 members, and over 300 active volunteers. It has become a multi-purpose facility for people seeking horticultural knowledge, exercise, recreation, family-based activities, or a stunning setting for weddings and other special events.
The Red Butte Garden 2021 outdoor concert series will kick off in July with Jason Isbell, Drive-By-Truckers, Galactic, Blind Boys Of Alabama and North Mississippi Allstars, ZZ Top, Counting Crows, Billy Strings, Khruangbin, and more. For a full list of upcoming events, visit its website.