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Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Siamsa Schedule

This weekend is huge for Irish dancers and musicians in Salt Lake City. Because Saturday, March 15, a Siamsa will be held.

What’s a Siamsa? Siamsa means entertainment or amusement, in Irish. Our interpretation of a Siamsa is basically a party with hours of Irish dance, music, and food. And what’s better than that?

Union Pacific Bldg
courtsey The Gateway

The 2014 Salt Lake City Siamsa will be held at 10:45 a.m. in the Gateway’s Grand Hall at the Union Pacific Depot. Located at 400 West South Temple, this beautifully renovated and restored depot is “an important part of Utah’s history, serving as one of the outstanding architectural structures in Utah.” It’s truly stunning.

The Siamsa follows the parade, and boasts three stages of non-stop Irish entertainment. New to the event this year, musicians are invited to bring their pipes, fiddles, whistles, and bodhran to help celebrate at a traditional session beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The following is a list of Irish dance groups and musicians, the times they will be performing, and on which stage:

Grand Hall Dance Stage (inside)
11:00 a.m. Acadamh Rince
11:45 a.m. Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers
12:45 p.m. Scariff-Hardiman
1:20 p.m. Learn The Siege of Ennis with Harp
2:00 p.m. An Dragan Ceilteach
Shamrock-walk for the Kids at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:40

Music Stage (Thaifoon)
12 noon Red Branch
12:55 p.m. Republican Pub Players
1:50 p.m. Jim O’ The Mills
2:30 p.m. Sing-along & Session

Patio Stage (outside)
11:45 a.m. Jim O’ The Mills
12:25 a.m. Harp Irish Dance Company
1:05 a.m. Red Branch
1:45 a.m. Scariff-Hardiman’s 8-Hand Team
2:00 p.m. An Rogaire Dubh

Don’t forget that Irish food, drink, and items will be for sale from vendors.

We always look forward to dancing at the Siamsa and hope you’ll join us. It’s sure to be a grand time!

Featured photo courtesy Farris Gerard.

Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2014 Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When

The parade begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 15.

Parade Route

Through the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. Parade units line up at 400 West and 200 North, queuing up northward. Folks line the streets starting at 200 North, although the best viewing is in the Gateway. The parade units will proceed south on 400 West, west on 50 North, then take a jog down Rio Grande Street through the Gateway. I’m told the viewing stand will be located right around 100 South on the west side of the street, but don’t quote me on that!

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi will be entry #21.

Salt Lake City St. Patrick's Day Parade Route

How to Get There

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers strongly recommend that you make a point to come downtown early and, if at all possible, take public transportation.

TRAX: All stops near The Gateway are in the “Free Fare Zone” and $1.75 in all other zones. Take Route 701 or Route 702 “University Line” to the ARENA Stop or Planetarium Stop.

FrontRunner: Fare – $2.50 base fare, $.50 for each additional station (maximum fare from Ogden to Salt Lake City is $5). Stop at Salt Lake City Central Station and take TRAX Route 701 or Route 702 “University Line” to the Planetarium Stop, or ARENA Stop. These TRAX stops are in the “Free Fare Zone.”

For times and more info, please visit rideuta.com.

Parking

The Gateway offers your first hour of parking FREE.

Self-parking is conveniently located in the Summer and Winter Parking Garages, accessible from 200 South and 100 South. Parking is also available on the Surface Lot just north of South Temple and the parking garage off 500 West behind Old Navy.

Gateway Parking Rates:

  • 1 Hour or Less: Free
  • 2 Hours or Less: $1.00
  • 3 Hours or Less $3.00
  • 4 Hours or Less $5.00
  • Over 4 Hours $7.00

Featured photo by Farris Gerard.

The Rinceoiri List of St. Patrick’s Day Activities

It’s finally here! St. Patrick’s Day season is upon us!

And just how are we getting our Irish on in 2014?

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by doing what else? Dancing!

Irish Dance Utah Marines St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013
St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 with US Marines courtesy Farris Gerard

We’ll start the day off in the Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade winds it’s way through the streets of the Gateway downtown. Follow that by a rousing bit of Irish dance in the Grand Hall during the Siamsa. A few hours later we’ll make our way to Ogden for the Shamrock Gala in which we’ll delight our audience with more dancing to support the fundraiser. To top off the night? Steiny’s! We’ll be doing a little pub style Irish dance right on their amazing wood floor.

At A Glance – St. Patrick’s Day activities in the Salt Lake City area:
Celtic Night 2014

Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 pm.
The Bridger Folk Music Society presents Celtic Night 2014 a benefit concert for CacheHumane Society and Four-Paws Rescue at the Ellen Eccles Theater, in Logan. This St. Patrick’s Day celebration will feature, our good friends, Inishfre Irish Dance and Leaping Lulu collaborating in an engaging mix of Celtic songs, reels, jigs, and impeccable Irish dancing. We’re super excited that one of our dancers will be dancing in the show with Inishfre; break a leg Hannah!

Ellen Eccles Theater, 43 South Main, Logan.
Reserved seating prices are $13 to $20.
Visit them online or call (435)752-0026.

2014 Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m.
The annual Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day parade, sponsored by the Hibernian Society of Utah, will wind its way through the Gateway. The theme this year is “Gift of the Gaels … A Legacy of Legend and Myth.”

2014 Salt Lake City Siamsa

Saturday, March 15, Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers will be performing at 11:45 a.m. After the parade there will be a Siamsa, or big party, in the Gateway Grand Hall.  Loads of Irish dancing and music on the stages, food and drink (adult and otherwise) in the hall, and various vendors with Irish items for sale in booths throughout. Doors for the Siamsa open at 10:45 a.m. Entertainment continues until 4 p.m.

St. Paddy Fun at Hogle Zoo

Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. Legend has it, that St. Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. But our keepers want to know WHY? Join us for a day of St. Patrick’s Day fun as you learn about snakes in our Small Animal Building, and go on a St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt for “gold”.  Don’t forget to dress in green for $1 off regular admission.

Keeper talks in the Small Animal Building at 11 am & 1 pm.

Young Dubliners at The Depot

Saturday, March 15, Doors open 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The Young Dubliners will be rockin’ The Depot, 400 S. West Temple, with special guests Swagger and Brother. Tickets are $23, or $26 on the day of the show. Visit the website or call, 801-467-TIXX or 800-888-TIXX.

“There are no gimmicky drinking songs. This is like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick.” -Spokane Inlander

“The Los Angeles-based band of Irish- and American-born rockers still busts out the Guinness-spilling anthems like nobody’s business.” -Idaho Statesman

Celtic Celebration at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden

Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Wasatch and District Pipe Band begin the celebrations with Celtic Beat Feet of Fire and Idlewild gracing the stage for an incredible night of song, dance, and revelry. Come and throw back a cold one in the theater, Guiness will be available at Peery’s Egyptian Theater’s annual Celtic Celebration, 2415 Washington Blvd. in Ogden.  Tickets $12, $10 for students and seniors. Visit the website or call 801-689-8700.

A Mass in Honor of St. Patrick

Sunday, March 16, time TBA. A mass in honor of St. Patrick will be held at St. Joseph the Worker, 7405 Redwood Rd. A corned beef and cabbage dinner, and an evening of singing and music follows at the parish hall.

SLC Area Irish Pubs

If you’re one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a pint or two with friends, there are several Salt Lake City area Irish themed pubs:

  • Piper Down, an Olde World Pub, 1492 S. State St., 801-468-1492
  • Murphy’s Bar and Grill, 160 S. Main St., 801-359-7271.
  • Green Street, 602 E. 500 S., 801-532-4200.
  • Leprechaun Inn, 4700 S. 900 E., 801-268-3294.
  • MacCool’s Public House, 400 South Foothill Blvd, #166, 801-582-3111, additional locations in Layton and Ogden.
  • The Republican, 917 S. State St., 801-595-1916.

We hope you enjoy our list of things to do for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in Utah!

*Updated to include a missed link.

It’s March, Just What Is There To Do?

It’s March.

It’s that time of year, again, where St. Patrick is king and Irish dance gets crazy here in Utah.

What does March mean to us as Irish dancers? Performances, parades, fund raisers, extra practice, a few new blisters, etc. But for our families (and their sanity) there are also many other activities that can be a lot of fun and don’t have anything to do with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Salt Lake City. Here are just a few of the non-Irish related activities in the great state of Utah.

Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in on all the Irish-ness in our next post.

Upcoming Events in March

Moonface

 

March 1

Spencer Krug is a Canadian musician. He is the singer, songwriter and keyboardist for the indie rock band Moonface. While his distinctive voice and singing style have drawn equal parts praise and derision, his songwriting abilities have been much-lauded in the music press, and he has been called “arguably the most talented songwriter of this generation.”

21 and older admitted to The State Room.

$20

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

 

March 1 – March 22

Book by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly’s fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

$14

Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous

 

 

March 1

Hey pardners, the admission to Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous is FREE this year! Bring yur family and friends and join us for good vittles, tradin’ and dancin’ and the 3 stages of great western entertainment. Give it a try – spurs and chaps are optional!

Concert tickets

$15 – $35

Grant and Twain

 

March 2

Ulysses S. Grant was the hero of the Civil War. Mark Twain was the most famous writer in America. Twain had just broken a seven-year writer’s block to finish “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Grant had just been swindled out of all his money in a Ponzi scheme. In 1884 the two men forged an unlikely and unbreakable friendship. GRANT & TWAIN explores these two intriguing, complex characters in a story of friendship, courage, betrayal and triumph.

$15 – $42

Bring It On

 

March 2

Bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL inspired by the Bring It On film, takes you on a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination.

$30 – $52.50

Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

 

March 5 – March 9

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After at EnergySolutions Arena!

$20 – $52

Shen Yun Performing Arts

 

March 5

The world’s premier classical Chinese dance company is returning to Val A. Browing Center, bringing its unique blend of invigorating dance, enchanting music and breathtaking digital backdrops to Utah for all ages.

$50 – $120

Adrian Legg

 

March 5

Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader).

Dance Theatre of Harlem

 

March 6

The company is renowned for its distinct blend of classical ballet and African American cultural influences. The repertoire reflects the energy, direction, and vitality of American dance from Petipa to Balanchine and Byrd.

$29 – $59

Skiing: Women’s 5K/Men’s 10K Classic

 

 

March 6

University of Utah Athletics host Women’s 5K/Men’s 10K Classic at Midway, Utah (Soldier Hollow Resort)

Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival

 

 

March 7 – March 9

Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping and much more. Shop, compare and save for 3 days only!

Free – $10

Klea in Concert

 

March 7

Actress, singer, and comedienne Klea Blackhurst returns to her hometown of Salt Lake City for a one-night benefit concert engagement. You can take the girl out of Utah, but you can’t take the Utah out of the girl! Find out how growing up in “the Buckle on the Jello Belt” prepared Klea for life in the Big Apple. From “A Cockeyed Optimist” to “The Yodeling Muchacha”.

$34 – $64

The Thrillionaires

 

March 7

First Friday of each month. Open seating begins at 7:30, show starts at 8 p.m. The Thrillionaires perform live improvised musical comedies and plays without a script of any kind, and make up all the lyrics and dialogue on the spot. You’ll be amazed at their talent, their creativity, and their off-the-wall comedy!

$8

Snowshoe Owl Prowl

 

March 8

Join HawkWatch International’s Conservation Science Director, Steve Slater, for an exclusive twilight field trip up Big Cottonwood Canyon to prowl for owls! You will be snowshoeing about a mile (mild to moderately strenuous terrain) on the Donut Falls trail and stopping to broadcast and listen for owls. Hot drinks will be provided. Be sure to dress warmly, bring your snowshoes (a must), and plenty of questions.

$15 – $20

Yoga Meets Spoken Word

 

March 12

Buddy is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and TEDxTalks. Grab your mat, towel, and water to practice with Jen at 5:30pm to find a quiet space in your life for Buddy’s “Rilled Up And Wasted On Light” performance at 7:00pm. Guaranteed to ground you in the present and connect to the people around you!

$15 – $20

U.S. National DanceSport Championships

 

 

March 12 – March 15

Brigham Young University will host the largest amateur DanceSport event in the country during the U.S. National DanceSport Championships at the Marriott Center. The DanceSport competition will feature dancers from across the country in more than 30 different divisions. National amateur titles will be awarded in Latin, standard, smooth, rhythm, cabaret and formation in all age categories.

$20 – $50

University of Utah Women’s Tennis

 

 

March 14

University of Utah’s Women’s Tennis Team vs. UCLA. Match begins at 1:30pm

Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concert

 

 

March 15

Every kid loves dinosaurs and every kid loves music. Put the two together and you get the delightful tale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue. Sit back and let yourself be transported all the way back to the Cretaceous Period by the instruments of the orchestra as they tell the amazing story of her life.

$8 – $18
http://www.axisfreeride.com/team/competition-info/

From Russia With Love Concert

 

March 15

Murray Symphony is excited to announce its upcoming concert: From Russia With Love, featuring passionate music from the Russian masters. The concert will also feature Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with pianist Ruan Duan.

$6

Puccini’s Turnandot

 

March 15 – March 23

Turandot is Puccini’s “cruel princess.” She is vain, icy, and seemingly incapable of love. In keeping with her impenetrable persona, she announces that she will marry the man who can solve her three riddles but gravely punish those who cannot. Heads do roll until one clever prince appears and solves her trio of challenges. He then counters with a riddle of his own and Turandot is caught uncomfortably in a web of her own making.

$5 – $10

Utah Grizzlies vs. Stockton Thunder

 

 

March 19

Stockton Thunder vs. Utah Grizzlies at Maverick Center 7:05pm

$16.55 – $43.15

Thumbelina

 

March 20 – March 22

The classic fairy tale about a tiny girl born in a flower is given a Latin flair in this musical adaptation featuring songs from Mexico and Central and South America. The story follows the small but plucky heroine through many adventures, learning along the way that when you follow your heart, nothing is impossible. Performed by the talented young actors of the U’s Youth Theatre, it’s a performance that the whole family will enjoy!

$5 – $10

Gerald Clayton Trio-Jazz

 

March 22

A quarter of the age of jazz, pianist Gerald Clayton stakes his claim in the world of jazz. His dynamic and award-winning sound has been praised with a huge, authorative presence and an Oscar Peterson-like style. Tradition and innovation coexist peacefully in this powerful young performer. We welcome a giant young star with his trio.

$24.50

REAL Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles

 

March 22

REAL Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles at Rio Tinto Stadium at 2:00pm

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium announces opening

 

 

March 25

March 25 is the public grand opening, staff says they are expecting the number of visitors to be at capacity every day for the first week, they are encouraging anyone wanting tickets to act soon. A family membership is $150 a year. A day pass is $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Rogers and Hammerstein Celebration

 

 

March 28

It will be an “enchanted evening” at Abravanel Hall. Don’t miss Jerry and the Utah Symphony as they highlight the careers of music theatre legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Featured on this program will be hits from The King and I, The Sound of Music and many more classic shows from the undisputed kings of Broadway.

$23 – $68

Salt Lake Choral Artists Spring Choral Festival

 

 

March 29

The choir focuses on classical, contemporary, and culturally diverse music and enjoys collaborating with other performing groups in the community. They have appeared with the University of Utah Singers and A Cappella Choir and the Salt Lake Symphony, and twice performed with Ballet West for their productions of Carmina Burana. SLCA is also dedicated to community outreach; they have worked with several local schools during their regular concert season and participated in interfaith concerts in the Salt Lake valley.

$10 – $20

Trey McIntyre Project

 

March 29

With dancers defined by the Chicago Tribune as “inviting and complicated… appealing but tough” the Trey McIntyre Project brings to Park City adventurous contemporary dance. Company founder McIntyre is described by The Los Angeles Times as “a brainy ballet choreographer whose best works fuse visceral physicality with a deep and true humanism.

$20 – $69

AMSOIL Arenacross Motorcycle Racing

 

 

March 29 – March 30

AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Success, stops at EnergySolutions Arena. Don’t miss out on this exciting, one-of-a-kind, intimate off-road motorcycle racing!

$20 – $35

Holi Festival of Colors

 

March 29 – March 30

Holi Festival of Colors brings people together like no other event, live bands, mantra music, food, yoga, and colors. This event, held in Spanish Fork since 1989, has been the trendsetter for all other Color Events and Runs worldwide. Purchase of colors not included in admission.

$3

Joe Bonamassa

 

March 30

“They’re calling him the future of blues, but they’re wrong – Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it.” – Classic Rock Magazine

UVU Men’s Baseball

 

March 28

The UVU Wolverines vs. Bakersfield CA. at Utah Valley University 6:00pm

With so much to do, your March should be a fun month!

Many thanks to Sheralyn at Influence Real Estate for this awesome list! We love you!

*Updated 03March14 to include a missed link.

Enjoy Utah’s March Events!