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SFS Annual Meeting


Arriving early? Then check out the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival from May 16-19, just days before the annual meeting starts. They'll be having field trips to showcase some amazing wildlife areas and bird life! Registration for the festival opens on February 25, 2019. For more information visit

Visit Salt Lake

  1. Temple Square: Visit Historic Temple Square where you will be immersed in 35 acres within the heart of Salt Lake City. It has rich history, gorgeous gardens and architecture.
  2. Utah State Capitol: Built in 1916, the renovated neoclassical revival building offers original murals, exhibits and tours.
  3. Red Butte garden and Arboretum: This Botanical garden features nature trails, workshops and an outdoor concert series.
  4. Tracy Aviary: Located in Liberty Park, this 8-acre aviary offers exhibits, shows, and encounters where guests can view and feed birds.
  5. Natural History Museum of Utah: The Museum has a modern venue with 10 galleries exploring earth science and Utah's native cultures.
  6. City Creek Center: Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. This outdoor mall is a unique and fun place to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat. (Closed Sunday).
  7. Ensign Peak: A hiking to the peak is a great way to view the city. Once at the top people can see all of Salt Lake City, best to go later in the evening to watch the sunset.
  8. Bee's baseball game: Check out their schedule and if you decide you want to go you can purchase discounted tickets. The promo code for the discounted tickets is: BD6916.
Things to do outside of Salt Lake:
  1. The Big 5 National Parks: Explore the Mighty 5 National Parks!
  2. Great Salt Lake (State Park): The largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River and the largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere, the Great Salt Lake is perhaps the best known geological feature in the area.
  3. Antelope Island: Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park's backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery; spend a star-filled night in one of several primitive campsites; stroll along sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake's salty waters or step back in time with a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Antelope Island is home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn (antelope), and many other desert animals. Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Year round Interpretive opportunities round out the Antelope Island experience.

    Closure: To protect nesting birds, Egg Island and White Rock are closed to access year-round.

    Insects: During warm months, insects are present on the island and emerge at different times. Biting gnats (no-seeums) emerge in the spring (April - June). These are very tiny biting flies. Insect repellent is ineffective against the gnats; fine-mesh head nets are recommended along with long sleeves. They are not present along the water's edge.
    • Midges are non-biting flies that form columns along the causeway mid-spring through early fall. These are what cover your windshield while driving to and from the island.
    • Mosquitoes are present from mid- spring through early fall. Insect repellent is effective.
    • Brine Flies are non-biting flies that cover the shorelines and occasionally move onto land early-summer through fall. These flies are harmless and move out of the way when approached.
  4. Spiral Jetty: An earthwork sculpture constructed in April 1970. 2.5 hours north of Salt Lake City.
  5. Golden Spike National Monument: See the spot where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails. Take tours and visit the visitors center to explore the history. Great day activity, make sure you have plenty of gas as there are few services along the way.
Restaurants within walking distance of the Salt Palace:
  1. Blue Iguana: Casual Mexican eatery serving mole dishes along with burritos and margaritas in an eclectic setting. $$
  2. Benihana: Hibachi chain serving Japanese dishes grilled tableside by theatrical chefs. $$
  3. Caffe Molise: Art-filled trattoria serving Northern Italian fare & unique wines in cozy digs with a garden patio. $$
  4. Michelangelo's on Main: Casual Italian eatery serving traditional red-sauce eats from pasta to pizza in an art-lined space
  5. Village Baker: Comfort food, quick bite, and healthy options.
  6. Subway: Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads. $
  7. Texas de Brazil: Upscale Brazilian eatery featuring all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved tableside and a salad bar. $$$
  8. Mollie & Ollie: Casual, health-minded eatery offering signature & build-your-own bowls, salads and wraps. $$
  9. Fireside on Regent: Stylish eatery attached to the Eccles Theater with a seasonal New American menu and open Kitchen. $$
  10. Martine Café: Intimate café for Mediterranean-inspired tapas and entrees. $$
  11. The Cheesecake Factory: American chain restaurant offering sizable portions from a vast menu including signature cheesecake. $$
  12. Kneaders Bakery and Café: Café chain specializing in a variety of breads plus sandwiches, salads, pastries & breakfast fare.
  13. Johnny Rockets: Burgers, shakes, and fries arrive in a '50s diner setting.
  14. Chick - fil - A: Fast food chain serving chicken sandwiches, strips & nuggets along with salads and sides.
  15. Blue Lemon: Local counter-serve chain offering breakfast, sandwiches and New American entrees. $$
Bars within walking distance of the Salt Palace:
  1. BGT Wine Bar: Classy Spot with a Large wine selection. Polished option offering a huge list of wines by the glass, plus cocktails & beer in stylish digs.
  2. Beer Hive Pub: Cozy pub with elegant, vintage décor that offers a wide range of beers and haute pub grub. $$
  3. Lake Effect: Craft drinks and Spanish-inspired fare are served in an intimate setting with live music. $$
  4. The Red Door: Sleek, clubby martini bar with a long drink list, sophisticated urban atmosphere and a patio. $$
  5. Lumpys Downtown: TV-filled sports bar offering pub grub, draft beer and cocktails, plus DJ nights and booths with HDTVs.


Parking Resources:

The Salt Palace Convention Center offers two convenient underground garages that are open 7 days a week:
South Lot - Enter off of 200 South between West Temple and 200 West (600 stalls)
West Lot - Enter off of 300 West between 100 South and South Temple (400 stalls)

Parking at The Leonardo



Uber: Lyft:

Salt Lake Green bike: