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Sugar House Happenings

Apr 11, 2018 10:43AM ● By Lori Gillespie

Start of the Sugar House Pub Crawl on Monument Plaza. (Sugar House Chamber)

What’s up in Sugar House this year? With the ever-changing landscape, you may wonder if some of your favorite social activities are still planned. We have highlighted a couple of favorites with some new twists. 

Sugar House Pub Crawl

In honor of American Craft Beer Week, the Sugar House Chamber is sponsoring its annual Pub Crawl on Saturday, May 19. This year’s planned activities will be similar to last year’s activities. 

“We’ll start on Monument Plaza at noon with some booths and games and swag,” said Amy Leininger, Sugar House Chamber chair. The Plaza, 2100 South and Highland Avenue, will host community non-profits who will talk about their causes and answer questions. Monument Plaza is also where participants can register and get their passport. By registering their passport participants are automatically entered into a drawing that will happen at the end of the Crawl. 

Participants are encouraged to visit their favorite pubs, but also invited to try some new places.

“We cap our pub participation at 10, but there will be plenty of places to visit,” Leininger said. Some of the participating venues will have a food purchase requirement, but they are planning on having a special menu available to help keep the cost of participation down. 

The Pub Crawl ends at 4 p.m. Participants can head back to Monument Plaza for the opportunity drawing. There will be live music, and the drawing for two tickets to the Idaho Brew Fest will happen at 4:30 p.m. (You must be present to win). Music will continue on the Plaza until 5:30 p.m. 

“The Pub Crawl happens rain or shine, but it will be a fun time regardless of the weather,” Leininger added. “Last year, we had about 2,200 people participate, the passport is free, but you need to purchase your own food and drinks at the venues. It should be pretty fun. I’m excited.” 

More information can be found at or on the Chamber’s Facebook page

Sugar House Arts Festival

If you have been to the Sugar House Arts Festival in past years you probably remember how hot it was. 

“We are moving the Sugar House Arts Festival out of July,” said Landon Clark, Sugar House Community Council Chair. “It’s just too hot in July.”

Plans are still in the works, but Clark said they hope to hold the festival on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and to hold it in Fairmont Park. 

“We decided to move it this year to September and into Fairmont Park for a couple of reasons,” Clark said. “We are looking to bring something to Sugar House that has been missing for a while. Sugar House has a big artist community and we think the new improved Sugar House Arts Festival will really highlight that. We want to increase the number of local artists, provide an opportunity to have food vendors and trucks, and have a variety of musical acts.” 

The space available in Fairmont Park is substantial and there is plenty of green space and shade.  It is also close to public transportation right off the S-line. More information will be coming soon. 

“But we wanted everyone to know that the Arts Festival is being planned, it will just happen a little later this year with the hope to accommodate more participation from artists and vendors and increase visitors to the Festival,” Clark said.