Salt Lake City says goodbye to EVE and hello to a new end-of-year celebration called Last Hurrah

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) The giant MirrorBall drops during Salt Lake City’s EVE Winterfest celebration in 2015.

While EVE was held in and around The Salt Palace Convention Center, Last Hurrah will be at The Gateway and will feature live music on outdoor stages, indoor games and a 21-and-over speakeasy lounge from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“Downtown is evolving, and what we create is evolving with it,” Downtown Alliance executive director Jason Mathis said in a news release Friday. “The Gateway will be a great place to ring in the New Year as a community.”

“The ball will not be part of Last Hurrah,” he said. “Like Eve, it served its purpose and ran its course.”

Salt Lake City created its EVE celebration 10 years ago to draw Utah residents to downtown. But the number of events and opportunities in the urban center has grown in past years.

“Downtown is a hub of activity, day in and day out,” Mathis said. “This is a natural progression and shows our city has grown up and will continue to do so in creative ways — that’s why Last Hurrah will be such an exciting part of that evolution. This represents the next phase of downtown.”

Guests of all ages have an opportunity to warm up in the indoor Game Room, where they can face off on giant versions of Jenga, checkers and cornhole, and experience an array of interactive art installations.

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