SALT LAKE CITY — Narrowing this week’s list to five events was a toughie. But this is why I make the big journalism bucks.
Fall (or is it winter?) is now upon us. Those gray skies could go either way over the next few days. Thusly, we’ve got a mix of indoor and outdoor stuff for you. From art markets to hockey games to enormous gatherings of cute dogs, we’re just trying to cover the spread here. Let’s get to it.
Monster Used Book Sale at Salt Lake City Public Library
It’s a spooky time of year, and these deals are downright frightening. The Salt Lake City Public Library hosts a monster sale on used books, movies, music and more. Friday is half-price day, and Saturday is $6 bag day (fill up a bag for only $6). Trick-or-treat yourself. Oct. 11-13, Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 210 E. 400 South, free (801-524-8200, slcpl.org).
Indian Art Market at the Natural History Museum
Some of the region’s best Native American art and jewelry makers will gather at the Natural History Museum of Utah for the annual Indian Art Market. Come check out a wide array of beautiful pieces — from pottery to jewelry to textiles to painting to photography. Attendees can buy the items, which will also be included in a juried competition. Oct. 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 301 Wakara Way, free (801-581-4303, nhmu.utah.edu).
Strut Your Mutt at Liberty Park
Liberty Park is always great for dog watching, but it goes to a whole other level this weekend. Strut Your Mutt, an annual fundraiser for Best Friends Animal Society, returns to Liberty Park. The event, which began in Salt Lake City more than 20 years ago, includes live entertainment, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden, with the walk beginning at noon. According to Best Friends, the 14-city event raised more than $2 million last year. Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 600 E. 900 South, $15 (801-574-2454, strutyourmutt.org).
- Thousands turn out in 2012 at Liberty Park for the Strut Your Mutt event. Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
- Thousands turn out Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Liberty Park for Strut your Mutt. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
- With a bun on each side, Vincent and his owner Victoria Volcik participate in the Strut your Mutt event at Sugar House Park in 2002. Johanna Workman, Deseret News
- Dogs and their owners participate in the fifth annual Strut Your Mutt in 2000. Laura Seitz, Deseret News
- Molly Wilets gives her dog Lucy Loo a pep talk just before the Strut your Mutt begins at Sugar House Park in 2005. Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
- Marissa Hansen walks with her dog Louie during Strut your Mutt at Sugar House Park in 2005. Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
- Bacardi, a yorkshire Terrier owned by Vanessa Monger, prepares to start the Strut your Mutt walk at Sugar House Park in 2005. Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
- Stacey Littlewood rubs Jasmine's face during the 13th annual Strut Your Mutt at Sugar House Park in 2008. Tim Hussin, Deseret News
- The Moujadara plate at Cedars of Lebanon in Salt Lake City. Court Mann, Deseret News
Mental Illness Awareness Night with the Utah Grizzlies
The Utah Grizzlies host their first ever Mental Illness Awareness Night. Partnering with National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah, the hockey game includes a pregame press conference about understanding mental illness, and 20 percent of ticket sales go toward NAMI. The first 150 people to purchase tickets gain admittance to the pregame press conference. Oct. 13, 5-10 p.m., 3200 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, $10 (801-988-8800, fevo.me/namiutah).
Downtown Dine O’Round
Sunday marks the final day for Salt Lake City’s Downtown Dine O’Round. A slew of local restaurants are taking part, offering discounted two- or three-course meals for all you hungry homies out there. Through Oct. 14, times and participating restaurants vary, $5-$35 (dineoround.com).