March Madness is taking on a new meaning in SLC. The City Creek Center is almost open, and that means grand openings—one beautiful shopping affair after another.

The City Creek Center Preview Gala

The main event is on of Wednesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The gala promises complimentary parking, hors d' oeuvres and shopping. Lots and lots and shopping. 

The center is also giving gala guests a $20 gift card that can be spent at any City Creek store. Local charities are selling $50 tickets for the event with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting their programs. The event's charities incluce The Road Home, Ballet West, the Junior League of Salt Lake City and Utah's Hogle Zoo.

Pick the charity of your choice, and buy your ticket to shop for a cause.

Other City Creek Events

Nordstrom’s Frill Seekers, Friday, March 9

The new store will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give the public a look at their spring lingerie. Nordstom’s pulling out the stops with everything from music and refreshments to personalized help from their lingerie stylist. Attendees also get a gift with each $50 purchase. And $2 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every bra purchased at the event. Space is limited. To get your frill on, call 866-231-4657.

Macy's Community Shopping Day, Saturday, March 17

Macy’s is hosting a community shopping day, where guests can buy $5 tickets from one of 30 local charities, including Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Peace House, to get a sneak preview of the new store. Bonus: They’ll have discounts all day, and guests will have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

Nordstrom's Opening Gala, Tuesday, March 20

Nordstrom offers more shopping for a cause, with the store’s opening gala, benefitting Utah’s chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Utah Symphony/Utah Opera from 6 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from $75 tickets sales will go to the charities, and guests will enjoy dinner, a vignette modeling show and, of course, shopping in the new 125,000 square-feet store.

Nordstrom Beauty Bash, Thursday, March 22

The entire team of beauty experts at Nordstrom will be there to share the latest tips and tricks at 8 a.m. prior to their 10 a.m. opening. There will be complimentary consultations, refreshments and gifts with purchase. Call 800-689-1762 or visit for more information.

H&M Grand Opening, Thursday, March 22

On opening day, H&M is planning to offer the first 250 shoppers a free H&M T-shirt, plenty of giveaways and an Access to Fashion Pass. The passes give shoppers a chance to a chance to win anywhere from $10 to $300.

Ann Taylor Grand Opening, Friday, March 23

Ann Taylor is celebrating its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. with an in-store DJ, refreshments, raffles and a free gift with every purchase over $100.