Each year thousands of people, and hundreds of artists all gather in Park City to celebrate beauty. Needless to say, attendees are surrounded by beauty with the scenery of Historic Main Street and the mountains that hug around our quaint little ski town, but they are also privy to an amazing array of talented artists offering their creations for sale. Visitors are amazed at the depth and quality of art, jewelry, clothing, sculpture, and food that is available to browse or to buy. There are 220 vendors this year! Live music is always a part of the mix and the scene is always lively. All ticket proceeds go directly to the Kimball Arts Center so that they may continue to provide their year-round events, education and exhibits.
Kimball Arts Festival Takes Over Main Street!
Here are a few of the critical details:
Friday, August 3rd 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 4th 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 5th 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Summit County Residents FREE
Adults: $10.00 each for a weekend pass
Children/Students 6-18: $5.00 each for a weekend pass
Children 5 and under: FREE
Saturday and Sunday
Adults: $10.00 each for a weekend pass
Children 6-18: $5.00 each for a weekend pass
Children 5 and under: FREE
There are some fantastic events that surround the festival itself that truly add to the entire experience. One such event is the Collectors Exchange, which will take place at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Boulevard, on Thursday, August 2nd from 6-10PM. This event was designed to bring pieces of art that have been donated by their owners to be offered for purchase by the general public. This is a unique opportunity to purchase some fabulous art at perhaps a lower cost than what was originally paid for the pieces. Enjoy an evening filled with libations, art, and mingling with like minded art enthusiasts.
Lots of Fun For Kids at the Arts Fest!
The festival offers plenty of hands on fun and engaging activities for kids as well! Of course there will be face painters on hand to help kids express their inner lion, dragon, flower or puppy! After they have their faces painted, they’ll surely want to head over to visit the tie dye and ceramics stations where they can create their own masterpieces. There will also be a kids scavenger hunt, multiple kids geared demonstrations and booths, and a student art show.
Listen the the Mayor of Park City's Band Get Their Groove on at the Arts Fest!
There will be loads of musical artists and bands playing the soundtrack for the weekend, and stages will be located throughout the festival. There will be three stages, the Miner’s Stage, The Kimball Stage, and the Artisan Stage. All day long there will be all sorts of bands and musical guests playing for your pleasure. You’ll hear every kind of music imaginable – including a performance by the Mayor of Park City’s band, the Motherlode Canyon Band, on August 5th at 11AM. Another favorite is the Daniel Day Trio, who will be playing on August 4th at 1PM. The trio is known for their original arrangements of popular pieces – you really have to see them perform!
There is so much going on, all packed in to one weekend! This is a must do in Park City in the summertime.
Places to stay:
Close to the action on Main Street, but far enough way to enjoy a little peace and quiet after a day of art hunting, Hotel Park City offers one of the best locations in town!
Park City Peaks Hotel has a great indoor/outdoor pool, and hides a little locals secret, Enchilada Wednesday – a lunch time favorite! Also, located moments away from Main Street, this is a great option for Art Fest goers.
Grab your picnic basket and head to the nearest park, concert or campsite – now is a fantastic time to have a picnic in Park City! Unfold your blanket on to lush green grass under the nearest Aspen Tree, babbling brook or on to the slopes of Deer Valley and enjoy a little slice of Rocky Mountain heaven! You’ll need supplies, however; listed below are a few great spots to grab some delicious on-the-go gourmet to make your picnic perfect!
Grab Some Picnic Supplies at the Deer Valley Grocery Cafe
One of the go-to spots for picnic snacks is the Deer Valley Grocery. They have a fridge full of pre-prepared delectable delights to fill your lucky basket with. From sandwiches made-to-order from the counter, to pre-made items from their cooler, you’ll be ale to lay out quite the spread! Although not your ordinary picnic fare, you’ll be the envy of other picnic goers as you unwrap your Caprese Wrap or your salmon club, topped with maple peppered bacon! Grab one of their house made giant cookies or cupcakes and you’re good to go!
Sushi for Your Picnic? Of Course!
For a unique picnic experience, stop by Prime Steak and Sushi, located at 1765 Sidewinder Drive, offers a fresh sushi basket to take along with you to your picnic. Grab a basket and take it up to Deer Valley to enjoy one of the Utah Symphony performances, or just take some to go to enjoy on the deck of your luxury vacation rental! Stop by the liquor store on Swede Alley, just off of Main Street, to grab some Sake, and you’re all set! The sushi is artfully prepared using unique offerings such as poached pears and fresh strawberry puree straight from their garden! After the picnic, stop back by to their bar and try one of thier innovative cocktails created by one of their talented mixologists, also utilizing ingredients grown fresh on-site! Cheers!
Gourmet PIcnic Basket From Deer Valley
Another picnic option, if you are headed to a Deer Valley ticketed concert, is to pre-order one of their gourmet picnic baskets. The baskets can be ordered with wine, or without, and are absolutely delicious! The picnic basket includes:
A choice of:
~ lightly smoked salmon, marinated cucumber ribbons, dill caper aioli
~ chilled filet of beef, caramelized onions, horseradish cream
- Antipasto of steamed artichokes, homemade aioli, imported olives, Creminelli truffle salami and pear tomatoes
- Double cream French Brie with a freshly baked baguette, apple and grapes
- Lemon pound cake, chocolate raspberry truffle tartlets
Can you say exquisite? If you decide to go a little more low key, order one of their picnic bags, which include;
- Gourmet wraps ~ one of each, totaling two wraps per person:
~ Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, aged balsamic aioli ~ Roasted breast of turkey, French brie, Copper Moose Farm field greens, fig chutney and tarragon aioli.
- Local Beehive cheese, homemade flatbread and apple
- Caesar salad ~ crisp romaine, shaved Parmesan cheese, lemon garlic dressing
- Homemade trio of chips ~ Idaho, yam and purple Hawaiian potatoes
- A Deer Valley jumbo chocolate chip cookie
In to every life a little rain must fall, and boy we are happy to see a few mountain sprinkles today! The mountains are an amazing place after a little rain – everything turns an even brighter green in gratitude for the moisture that so rarely occurs in the summer months in our high alpine desert setting. Although you may be tempted to luxuriate in your fabulous Park City hotel and watch the rain fall, there are still an array of activity options to choose from while the storm passes.
The Hippest Bowling Alley Around - Jupiter Bowl
Take the family bowling! Jupiter Bowl, located in Kimball Junction, just steps away from the Newpark Hotel, at 1090 Drive, is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. Rated #1 for all ages apres ski by Ski Magazine, you’ll find activities for every age at this bowling alley. Plus, the interior will blow your mind! Looking more like a chic night club versus a traditional bowling alley, you’ll find yourself tapping your toe to music being played throughout the alley while watching music videos on the enormous multi-screen audio/video viewing experience! Jupiter Bowl is truly more of an all-around entertainment venue than just bowling, and hosts 16 luxury lanes of uber-chic bowling, plus three pool tables in the billiards lounge – they even have an arcade! After you bowl a few frames, head over to their restaurant, the Lift, and taste some truly yummy American classic cuisine. They often offer “Lunch and Bowl” specials as well! To top it all off, you’ll find the Black Diamond Bar with boasts a 360-degree view of all the activities. In the evening, Jupiter Bowl turns in to one of the hippest nightlife spots in Kimball Junction, so order up a White Russian and enjoy!
The Best Spot For Coffee, Tea and Books in Park City - Atticus Coffee & Teahouse
What’s my favorite thign to do on a rainy day? Curl up with a good book, a hot cup of tea, and enjoy a little down time! Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse is the perfect spot to indulge in a little quiet downtime in between all of the other activities you’re enjoying in Park City. Atticus offers both new and used books, so you can truly find some steal on their shelves. Plus, they make a mean latte, and their tea selection is unparalleled this side of the rocky Mountains! If the time slips away from you while your sipping away and skimming through the shelves, you’ll be glad to know that there is a breakfast and lunch menu available with tasty, healthy options to sustain you through your reading adventures. My favorite is the Scout sandwich – a toasted bagel topped with melted cheddar cheese, sprouts and avocado. Atticus is truly a locals favorite, and conveniently located right at 738 Main Street.
Catch A Movie At The Redstone 8 Theaters in Kimball Junction
The easy bet on a rainy day is to dig in to a pile of popcorn and watch a movie. The Redstone 8 Cinemas, located 6030 North Market Street in Kimball Junction, is a comfortable, modern theater that is a great place to snuggle in on a rainy day. They always offer the latest releases, and host a variety of snacks to indulge in as you while away your afternoon sinking in to the newest, best action adventure, comedy or romance. After the movie, walk next door to Ghidotti’s for a fantastic rustic Italian meal, or head right across the street to Red Rock Brewing Company for a great burger and local brew!