Best Main Street Takeover
Nothing lets you feel like you’re taking Main Street back from the Gorsuch-wearing ruling class quite like an old-fashioned Main Street takeover. And nobody does it better than the Kimball Art Center with their annual Arts Festival. In addition to the incredible art from talented artists—which can be yours for fees ranging from rather affordable to shockingly expensive—there’s also a party atmosphere highlighted by music stages and beer gardens up and down PC’s primary thoroughfare.
Most Original Entertainment
The Egyptian Theatre likes to think outside the box when it comes to entertaining Parkites. While many venues will schedule a bluegrass group to appease the ski bums and call it a day, the intrepid thinkers at the Egyptian program everything from aging supergroups to local theater productions to comedians ranging from the well known to the obscure.
328 Main St., 435-649-9371. egyptiantheatrecompany.org
Hippest New Digs
Kimball Art Center: Just like everyone else, we loved the Kimball Art Center’s old digs on the corner of Park and Heber, so we were thrilled to see them land on their feet with the new location on Kearns Boulevard. The Kimball still shows the best art in town, and the new gallery has the whole hipster-chic warehouse vibe on lock.
1401 Kearns Blvd., 435-649-8882. kimballartcenter.org
Expect to see a troupe of belly dancers on one street corner and hear an interesting Celtic-ish local band down by the food stands. Watch out for those gyrating hula hoops when juggling a whiskey lemonade and a fresh bag of kettle corn. Look no further than the Park Silly Market each Sunday when you want to get a little weird. The best part is everyone is there for the same reason, so nobody will bat an eyelash as you celebrate the eccentricities of summer life in Park City.
Hot Spot For Local Tunes
Each of the Mountain Town Music venues has its own charm, but none has a better feel for local yokels than the stage at Newpark Town Center Amphitheatre. The free midweek shows are frequented by a local crowd toting coolers, dogs, children and serious sunglasses. Mountain Town Music books the stage with home-grown jams. Come prepared because the pizza scents wafting from nearby Maxwell’s can inspire you to empty your wallet in a hurry.
Best Summer Concert Lineup
The acts Deer Valley pulls together each year never fail to impress, even drawing in our neighbors down the hill. Where else in Utah will you see the Utah Symphony, Lyle Lovett with Emmylou Harris, and Brandi Carlile? And that’s just this year. As a bonus, concerts at the Snowpark Amphitheatre are BYOB, unlike many of the events held on the other side of town and the boxed dinners are to die for.