13 Things to Do in Park City This Summer
Park City has long been known as an idyllic ski town with a great, historic old town full of world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, and a dynamic nightlife scene.
So it’s not at all surprising that tourism is alive and well all winter long, but if you ask the locals, 8 out of 10* will say that “they moved here for the winters but stayed for the summers.” (*Note: I did not actually do any polling, numbers are just anecdotal, which is a nice way of saying that I made them up.)
Of course, it didn’t take long for the rest of the world to figure it out either. The weather in Park City in the summer months literally cannot be beat. It’s sunny with afternoon monsoons, warm but not hot, lively but not crowded and just generally perfect.
If you’re planning your summer visit to Park City, you might be wondering how you’ll fill your days when you’re not knee deep in that coveted Utah powder, but trust me, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.
1. Explore the Trails. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) awarded Park City as the first Gold-Level designation in the country. If that doesn’t say something about our trails (all 400 miles of them), then your standards are probably too high.
If mountain biking isn’t your thing,lace up your hiking boots and bring your camera. You never know when you’ll see a moose! Access the trail system from Historic Park City or from the Town Lift.
2. Take in the Views. Without the extra work. Town Lift will take you directly from Main Street up into Park City Mountain Resort. The lift runs all summer long, so ride it up, walk around at the top to get a breathtaking view of the town, then ride it back down to grab lunch!
3. Eat On Main Street. Literally on the street. Many restaurants set up outdoor decks and seating outside so you can have a great view of Historic Main Street while you dine and soak up some of that famous Utah sunshine.
No one said that aprés is limited to the ski season.
4. Savor the Summit. If you want the ultimate ‘eating-on-the-street’ experience, Park City’s biggest outdoor dinner party is happening on June 20th this year. Reserve your seat now!
5. Stroll the Galleries. The last Friday of every month from 6-9pm, wander Main Street to get a taste for the local art scene. Each month showcases different artwork, so make it a recurring event in your calendar.
6. Get Silly. Every Sunday beginning June 7, meander down to lower Main for the Park Silly Market. There are booths with artwork, merchants, food and drinks. Also, each week, there is live music and plenty of that unique, Park City dance style!
7. Shop, shop, shop. No matter what day of the week it is, there are tons of amazing boutiques lining Main Street. Most of these are owned by local merchants - something you just don’t find that often, so make sure you support them!
8. Kimball Arts Festival. One of my personal favorite events in Park City is the Arts Festival. For one weekend a year (July 31-August 2), the cars on Main Street are replaced with booths full of amazing artwork, musical acts and food. Plan your trip around this amazing event to get a great feel for what Park City is really like. The proceeds benefit the Kimball Arts Center - a local non-profit center for the arts.
9. 4th of July. Like I’ve mentioned before, parades are kind of a big deal in Park Cit, and none are bigger than the 4th of July parade down Main Street. Don’t expect any Macy’s-style balloons, but you’ll definitely see a lot of local flair and just plain ol’ fun.
After the last police cars roll down the street, follow the crowds to City Park to watch the rugby games, the bands play and the kids activities. Be sure to come back to town at dusk to watch an awe-inspiring fireworks show. Seriously, it may be a small town, but we know how to do fireworks.
10. Create Your Own Bike Tour. Rent a bike and tour the city on your own. Driving in a city you don’t know can be a little stressful, but take your time on two wheels and see what you want to see.
11. Spot the Banksys. The famous graffiti artist, Banksy, visited Park City when his movie was premiering at Sundance in 2010 and he left his mark on the town. Three times. Go find them all (maybe while you’re on your bike tour?).
12. Learn the History. Park City has a long history. So it’s not really a surprise that some of it is a little...unsettling. Take a ghost tour of Park City to learn about some of these exciting (and scary) parts of the past.
13. Stay the Night. Whether a staycation or a vacation, why not make a night or two of it? Staying overnight in Historic Park City allows you to soak in the culture, the history, the shopping, dining and more.
Sarah is a Park City local, the food blogger behind CallMeFudge.com and a social media content specialist for USANA Health Sciences in Salt Lake City. She spends most of her free time outside enjoying all that the Utah landscape has to offer. Sarah hopes to someday live much like the Grinch: high on a mountain top overlooking the villages. She’ll keep her heart of gold, though.