The Sundance Film Festival rolls into Park City each January and brings with it a gaggle of Hollywood A-listers and film buffs along with a healthy bundle of stargazers. The festival features a few myths that may have you confused about what you can and can’t enjoy if you aren’t officially associated with the festival.
Myth #1 – You can’t get to Main Street.
Fact – You can totally get to Main Street. Sure, we don’t recommend planning to meet your six best buds on Main Street and each of you driving in separately.
We’re big advocates of public transportation year-round, but during Sundance it is a must. If you do choose to drive plan to pay for parking. Parking in China Bridge is $25 Thursday – Monday and drops to $10 Tuesday – Sunday.
Your best bet is to park in the Richardson Flat parking lot just off HWY40. The lot will have transit service in 10-minute increments from 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 20-minute increments from 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. That is service 20 hours a day. The shuttle will take you from the Richardson Flat lot to the Eccles Center where you can transfer to a bus to get you to Main Street. The more cars we can take off the road the better traffic will flow for everyone.
Myth #2 – You can’t get a table anywhere on Main Street.
Fact – You can get a table on Main Street it just takes a little preparation or flexibility.
A few tips:
- If you must dine at a particular restaurant the first weekend of Sundance at 7:30 p.m. that may be tough, and reservations are likely a must.
- If you are a little more flexible, we suggest bellying up to the bar. Often you can order from the same menu at the bar or perhaps give the bar menu a try.
- Have lunch on Main Street rather than dinner.
- Plan a night out the 2nd half of the festival. You may be surprised at how attainable the Festival can beginning Tuesday.
Myth #3 – If you don’t have a credential there isn’t anything for you to do at Sundance.
Fact – For years I avoided Sundance because I wasn’t a credentialed attendee, or I would walk down Main Street afraid to venture into any of the official Sundance venues because I didn’t think I belonged. When I learned that many Sundance venues were open to the public, I was amazed at the experiences I could have in my own backyard. We’re talking about experiences that rival big city opportunities often with free snacks and swag.
So, where can you go?
FESTIVAL BASE CAMP PRESENTED BY CANADA GOOSE
475 Swede Alley, Park City
Friday, January 20–Saturday, January 28, 2017
Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose is a signature venue in the heart of Park City’s Old Town. Just off of Main Street, this thriving hub combines music performances, panels, art, film, and fun.
All events are open to the public.
608 Main St
Join us at the Festival Co-op on Main Street. Visit with some of our 2017 Festival sponsors, including American Airlines, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, SundanceTV, and S’well, and participate in a variety of offerings and demonstrations.
The Festival Co-op is free and open to all Festival Credential Holders and the general public.
Come pick up a complimentary special edition Sundance Institute–branded S'well bottle.
Friday, January 20–Friday, January 27, 2017
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
550 Main St., 2nd Floor
A casual meeting place and café designed to cultivate dialogue among filmmakers, industry leaders, and the press, the Filmmaker Lodge presents Cinema Café and Filmmaker Lodge—a series of lively panel discussions and conversations on a range of current issues. You'll find everything about documentary and fiction filmmaking, as well as a cozy setting to engage with fellow festivalgoers.
Open to all Festival credential holders and the general public on a space–available basis.
Friday, January 20 - Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SPONSOR VENUES AND ACTIVITIES
There are too many official sponsor venues and activities to list, but these are worth a visit to Main Street even if you don’t do anything else. Check out the Sundance Film Festival website for the details on the different sponsor venues you can visit at the Festival.
Moral to the story is this: Even if you aren’t planning on stepping foot in a single film, there is plenty of Sundance for you to enjoy. Hop on a bus and stroll the street. Who knows what kind of fun you’ll stumble upon? For 10 days a year, our sweet little town transforms into somewhat of a big city with big stars and bright lights. We hope you enjoy it!
For everything you need to know about the Sundance Film Festival (transit, parking, how to purchase tickets and locations of venues) all in one place take a look at the Sundance Locals Guide in English or Spanish. You can also text FILMFEST to 888777 to receive text alerts during the festival about parking, traffic, and other impacts.