Wait, didn’t the groundhog just see its shadow? Why would we publish a blog post on summer fun in Historic Park City in February? Well, because you are looking for information on summer in Historic Park City. If you ask, we will deliver (when possible, of course).
While winter is certainly the Main Attraction in Park City, in recent years summer has started to put on the heat. Park City’s familiar snow-topped mountains transform into miles and miles of trails and entertainment for adventure-seeking locals and visitors. Although we all wish we could spend every waking moment climbing mountains and chasing the sun, we all need a little time to recover, recharge and well, shop, dine and be entertained, which is where Historic Park City comes in.
Historic Park City is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, and galleries while also playing host to several entertainment venues and special events and exactly where you’ll want to be when you’re not on the mountain. Fortunately, you are still able to spend time outdoors enjoying Park City’s perfect climate.
Dine Al Fresco
Once the snow melts and the weather warms, many Main Street restaurants build outdoor dining extending their dining room to the great outdoors. Dining decks are typically open for lunch and dinner. Don’t forget a sweater for those evening reservations when it cools down once the sun dips behind the Park City ridgeline.
Play With the Kids (or like a kid)
Historic Park City is filled with gems that the child in all of us will gravitate toward. Seek out Franz the Bear, the Bansky painting, Miner’s Park, the Trolley and the Shoe Tree during your visit.
Grab some fresh produce.
Each Sunday during the Park Silly Sunday Market farmers and local producers line the Post Office parking lot. Once July hits, the crops seem to be abundant with your choice of berries, asparagus, beets, onions, greens, eggs, breads, sauces, jams, pastries, sweets, treats, and meats. You could easily source and create a farm-to-table meal (if cooking isn’t your thing many of Main Street’s restaurants will source specials for the evening from local farmers.)
Attend an Event
Historic Park City’s iconic Main Street hosts numerous events throughout the summer welcoming foodies, artists and art collectors, vendors and market attendees, and even cyclers and sports enthusiasts.
Sundays, June 3 – September 23 (except August 5, 12, 19) – Park Silly Sunday Market - Each Sunday through the summer, Historic Main Street gets a little silly with the Park Silly Sunday Market. The Silly Market, held on Lower Main Street, from 10 – 5 brings street market, farmers market, and plain ole silliness to the street. Be sure to stroll up the street to visit brick and mortar restaurants, shops and galleries.
Monthly – Last Friday Gallery Stroll – Park City’s art galleries invite season collectors and art novices to meet and greet with featured artists while strolling from gallery to gallery. Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about what inspires each artist and how they create their masterpieces. Make a date of it and grab dinner or take in a show.
Saturday, June 16 - Savor the Summit - Main Street transforms into dinner table nearly a mile long, and restaurants pull out all the stops hosting Park City’s largest dinner party. Even if you choose to dine elsewhere for the evening, you have to see the tablescapes and design each restaurant brings to the event.
Park City’s 4th of July Celebration is everything you’d expect from a small town celebrating their nation’s independence. Local businesses, non-profits, and organizations create elaborate floats showcasing their creativity and, of course, love for the country. The parade, which typically begins at 11:00 a.m. takes place on Historic Main Street before the celebration moves to City Park. I highly recommend grabbing lunch on Main Street following the parade and stopping in a shop or two. You’ll often find some of the best sales of the year during the 4th of July celebration.
August 3 – 5 – Kimball Arts Festival – The 2018 event celebrates 49 years of the Kimball Arts Festival on Main Street. The event, which closes down Main Street, brings hundreds of artists from across the country to Park City and serves as the most significant fundraiser of the year for the Kimball Arts Center.
August 12 – Tour of Utah – Referred to as the toughest stage race in America, the Tour of Utah will start and finish the Championship State on Historic Main Street. The energy the event brings to the street for both the start and the finish is unmatched.
It’s only February, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer. We look forward to playing a part.