Music in the Mountains: Park City’s Hills are Alive with Free Summer Concerts
Summer is in full swing here in Park City and there’s plenty of great concerts on tap to enjoy. While our small town is renowned for our dining and art scene, the menu of outdoor concert options and local music are also a standout. And the best part - drumroll please - many of them are free and very kid-friendly!
For all shows, bring-your-own blankets and chairs, and don’t forget a warm layer to keep the chill away after the sun goes down.
Here’s a sampling of some free local favorites...
Grand Valley Bank Concert Series
A longtime local favorite, the Wednesday night concerts series outgrew its longtime home in City Park and moved up to Deer Valley several years ago to accommodate the growing crowd of locals and visitors who gather with picnics, hula-hoops and more to hear some of Park City’s top local musicians. Offering plenty of grassy room for the kids to dance and explore, the Deer Valley venue is the perfect picnic spot. Stop by the Park City Farmer’s Market (12-6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Canyons parking area off SR 224) and pack a basket with some local treats, or pick-up a dinner at the show from the Deer Valley concession stand - the Nachos covered in Deer Valley’s signature Turkey Chili are especially yummy. Visit www.mountaintownmusic.org for the lineup of 2014 shows.
Newpark Town Center
Travel to the north side of town to Newpark - Park City’s shopping and entertainment district. Newpark’s Amphitheater features live music and fun for the whole family while overlooking the Swaner Nature Preserve. Picnics are welcome, but plenty of great take-out options neighbor the venue including Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery (try their Fat Kid Pizza), Good Thymes, Kneader’s Cafe, Cafe Rio (their Taco Salad is a standout) and Whole Foods. Visit www.mountaintownmusic.org for show details.
Miner’s Park Concert Series
Times vary, Saturday & Sunday afternoons
415 Main Street
An intimate setting located in the heart of Park City’s historic Main Street. The Miner’s Park is a great spot to catch a variety of music from local artists. Refreshment are available. No picnic or coolers, please. Visit www.mountaintownmusic.org for a schedule of performers.
Park Silly Sunday Market
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays
Historic Main Street
Locals and visitors flock to the Park Silly Market every Sunday for unique shopping, dining and street performances. Locally based Mountain Town Music programs diverse musicians among several stages located throughout the market every weekend. Check out the stages at the corner of 9th & Main Street and next to the Post Office for feature performers. Visit www.mountaintownmusic.org for more information.
The Canyons Summer Concert Series
6-8:30 pm Saturdays
The Canyons Resort Village
The Saturday shows at The Canyons draw a big crowd and big acts. Arrive early, ride the Cabriolet lift (opens at 9 a.m.) and lay claim to a prime spot in the outdoor amphitheater, then enjoy a picnic or a casual dinner offered by some of the Resort’s dining concessionaires. Visit www.thecanyons.com/events for a schedule of shows and more information.
These are just a few of the regular concerts around Park City, but for a complete listing week by week, check out the Visit Park City website for all listings and specific performers at each venue. Enjoy!
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