There is a saying in Park City that people “come for the winters and stay for the summers.” It’s true! Summer is my favorite time of year in Park City. I have already published a blog with 15 summer activities but I wanted to share what I consider my top 5 favorites. These are the activities I never miss each summer.
1. Savor the Summit
Held on June 16th this year, Savor the Summit is Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party. Main Street shuts down and there is a table running the entire length of the street. Pick your favorite restaurant (act quickly because the best ones sell out) and dine alfresco with hundreds of others. It is a total party atmosphere and always a great time.
2. 4th of July Celebration
Park City truly is a small town and you will understand this at the 4th of July Celebration. It starts with a 5k run, a pancake breakfast at City Park, then the annual parade down Main Street. The ski resorts, police officers, fire trucks and politicians walk or ride down Main Street. Of course, you won’t want to miss the Park City High School Marching Band, a personal source of pride for me since both of my kids have participated in it for the last few years. After the parade, there is a big lawn party at City Park with live music and food. As the sun sets, Park City ski resort has a large fireworks display. Or, for something a little different, head to Oakley for the PCRA sanctioned rodeo.
3. Utah Symphony & Opera Deer Valley Music Festival
Each summer, the Utah Symphony moves their home base to Deer Valley Resort. Nearly every Friday and Saturday night in July and August, you can catch the symphony playing pop tunes under the stars. Sometimes, they are accompanied by pop stars. I’ve seen Norah Jones, the Beach Boys, and Tony Bennett, to name a few. This year’s lineup includes an ABBA tribute and Rick Springfield!
4. Kimball Arts Festival
Usually held the first weekend of August, Main Street is closed to vehicles and the works of more than 200 artists are displayed for purchase. The Kimball Arts Festival has live music, wine and beer gardens and even a kids corner. It’s a completely festive, party atmosphere and lots of fun.
5. Boating & SUP on the Jordanelle
I don’t own a boat, but no problem! It’s easy to rent boats, tubes, kayaks, jet skis and stand up paddle boards (SUPs) at the Jordanelle State Park reservoir. I recommend you book online as the Jordanelle can get busy during the summer months.
Have you been to Park City in the summer? If you’re planning a visit, I’d love to connect with you and help make your trip extra special. If you have been to Park City in the summertime, what’s at the top of your activity list?