The Park City Arts Festival is one of the biggest in the west. And we are privileged to have this event so
close and accessible. There are over 200 artists showing and selling their wares, live entertainment,
events for kids, and great food. It is usually held annually on the first weekend of August, Friday
As stated on the official Park City Arts Festival website, this event attracts "100,000+ visitors over a
[three]-day period", "is one of the most attended annual events in Utah and consistently makes the Top Ten
List by the renowned Harris Poll".
The Festival takes up all of Main Street in Park City, and the street is closed to vehicular traffic. Parking is
limited on the surrounding streets, but there is plenty of remote parking and a very well-organized shuttle system
(busses run every 5-10 minutes) for transporting festival goers.
Park for free at places like Deer Valley and take the free bus to the art.
The only mandatory cost is the
entrance fee (it was $5 in 2003). But of course, you will
probably find something you can't live without and empty your wallet at least a little. And you will
have to taste some of the wonderful food.
Art on display and for sale ranged from fabric to glass, jewelry to wood, photography to painted art. Even if you can't
afford to buy some of these beautiful pieces, it is fun to browse and maybe even talk to the artists to see how they do what they do and what inspires them.
There are three food items that symbolize outdoor fun to me, and must always be sampled at events such as this one.
They are hot dogs, soft pretzels, and Navajo Tacos. I went for the Navajo Taco this time. Great stuff, and healthy,
Be sure to stop by the Kimball Art Center (one of the event's sponsors) to check out what is on display inside.
Also, don't ignore the permanent vendors in the storefronts that line main street. Most are open for business during
the show, and they offer goods that compliment the art in the street.
This year (2003) at one of the entrance places there were a couple of new cars on display. One was a Porsche SUV.
There was no price tag. But I guess if you have to ask, you can't afford it.