Things To Do – Park City’s Historic Main Street
Park City is a multifaceted town recognized for multiple things: a booming ski industry, a vibrant summer scene, and an historic mining town that thrived on extracting silver during the late 1800s through the mid 1900s. A tragic fire and subsequent mine collapse rendered the town all but empty until skiing achieved popularity in the 1970s. The 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics led to additional growth and expansion, resulting in today’s Park City, a contrast of old and new. Withstanding the tests of time are the multiple historic buildings that dot Main Street and its surroundings, creating the perfect venue for exploring shops, restaurants, and festivals while taking a stroll back in time.
A mix of eclectic shops entices visitors to Main Street, and the festivals and eating establishments turn them into repeat clientele. Find unique gifts and trinkets at Southwest Indian Traders or Dolly’s Bookstore, where you can also snag the latest bestseller while mingling with the store cats. Select some trendy threads at Mary Jane’s, or if your sweet tooth is calling, answer with a visit to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. A trip up Main Street reveals outlets for paintings, furniture, antiques, and even gear for next year’s ski season. And if all that walking makes you thirsty, drop into No Name Saloon, Wasatch Brew Pub, or O’Shucks Bar & Grill for some refreshments and local camaraderie.
Historic Main Street also serves as the picturesque backdrop for a variety of annual festivals that call Park City home. The most notable is the Sundance Film Festival, which unfolds across a ten-day span every January. Sundance marks the arrival of producers, directors, actors, journalists, and movie buffs from all over the country for screenings of the next big films and documentaries. It is a place to see and be seen, and sightings of all sorts of famous folk perusing the festival hangouts is commonplace. Tickets are fairly easy to come by, although lodging is not, so make your plans early (up to a year in advance). The influx of people during the film festival only adds to the beauty of Main Street’s winter wonderland, strewn with colored lights and vibrant decorations. Experience it once and you’ll make the Sundance pilgrimage an annual tradition!
Another popular Main Street event is the Kimball Arts Festival, which just marked its 40th anniversary this past summer. Set during early August, the Arts Fest attracts a varied crowd looking for both renowned and lesser known artists, live music and entertainment, and refreshments. Additionally, the Park Silly Market is a unique Park City custom focusing on eco-friendly practices. Vendors pedal bikes (literally) and peddle local food, crafts, and entertainment. Kids can get their face painted and participate in games to win prizes, all for minimal cost. This delightful event takes place every Sunday from June to September.
In addition to these well-established traditions, most weekends on Main Street involve some form of live entertainment (whether spontaneous or previously arranged!), and fundraisers like “Day at the Races,” which supports local schools by racing Soap Box cars down Main Street. There is always something happening on Main Street in Park City, so come out and join the fun.