7 Must-Do August Events in Park City
Is it really August already? Just a few more weeks of summer before the kids (and teachers) go back to school and the sweltering days begin to cool off. Here are a few of my event picks this month to help you end Summer 2017 with a bang.
Super Doppler at O.P. Rockwell – August 4
Just a friendly reminder that concerts continue to exist more days than not in the Wasatch Back this summer. Case in point: this eclectic band’s upcoming performance at O.P. Rockwell, one of my favorite venues in town. Super Doppler (previously known as Major and the Monbacks) plays a mix of soul, country, and garage rock. If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can use the promo code I sent out last month for 2-for-1 O.P. Rockwell tickets. For more local music playing in Park City and Salt Lake City, check out my Summer 2017 Concert Calendar.
Kimball Arts Festival – August 4-6
For the 48th year (!), this festival will take Park City’s Main Street by storm. The event showcases the artwork of over 220 hand-picked artists spanning all types of mediums, from ceramics and jewelry to photography and sculpture. The event kicks off at 5pm on Friday and then runs 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. Admission on Friday night is free for Summit County residents. To attend on Saturday and/or Sunday, all you need is a weekend pass, which costs $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-17 (kids 5 and under enter free). All funds raised from the festival benefit the Kimball Arts Center. Check out the website to learn more about festival details such as the Sundance Film Series, live music, and food trucks.
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is sponsoring this event, so come say hi at the lower level of the VIP Lounge!
Summit County Fair – August 5-12
At 5pm on Saturday, the Summit County Fair officially kicks off with live entertainment and food booths in Coalville. There will also be a Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden for the grown-ups. At 7pm, catch the ever-entertaining Demolition Derby, to be followed by 10pm fireworks. The fun continues with a carnival, rodeo events, and a whole lot more. Visit the Summit County Fair website to get the full schedule and details. This is a great excuse to visit beautiful Coalville for a fun family outing.
Mid Mountain Marathon – August 19
Come and cheer on the marathoners at the start or finish line of this epic Park City race. It all begins at Silver Lake in Deer Valley and then cruises across 20 gorgeous miles of the Mid Mountain Trail. The course then descends into Utah Olympic Park at the base of the Nordic jump. This has been voted the best trail marathon in Utah, so competition is sure to be stiff. And if you don’t want to go watch the runners, it’s probably a good idea to stay off the Mid Mountain the morning and early afternoon of August 19.
Slip ‘n Soar – August 19
Another reason to head up to Utah Olympic Park on Saturday the 19th: the annual Slip ‘n Soar event. If your kids or the kid in you is a sucker for slip ‘n slides, this event is right up your alley. And when it’s 90 degrees and sunny outside as it has been of late, there’s nothing quite like a jovial soak. You get to plunge right into the Olympic freestyle pool. The event runs noon-6pm and tickets are $65 per person. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Blue Sky Bash – August 26
What a time to celebrate open space in Park City! Recently, a combined effort of many private donors and the town has saved Bonanza Flats. Join in the momentum at this fundraiser for the Summit Land Conservancy at the Ranch at Blue Sky. The event begins at 6pm and features a whiskey tasting and dinner from High West that you truly won’t want to miss. Also on the roster is a live auction and music from Pixie and the Partygrass Boys. Get your tickets online before August 23.
Summit Challenge – August 26
You can work up an appetite for the Blue Sky Bash whiskey dinner (above) by competing in race benefitting another one of my favorite local nonprofit organizations: the National Ability Center. To join in the Summit Challenge, choose from a 16, 50, 80, or 100-mile course and enjoy the mountain views. The National Ability Center also offers support for riders with disabilities so that everyone can compete.