Summertime Music in Park City: The Hills Come Alive

summertime music in park city

Summertime in Park City has become synonymous with outdoor music, and this year is no exception. From classical to classic rock, there’s a chance to shake your groove thing nearly every day of the week.

What started out as a modest Wednesday night concert series in City Park has exploded to include concerts at every conceivable venue throughout town and across the Snyderville Basin.

Diehard music fans can even head down to Salt Lake for options that expand the late June through August summertime music in Park City schedule to include the shoulder season months of May and September.

Visitors are often surprised at this annual opportunity to picnic it up, and with a nice adult beverage, no less. That’s because most of the venues are private, and imbibing is allowed as a result.

The original Wednesday night free concerts are still one of the most beloved summertime traditions among locals and visitors. The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley was initially launched by Park City Performing Arts Foundation in the small pavilion by Miner’s Hospital in City Park. A few years in, the crowds grew too large for the grassy knoll, necessitating a move to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge.

Many seasons later, PCPAF (now the Park City Institute) handed the reigns over to the prodigious Mountain Town Music, which has expanded the roster of bands to include both local favorites and national touring acts. For this year’s series, local bands include Son of Ian, The Crescent Super Band, The Chickens, and Park City’s legendary Motherlode Canyon Band. All concerts start at 6 p.m., and ample parking is available in Deer Valley Resort’s adjacent lots.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

June 17                Stranger Band

June 24                The Changing Lanes Experience

July 1                    Robyn Cage

July 8                    The Chickens

July 15                  Slickrock Gypsies

July 22                  Tracorum

July 29                  Motherlode Canyon Band

August 5              Kings of 88

August 12            Son Of Ian

August 19            The Crescent Super Band

August 26            Park City All Star Jam Session

Mountain Town Music’s other summertime shows are held at Miner’s Park on Main Street every weekend, Thursday nights at the Newpark Amphitheatre at Kimball Junction, in Peoa at Woodenshoe Park on Fridays, Saturday nights at Canyons Resort, Sundays during the day at the Park Silly Sunday Market, and Sunday nights outside of Billy Blanco’s restaurant in Quarry Village. Check out their website for updates.

Deer Valley Resort’s two headliner concert series bring in major league performers: the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s (USUO) Deer Valley Music Festival, and the Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights series.

The Deer Valley Music Festival kicks off on July 4th, featuring Patriotic Pops with Bravo Broadway, and ends on August 14th with the inimitable Diana Krall. All headliners share the stage with USUO musicians, creating an under-the-stars mountainside experience available in few other venues. Some of the smaller shows, however, take place at the beautiful St. Mary’s Church on S.R. 224 (near the McPolin Barn). Tickets are available at the Deer Valley Music Festival website, and the full lineup is as follows:

July 4                    Patriotic Pops with Bravo Broadway (Deer Valley)

July 8                    Mozart & Mendelssohn (St. Mary’s Church)

July 10                  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

July 11                  Smokey Robinson with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

July 17                  Disney’s Fantasia: Live in Concert with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

July 18                  Classical Mystery Tour with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

July 22                  Muir String Quartet (St. Mary’s Church)

July 24                  Country Legends (Deer Valley)

July 25                  Sinatra Sings Sinatra: A Multimedia Centennial Celebration (Deer Valley)

July 28                  Semiosis & Denovo String Quartets (St. Mary’s Church)

July 29                  Bach & Vivaldi (St. Mary’s Church)

July 31                  1812 Overture! (Deer Valley)

August 1              Ozomatli with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

August 5              Mendelssohn, Bruch & Haydn (St. Mary’s Church)

August 7              Hollywood Under the Stars (Deer Valley)

August 8              Kristin Chenoweth with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

August 14            Diana Krall with the Utah Symphony (Deer Valley)

This year’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series has an earlier-than-usual start on June 30 with the triple header of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and Tonic, and concludes Labor Day weekend on September 6 with hitmaker Aloe Blacc. Tickets are available for purchase online here, or in person at the Eccles Center Box Office. The full lineup includes:

June 30                Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and Tonic

July 3                    Taste of “Treme:” Funky Meter, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Lucia Micarelli

July 16                  Warren Haynes with Gov’t Mule

July 23                  Easton Corbin with Parmalee

July 30                  Esperanza Spalding, Perla Batalla and Anna Wilson

August 4              Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

August 15            Chris Botti and Joshua Bell

August 22            The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

August 29            Lee Brice

September 6       AloeBlacc

To really expand your musical horizons, take a quick drive to Salt Lake for two of the area’s favorite concert series: Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series and the Twilight Concerts at Pioneer Park.

Tickets for the Red Butte Outdoor Concert Series went on sale to members only on April 27 and, by all accounts, many of the shows sold out on the first day. In years past, however, tickets for shows that were “sold out” in the spring mysteriously became available as the concert date neared. Often, the reason given is the artist released their holds, but either way, hold off from purchasing on ticket resale sites to see if tickets are released by the venue itself. Be sure to sign up for Red Butte’s newsletter and “like” them on Facebook so you don’t miss out. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on May 4, and can be purchased at

This year’s series is as follows:

May 22                 Passion Pit

May 26                 The Decemberists

May 27                 Chromeo & ODESZA

May 29                 Lindsey Stirling

June 2                   Ryan Adams

June 12                Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

June 16                Cooder-White-Skaggs

June 25                Rob Thomas

July 9                    Brian Wilson

July 14                  Hank Williams, Jr.

July 19                  Sweet Harmony Soul featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin

July 21                  Steve Miller Band

July 22                  An Evening with Harry Connick, Jr.

July 26                  An Evening with Lyle Lovett & his Large Band

July 27                  Under The Sun Tour – Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker, Eve 6

August 4              Alabama Shakes

August 6              Michael Franti & Spearhead

August 7              John Fogerty – 1969

August 12            Trampled By Turtles & The Devil Makes Three

August 16            Brandi Carlile

August 17            Rodrigo y Gabriela

August 18            Wilco

August 24            Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club – Adios Tour

August 25            Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion – America The Beautiful Tour

August 31            YES & TOTO

September 6       An Evening with CAKE

September 15     An Evening with Mark Knopfler

September 16     An Evening with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Finally, the Thursday night Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City started out at the much smaller and intimate Gallivan Center Plaza, but as the crowds grew, the organizers moved it to its current location, eventually charging admission to keep out the riffraff. The park gets a scrubbing right before each show, with Salt Lake City’s finest moving the homeless out and securing the venue with a huge chain link fence. It’s still one of the best values around, with tickets just $5 in advance and $10 at the gate, and there is ample parking at the nearby Gateway Mall’s two indoor lots. Visit for ticket information, and check out this year’s lineup (so far) below:

July 16                  Death Cab for Cutie

July 23                  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Father John Misty

July 30                  Prhyme with Adrian Younge and special guest Bishop Nehru

August 6              The Kills with special guest Metz

August 13            The Word with special guest Lee Fields and the Expressions

August 20            Run the Jewels

August 27            TBD

Whether it’s hearing a yet-to-be-discovered local band at Newpark, or a true legend with USUO, the fabulous summertime music in Park City is yet another reason to call Christine when you’ve decided it’s time to Choose Park City.

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