The good news: the Park City area is jamming with free outdoor concerts all summer long. The bad news: You have some decisions to make. Each venue is a different experience, from soothingly refined to “I’m callin’ in sick tomorrow” raucous. Lucky for you, finding the music to fit your mood is just a few choices away. (For more details, visit mountaintownmusic.org.)
Canyons’ Summer Saturday Concert Series
Canyons Resort Village, July 5–Aug 30, 6 p.m.
Genre Major touring acts Vibe Think of this as a micro-Coachella or Beale Street Music Fest. Bring your picnic basket or grab food from one of the street vendors. There’s a Utah State Liquor Store on-site at the Westgate Market, inside the Westgate Resort.
Miner’s Park Concert Series on Main Street
Park City, Sat and Sun, June 22–Aug 29, 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Genre Jazz, bluegrass, or folk in an “unplugged” format Vibe This intimate venue is an Old Town gem. Grab an icy beverage from the beer garden, take a seat under the trees or an umbrella, and let the decompression begin. If the chairs are full when you arrive, be patient: people tend to come and go from this cozy, casual venue.
Newpark Summer Concert Series
Kimball Junction, Thu, June 19–Aug 28, 6 p.m.
Genre Up-and-coming national and regional actsVibe Emerging bands and musicians in a sometimes raucous forum environment. Carry-ins are welcome. Or book a table on the patio at Maxwell’s (435.647.0304) or Good Thyme’s Bistro (435.615.7090), both of which face the stage.
Music on the Green
City Park, Mon, July 7–Aug 11, 6 p.m.
Genre Chamber music performances as part of the Park City Beethoven Festival (pcmusicfestival.com) Vibe Relatively sedate (think chardonnay versus PBR); a great opportunity to expose your family to chamber music with neither the pricey ticket nor the buttoned-up formality. Coolers, kids, and leashed dogs are all welcome.
Billy Blanco’s Concert Series
Quarry Village Sun, June 22–Aug 31, 6 p.m.
Genre Local and regional touring acts Vibe Similar to Deer Valley’s Wednesday-night concert series, just smaller. Families from Pinebrook, Summit Park, and Jeremy Ranch gather on the grassy lawn here to wind up the weekend. Or sit and listen on the patio at Billy Blanco’s with a plate of Baja fish tacos.
Deer Valley’s Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series
Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, Wed, June 18–Aug 27, 5 p.m.
Genre Local bands and singer-songwriters VibeExpect to share the wide, grassy hillside with hundreds of other hump-day concertgoers. Bring your cooler and let your kids cut a rug down near the stage. No picnic? No problem. Order a dee-licious gourmet dinner basket from Deer Valley (435.649.1000).
Concerts on Main
Coalville Fri, June 20–July 25, 6:30 p.m. (no concert July 4)
Genre Eastern Summit County soloists, duos, and smallish bands Vibe Sometimes 30 and sometimes half a dozen people gather on the grassy knoll at the new Pocket Park (just north of Bella’s Full Service Salon). Picnics are welcome, but sipping a cocktail is probably not kosher in the mostly LDS county seat. Be sure to leave time for a stop at Summit Mercantile, a.k.a. “The Merc.”
Woodenshoe Park Concert Series
Peoa, Fri, June 27–Aug 15, 6:30 p.m. (no concert July 4)
Genre Local mixed bag, soloists to bands Vibe A livestock pasture provides the rustic backdrop to the shows here, which feel a lot like family picnics. A pavilion and mature cottonwood trees offer pleasant shade in midsummer, and swings and a slide are obvious kid magnets. Arrive early to stake out a grill.