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Throw a dart at a December-to-April calendar, and you’ll be hard pressed to hit a day without a performance, competition, or celebration going on somewhere in Park City. Here are a few recommendations to help you narrow your seasonal dance card—one not-to-be-missed event for each winter month.

Though he may be best known locally for transforming blue-collar Helper, Utah, into a funky artists’ enclave,David Dornan is also one of the country’s most acclaimed still-life painters. A rare exhibition of his work opens with a reception at the Trove Gallery (formerly Coda Gallery, 804 Main St, 435.655.3803, troveparkcity.com) on December 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Main Street’s Egyptian Theatre (435.649.9371, 328 Main St, egyptiantheatrecompany.org) is transformed into a boisterous Irish pub (they even sell beer!) when the Irish Comedy Tour stops there January 15−17. Having honed their chops on Comedy Central, Showtime, and USO tours, the five seasoned comedians making up this renowned troupe inspire an evening of belly laughs by tearing apart (and confirming) Irish myths and stereotypes.

Hang up those alpine boards for a day, grab your Valentine, and head to the Round Valley Round Up (mountaintrails.org), Nordic ski races in and around Park City’s beloved backdoor trail network on February 14. Events range from pro to amateur in 5k, 20k, and 40k increments. (Sign up soon, as this event is limited to 400 participants.)

Suzanne Vega has come a long way since her 1980s hit “Luka.” See just how far when she brings her irreverent personality, on-point acoustic guitar skills, and unwavering voice to the Eccles Center (435.655.3114, ecclescenter.org) on March 21, part of a tour promoting her first album in seven years, Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.

Though not an officially sanctioned event—and not nearly as disorderly as it was in the 1970s and ’80s—Park City Mountain Resort’s Clown Day (435.649.8111, parkcitymountain.com), held appropriately on April 1, is as traditionally Park City as ski racing and hiking Jupiter Peak. And, of course, it’s a fantastic excuse to don a costume and go skiing. 

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