In a town full of galleries, the Kimball Art Center (KAC) serves as the epicenter of visual arts and education in Park City. Not only does the KAC provide fantastic exhibitions, it also hosts a variety of classes and workshops to educate artists and art enthusiasts of all ages. This weekend the is Park City's beloved art center's biggest celebration/fundraiser of the year, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which, at 47-years-old, also happens to be the longest-running visual arts festival in Utah. Festivities kick off on Friday, August 4th on Historic Main Street at 5 p.m. and continue through Sunday, August 6th at 6 p.m. Following is rundown of how and what to enjoy at this year's festival.
The mainstay of the Kimball Arts Festival is the collection of work by visual artists from across the country. Their work spans twelve categories, including drawing, photography, metalwork, wood, sculpture, and more. Once again, the festival is larger than ever and this year 60 new artists join the festival, with representation from 34 states and Canada. One artist from each category will take home the Best In Show title, but you have the chance to check out and take home amazing work from any one of the nearly 230 artists who'll have their work on display in stalls running the length of Main Street. Be on the look out for returning winners, Jenny Hill of Ogden with her J Hill Felt clothing, photographer Clifton Henri of Chicago, and glass artist Joshua Rodine.
The Kimball Arts Festival is truly a celebration of art in all its forms, and in that spirit the streets will be filled with music the entire weekend. Performances will take place on three stages spaced along the Main Street, the Kimball, Food Truck Round-Up, and Miner's. Rock out to Tony Holiday & The Velvetones and the salsa stylings of Salt Lake City's Rumba Libre Band. With more than 30 musical artists hailing from across the country slated to play everything from Latin jazz to Indian classical music, reggae, and rock & roll, there will indeed be something for everyone. See the full schedule on the festival website.
Kids Activities & Entertainment
If you're worried about the kids wreaking havoc while you browse the artist stalls, have no fear. The festival offers plenty of activities to keep your brood occupied. The new and improved Kids' Art Area is located on the Town Lift Plaza. Drop your little ones here and they can experience a myriad of hands-on art projects that go way beyond face painting. Several new activities have been added this year, including Aim, Point + Paint where kids have fun with paint and water guns and a new interactive, collaborative sculpture that will evolve throughout the festival. Most projects are $3 to participate or kids can do four for $10.
Taste of the Fest
Cuisine definitely qualifies as an art here in Park City and the organizers at the KAC wouldn't dream of putting on a festival without ensuring there was plenty to eat. In addition to all the eateries located on Main, culinary options include noshes from one of the food trucks scheduled to be on site (Brugesmobile, Banh Mi Time, Rubadue's Saucey Skillet, and Black's Sliders) or a snack at six concession stands. And the festival's three beer gardens are ideal spots to take a break from the action and wet your whistle.
Any gourmands among festivalgoers will also have the chance to participate in an artisan tasting featuring Utah hand-crafted food producers C&C Candies, Wasatch Creamery, Burton's Maplewood Farm, and JulieAnn Caramels.
Regular admission to all three days of the festival is $12 for adults, $6 for kids age 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and under. But if you're a Summit County resident Friday is your chance to enjoy the festival at no charge. Simply bring a valid Utah ID/Summit County utility bill to any festival entry point, and you and your kids can take in the sights, sounds, and excitement of the festival, gratis.
This year for Yoga Fest, the Kimball Art Center has teamed up with local instructors Edy McConnell and Julia Geisler to help you reinvigorate your body with yoga at the Town Lift Bridge. Join them for a free yoga session from 8 to 9 a.m. New this year, the yoga fest will also feature a Wake + Draw Figure Session where you'll have the chance for some plein air drawing of yogis striking poses. The drawing session will be led by Park City High School's painting and drawing teacher Mark Elliot and all materials are provided. No registration is necessary, so just drop by and draw!
Festival After Dark
Though the artist stalls on Main close at night, the celebration hardly ends when the sun goes down. Park City has a bustling nightlife and the Festival After Dark program offers an eclectic mix of entertainment options for the whole family, including film, music, theater, and even rodeo.
On Friday night, make sure you head to City Park for a free screening of Sundance film Walking Out at 9 p.m. Shown in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, the film is the story of an estranged father and son who struggle to connect until they face a brutal encounter in the wilderness. Bring a picnic, blanket, and come early for lawn games.
The nighttime schedule for Saturday is packed as well and the options for entertainment are plentiful. The Deer Valley Music Festival hosts a tribute to the Beatles with the Utah Symphony Classical Mystery Tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. If you've never been to the rodeo before then you'll want to head over to Coalville for the Summit County Fair's for family fun and the opening night Demolition Derby.
Or if you're looking for some laughs instead, check out the stand up comedy show at the Egyptian Theater with Mick DiFlo and Greg Hahn. DiFlo went from plumber/professional boxer/addiction counselor to appear on the stages of NYC, consistently ranking as an audience favorite. He is also a contributing writer to ‘The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes’, Jest Magazine, & The Huffington Post. Hahn is known for his physical humor and out of this world energy as well as quick one liners and audience work. He's appeared on a number of Comedy Central shows, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, and many others. The show begins at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night.
Sunday evening, the Park City Institute hosts the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at 7 p.m. The all-volunteer singers are lead by Artistic Director, Dr. Timothy Seelig and offer an unparalleled level of excellence.
PCGA Festival Gallery Stroll
Seven galleries are participating in this year's post-festival gallery stroll. After the artist stalls close on Friday evening, the Park City Gallery Association invites you to visit the finest galleries in town for special exhibit openings, food, and refreshments. Participating galleries include David Beavis Gallery, Julie Nester Gallery, J Go Gallery, Gallery Mar, PROTHRO Gallery, Susan Swartz Studios, and Trove Gallery.
It's going to be a jam-packed weekend of arts, hope to see you there!