One of our favorite events of the year returns this weekend for its 49th installment. We’re, of course, talking about the Kimball Arts Festival taking place August 3, 4, and 5. Here are just a few of the many things we’re looking forward to doing this weekend!
The Chance to Support Independent Artists
Maybe it’s a bit obvious, but it deserves mentioning: art festivals are, hands down, the best places to pick up unique items and actually engage with the person who created it. More than 200 artists from across the country will exhibit and sell their work at the festival. We’re looking forward to seeing our favorite artists return, such as fiber artist Jenny Hill and photographer Clifton Henri (2016 and 2017 Best in Show winners), and getting to know some new ones.
Getting Our Hands Dirty at the Studio On Main
Not only will you have the chance to see some truly great art at the Kimball Arts Festival, you also can create your own masterpiece at the Studio On Main. Whether you’re a natural with a paintbrush or not, the Studio on Main provides numerous activities, art supplies, and hands-on instruction every day of the festival. Try designing a print, embroidery, macramé, sketching a selfie, and more. Studio on Main activities are $5/person and open to adults and kids ages 13+. See the full activity schedule here.
Rocking Out to Live Music
Nothing sets the stage for a block party like music and, as always, the Kimball Art Center delivers back-to-back live sets throughout the festival. When you’re not perusing the shops or chowing down on food truck grub, be sure to stop by one of the three stages to catch local favorites Memphis McCool, Motherlode Canyon Band, Shannon Runyon, and an array of acts ranging from jazz to acoustic pop.
Artisan Food Tastings
No one would dream of throwing a festival in Park City without providing tasty treats for hungry visitors. In addition to food trucks, concession stands, and beer gardens, the Kimball makes a point of spreading the love around to artisans in the culinary world. Featured this year are Burton’s Maplewood Farm, C&C’s Candies, JulieAnn Caramels, and Wasatch Creamery, all local companies that diligently source their raw ingredients locally while creating some truly mouth-watering (and award-winning) treats.
Evening Entertainment with Festival After Dark
Although you won’t be able to browse the booths after hours, there are plenty of options for entertainment at night. Stick around Main Street on August 3 and catch the 7 p.m. show by Aiko at O.P. Rockwell, one of Park City’s finest live music venues ($5 off with Arts Fest wristband) or head over to Deer Valley for a time-traveling adventure back to the ’70s and ’80s at the Deer Valley Music Festival.
Saturday night is movie night with a special--and free--presentation of the Sundance film Red Dog: True Blue (2016). The family-friendly comedy tells the story of a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog who becomes a legend in Australia. Part of the Sundance Summer Film series, the screening will be held outdoors in City Park at dusk. Don’t forget a blanket and picnic!
Round off the weekend on Sunday, August 5 with a performance by Lucia Micarelli, part of the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series. The concert will take place at 6 p.m. on the North Fields of City Park and festival goers can receive two-for-one lawn seats with an Arts Festival wristband.
Pro Tip: Save $3 on festival entry by buying your ticket online now. And don’t forget to walk, bus, or bike to the festival. Parking for cars will be limited, but there’s plenty of space in the bike valet!
The Kimball Arts Festival is still looking for volunteers to help out with the fest. If you’re interested in free entry to the event and an opportunity to support an amazing organization, this is your chance. Contact [email protected] or 435.649.8882, ext. 102 or you can sign up here.