Park City Weekend Agenda: May 16-19

Run for education, nurture that artistic side, meditate alongside horses, or take in some rock-n-roll good times.

By Vanessa Conabee May 15, 2019

It’s running mayhem this weekend as the 10th annual Running For Ed, benefitting local schools, weaves its way through every neighborhood. Cheer on the costume-bedecked relay runners looping through town, or stop by one of the school exchanges (read: parties) or the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse to congratulate the finishers.  Keep the energy going by channeling your artistic side at one of many creative opportunities throughout the weekend, including a family pottery class at the Kimball or Paint Night and a truly out-of-the-box equine meditation experience at the DeJoria Center.  

All Weekend Long


A still from "Amazing Grace," an extraordinary Aretha Franklin documentary screening at Park City Film all weekend. 

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Amazing Grace

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. @ Park City Library

Using never-before-seen footage of Aretha Franklin recording the monumentally successful album “Amazing Grace,” this documentary is simply incredible. Originally captured in 1972 at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, "Amazing Grace" was tied up for decades in legalities and technical issues before finally being brought to the big screen. Wine and beer available for purchase.

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008   

Weekdays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday noon–6 @ Park City Museum (through May 25)

Experience America’s oldest amusement and entertainment mecca through the eyes of an extraordinary array of artists, who have captured this everyday escape. This exhibition showcases the allure of a magnetic world of attractions that has become a touchstone for American mass culture and popular recreation through the ages.

Firefly Exhibit

Wed–Sun @ Swaner EcoCenter10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Visit the EcoCenter to learn all about Utah’s flashiest insects—fireflies! Entomologist Christy Bills from the Natural History Museum has put together a fascinating exhibit that might just inspire you to do some nighttime research in your own backyard.

Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone

Thursday–Saturday, May 16-18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 6 p.m. @ The Egyptian Theatre

Peter Noone, lead singer of ’60s beat rock band Herman’s Hermits, achieved a record 60 million recordings and 14 gold singles and seven gold albums, including "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am."  

Zhi Lin: "Chinaman’s Chance" on Promontory Summit exhibit

Weekdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. @ Kimball Art Center

Get a taste of Utah’s Spike 150 celebration with a fascinating exhibit at Kimball Art Center. Internationally renowned artist Zhi Lin’s exhibit explores the oft untold stories of the Chinese laborers, who built the Transcontinental Railroad. The exhibit is free and open to the public through June 2.

Thursday, May 16

Lecture: Showcasing the Legacy of Lagoon

 5-6 p.m. @ Park City Museum and Collections Center, 2079 Sidewinder Drive

Park City Museum hosts Utah author Lynn Arave for a fascinating discussion, “Showcasing the Legacy of Lagoon,” which coincides with the museum's traveling exhibition, “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland."  Few amusement parks in the United States have older histories than Utah’s Lagoon. Besides its many thrilling rides, the park has hosted a variety of events over the decades—everything from big bands to horse and auto racing to bowling and wrestling, not to mention high diving. This lecture highlights all the fascinating details of Lagoon’s extensive history. Free. For more information, visit

Paint Night

6:30-9 p.m. @ DeJoria Center

Start the weekend with a relaxing evening painting your own canvas.  No experience is necessary—Instructor Carly provides step by step instruction.  All materials provided, including an easel, canvas, paint, brushes, towels, apron, music and a good time.  Please sign up in advance, and arrive 15-20 minutes early to secure your seats, especially if you are traveling with friends.  Food and drinks available for purchase.  12+

Friday, May 17

Horse Meditation Circle

 6-7 p.m. @ DeJoria Center

Experience the unique tranquility of inner stillness during Park City Horse Experience’s Horse Mediation Circle, an awakening between horse and human in which the horse becomes the teacher and facilitator.  This experience explores the embodied presence surrounded by a herd of horses. Stay for dinner following the meditation—participants receive 20% off State Road and Tavern.


10 p.m. @ The Spur Bar & Grill

Start the weekend right with a night with Salt Lake City’s favorite rock ‘n’roll party band.

Saturday, May 18


Running with Ed, costume-bedecked participants leg it for education this Saturday.

Running With Ed

All day. All over town. 

The 10th annual 38-mile, 10-leg relay race, benefitting Park City Education, weaves through town, from school to school, with a resort and Olympic venue thrown in the mix. Stop by the schools to cheer on the runners at exchanges or party with everyone at the Basin Rec Fieldhouse finish and celebration.

Indoor Climbing Wall

 1-3 p.m. @ Swaner EcoCenter

Kids of all ages can find fun at Swaner EcoCenter’s indoor climbing wall—and a host of eco-friendly exhibits to peruse, when they need a breather. Harnesses supplied; please wear shoes with covered toes. Free for members. 

Family Pottery Class

3-5 p.m. @ Kimball Art Center

Try your hand at the age-old craft of pottery making.  After a demonstration, students will delve into throwing clay on the wheel and then experiment with different decorating and glazing techniques to embellish their finished pieces. This class is recommended ages 5+. Please note that children under 7 must be accompanied on the wheel by an adult.

Sunday, May 19

Swaner Crafternoons

11-1 p.m. @ Swaner EcoCenter

Crafty kids are invited to join in a fun, eco-minded craft at the Swaner EcoCenter.  All ages are welcome! Free. 

Indoor Climbing Wall

 1-3 p.m. @ Swaner EcoCenter

Kids of all ages can find fun at Swaner EcoCenter’s indoor climbing wall—and a host of eco-friendly exhibits to peruse, when they need a breather. Harnesses supplied; please wear shoes with covered toes. Free for members. 

Patrick Ryan

 7-10 p.m. @ The Spur Bar & Grill

Enjoy the acoustic artistry of standout performer Patrick Ryan, singing old favorites and new.

For more events and up-to-date happenings around town, check out our event calendar.

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Visual Art

Zhi Lin: Chinaman’s Chance on Promontory Summit

10:00 AM Free Kimball Art Center

Internationally acclaimed artist Zhi Lin confronts the lost history of the Chinese workers who built our nation’s transcontinental railroads. This exhibition...