Park City Weekend Agenda: May 2-5

Spin into spring with Soldier Hollow Bike Festival and Young Riders Bike Swap, and revel in gospel, film, art, starry skies, and Follies.

By Vanessa Conabee May 1, 2019

Pedal, soar, and spectate at the Soldier Hollow Bike Fest this weekend in Midway.

All Weekend Long

The snow is melting, the buds are blooming, and this weekend is packed with activities to shake off winter.  Spin your wheels (or watch the pros do it!) at the Soldier Hollow Bike Festival or soak in gospel at the Park City Community Church. There’s also a starry night sky guide workshop at Swaner Nature Preserve, the Young Riders Bike Swap, and the Park City Follies shows at the Egyptian.  

Soldier Hollow Bike Festival

Thursday through Sunday @ Soldier Hollow

Spring is here, and it’s time to dust off your bike and get in the spin of things at Soldier Hollow’s Bike Festival.  Ride, race, and demo bikes—or take in racers from close-up views as they navigate challenging climbs and technical events. Over 90 percent of the course is accessible for front row viewing.

Park City Film presents "Gloria Bell"at Park City Library this weekend.

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Gloria Bell

Friday and Saturday, May 3–4, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 6 p.m. @ Park City Library 

When free-spirited divorcee and enthusiastic dancer Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore) meets Arnold (John Tuturro) on a night out, she finds herself navigating a whirlwind of dating, identity and family.  This rom-com keeps things spinning on and off the dance-floor.

Park City Follies

Tuesday-Saturday, April 30 – May 4, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 6 p.m. @ The Egyptian Theatre 

An annual, musical roast of all things Park City, this show never fails to elicit guffaws from the crowd as it lampoons the latest quirks, politics, and personalities of our mountain town (and beyond). This year, the Egyptian is parlaying the show into a fundraiser for its across-the-street (via tunnel) expansion, including a Black Box Theatre, event space and permanent home for its YouTheatre program. Though regular seats are sold out, access may still be gained to this Park City tradition via Pharaoh Club membership, purchasing premium seats, or wait list. 

Park City Museum

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 @ Park City Museum

Explore Park City’s rich mining history through hands-on and educational exhibits that take you into a mine shaft and old-time jail. Children can complete a “Park City History Detectives” activity, providing the whole family with a way to dig deeper into Park City’s past through interactive exhibits.

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.

Zhi Lin's exhibit at Kimball Art Center explores the little-known stories of Chinese laborers who worked on the now 150-year-old transcontinental railroad.

Thursday, May 2

Starry Night Workshop

8:30 p.m. @ Swaner Nature Preserve

Take a scenic tour of the stars with Paul Ricketts, Director of the University of Utah's Observatory.  Participants will learn to use a star map to identify objects in a telescope—5 are available for this hands-on experience. Register on Eventbrite, and please check your email that afternoon in the event of a cancellation due to cloud cover.

The Chinese Exclusion Act

7 p.m. @ Park City Library

Award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films examine the origin, history, and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals to become U.S. citizens. Free.

Ask Me Anything Night

6:30–8 p.m. @ Hyatt Place                                                                                

Here’s your chance to find out what your teens really think.  Ollie Wilder from the Park City Community Foundation moderates a panel discussion with a panel of Summit County High School students who will cover topics ranging from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and more. Free.

Friday, May 3

Satin Steel

7 p.m. @ DeJoria Center

No strangers to public performance, Satin Steel excels at drawing out their audiences and getting people on their feet to party with the band.  21+

Saturday, May 4

Bike Swap

10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ The Yard

Find a new bike, sell an old one, or check out inventory of other products related to biking—trailers, hitches, apparel, you name it! All proceeds benefit the Young Riders organization.


4 p.m. @ Park City Library

Kids of all ages will enjoy the story of two children separated by 50 years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she follows in her scrapbook; in 1977 Ben runs away from home to find his father. Free through the Park City Film Series and Park City Library’s Books2Film program.

Sunday, May 5

Swaner’s Craft Sunday

11 a.m.–1 p.m. @ Swaner Preserve

Kids of all ages are invited to get crafty with Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter staff in a crafternoon of nature-themed art.  Free. 

Bike Swap

11 a.m.–3 p.m. @ The Yard

Find a new bike, sell an old one, or check out inventory of other products related to biking—trailers, hitches, apparrel, you name it! All proceeds benefit the Young Riders organization.

What A Time! Hilltop Gospel Choir

6 p.m. @ Park City Community Church

Beat the Sunday night blues with some Sunday night soul! Hilltop Gospel Choir, along with guest choirs Remnant and Voices of Barak, bring it all to life in this year’s concert experience, “What a Time!” Free.

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


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Park City Follies

Reserved House - $44 / Front-of-House- $50 Cabaret Tables for 4 - $1000 (tax deductible letter sent + $40 concession credit) Egyptian Theatre

The annual lampoon of all things Park City, starring an all local cast! Always A Sell Out! (Sunday shows at 6:00 p.m.)

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...