Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the official start to a season of mountain biking, hiking, outdoor concerts, artistic happenings, and plenty of family fun. The Utah Olympic Park and Park City Mountain are both scheduled to open for summer activities this weekend—as well as the splash pad at Basin Recreation’s Fieldhouse (but, of course, spring mountain weather may be a factor when water's involved). On the holiday itself, don't miss the feel-good 5K at the high school and the community Memorial Day service, hosted by Park City American Legion and Park City Museum.

"Singin' in the Rain," an apropos way to celebrate our spring in the mountains, comes to the Egyptian stage.

All Weekend Long

Utah Olympic Park Opens for the Summer Season

From learning about the Utah Olympic Park’s unique sporting heritage in the free museum to taking a ride-of-a-lifetime on the summer bobsled experience, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all. The park’s summer experiences include the extreme zip line, zip line tour, alpine slide, drop tower, adventure courses and scenic chairlift rides (of note: not all activities are open early season). Early season hours 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. The Flying Ace All-Star Freestyle shows start June 22.

Park City Mountain Resort Opens for the Summer Season (Early Season Hours)

Check out a variety of adventures for guests of virtually any age. Hold on for the drops and turns of the alpine coaster, discover the mountain’s hiking and biking trails (albeit, many of the trails are still too muddy and snowy to ride), or watch your family reach new heights in the Adventure Park. Early season hours 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.

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. 

Park City Film screens "Peterloo" at the Jim Santy Auditorium (Park City Library).

"Peterloo" Screening

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

An intense portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful rally for democracy at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest episodes in British history.

Singin’ In the Rain

Thursday–Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. @ The Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre delivers the classic  and beloved musical, known for its biting wit, familiar score, and, most notably, delightful rain-storm-on-stage number. Expect hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade of Hollywood standards from the golden age of musicals.

Thursday, May 23

“West: A Translation” with Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s Poet Laureate

 7 p.m. @ Kimball Art Center

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays and five books of poetry. Her newest work of nonfiction is a book-length essay, “The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam.” A new collection of poems, “Nightingale,” which re-writes many of the myths in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, will be published spring 2019. Appropriate: A Provocation, a book-length essay examining cultural appropriation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate. Free.

Reuseable Beeswax Wraps Workshop

6-8 p.m. @ Swaner EcoCenter

Create eco-friendly art by learning how to make beautiful and reusable beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are made of beeswax covered cotton and can be used to keep food fresh as an alternative to plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Make a set of wraps to use at home and leave with the skills to make more! Supplies are provided, but if you have your own supply of 100% cotton fabric you would like to use, feel free to bring it along.

"Long Night’s Journey Into Day" screening

7 p.m. @ Park City Library

 When the system of apartheid finally collapsed in South Africa, those who had enforced apartheid’s rule wanted amnesty and their victims wanted justice. This film provides an in-depth view of investigating this history through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), bringing victims and perpetrators together to provide a restorative approach to conflict resolution. Presented in partnership with Mountain Mediation Center and supported by grant funding received from Park City Community Foundation.

Friday, May 24

Mountain Country

 7 p.m. @ DeJoria Center

Kick up your heels with a homegrown sound built around the Americana styles of country, folk, and bluegrass.

Blue Divide

10 p.m. @ The Spur Bar & Grill

Start the weekend right with a band that brings you the most important music from every decade.

Saturday, May 25

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. Fee for non-members. 

Caleb Gray Band

 10 p.m. @ The Spur Bar & Grill

This band puts their own spin on a unique take of crowd-pleasing country. 21+

Sunday, May 26

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. Fee for non-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. 21+

Monday, May 27

 PCHS Memorial 5K

8 a.m. @ Park City High School

Join in this fun run for a great cause! The National Honor Society’s annual PCHS Memorial 5K commemorates members of the Park City community while benefitting the Homeless Youth Center of Utah, outgoing senior scholarships, the high school's humanitarian efforts, and the Bassa School in Mali with the Ouelessebougou Alliance. Check in begins at 8 a.m. at Dozier Field.

Memorial Day Commemoration

9 a.m. @ Park City Cemetery; 10 a.m. @ Squatter's Roadhouse Grill
Park City American Legion Post 14 and the Park City Museum host a ceremony honoring those who have died in service to our nation, which includes a flyover by the Utah Commemorative Air Force, music by the Trebel Makers, and bagpipes provided by the Summit County Sheriff's Department. An unveiling of a plaque, memorializing the B-18 crash in 1941 on Iron Mountain, takes place at Squatters, following the service.

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

It's almost summer. Hop on your bike, scooter, or skateboard, and get out and about! Happy Memorial Day.


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