Park City is, first and foremost, a sports town. But thanks to organizations like the Sundance Institute and the Kimball Arts Center, the town has also gained a solid reputation as a vibrant destination for arts and culture.

This weekend, Park City will indulge in its artistic side as The Kimball Art Center launches its 45th annual Arts Festival.

It is important to note though, that while the festival has become a familiar fixture on Main Street, the current version has evolved into a much more elaborate and multifaceted celebration of the arts.

Thanks to multiple partnerships among local arts organizations and businesses, the event now includes visual and performing arts along with food and music.

This weekend's music offerings include performances hosted by Canyons, The Park City Institute and the Utah Symphony (along with live bands at local nightclubs too numerous to list here). There is also live theater at the Egyptian, artisan food tastings on Main Street and special dishes with an extra creative flair offered at more than a dozen local restaurants.

This sumptuous array of activities is the result of a lot of cooperative planning with the Kimball acting as a catalyst and it cements the art center's role as the city's cultural ambassador.

While the festival began as a fundraiser for the nonprofit art center (and still is) it has also turned into major contributor to the city's summer tourism business.


This is just one more reason to support the art center year round. In addition to the festival, the Kimball offers art programs, classes, lectures for both youth and adults and an ongoing array of thought-provoking gallery exhibits. The Kimball is also in the midst of an effort to expand its current site and establish a satellite location for classes and studios.

This weekend, take a moment to stimulate your senses with a stroll among the artists on Main Street and enjoy the music resonating off nearby mountainsides. It's Park City's cultural Olympiad and you are invited.