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Park City Kimball Arts Festival connects the community through creative experiences

Annual event runs Aug. 4-6

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will celebrate nearly 50 years of connecting local residents, visitors, artists, musicians and foodies. The tradition, of course, will continue this weekend on historic Main Street.

Dave March, Kimball Art Center's marketing and events director, said there won't be a dull moment during the 48th annual festival.

"It doesn't matter what your reason is, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is a very exciting, iconic event that has something for all ages and interests," March told The Park Record. "You do not need to be an art collector or afficionado to enjoy it.

"We're happy to visibly provide art, cuisine and music to both the locals and destination visitors over the weekend."

The festival opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, and as ihas been the case in the past, the night will be dubbed locals night.

"We have a new agreement with Park City Municipal, so we will be able to continue to set aside Friday as the night where Summit County residents will be admitted for free," March said. "They get to have first crack at the festival and spend the night on the town. The locals' ticket is just good for the Friday night. If the locals decide to return Saturday and Sunday, they will have to pay."

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Adult admission is $12. Youth tickets for ages 6 to 17 is $6, and children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

The event will feature between 220 and 225 artists from 34 states and Canada. A handful of the artists are members of the Park City Professional Artists Association.

"Each year we select artists through a completely different blind-jury process," March explained. "Annually, we receive more than 900 applications, and we jury that down to 220 or 225."

The only artists that are automatically accepted in the festival are the Best of Show artists from the previous year, March said.

"Best of Show awards are selected by the festival's street jurors during the first day of the festival," he said.

A separate jury selects the Park City Professional Artists Association participants.

The Park City Professional Arts Association is a nonprofit that promotes local art and artists in the community.

"Part of the Kimball Art Center's mission is to inspire and connect the community as a whole through arts and culture," March said. "So to have the Park City Professional Artists Association involved has been great for us. They've been part of the festival for many years, and we're excited to partner with them and showcase some of our local artists."

To ensure the festivalgoers a unique experience, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival adds new components each year.

"That could mean we'll have new artists, additional musical acts or different offerings," March said.

Sometimes the festival will move long-time activities to new places.

"Our kids activities are will have a new home at the Town Lift Plaza this year," March said. "We'll still have face painting, but we'll introduce a new craft called Wild Windcatchers."

Kids and adults will create these items with bamboo, paper and yarn.

"We are partnering with Soul Poles, and using their bamboo ski-pole shafts for this," March said.

The kids' area will also include an interactive sculpture, a clay project and a scavenger hunt.

This year's festival will also feature a new bike valet on Seventh Street.

"We are working with Cole Sport for this, and we would encourage people to ride their own bikes or make use of the new electric bikes that are available to the public," March said.

March added the festival will also bring back some features that have proven successful in the past.

"We are happy to bring back our annual Yoga Fest that will be on the Town Lift Bridge, which is a new space this year," he said.

The live entertainment will also continue to shift throughout the three days.

"We are fortunate to work with Mountain Town Music again for our music, and we will present more than 30 bands and artists," March said. "We'll have three stages that are programmed differently and strategically."

The Kimball Stage is the festival's biggest stage. It will be located near the beer garden at Heber Avenue and Park Avenue, adjacent to the Kimball Garage.

"The performers on that stage will be a little louder and lean toward more rock and blues," March said.

The Miners Park Stage, which is just up the street in middle Main, will feature singer-songwriter acts that tend to be more acoustic.

"Our last stage, the Food Truck Stage, which will be located near the Wasatch Brew Pub, will offer a mix of both rock and acoustic styles," March said. "It will feature an eclectic mix of genres."

Speaking of food trucks, March said the festival will bring back the food truck roundup near the Food Truck Stage.

"We also want to promote the Main Street dining decks," he said. "The restaurants and dining decks enhance the ambiance of the Festival."

To help cut down traffic congestion, the festival is working with Deer Valley Resort and Park City High School for parking.

"We will utilize Deer Valley Resort and Park City High School lots," March said. "We would certainly welcome folks to take free public transportation and the additional free shuttles that we will be put in place."

There is a lot more to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, and March encourages people to attend and check things out.

"Aside from the Sundance Film Festival, this is the largest event in Park City in terms of economic impact," March said. "The festival brings in $20 (million) to $28 million annually," he said. "It averages about 50,000 visitors over the three days.

"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Without the festival, we might not be able to support many or our education programming we do in the Kimball Art Center as well as throughout the community. Without the festival, we wouldn't be able to maintain free admission to our exhibits."

The 48th Park City Kimball Arts Festival, sponsored by Zions Bank, will run Friday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 6, on historic Main Street. Friday's hours are from 5-9 p.m., and Park City and Summit County residents will be admitted for free. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult weekend passes are $12. Passes for children ages six to 17 are $6. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For information, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.

Live music at the Park City Kimball Arts Center Schedule subject to change 

Friday, Aug. 4

  • Kimball Stage:
    Will Baxter Music, 5 p.m.
    The Smiling Souls, 7 p.m.
  • Miners Stage:
    Gary Stoddard/Slickrock Gypsy, 5 p.m.
    The Naked Waiters, 7 p.m.
  • Food Truck Round-up Stage
    Travelin’ Dingleberries, 5 p.m.
    Rumba Libre, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • Kimball Stage:
    Earthestra, 10 a.m.
    Tony Holiday and the Velvetones, 11 a.m.
    GrapeGrass, 1 p.m.
    Candy’s River House, 3 p.m.
    Swagger, 5 p.m.
  • Miners Stage:
    Brendan Thorpe, 11 a.m.
    Michael Lucarelli, 12:45 p.m.
    Scott and Harmony Haynes, 2:30 p.m.
    Taila Keys, 4:15 p.m.
  • Food Truck Round-up Stage:
    Brother., 11 a.m.
    Steel Belts, 12:45 p.m.
    Standing in for Joe, 2:30 p.m.
    Hectic Hobo, 4:15 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 6

  • Kimball Stage:
    DJ Dymes, 10 a.m.
    Michelle Moonshine Trio, 11:45 a.m.
    Ghostowne, 1:30 p.m.
    Sophia Dion, 3:15 p.m.
    The Changing Lanes Experience, 5 p.m.
  • Miners Stage:
    Sister Brother, 11 a.m.
    B.D. Howes and Chris Schell, 12:45 p.m.
    A-Rodge, 2:30 p.m.
    Chad and Kristo, 4:15 p.m.
  • Food Truck Round-up Stage:
    Kate McLeod, 11 a.m.
    Troubled Youth Blues Band, 12;45 p.m.
    David Correa Group, 2:30 p.m.
    Dr. Bob Band, 4:15 p.m.