Arts Fest: Old Town access passes needed, Main Street closes Friday
Evidence that this weekend’s Park City Kimball Arts Festival is approaching was already visible early in the week.
Banners were flying on Main Street and barricades were being stacked in strategic locations, awaiting their deployment to keep people from parking in places they are not allowed.
The festival starts Friday evening, but the physical preparations on Main Street will be going on through the week.
The key event as organizers prepare for the opening occurs in the early morning hours on Friday. City Hall will close Main Street to traffic at 3 a.m. It will not reopen to drivers until 10 p.m. on Sunday, after the festival tents and other setups are removed.
The festival occupies the length of Main Street with artist booths, food and drink vendors and spots for sponsors. A team of workers will spend Friday setting up, and the artists will arrive later that day to ready their booths.
"Same as usual. It’s going to be great, no problem," said Dave Gustafson, a City Hall staffer with a key role in ensuring the logistical aspects of the festival are smooth.
Festival hours are from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $10 for a weekend pass for adults, children between 6 and 18 are charged $5 for the weekend while youngsters not yet 5 years old are allowed in for free. People who live in Summit County are allowed in on Friday evening for free.
There will be traffic restrictions in Old Town in an effort to ensure neighborhood streets are not overrun with festival-goers. People who live in Old Town must obtain an access pass if they want to be able to move freely in their vehicle over the weekend.
Festival organizers will set up access points at the Park Avenue-Deer Valley Drive intersection and at the intersection of Marsac Avenue and Hillside Avenue. The passes will be required on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m. and lasting until an hour after the close of the festival each night.
The access passes are available at the Kimball Art Center. Access passes do not double as parking permits and people must obey Old Town parking regulations even if they hold the passes. The Kimball Art Center is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, there will also be access restrictions for drivers headed to Swede Alley from Deer Valley Drive. A pass will be needed at that location. They are available to delivery drivers and businesses with private parking on Swede Alley.
Main Street workers will be allowed to park at Park City High School or the Snow Park lots in lower Deer Valley. Buses will shuttle people from the two satellite lots to the Main Street district. Festival-goers are also encouraged to park at the high school or Snow Park. The shuttle buses run until midnight the first two days and until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Parking is also available in the China Bridge garage for $10 per day.
For more information about the festival, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org , the Kimball Art Center’s festival website.
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