There is an art to navigating Old Town during festival |

There is an art to navigating Old Town during festival

Jay Hamburger
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival, shown in 2013, is scheduled along Main Street starting on Friday evening. There will be traffic and parking restrictions in place in Old Town. Park Record file photo by Nan Chalat Noaker

Main Street closes to traffic at 2 a.m. on Friday as the organizers of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival prepare to move onto the street for the weekend.

If someone leaves a vehicle on Main Street in the overnight hours, it will be towed by 4 a.m. on Friday. Crews will arrive on Main Street to build the artist booths, the stages and other installations needed for the festival. The event opens Friday evening and continues on Saturday and Sunday.

City Hall’s special events staffers hope Main Street reopens to traffic by 10 p.m. on Sunday. It will reopen by 12 a.m. on Monday at the latest.

People who live in the southern section of Old Town will need access passes to drive into the neighborhood during the festival. There will be checkpoints at the Marsac Avenue-Hillside Avenue intersection and the intersection of Deer Valley Drive and Park Avenue. The checkpoints will be manned from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The access passes do not double as parking permits, meaning that someone must have the proper permit to park on the street in the City Hall-regulated zones.

Separate access passes are also needed by residents and businesspeople to drive onto Swede Alley. Checkpoints will be at the Deer Valley Drive-Swede Alley intersection and the intersection of Main Street and King Road. The passes are needed from noon on Friday until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Both types of access passes are available at the Kimball Art Center. Festival organizers encourage people to pick up the passes by Thursday afternoon. The art center’s hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday.

The organizers encourage people to takes buses, noting that parking is limited in Old Town. Festival-goers may park at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge until 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Park City High School and Park City Mountain Resort are available for parking during the festival. Free City Hall transit buses will run between the parking lots and the festival every 15 minutes between 7:30 a.m. and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The organizers also note parking is available at the China Bridge garage for $10.

Festival hours are from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend passes for adults are $10 while admission for children and students between 6 years old and 17 years old is $5. Admission for children who are 5 years old and younger is free. Summit County residents may attend on Friday for free.

More information is available on the festival’s website,

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