January in Park City means one thing: The Sundance Film Festival – the world’s most famous independent film festival. But what does February mean? March, April, or September? Though Park City is tiny town with fewer than 8,000 residents, it has a large spot in its heart for culture and the fine arts, all year long. During any month of the year, you can experience this lively scene at its various museums, art centers, and theaters.
This non-profit fine arts center has been a staple of Park City culture since 1976. Free and open to the public, Kimball Art Center strives to provide Park City‘s residents and visitors with access to the visual arts. Whether you wish to view its current exhibits, or sign up for a children’s or adults’ art class, you’ll find the schedule here rich and full of opportunities.
This center for the performing arts has been around since the town’s earliest mining days – the times when it was surrounded by saloons, and frequented by prospectors. Originally built in the late 1880s, this theater burned to the ground (along with the rest of Park City) in the pandemic fire of 1898. Since its 1920s rebirth, it has served as a constant purveyor of the performing arts – both of the dramatic and musical variety.
Operating as home base for The Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the Eccles Center has been a stage for musicians and artists since 1998. Organizing performances by acts from around the world and Utah alike, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation offers some of the area’s most high-profile and large-scale concerts. If you happen to be around during summer, check out their outdoor concerts at Deer Valley Resort.
Organized by the Park City Art Gallery Association, this monthly event takes place on the last Friday of each month, all year long. On these evenings, the members of this association open their doors 6–9pm, giving participants a chance to check out exhibits with an accompaniment of “light refreshments.” The association includes roughly two dozen galleries – meaning you’ll have more than enough to see during those three hours.
Though the Sundance Festival itself only shows its head but a few days each year, the Sundance Resort – also spearheaded by Robert Redford – is operational all year long. Located about 50 minutes due south of Park City, Sundance Resort is a unique retreat. A ski and summer resort, this is also an active arts center and a home for artists-in-residence. Come to enjoy regionally accented cuisine, visit artist workshops, peruse galleries, or even catch a film screening or artist lecture. The short drive will transport you to a completely different, soul-soothing environment.