Park City: Destination For Endless Summer Music Concerts
In addition to all of the wonderful adventure activities, Park City is also a fantastic place to listen to live music during the summer months. You can catch a live performance almost every night of the week, but to snag seats to the best shows, be sure to plan ahead.
If you are in Park City anytime during July and into August, check out the Deer Valley Music Festival, which features myriad music genres, usually being performed alongside the Utah Symphony, which makes for a unique, diverse, and musically-rich experience. The festival concerts are held at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, next to Deer Valley Resort and right below St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, so you can take in the tunes while being surrounded on all sides by views of the Wasatch Mountains.
The festival often draws big-name artists; a few of the 2019 highlights included the Indigo Girls, Chris Botti with the Utah Symphony, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. We attended the Chris Botti concert and it one of the most memorable ones yet! We have seen him perform at Chateau St. Michelle Summer Concert Series in Woodinville, WA, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York - but nothing beats the scenic mountain setting like in Deer Valley.
A perk of this venue is that you can pack your own gourmet picnic (or order a pre-made picnic from Riverhorse Provisions) to enjoy during the show. Reserved seating is available, but we loved sitting on a picnic blanket on the grass with our feast.
Fun(icular) Tip: Claim your spot on the grass an hour or two before the show and hop on the tram up to the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort for a glass of wine on their patio, which offers stunning views.
We also recommend catching a show (or multiple!) at the Canyons Village Summer Concert series, which takes place every Thursday and Saturday evening during July and August. Not only is admission to these concerts free, but getting to the venue can be half the fun, too—the Frostwood and Cabriolet Gondolas both run before and after the shows. These shows may not feature big names like the Deer Mountain Music Festival, but you can often discover fun, up-and-coming local music artists or touring artists in an intimate and low-key setting. You are welcome to bring a picnic and blanket to this venue, too, though there is a beer garden and food court at the venue if you prefer to purchase food and drinks. And be sure to pack layers; once the sun sets in Park City, it can get chilly quickly.
Tasty Tip: Because the concerts begin at 6pm, you’re usually finished in time to catch a late dinner. We recommend making reservations ahead of time to dine at The Farm, a rustic yet refined restaurant in the Village serving tasty items like house-made farm cheese, sweet pea and mint gnocchi, and farmer’s market risotto with elk sausage.
In addition to the above concert series and festivals, you can usually catch live music at one of the many restaurants and bars around Park City most nights of the week as well. Rock on, Park City!