Street performers create flair and fun at the Park Silly Sunday Market, held every Sunday on Park City’s lower Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Came for the winter, stayed for the summer is a phrase applicable to more than a few Park City transplants.
And if you’ve ever spent just one temperate, bluebird summer’s day in Utah’s biggest mountain town, you know why. This weekend’s forecast is for sunny skies with a zero percent chance of rain—the stuff that not only transforms vacationers into locals, but will make this Sunday a perfect time to check out two of Park City’s coolest summertime events: the Park Silly Sunday Market and the Utah Olympic Park’s Flying Ace All Stars Show.
The Park Silly Sunday Market is an open-air market and street festival held every Sunday on Park City’s lower Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features unique and eclectic local and regional arts and crafts vendors, music and performance art, antique sellers and local farmers’ fruits and vegetables. Entertainment highlights scheduled for this Sunday—the market’s season kick-off—includes a Zumba fitness demo from 10 to 11 a.m., Take Five playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Park City Mayor Dana Williams’ Motherlode Canyon Band performing from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Food vendors include Freshies Lobster Co., Skewered Thai Cuisine, Spencer’s Smokin’ Grill and Sugarhouse Donut Company. And, of course, one of the Park Silly Sunday Market’s most popular draws returns again for the 2013 summer season: the Swilly Garden beer garden. If you go, be sure to bring cash. Most of the market’s vendors do not take checks or credit cards.
Though last year's Park Silly Sunday Market logged 132,000 visitors over more than a dozen Sundays, this Zero Waste event sent a total of only 16 bags of trash to the landfill all season long.
After (or before) you’ve gotten your groove on at the Park Silly Sunday Market, head over to the Utah Olympic Park for the Flying Ace All Stars Show.
The half-hour performances are now held on Sundays at 1 p.m. through Sept. 1. The shows feature Olympic and world champion skiers, snowboarders and acrobats sliding down a steep incline at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, launching themselves up to 60 feet into the air before landing in Utah Olympic Park’s 750,000 gallon, state-of-the-art splash pool.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (ages 65 and over). Children age 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased prior to the shows at the Guest Services Desk in the UOP’s Quinney Welcome Center. If you go, leave time to check out some of the UOP's other attractions including the Comet Bobsled, three new adventure courses, the new Drop Tower, the zip lines, alpine slide, the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. (Admission to the museums is free and open to the public.)
Many of the athletes performing in the weekly Flying Ace All Stars shows will also be competing in February's Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Check out her blog about Utah things to do, see and eat at utahvagabond.com.