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The Fourth of July in Park City is almost here! A loud, colorful, and somewhat bombastic celebration of our national origin story, Independence Day is the biggest holiday of the summer and a perfect chance to go overboard on outdoor food and fun. If you are planning on spending the holiday in Park City, check out the schedule of holiday events below. If you aren’t already planning on visiting for Independence Day, change your plans, because you are missing out.

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Canyons Village activities and Fireworks

Get a jump on your Independence Day festivities at Canyons Village the night before the big day itself. The good times kick off at 5:00 p.m. and include face-painting, hula hooping, and caricature portraits for an evening on the ski beach. Live music by The Number Ones provides some extra entertainment and will keep you dancing until the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m., daylight and weather permitting.

JULY 4, 2018

The Fourth of July parade is a big deal in Park City.

Pancake Breakfast

The Boy Scouts wake up early to serve you breakfast at 7:00 a.m. For $7 a head ($5 for kids), you can fill your belly with sweet stacks of fluffy pancakes under the morning sky at City Park. No reservations or sign-ups are required. Bring a couple of bucks, an empty stomach, and a smile. The troops pack up their grills at 10:00 a.m.

Cole Sport 5K Mountain Fun Run

Do you want to spend your holiday running hither and yon like a madman? Awesome-we have just the thing for you! Make sure to preregister for the Cole Sport 5K Mountain Fun Run, as spots fill up quick for this race to benefit the Park City Ski Team. Kids run for $25 and adults for $35 if you preregister, or $30 and $40 respectively if you sign up the day of the race between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

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The 2016 Fun Run, photo courtesy of the Park Record.

Rugby

On this Independence Day, enjoy America’s favorite sport, our national pastime-that’s right-RUGBY! A rugby instruction gets underway at City Park at 11:00 a.m., with an exciting exhibition game starting at 2:30 p.m. Root for whoever you like during the ensuing melee, but a fantastic time will be had by all.

The Park City 4th of July 2018 Parade

Everyone loves a parade! This particular parade is a holiday highlight, starting at the top of Main Street at 11:00 a.m. and running all the way down to City Park by the afternoon. With great fanfare and more than 70 beautifully-crafted floats, this celebration of all things Park City and American wends its way along to the delight of the thousands of spectators who turn up every year.

In-Between

Once the parade is over, but before the fireworks begin, you’ll find plenty of July 4 action all around town. Notably, City Park will host hours of games and fun, including sack, wheelbarrow, and three-legged races for kids of all ages (including the grown-up variety). There will also be plenty of shopping, eating, and other activities to enjoy on and around Main Street.

BBQ, Concert, and Fireworks

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The 2016 Fun Run, photo courtesy of the Park Record.

Once the parade is over, but before the fireworks begin, you’ll find plenty of July 4 action all around town. Notably, City Park will host hours of games and fun, including sack, wheelbarrow, and three-legged races for kids of all ages (including the grown-up variety). There will also be plenty of shopping, eating, and other activities to enjoy on and around Main Street.


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  1. Opening day at Park City Mountain Resort
  2. Silver Sky Nights
  3. Sundance Film Festival
  4. Ice Castles
  5. FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup
  6. Annual Spring Gruv
  7. Pond Skimming (info coming soon)
  8. Annual Torchlight Parade
  9. Snowfest
  10. Annual Santa Comes Down Town Lift

On The Mountain

Family With Ski Gear at Park City Mountain Base Area

Opening Day at Park City Mountain Resort

Opening Day, November 16, 2022
Opening day at the resorts is far and away the most anticipated date on the calendar. Park City locals and travelers from around the world line up to get onto the slopes as soon as the lifts start running. Ski season usually kicks off around Thanksgiving and winds down by mid-April. Get ready for fun Park City winter events!

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup

February 2 – 4, 2023
Olympic hopefuls descend on Deer Valley each year to compete in the Freestyle Ski World Cup. Witness elite athletes tackle moguls and aerials on the same runs used during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Read More »

Pond Skimming

April 8, 2023

The hillsides aren’t green yet! This cherished annual oddity encourages the most daring and garishly dressed to skim across the freezing-cold waters of a pond dug into the base of a ski run. Hint: most of these costumed daredevils do not walk away dry. Cheer them on, laugh at their wipeouts, and stick around for the donut s’mores.

Off The Mountain

Ice Castle at Night

Sundance Film Festival

January 19 – 29, 2023
A world-renowned film festival that draws tens of thousands of cinephiles, Hollywood A-listers, and all manner of media hangers-on, the Sundance Film Festival is arguably Park City’s signature event. Take in hundreds of screenings, panels, and events throughout the festival. Make sure to bring your selfie A-game for surprise encounters with celebrities as you explore. Read More »

Ice Castles

Opening Day, December 21, 2022
Get in touch with your inner Elsa and live a frozen fantasy when you visit this acclaimed interactive attraction. Created afresh each year by professional ice sculptors, this whimsical frozen castle is a fantastical luminescent escape from the mundane. Located just a few minutes from Main Street, this is an ideal destination for family fun. Read More »

Santa Comes Down Town Lift

December 17, 2023
Each December, Saint Nick descends Town Lift to bring good tidings and cheer to Park City. Spectators small and large are encouraged to bring their Christmas wish lists while enjoying hot cocoa, cookies, and carols.

Base Area

Woman enjoys apres ski at park city mountain resort

Silver Sky Nights

December 16, 2022 – February 18, 2023
The excitement continues hours after the mountain shuts down for the evening! Live music, family events, and fireworks keep Canyons Village lively through the winter nights. Attendance is free and guests of all ages are invited! Read More »

Snowfest

Late December
Your favorite holiday memories are made here in Park City. Snowfest invites one and all to celebrate the magic of the holiday season with Park City Mountain Resort. You can watch a holiday movie, listen to the carolers, pet the avalanche dogs, watch the fireworks, watch ice sculptors at work, and more!

Spring Gruv

Early March
Get in the groove with the locals and get down to live music and events at Canyons Village Base area. From wacky costumes to ski challenges for charity, the spring season has so much to offer. There’s no other event quite like the Gruv!

Torchlight Parade

December 30, 2022
On Christmas Eve, Park City’s ski and snowboard instructors-led by Santa Claus-carve down the mountain carrying brilliant torches, creating a warm, red glow that can be seen for miles. Complimentary hot chocolate is provided to warm your belly while the festive parade warms your heart. Read More »

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Park City is a true all-seasons destination, and the Park City fall is no exception. When the heat of summer is a passing memory, but winter snows have yet to make their first appearance, the time is just right for a day of fall fun. Bring your family into the mountains to enjoy the fresh air and changing leaves, and to find an autumnal activity that is just right for you. There’s plenty of Park City fall family fun to go around.

Autumn Aloft

Hot Air Balloons Rising in a Field in Park City Utah

Balloons taking to the air during Autumn Aloft // Image Credit: Autumn Aloft

Just as the leaves are starting to fall, the balloons begin to rise. Right at the beginning of fall, dozens of hot air balloons take to the skies in an impressive aerial display of gently drifting aerostats. The spectacle is an opportunity for onlookers to delight in a sky full of hot air balloons. Some balloons may allow passengers, but these are available on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees. Look to the skies in the morning in early September to take in the display. Balloons launch at 8 AM, peacefully drifting about for as long as they wish. There is no set end time for each day’s ballooning.

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Howl-O-Ween

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a canine dressed as a ghost // Image Credit: Matt Hill

They don’t call this town Bark City for nothing. Each year, hundreds of costumed pooches take over Main Street on All Hallow’s Eve for the annual Howl-O-Ween parade and festivities. Of course, it isn’t just dogs who are invited to join the fun. Businesses up and down the street will be giving out more than milkbones on October 31.

Families are invited to get in on the fun and do a bit of trick-or-treating for themselves. Businesses often host activities or games in addition to the trick-or-treating during the afternoon, which is followed by the official Howl-O-Ween parade of dogs at 5 PM.

Make sure to take a free bus downtown, as the parking situation on Main Street is easily the scariest trick of all. As always, all Park City buses are free to ride. Service is increased to every 10 minutes from 3 PM – 6 PM on the day of the event from the Lower Deer Valley parking lot and the high school.

Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller

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Just a couple of the friendly faces you’ll see during Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller // Image Credit: Odyssey Dance Theatre

While you are in the mood for Halloween-themed fun, check out the yearly presentation of Thriller at the Egyptian Theatre by Odyssey Dance Theatre. This Park City classic will delight with a stage full of dancing ghost, ghouls, and masked madmen. This theatrical dance presentation sells out every year, so make sure to secure your tickets early. Also, while it is a great family activity, the show may be unsuitable for little goblins under the age of eight. The show is also interactive. The zombies and other denizens of the night may touch audience members during the performance, so be prepared.

Scenic Drive

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Trees in the Fall Changing Colors // Image Credit: Courtney Smith

Experience the beauty of fall while the leaves are changing colors. There are several enchanting routes you could drive to get the full experience whether a visitor or a resident of Utah.

Alpine Scenic Loop

Enjoy the marvelous shades of red, pink, yellow, and orange while driving through the Uinta National Forest and Wasatch Mountains. This drive is about 20 miles filled with trees, while still having a paved highway. You’ll drive highway 92 and 189 while you wind through the Wasatch Mountains and see amazing views of Mount Timpanogos, and Sundance. This route will close in late October due to snow accumulation.

Guardsman Pass

Guardsman Pass is right between Brighton and Park City. The scenery is breath-taking during fall, when the aspens turn orange/yellow and oaks radiate hues of red. Enjoy this drive in the summer/fall seasons, once the snow accumulates this pass will likely close because of road conditions.

Follow Prospect Street through the old part of Park City and then continue south into the mountains. Prospect turns into highway 224-Guardsman Pass Road. This scenic drive usually takes about an hour. If weather permits, it would be the perfect time to have a picnic or hike trails like the Shadow Lake Trail that leads to a forest lake. As you arrive at the top, you’ll get marvelous views. Enjoy the Brighton Ski Resort, Park City/Snyderville Basin. The road will eventually turn into a fork where you can decide to loop around to Heber Valley (left) or venture down to the Salt Lake Valley (right). For a longer scenic route-follow the fork to the Salt Lake Valley where you will drive through Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Park City Fall Farmers Markets

Park Silly Market Down town Park City Utah

Park Silly Sunday Market Downtown Park City // Image Credit: Park Silly Sunday Market

During this slower season, many restaurants run great bargains, including 2-for-1 deals, kids eat free options, and more. Visiting restaurant websites and scouring the Park Record deals are your best bets to find seasonal dining deals. Other restaurants change up their seasonal offerings as the leaves begin to turn. Tupelo, Handle, and Vessel Kitchen are all notable examples.

But, for our money, the best way to experience the taste of autumn in Park City is to visit the weekly farmers market with your family. The weekly event Park Silly Sunday Market is held every Sunday on the historic Main Street Park City from 10am-5pm, through September 25th.

Another great farmers market is the Park City Farmers Market located at the base of Canyons Village, The Canyons Park City Lower Parking Lot (just behind 7-11) This market is every Wednesday from 11 AM – 5 PM, June-October 2022.

Local merchants, farmers, and more offer their wares in the cool afternoon well into October. It’s a perfect time to grab some corn, squash, or other seasonal goodies for a delicious family dinner. Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of the fall harvest around your own dining table, or the one located in your Park City vacation rental, for some wholesome family food and fun.

Scarecrow Festival

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A sampling of scarecrows on display // Image Credit: McPolin Farm

For a bit of rustic charm, the annual Scarecrow Festival at McPolin Farm is hard to beat. On September 28, McPolin farm hosts a fall get-together. Pumpkins, refreshments, and the construction and decoration of dozens of scarecrows are annual inclusions. Each lovingly-crafted rustic mannequin is then carefully affixed to the fence adjoining the trail near Highway 224.

The scarecrows remain on display for a month before being retired. Each is proudly visible from the road between the White Barn and the Park Meadows intersection. If you can’t take part in the construction of the scarecrows, you can definitely enjoy the fruits of the festival during the following few weeks.

Fall Hikes

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There are miles and miles of trails to explore in Park City // Image Credit: Olivia Hutcherson

Nature itself puts on a dazzling display each autumn. Park City is blessed with a spectacular array of gorgeous colors as the leaves turn and fall. The weather is also cooling down from the sometimes oppressive heat of summer. That makes fall the perfect time to enjoy a hike with your family. Whether you are all seasoned trailblazers seeking a challenge, or relative tenderfoot looking for a more sedate walkabout, there is a perfect trail for you in Park City. Visit the Mountain Trails Foundation website for a few top suggestions to get you started on your quest for the perfect Park City vista.

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3… 2… 1… Liftoff!

All Seasons Resort Lodging cannot wait to officially celebrate the season with the annual Autumn Aloft Balloon Festival! This beloved Park City tradition entices visitors from both near and far to step out in the early morning chill to partake in this mystical-yet ephemeral-ballooning experience.

Balloon Launches

Candlestick Event

Autumn Aloft event map

Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon event Park City Utah

There are plenty of things to do in Park City after launch and before the Candlestick Event. Grab a bite to eat at some of our favorite brunch restaraunts, go shopping, or take a scenic drive to view the colors and beauty of autumn leaves changing.

To help prepare for the magic-and the early-morning lift off time-we asked festival organizer Meisha Ross five questions covering everything from the Candlestick Event to the top secret balloons that will soon grace the skies above Park City!

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Q&A with Organizer Meisha Ross

ASRL: How has the development of Summit County and the rise of national and international tourism in Park City impacted the Festival over these past 30 years?

MR: The festival ran for about 10 years beginning in the mid-80s through the mid-90s. The event didn’t take place for nearly 20 years. The event relaunched in 2014.

ASRL: Autumn Aloft went on a hiatus for some time. What did it take to lift the festival off the ground again in 2014?

MR: The event of the 80s and 90s took place in a different location. In order to relaunch the event, we worked very closely with PCMC to coordinate launch locations and approved landing areas. We continue to work closely with Park City to mitigate the impacts of the event.

ASRL: As the “Classiest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Word” are there strict criteria for Balloonists to be invited to participate in Autumn Aloft, or is it an open invitation? Are attendees mostly local/regional balloonists, or is this event widely attended by a more diverse group?

MR: The criteria are more centered around pilot ability and talent. Balloons typically fly outside of Park City proper, so it is an honor for balloonists to be able to fly inside City Limits. Due to development in Park City landing areas are limited.

ASRL: Tell us more about the candlestick event on Main Street following day one of Autumn Aloft. The Candlestick on Main Street includes eight baskets and their burners.

MR: The pilots ignite the burners and spectators are able to see how powerful the balloon flame is. The event is called a Candlestick because the burners look like candles when they are pulled. The event takes place on Main Street between 4th and 5th streets from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ASRL: Any special or zany balloons to keep an eye out for this year? Do you have a personal favorite?

MR: That is top secret. You’ll have to attend to see which special shapes will be at the event.

Spend the weekend with us

We are about a month away from lift off, and our anticipation is rising. Remember to set your alarms early to secure parking, a piping hot cup of joe, and a perfect viewing spot! For more information on Autumn Aloft, or to get involved as a sponsor or volunteer, click here!

It is the perfect opportunity to stay in Park City for the early morning wake up call! We have everything from single rooms to private vacation homes available in Park City. Stay safe and avoid the traffic by spending the night (or two!) with us.

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Join in on the nation’s Independence Day celebrations with a staycation in Park City!

Independence Day is back! It’s been a few years since we could all just enjoy a Park City 4th of July celebration. We’re making up for lost time with three days of parades, fireworks, concerts, and drone shows. Spend your Independence Day weekend with us and experience America’s birthday in style.

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4th of July in Park City is always popular and lodging sells out quickly! Book now to secure your spot.

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Dive into the top events, activities, festivals that keep people coming back to Winter’s Favorite Town year-round!

In a town notorious for its easy accessibility to world-class skiing, winter can seem like the only viable season to visit. With the 2002 Olympics catapulting Utah and Park City into the world’s view, this once sleepy mountain town has grown to become a year-round destination. Along with the pristine powder, visitors come back year after year and find perfect weather and friendly people. Come explore what year-round fun looks like in Winter’s Favorite Town.

Winter

Its no secret, Salt Lake City International Airport is the gateway to the world’s best powder. In all of 60 minutes from touching down on the tarmac, you can find yourself gearing up for an epic snow day at one of 3 renowned resorts. Aside from skiing, Park City is synonymous with hosting elite events and festivals.

Torchlight Ceremony at Deer Valley During Christmas Time in Park City Utah

Freestyle Skiier Launching in the Air at the FIS World Cup in Park City Utah

2017 Sundance Film Festival Taking Place on Main Street Park City, Utah

Torchlight Parade at Deer Valley (Late December)

Sundance Film Festival (January 20- January 30)

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup (Early February)

Spring

Only nay-sayers would look at the spring months and consider them fruitless. The more experienced traveler knows that Spring in a Mountain town is a non-stop party. Live like a local and catch the last bit of snow on the mountain (preferably in costume). Or get in the gruv to live music weekly. Park City is yours to explore in Spring!

Snowboarder in Shark Suit Jumping Over Icy Pond at Park City Mountain Resort

Aerial View of Sundial Lodge in Early Spring with Crowd of People at the Mountain Base Area of Canyons Village

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Spring Gruv & Pond Skimming (March-April)

Wasatch Film Festival  (April)

Spring

There’s a local saying here in Park City. “Come for the winter, stay for the summer.” Don’t believe it? Fewer crowds and affordable prices might just have you reconsider Park City as a winter-only destination. Not to mention extended daylight hours for more time to pack in the fun! Check out these world-class outdoor events, activities, and festivals that keep our mountain town bustling in the “off” season.

Long White Table on Main Street Park City for Annual Festival, Savor The Summit

Kimball Arts Festival Taking Place on Main Street in Park City Utah

Fireworks at Dusk over the Ski Lift at Canyons Village in Park City Utah

Savor the Summit (Late June)

Kimball Arts Festival  (Early August)

Independence Day Celebrations (Early July)

Fall

Park City is beautiful 365 days a year. However, our town is most magnificent when the landscape is transformed by yellows, reds, and oranges! These prime outdoor activities, festivals, and celebrations will have you in awe with Autumn in Park City.

Hot Air Balloons Taking Flight at Dawn with a Crowd of Spectators Looking on

Mountain Biker Peddling Up-Hill on Trail Surrounded by Orange and Yellow Aspens in Fall

Full Beer Stein for Oktoberfest Celebration

Autumn Aloft (Mid-September)

Scenic Trail and Drives  (Late September-Mid October)

Oktoberfest (October)

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Park City gets excited about Halloween

As the ghosts and ghouls shake off the grave dust, the living denizens of Park City get busy preparing for the spookiest day of the year. Look no further for the frightfully perfect Halloween in Park City-we’ve rounded up some of the best October amusements to keep you busy until All Hallows’ Eve arrives.  Then, don’t forget to book a Park City vacation rental so you have a place to stay during the spookiest of nights.

UPDATED: New activities and fun added September 2021.

Howl-O-Ween

One of Park City’s most popular Halloween attractions, the Howl-O-Ween dog parade is an annual event dedicated to man’s best friend. Revelers come from all over Park City and beyond with their canine companions dressed in all manner of wacky, whimsical, or spooky costumes. Main Street becomes a fashion runway for four-legged friends as the heart of Park City goes to the dogs.

In addition to the dog parade (and some terrible puns), Howl-O-Ween boasts plenty of fun activities and treats for the whole family. Dogs aren’t the only ones encouraged to dress up, of course.

Little monsters are invited to trick or treat in the safe environment of Main Street by visiting participating merchants from 3 PM – 5 PM on Halloween. The parade itself begins immediately after.

Child and Dog Dressed at Bumble Bees for Halloween
Image: Good buzz for Halloween in Park City at the parade.

Historical Tour on Main Street Park City
Image credit: Park City Ghost Tours

Park City didn’t just spring up a couple of decades ago as a skier’s paradise. Once upon a time it was a frontier mining town, full of people who lived, died, and maybe didn’t move on. Main Street features a nightly ghost walk at 8:00 p.m. that explores fifteen of Park City’s most hair-raising ghost stories.

One of the best ghost walks in the country, the Park City tour will give you a spooky good time while relating some fascinating history, paranormal and otherwise.

Make sure to keep an eye out for Park City’s most famous ghost: The Man in the Yellow Slicker. Tour guests have experienced many usual occurrences and mysterious apparitions over the years. Who knows what manner of spectral adventures you will uncover? Make your reservations ahead of time.

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Scarecrow Festival at McPolin Farm

Grab an event ticket for the family and add your own flair to the farm with your own scarecrow! Or just go for a walk on the trail around the farm and enjoy everyone else’s creations.

The event goes from 2 PM – 4 PM on October 2, 2021. Treats and cider are provided while you work on your award-winning scarecrow. May they be “out standing” in their field! Get more information here.

A scarecrow inspired by Corpse Bride at the Scarecrow Festival
Image: McPolin Farm

Sleepy Hollow Wagon Rides

Headless Horseman
Image Credit: Sleepy Hollow

Have an encounter with a legendary specter when you go on the Sleepy Hollow Halloween Wagon Ride. Head down to Soldier Hollow and prepare for an eerie ride through the canyons and cottonwood trees. The wagon, pulled by working draft horses, meanders through the mysterious scenery while a narrator relates the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Unlike many other haunted attractions, this event is definitely family-friendly. Reservations are required, so make sure you get your tickets ahead of time.

Park City Nursery Pumpkin Patch

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack-o-lantern. And everyone knows that the perfect jack-o-lantern starts with the perfect pumpkin. Perfect pumpkins aren’t found in bins outside groceries stores. They come from pumpkin patches. Park City Nursery just so happens to have an excellent pumpkin patch, littered with truckloads of perfect pumpkins, waiting to be turned into Halloween masterpieces.

Bring the kids, head into the patch, and come back with the perfect gourdy canvas for your best jack-o-lantern. In addition to your orange harvest, make sure to spend some time in the pumpkin maze or the free haunted forest, also located on the property.

All autumn attractions are open during normal operating hours, which are:

The nursery is located on the west side of US-224, just north of Canyons Village in Snyderville.

Pumpkin Patch
Image credit: Park City Nursery

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Discover the best annual Santa Fe summer events for a season of markets, festivals, and fiestas.

Santa Fe summer events explore a rich heritage of Southwest culture. From acclaimed markets to hallowed local traditions, there is something fun to discover almost every weekend during a summer stay in The City Different. These are our picks for “must see” Santa Fe summer events. You won’t want to miss a single one.

1. Rodeo de Santa Fe

2. 4th of July

3. International Folk Art Market

4. Traditional Spanish Market

5. Indian Market

6. The Burning of Zozobra

7. Fiesta de Santa Fe

8. Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

Cattle roping at the Rodeo de Santa Fe

1. Rodeo de Santa Fe

Just as the summer starts in earnest, it’s time for the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe. The American West has a powerful association with the hard-riding, quick-roping cowboy tradition. And it’s all on display right here. The spirit of the Old West fills the rodeo grounds outside Santa Fe with bronco-busting, bull-riding, dirt-flinging excitement. Throw in plenty of carnival rides and a smorgasbord of food stalls, and you have the recipe for a rip-roaring rodeo of epic proportions.

Date: June 23-26, 2021
Location: Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
Price: $17
Phone: (505) 471-4300
Website: https://rodeodesantafe.org/
Pouring syrup on Santa Fe pancakes on the plaza

2. 4th of July

Santa Fe loves America’s birthday. The most important meal of the day gets special treatment on Independence Day with Pancakes in the Plaza. You’ll find more than just flapjacks in the square on July 4. Classic cars, local art, and live music are on display for spectators to enjoy. And that’s just the start of the day.

Later, stop by the fireworks show. The festivities actually start several hours before the show, with live bands, food trucks, bounce houses, and all sorts of patriotic displays. Once the sun goes down, stay on for the main event. The fireworks show is the best in the state, with rich colors blooming over the desert landscape in a darkened sky.

Date: July 4, 2021
Location: Santa Fe Plaza
Price: $10
Phone: (505) 470-0534
Website: https://www.pancakesontheplaza.com
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3. International Folk Art Market

There’s a funny story behind the first of Santa Fe’s famous summer art markets. It was originally slated to be a one-off event back in 2004. It was such a smashing success that it has become part of the fabric of Santa Fe’s summer event schedule.

The market is a rich and colorful celebration of traditional arts from around the world. Honoring more than just the multicultural heritage of Santa Fe itself, this is a global event representing hand-made wares and arts from more than 100 nations. There is no better place to discover a new passion, connect with global traditions, and explore the works of master artisans.

More than just a market, each year’s schedule also includes a parade of artists, live folk music and dancing, lectures, and other outreach efforts. For two weeks of the year, Santa Fe becomes the crossroads of the world-a place where everyone can enjoy a community of skilled craftspeople from around the globe.

Date: July 7-18, 2021
Location: Milner Plaza at Museum Hill and 620 Cerrillos Rd
Price: $20 for admission, $85 for early-bird market, $250 for opening night party
Phone: (505) 992-7600
Website: https://www.folkartalliance.org/

4. Traditional Spanish Market

There’s a funny story behind the first of Santa Fe’s famous summer art markets. It was originally slated to be a one-off event back in 2004. It was such a smashing success that it has become part of the fabric of Santa Fe’s summer event schedule.

The market is a rich and colorful celebration of traditional arts from around the world. Honoring more than just the multicultural heritage of Santa Fe itself, this is a global event representing hand-made wares and arts from more than 100 nations. There is no better place to discover a new passion, connect with global traditions, and explore the works of master artisans.

More than just a market, each year’s schedule also includes a parade of artists, live folk music and dancing, lectures, and other outreach efforts. For two weeks of the year, Santa Fe becomes the crossroads of the world-a place where everyone can enjoy a community of skilled craftspeople from around the globe.

Date: July 7-18, 2021
Location: Milner Plaza at Museum Hill and 620 Cerrillos Rd
Price: $20 for admission, $85 for early-bird market, $250 for opening night party
Phone: (505) 992-7600
Website: https://www.folkartalliance.org/
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5. Indian Market

There’s a funny story behind the first of Santa Fe’s famous summer art markets. It was originally slated to be a one-off event back in 2004. It was such a smashing success that it has become part of the fabric of Santa Fe’s summer event schedule.

The market is a rich and colorful celebration of traditional arts from around the world. Honoring more than just the multicultural heritage of Santa Fe itself, this is a global event representing hand-made wares and arts from more than 100 nations. There is no better place to discover a new passion, connect with global traditions, and explore the works of master artisans.

More than just a market, each year’s schedule also includes a parade of artists, live folk music and dancing, lectures, and other outreach efforts. For two weeks of the year, Santa Fe becomes the crossroads of the world-a place where everyone can enjoy a community of skilled craftspeople from around the globe.

Date: July 7-18, 2021
Location: Milner Plaza at Museum Hill and 620 Cerrillos Rd
Price: $20 for admission, $85 for early-bird market, $250 for opening night party
Phone: (505) 992-7600
Website: https://www.folkartalliance.org/
The Burning of Zozobra

6. The Burning of Zozobra

The annual burning of Old Man Gloom is one of Santa Fe’s most unusual traditions. Before fall approaches, a 50-foot marionette effigy erupts in flames, filled with tens of thousands of “glooms” submitted by the community. For almost 100 years, this massive inferno has consumed our problems and filled the night with grand spectacle.

What started as a 1924 event at an artists gathering has become a season-defining oddity that raises funds for the local Kiwanis Club and children’s charities. It has developed over the decades to become an almost ritual event involving a fire dance, a raucous celebration, and the burning of the effigy itself. Come fill Zozobra with your own gloom-divorce papers, pink slips, bad reviews, or whatever you please-or just dance and shout as Old Man Gloom goes up in flames. This is a unique event you won’t find anywhere else, and one that everyone should experience at least once.

Date: September 3, 2021
Location: Fort Marcy Park
Price: $10
Phone: (855) 969-6272
Website: https://burnzozobra.com/
Fiesta de Santa Fe

7. Fiesta de Santa Fe

The Fiesta is one of Santa Fe’s oldest celebrations. For more than 300 years, the City of Santa Fe takes to the plaza to celebrate its unique culture and achievements. The Fiesta Council signed a proclamation in 1712 declaring an annual celebration of the reconquest of New Mexico in 1692. Since then, this September festival has been a time of special significance for the denizens of The City Different, in one shape or another.

In fact, the Fiesta has had its share of ups and downs over the years, with the meaning of the celebration shifting over time to become a general celebration of Southwest heritage rather than a glorification of Spanish conquest. Two of the events already mentioned here, The Spanish Market and Zozobra, both spun off from the Fiesta over one disagreement or another.

In modern times, the event includes parades, an art market, delicious food, music and dancing, pageantry, and religious observance. It is one of the biggest parties of the year in Santa Fe, taking place each year on the weekend after Labor Day. Stop by and get the true Santa Fe experience during this centuries-long celebration.

Date: September 10-12, 2021
Location: Santa Fe Plaza
Price: Free
Phone: (505) 470-6325
Website: https://www.santafefiesta.org/
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

8. Wine and Chile Fiesta

For five days each September, you are invited to enjoy the unique food and wine culture of New Mexico in this celebration of culinary excellence. More than 75 local restaurants and wineries partner to bring you the best in the Southwest. Events include dinners and luncheons, tastings, seminars, demonstrations, and cooking lessons. If you want to see what dining is all about in Santa Fe, this is the best place to start.

Date: September 10-12, 2021
Location: Santa Fe Plaza
Price: Free
Phone: (505) 470-6325
Website: https://www.santafefiesta.org/
Exterior Buildings and Grounds of Fort Marcy Hotel Suites in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Lodging For Every Event

You may have noticed that almost all of Santa Fe’s biggest events take place on or near Santa Fe Plaza. Fort Marcy Hotel Suites is located within walking distance of the plaza, just five blocks away. Nine acres of landscaped grounds and dozens of traditional adobe condos will serve as your home away from home whether you are here for a quiet summer getaway or a major Santa Fe summer event. Book today and you’ll be ready for every market, fiesta, or festival the City Different has to offer.

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You definitely shouldn’t come to Park City.

Our little Wasatch community is very boring, and nothing interesting or cool ever happens here. We certainly don’t have some of the finest snow on the planet, which would make Park City a world-class skiing and snowboarding destination that could conceivably play host to Winter Olympic Games.

There is hardly anywhere interesting to stay and very little in the way of eateries-just a couple hundred properties and restaurants to choose from. In fact, to help you avoid this absolutely dull alpine destination, look over this list of the top 10 reasons to not visit Park City.

There Are Too Many Restaurants

High West Whisky Sour

Photo courtesy of Trevor Hooper

There are so many restaurants in Park City. There are 72 restaurants in the Park City Area Restaurant Association alone, and they don’t even represent every eatery in town. Everything from succulent jewels of fresh sashimi to some damn fine pizza-by-the-slice has a home in Park City. Making a choice can be very overwhelming for the indecisive. Do I want a burger and bourbon, or a burrito? Heaven help you if you settle on a sandwich, as Back Door Deli has 50 of those to choose from. Local favorite taco shop El Chubasco offers just shy of 20 salsas every day at their salsa bar, an embarrassment of choices for even the simple task of adorning your carne asada.

There’s Too Much Nature

Two Moose Looking for Food in a Neighborhood

Moose don’t have a concept of right of way.

Park City is a part of the landscape. Roads and highways wend their way around well-worn travel paths, carved into the hills and slopes that gently cradle the little town. This isn’t a place for the native of the concrete jungle. You’re never more than a few yards from a quiet patch of nature in Park City. You may be forced to yield for a moose, or have deer in your back yard, and the streets tend to be anything but a straight grid. Look elsewhere if fresh air and refreshing breezes aren’t your cup of tea and you can’t bear the idea of leaving a paved surface.

There Are Too Many Festivals

Long Exposure of The Egyptian Theatre on Main Street Park City

The Sundance Film Festival is big, but it isn’t the only festival in town.

One might think that having a world-renowned annual cinema festival *cough* Sundance *cough cough* attracting a global audience and top-tier celebrities would be enough for a little mountain community, but Park City is a bit extra about its festivals. In addition to the famous movie extravaganza, Park City also plays host to the annual Kimball Arts Festival, which includes more than 200 artists and an enormous number of other events and exhibitors; Deer Valley Music Festival, a collection of open-air concerts that bring the music to the warm summer nights; Savor the Summit, an unbelievable outdoor dinner party literally in Main Street; and the Park Silly Sunday Market, a collection of weekly summer bazaars and oddities that easily qualify as festivals in their own right. Leave some festivals for everyone else, please.

There’s Not Enough Parking

Main Street Park City in Summer

These buses will get you anywhere you might want to go.

There really isn’t enough parking, at least not enough for the more than 3,000,000 visitors trekking to Park City every year. Remember, this is a town with roughly 8,000 permanent residents. Trying to find a parking spot near the theater during the Sundance Film Festival may have been one of the labors of Hercules, depending on the translation. For those not determined to drive themselves everywhere nor in the service of Eurystheus, Park City does offer a robust-and totally free-public transportation system. These buses, some of them electric, whisk passengers from one corner of town to another in a convenient, efficient, and environmentally-friendly fashion. Shuttle service is stepped up a notch further during major events, seeing the deployment of additional buses along the most crowded routes, relieving the incredible pressure on Park City’s winding mountain roads with a constant stream of public transit vehicles.

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There’s So Much Snow

Skiers on Slope at Park City Mountain Resort

What could you possibly do with so much snow? Oh, wait…

On average, Park City receives 340 inches of snow during the winter season. To put that in perspective, you would be looking at nearly 30 feet of snow falling on every hillside, tree, house, car, and road in town. That is an obscene amount of powder-fluffy, sugary, perfect powder that glides like silk under a ski.

Surely there could be no fate worse than having access to dozens of feet of fresh, luxurious snow during your winter vacation to such a globally-acclaimed ski town. Only the efforts of a small army of snow plows and shovel-wielding groundskeepers manage to keep the whole town from being swallowed by winter’s puffy white fury every November-March. Try not to wander into any errant man-eating snow drifts if you do dare visit-you may be lost forever.

There’s So Much Sun

Kids on an Alpine Slide

Play while the sun shines.

On the other end of the spectrum, Park City is so incredibly sunny every summer. The unending nuclear combustion that looms in the heavens above town beats down ceaselessly. It would almost be too much to bear, if not for the refreshingly cool breezes and fresh mountain air that suffuse the whole community. Instead of oppressive heat, the Park City summer sun offers a bright, vibrant reminder of the beauty that surrounds us on all sides and illuminates the gorgeous landscapes on every side. Even during the hottest parts of the year, Park City remains about 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding low-lying valleys. This makes it an ideal retreat against sweaty summer afternoons and sticky summer nights.

There Are Too Many Celebrities

Two Actors on a Panel for Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah

Photo provided by the Sundance Institute. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Roohani

As if those A-list types weren’t already busy enough jet-setting around the globe, looking fabulous and enjoying the finer things in life, they keep hanging around Park City. Often glimpsed hanging about near some theater or another during Sundance or tearing down the slopes at one of the resorts during ski season, it isn’t uncommon to see musical mega-sensations or Hollywood elites enjoying Park City’s finest restaurants, lodging providers, and other attractions. Play it right and you could even bump into one of your favorite stars in their natural habitat. Be cool, though. Remember, they may be beautiful people, but they are still people.

I’m a Teetotaler

Barrels of Whisky at High West Distillery in Park City Utah

Photo provided by the Sundance Institute. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Roohani

Utah has a reputation as a decidedly dry state. While it is true that there are a number of unusual laws and restrictions on the books that can make the consumption of alcohol a more difficult prospect than some other areas, Park City doesn’t exactly have a case of the prohibition blues. In addition to a collection of fantastic bars, lounges, and dives, we also have a few homegrown flavors brewed or distilled right here. High West Distillery makes a mighty fine whiskey, and names like Park City BreweryRed Rock Brewing, and Wasatch Brew Pub all offer their own take on craft brew, each worth a try whenever you are in town.

There Is Too Much Lodging to Choose From

Interior Bedroom of the Penthouse Suite at the Lodge at the Mountain Village in Park City Utah

So much more than four walls and a bed.

Consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to Park City lodging. The number of lodges, condos, vacation rentals, b&bs, and other accommodations-even in such a reasonably-sized community as Park City-approaches 200 establishments. All of that doesn’t even take into account the huge number of by-owner rentals and vacation homes eager to accept your vacation dollars.

The task of selecting the perfect lodging for your Park City stay seems like an insurmountable challenge. How can one possibly choose from so many options? Fortunately, we have just the thing for your getaway. With 16 properties and hundreds of rentals ranging from luxury multi-bedroom condos at the resorts to reasonably-priced downtown kitchenettes, All Seasons Resort Lodging has just the thing for any taste or budget. If you’d like something a bit homier, we also offer a collection of vacation homes in Park City, fully-equipped for an unforgettable stay.

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It’s So Expensive

Sculpture of Moon in the Snow on Main Street Park City

You can enjoy Park City without breaking the bank.

Park City isn’t a cheap town. There are a lot of good reasons for that, but it doesn’t make the prospect of a visit any easier on the wallet. It is very easy to rack up a pretty ambitious bill with all the luxury lodging, gourmet restaurants, equipment rentals, and awesome extras. Once, again, though, we’ve got you covered. Not only are we going to help you find the perfect Park City lodging, we’re going to help you find the perfect price. Check out our deals page! Book now to take advantage of the best savings in Park City, whether you want to come by this weekend or next February. Get out there and use all the money you saved on Park City lodging to do something really cool.

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