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What You Need to Know For This Weekend’s Kimball Arts Festival


With the return of the Kimball Arts Festival this weekend, there are a few important changes to parking and transit locals and visitors should be aware of.


After last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the 2021 Kimball Arts Festival is back, kicking off Friday in Old Town Park City. Organizers estimate around 50,000 people will attend throughout the weekend.


Organizers are encouraging people to buy tickets online before arriving to reduce lines. Friday is locals’ night at the festival where Summit county residents get in for free by using their county address when registering for tickets. Free local tickets are also available to second home owners.


Park City Municipal will close Swede Alley, Heber Avenue, Main Street, and Park Avenue to parking and car traffic Friday through Sunday.


Park City Events Manager Jenny Diersen tells KPCW free parking and transit will be offered at several locations. A bike valet will also be available on 9th street. 


“If you’re looking for free parking and free transit, the best places to park are going to be at Ecker Hill park & ride, Park City High School, Park City Resort base, and Deer Valley Resort base,” Diersen says. Just a note, Deer Valley is on Saturday and Sunday only. From there you can take free transit.”


In accordance with federal law, masks are required for anyone using public transit.


Limited paid parking will be available at the China Bridge parking structure. Friday rates are $3/hr with a daily maximum of $18. On Saturday and Sunday, parking increases to $5/hr, also with a daily maximum of $18. China Bridge must be accessed from Marsac Avenue.


The Silly Market will not take place on Sunday and will return on August 21st.


Masks will be provided to anyone who wants one at each entrance to the festival. Diersen says the city and county health department will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 situation throughout the weekend.


“The community as a whole, I think we want to do our best to be as safe as possible, and we work continuously very closely with the health department,” she says. “We want people to take the precautions that they’re comfortable with at this point in time. We are moving forward with the current conditions and we’ll watch things over the next week and the upcoming weeks and continue to take things very seriously and work with all parties involved.” 


For more information on the Kimball Arts Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.