Park City has a knack for shining, for standing out as world-class. And the ever-blossoming summer music scene is no exception. The summer months are packed with music festivals and series, along with events featuring live music and one-off performances. It is a veritable musicscape.
The free shows produced by Mountain Town Music are a significant contributor to the bountiful melodic offerings. The organization’s mission is to enhance the quality of life by fostering a love of music. It’s working. The nightly free shows have become integral to the fabric of the community.
“Park City is unique in the fact that different areas of the community and different areas in Summit County host weekly concert series,” explains Mountain Town Music’s Executive Director Brian Richards.
“There’s more music that happens per capita in this community in the summertime, than just about anywhere.”
Amazingly, the robust Mountain Town Music series is only part of the area’s summer music culture. Standout events like the Park City Song Summit, Latino Arts Festival and TedFest, along with long-running musical traditions like the Deer Valley Music Festival and Deer Valley Concert Series, do their part to immerse the community with live music, inviting folks to embark on a summer of music and dance.
Here’s a rundown of the area’s live music offerings, listed in chronological order:
Woodenshoe Park Concert Series is put on by Mountain Town Music in the quiet community of Peoa. In addition to live music, you can nosh on food from Lush’s BBQ.
When: Fridays, June 2–July 21 Where: Woodenshoe Park, Peoa
Park Silly Sunday Market is an open-air market showcasing local art, culinary treasures and fresh produce. On select Sundays, you can shop — or take a break and dance — to the free live music on the main stage.
When: Select Sundays, June 4–September 24 Where: Main Street
Noches de Verano is a weekly musical celebration of Latino culture that is put on by Grand Valley Bank and Mountain Town Music. The concert series is free, and picnics and libations are welcome.
When: Tuesdays, June 6–July 18 Where: City Park
Live Music at the Park City Library Patio offers the option to enjoy your morning coffee and a favorite book to the sound of live music. The Wednesday live music series is presented by Friends of the Park City Library, while the Saturday performances are presented by Lucky Ones Coffee. The totally free events are produced by Mountain Town Music.
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, June 10–September 6
Where: Park City Library Patio
Live Music on the Great Lawn at DeJoria Center is a music series located at High Star Ranch in Kamas. It offers live music in a pic- turesque setting that’s far from the buzz of Park City. The free music is put on by Mountain Town Music and while picnics are welcome, outside alcohol is not.
When: Most Thursdays, June 15–August 3 Where: High Star Ranch, Kamas
Latino Arts Festival, presented by the Arts Council of Park City & Summit County, cele- brates Hispanic and Latin American music, dance, poetry, film, cuisine and visual art. The 7th annual event rallies around the vision of a community that celebrates Latino customs through artistic expression and cultural storytelling.
When: June 16–18 Where: Canyons Village
Park City Beethoven Festival is the state of Utah’s oldest classical music festival and this year, they will be celebrating their 40th year with regular live music in City Park. The festival is put on by Grand Valley Bank and Mountain Town Music and is completely free.
When: Mondays, June 17–August 21 Where: City Park
Quarry Village Concert Series provides a musical weekend wind-down that is especially appreciated by the local residents of Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook. The concert series is free, and picnics and libations are welcome.
When: Sundays, June 18–August 20 Where: Quarry Village
Miner’s Park Concert Series is a showcase of intimate weekly performances at a pocket park on downtown Park City’s Main Street. The free series is produced by Mountain Town Music.
When: Saturdays and some Fridays, June 23–August 25
Where: Miner’s Park
Deer Valley Music Festival — Main Stage is a six-week concert series that pairs world-renowned contemporary artists with the Utah Symphony. Highlights this year include The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Ben Folds, A Night of Funk: Lettuce, Disney Princess: The Concert, The Music of Queen and Peter Boyer’s “Rhapsody in Red, White, and Blue.”
When: Fridays and Saturdays, June 30–August 4 Where: Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater
Newpark Concert Series takes place in the Newpark Amphitheater overlooking the Swaner Preserve. The music is free (thanks to Mountain Town Music), and picnics and libations are welcome.
When: Fridays, June 30–September 1 Where: Newpark Amphitheater
Deer Valley Music Festival — Chamber Series is a four-week concert series that showcases the works of classical-music masters, including Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Dvořák. The 19th annual festival features a series of intimate performances at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
When: Wednesdays, July 5–26 Where: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Canyons Village Summer Concert Series is a series of musical performances set against the breathtaking backdrop of the ski area. The music is free and picnics are welcome, but outside alcohol is not.
When: Thursdays, July 13–August 31 Where: Canyons Village
Deer Valley Concert Series is the result of a collaboration between Deer Valley Resort and The State Room Presents. The concerts feature dynamic music on the slopes of Deer Valley. This year’s musical highlights include performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass and Kenny Loggins.
When: July 13–September 2
Where: Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater
TedFest, formerly the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival, is a three-day family-friendly campout that mixes traditional and contemporary roots-based music. Various genres include bluegrass, acoustic, folk, Americana, blues, Latino, Celtic and jazz. There are competitions, workshops, food vendors and a robust, all-day lineup.
When: July 14–16
Where: Antique & Classic Power Museum, Wallsburg
Jazz in the Park is another weekly summertime production put on in partnership between Grand Valley Bank and Mountain Town Music. This free series features a weekly jazz musician or group in the beautiful City Park.
When: Wednesdays, August 23–October 4 Where: City Park
Park City Song Summit redefined what it means to be an immersive musical experience at the summit’s inaugural event in 2022. The multi-day affair intertwines meaningful conversations and live performances. The Summit Labs foster intimate and vulnerable conversations with artists to demolish barriers, illuminate the unspoken aspects of the creative path and enrich the live music experience.
“This is a music lovers dream,” says Park City Song Summit Founder Ben Anderson. “It gives people a chance to dig deeper into the celebration of song and the creation of song.”
When: September 7–9
Where: Venues throughout Park City
EVEN MORE MUSIC!
In addition to music series and festivals, several Park City venues host one-off and regularly scheduled live music.
Main Street Venues
The Spur Bar & Grill is a cozy spot that runs free nightly music.
The Cabin is a popular destination for drinks, with weekly games and frequent live music.
OP Rockwell is a sophisticated cocktail lounge and music hall.
Egyptian Theatre is Park City’s oldest theater and hosts performances by world-acclaimed artists. Downstairs is a contemporary club with a bar, lounge and live music.
Park City Peaks Hotel hosts musical performances in the hotel lobby on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sterling Steak & Lounge is an elegant Kimball Junction restaurant with regular live music.