Cool mornings, warm afternoons, the mountains covered in green, and live music filling the evening air … ah, summer in Park City is in full bloom. Almost any night of the week there’s a live concert performing somewhere between Deer Valley and Parley’s Summit. “One of the things I love most about summer in Park City is the outdoor concerts,” said Ann MacQuoid. “There’s just not better way to spend an evening than a picnic, Parallel wine, friends, and a great band.” Most of the summer concerts are free to the public. We want to tell you about our three favorite locations.
Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre
This outdoor venue transforms Deer Valley’s “ski beach” into a stadium in the mountains. Limited seating is set up in the center front, but laidback blankets stretch far up the mountain. The Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheater hosts scores of concerts featuring everything from the Utah Symphony performing the works of Prince to Smash Mouth belting out their greatest hits. “Some of my most memorable summer nights have been spent sitting on a blanket watching a Deer Valley Concert,” said Dena Fleming. “Bring a sweater – when the sun goes down it gets chilly, but the vibes are just heating up.” This summer, the DV Amphitheatre has an incredible line up of performances guaranteed to be unforgettable: the Utah Symphony, X-Ambassadors, and Aloe Blacc just to name a few.
Newpark Amphitheater on Thursday Nights
Mountain Town Music began booking Newpark’s cozy amphitheater just a few summers ago, and now it is THE Thursday night thing to do. These concerts are free and feature great bands that love their music and want to be heard. “I am simply in love with this venue,” said Suzanne Harris. “It’s casual and family friendly, and it’s free!” The large lawn gets packed with blankets and kids, and people who want a pizza with their music snap up the outdoor seating at Maxwell’s. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to make sure you get the spot you want.
Billy Blanco’s Summer Sundays Series
Also booked by Mountain Town Music, the hill next to Billy Blanco’s in Quarry Village transforms into a community concert every Sunday evening. This is a cozy venue with a family and friends ambiance. Blankets and picnic baskets soon cover every inch of space with families looking to listen to a band that gives it their all. “If you can score a seat on Billy Blanco’s deck, it turns into the best date night imaginable,” said Steve Chin.
Park City planted its roots in the love of nonconformity for body and soul. During the summer months, outdoor recreation is our body’s mantra and live music is our soul’s solace. From our family at CMFH to yours, we hope to see you on the grass with a blanket, taking it all in with good food and good friends enjoying the sounds of summer in Park City.