It wasn't too long ago when Labor Day weekend signaled the true end of summer in Park City with the Miners’ Day celebrations being the last real event until the ski season. In recent years, our mountain resort town has evolved into a year-round mecca for activities and events. We are seeing the shortening of the fall shoulder season with the Park Silly Sunday Market continuing into summer and a host of new offerings to keep locals and visitors entertained. The weekend of September 13 is shaping up to be no exception with the annual Autumn Aloft hot air balloon festival and the inaugural Park City Songwriter Festival. The hills will come alive with music, vibrant balloons, and splendid fall colors.
Park City Songwriter Festival
More than 40 singer songwriters will grace the stages of five Park City Main Street venues to perform and share the stories behind their songs. Genres represented include folk, rock, soul, country, and Americana. Intimate concerts will be formed by artists from Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, in addition to a few from Utah. Headlining acts are Anders Osborne, North Mississippis Allstars, John Popper, and Marc Broussard. Grammy Award winners and nominees will be in the mix. Performances begin at noon at continue well into the evening, so even early birds can enjoy as well. Venues include O.P. Rockwell, The Spur Bar & Grill, Flanagan’s, The Cabin, and Rockwell Listening Room.
There are various two-day festival ticket options available that offer access to all venues. Some include access to songwriter workshops and private parties. For tickets click HERE.
As many as 24 hot air balloons will take flight above Park City during this colorful, two-day festival that always promises to be quite the spectacle. Saturday’s main launch will occur at approximately 8:30 a.m. from the North 40 Fields, 2530 Kearns Blvd behind Treasure Hill Middle School. Head into Historic Park City that same evening for Autumn Aloft's Candlestick on Main from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is held between 4th and 5th Streets. A second morning launch is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 a.m., also from the North 40 Fields. Parking is available at Park City High School and the Eccles.