How to Weekend: Park Silly Sunday Market
Now, why are you looking at her like that? Maybe because that’s exactly the point. Welcome to the Park Silly Sunday Market on historic Main Street. It’s time to get your silly on.
Park City is one of the most unique towns in Utah with its dwellers beating to their own drum, often at the envy of those who don’t live close within its radius. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the sights, sounds and eco-friendly weekend every local can.
Park City’s Main Street is well known for it’s annual Arts Festival where artisans and vendors from around the world display and sell their handmade art and wares. But with the festival happening only once a year, and with more demand from shoppers wanting to purchase local art/crafts/goods/food in a festival-like environment, Park City saw an opportunity to create a weekly destination, an event in its own right. And Park Silly was born.
The street fair is held every weekend from June through September with up to 30,000 visitors each Sunday, many of those coming to the mountain to escape the heat of the Salt Lake Valley below. But don’t let the thought of crowds keep you away, this is an event and one you want to be part of. Some vendors change from week to week, and some are nearly permanent fixtures, so variety is always happening. The booths extend from the bottom portion of Main Street at 9ᵗʰ to mid Main at Heber Avenue (map here) and are intermixed with food, art, clothing and even DIY crafts like building with alabaster for the kids.
Roads are closed to accommodate a steady stream of patrons from every walk of society, baby strollers, dogs on leashes and even stilt walkers eating chocolate covered bananas towering above the masses.
Want to adopt a duck? You can do that. Chickens too.
A changing line-up of bands play each Sunday keeping the crowd lively and on their feet. Or like in this photo, in the rings.
At the bottom of Main Street is the famous Bloody Mary Bar. Self serve cocktails are sold to those 21 and older with a killer display of additions to add to your locally distilled Five Wives Vodka cup. It’s like tomato salad in a boozy cup. That’s my kind of Mary. If you’re not into bloody mary’s, local beers and cocktails like Huckleberry Vodka Lemonade are also available and extremely sippable.
Park City’s craft chocolatier Ritual Chocolate lured me into with the brownies. How could I not?
Hungy? This cinnamon roll from Utah’s Own Backyard Bakeries that is LITERALLY the size of your head should do.
Tongue in cheek art is easily purchased from The Hive Gallery and Boutique with a frozen banana from one of the multiple food vendors.
What were you doing when you were 18 years old? This guy is designing jewlery like this! His booth had me captivated. And buying. I’ll be coming back to KGEK Design soon to do more damage to my credit card. Love.
Another purchase of the day was this leather cross body bag from Sash Bags. I’m loving it still.
After trolling up and down Main Street and receiving some much needed retail therapy, a rest was in order. We ponied up to a table under the tents and took in the sounds of locals Herban Empire. A little reggae/rock for Sunday never hurt anybody in my book.
And how could we pass up this big old puppers looking for a new home. Oh if only we could…maybe next week?
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 7 – September 20
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Heidi Larsen is the creator of foodiecrush.com, the blog and online magazine featuring family friendly recipes and inspiring photography. She also photographs Deer Valley Resort’s food and fine dining when not enjoying quality time on the ski hill with her husband and 11 year old daughter. See more of what she’s crushing on at Facebook and Instagram.