Sundance Film Festival has been synonymous with Park City for over 30 years. As the Festival evolves every year, it's important to keep up with the very latest insights on ‘how to Sundance’ to make the most of your visit:
DINE AROUND TOWN
While Park City’s Historic Main Street is the undisputed social center for pre- and post-movie entertainment, seasoned Sundance attendees know to seek out eating establishments located closer to the variety of screening locations throughout the area. It’s important to get to film screenings early, so dining near to the theater is a great way to save time. Here are a few ideas:
- The Redstone 7 theatre in Kimball Junction is located close to Red Rock Junction, Vessel Kitchen, Maxwell’s Pizza, Sushi Blue, Café Trio, and Park City’s new Whole Foods Market. Park City Bread and Bagel and Park City Coffee Roaster are also great options if your screening is in the morning or midday
- Eccles Theatre, on Kearns Boulevard, is located near Adolph’s, the Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive, Blind Dog, and Grub Steak
- The Library Centre Theatre, located in the Park City Library, is within walking distance to Harvest, Butcher’s Chop House, Fair Weather Natural Foods, and Ritual Chocolate if you’re in need of coffee or a little pick-me-up
- The Ray Theatre, Holiday Village Cinemas, and Park Avenue Theatre (inside The DoubleTree by Hilton on Park Avenue) are centrally located near Squatters, Twisted Fern, Five5eeds, Fair Weather Natural Foods, Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive, and Silver Star Café, which is just a short walk or bus ride away.
- The Sundance headquarters, located inside the Park City Marriott on Sidewinder Drive, and the Prospector Theatre are both very near to Grub Steak, Freshies Lobster, Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria, and Good Karma
To check availability and for restaurant closings (for special events), check out the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s website.
HIT THE SLOPES
The Festival period is a great time to hit the slopes, as many of the guests in town are attending screenings. It is not uncommon to feel that you have the ski mountains completely to yourself during the ten-day festival. Choose from Park City’s two resorts – Deer Valley, which is a ski-only mountain (no snowboarding) and Park City Mountain, which offers the most lift-accessed terrain of any resorts in the USA (7,300 acres). Park City Mountain is accessible via its two base areas – Park City Base Area and Canyons Village – as well as by the Town Lift, which connects the resort directly to Historic Main Street.
SKIP THE RENTAL CAR
Due to limited (and expensive) parking, we suggest you skip the rental car and utilize the city’s free transportation system and the Sundance's shuttle system during the festival. Book an airport transfer from Salt Lake City International Airport, or utilize your hotel’s shuttle, and leave the driving to locals. Uber, Lyft, and local transportation companies are available for when you need a ride more immediately, or if your destination does not fall on the bus route.
Park City itself is a very walkable town, though proper footwear (i.e. insulated and waterproof snow boots, or even hiking boots) is highly recommended.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SECOND-WEEK SCREENINGS
The first week of the Festival is chock full of premieres and parties with the most famous names in the entertainment industry. But those in the know, and those who did not purchase tickets ahead of time, often wait until week 2 of the festival when screenings have more tickets available and seating opens up. Within the last few years Sundance implemented an eWaitlist, which makes it easier to find last minute tickets to screenings. $20 cash is required if you’re able to get a seat. Sundance explains in detail how their eWaitlist works on their website.