Labor Day / Miner’s Day Weekend in Park City

Get ready Parkites and visitors! We are coming up on arguably one of the most exciting weekends of the year; Labor Day Weekend as the country knows it, Miner’s Day Weekend if you’re from Park City and Swiss Days if you live in Midway!

Pull out your calendar and plan on an engaging and entertaining weekend:

Friday August 30th is the Park City Main Street Gallery Stroll. Art enthusiasts rejoice at the exhibits and features displayed at our local galleries. Some of our favorites: JGO Gallery, Thomas Anthony Gallery, Terzian Gallery, Montgomery Lee Fine Art, Trove Gallery, Mountain Trails Gallery, David Beavis Fine Art, Gallery MAR, Susan Swartz Studios, and Meyer Gallery.

Starting August 30th and running through September 2nd, the Park City Area Showcase of Homes will be highlighting it’s best of the best. If you’re in the market for a new residence, a vacation home or just want decorating ideas, this yearly event never disappoints.

You don’t have to be from Switzerland to enjoy Swiss Days on August 30th and August 31st. The festival offers a wide variety of fabulous swiss foods, handmade items, and antiques. There is plenty of dancing, music and fun. Plan on spending the entire day at the celebration and be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water.

Just down the street from Swiss Days, is the event that has become a yearly tradition. The Soldier Hollow Sheep Dog Championship is where experts and spectators alike can witness world class sheep dogs and their herders compete for numerous prizes and awards. Enjoy world-class food and drinks, in a lively energetic atmosphere. The competition runs from August 30th thru September 2nd.

Over the weekend, Canyons Village will be transformed into a mini-Munich. Oktoberfest is a family friendly event that will kick off Friday and run through Sunday. Park at the Canyon’s parking lot and take the Cabriolet up to the village. Explore authentic fare, listen to Polka music and participate in a stein lifting competition! (For the parents out there: check out the Kinder Kid’s Zone.)

To finish off the weekend, spend Monday September 2nd in Old Town for Park City Miner’s Days:

For all you early birds, grab the city bus and head to Breakfast in City Park from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, hash browns and more. The amazing Breakfast in Park City is provided by Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, a donation of $5 is welcome, but in no way required.

After filling your stomach, head to historic Main Street to experience the annual Running of the Balls. Patterned after the Running of the Bulls in Spain, you can adopt a ball for $5 and release it at the top of Main. Spectators delight at seeing which ball reaches the bottom first. (Balls are sold right on Main Street on Miner’s Day.)

After the Running of the Balls, find your place on the curb for the Miner’s Day Parade. Starting around 11ish AM, the parade runs the length of Main Street, before skipping over to Park Av. and ending at the City Park. This is a true hometown parade so except to see your neighbors and friends marching down the street.

Follow the parade to City Park and wrap up your Labor Day with full-day celebrations; live music, food vendors, games and hometown races last through the late afternoon.

And what would Miner’s Day be without some good ole fashioned mining competitions? Starting at 2 PM at the City Park, watch miners from all over the country show their skills at Mucking and Drilling.

After such a fun filled 3-day weekend, give yourself time to recover Monday night. Or better yet, take a sick day on Tuesday and relax while saying goodbye to a beautiful summer.