The Egyptian Theater plays host to a variety of films throughout the Sundance Film Festival. Photo Credit: Timothy Sondrup
The Egyptian Theater plays host to a variety of films throughout the Sundance Film Festival. Photo Credit: Timothy Sondrup

Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings a myriad of film enthusiasts to Park City. While ticket prices range from this month’s rent to your first-born child, there are plenty of things to do in Park City that won’t break the bank.

Park City’s Old Main Street presents the perfect opportunity to have a high-class experience on a college student’s budget. Walking from end to end, one will discover over 15 stunning galleries. Exhibits range from paintings of life in the Wild West to photographs of nature’s own creations. If history is more your speed, check out the Park City Museum.

After indulging in the finer things of life, there is nothing better than to sit down with a giant, greasy pizza. As with any ski town, pizza is a major part of the culture and Park City claims multiple award-winning pizza joints. Take a load off and split a gourmet pizza with your fellow explorers at Red Banjo Pizza or Main Street Pizza & Noodle.

Visitors explore the boutiques along Old Main. Photo Credit: Timothy Sondrup
Visitors explore the boutiques along Old Main. Photo Credit: Timothy Sondrup

With stomachs full and pants snug, post-lunch is the best time to peruse the stylish boutiques. Drool over Jeffrey Campbell heels at Mary Jane’s or get lost in a soft sea of fluff at the Alaska Fur Gallery. Because crazy prices deter any real spending, window shopping can be a great way to pass the time. However, use caution when entering Sock City. From Star Wars to pancakes, there are socks for every trend and obsession.

Once you’ve visited all of the shops and galleries, be sure to stop and listen to the music. Sundance not only attracts celebrities, but it also gives rising musicians an opportunity to make it big. Street music is abundant, even in the freezing temperatures that often accompany the Film Festival. Not satisfied with up-and-comers? No worries, if you keep your eyes open, you might just spot one of your favorite celebs, making your trip to Park City one to remember.

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