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The Sundance 2014 opening weekend is here and Park City is buzzing with exciting movies, top-notch parties and stars-struck crowds trying to make the most out of the experience. And while you can find all the film info you need at the festival’s website, we at Hey Salt Lake decided to put together a guide of the things you can do in between (or instead of 😉 ) the movies.
Where to Find Celebrities
If you are planning to do some celebrity watching, try making it to the festival in next next couple of days – the opening weekend is the best time for this.
The Sky Lodge hotel on Main Street is usually one of the festival’s central people-watching spots, with its popular rooftop lounge and Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant next door. Anne Hathaway is supposed to do some cardio at SoulCycle – the spin class being the newest fitness pop-up at the Sky Lodge this year. Classes are available by reservation and feature the industry’s top instructors and fresh juices during workout breaks.
Eddie Bauer Adventure House is another brand new addition to the festival, running this weekend at Claim Jumper on Main Street. World-class instructors will give rock climbing classes here and popular DJs will spin their beats, so the place is guaranteed to be a social anchor throughout the opening weekend.
The Village at the Lift at the base of Main Street is running its annual TAO nightclub pop-up underground, while Stella Artois lounge at the street level is a great place to see and be seen during the day. Various media outlets like CNN and L.A. Times are setting up headquarters here as well, with the former doing live broadcasts from the complex, so expect a lot of activity here. Besides TAO, other satellite clubs you want to be at on Main are Bootsy Bellows and The Sayers Club.
Hanging out by the Entertainment Weekly headquarters might be a good idea as well – they hold their celebrity photo-shoot sessions and you could spot a familiar face or two here.
Udi’s Gluten Free Table has been a big hit among actors for the last few seasons and is still their to-go place this year.
Social Film Loft on 738 Main St. will be a popular place for cocktails, live music and celebrity DJs.
Rock and Reilly’s is likely to be a Hollywood hangout before and after the concerts at Park City Live next door.
The LG Music Lodge will be holding an anniversary celebration and screening the NFL Super Bowl playoff game on giant screens. Famous guests are expected to attend, including Elijah Wood, Anna Kendrick, Paul Reiser and John C. Reilly, among others.
Dream Downtown from NYC will host an Aprés Ski Fete at The Music Lodge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring music by DJ Theory.
Oakley Learn to Ride is bringing the world’s top snowboarding pros to Park City once again this year to provide guests with private learning sessions. If you are trying to spot celebrities on the slopes, your chances are probably best at the luxury Deer Valley resort, although Park City and Canyons are likely to get their share of VIP skiers and snowboarders too.
When it comes to gift suites, Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge, It’s So Miami Lounge, Eco Hideaway and Motorola are all supposed to be hits among the VIPs, featuring a variety of giveaways. The Billboard & Sonos Home Theater Lounge inside Park City Live will host interviews with special guests from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the opening weekend.
If you are wondering what faces you should be trying to spot in the crowd, check out this detailed list of celebrities that are supposed to make their appearance at this year’s festival.
And here’s The List with all the exclusive private parties and the hottest places to be during Sundance 2014. You probably won’t get in unless you are “with the right people,” but at least you’ll know where they are in case you are in a paparazzi mood 😉
What to Do in Park City
VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix
Eagle Superpipe & King’s Crown Terrain Park
VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix is taking place at Park City this weekend, showcasing some of the world’s best ski athletes followed by the naming of the U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. Admission is free and even if you don’t make it for the sports event itself, you might want to stop by at the end of it to listen to live performance by O.A.R. The event started Friday and is going on from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. You can find more info here.
Fox School of Wine’s Weekend Wine Series
Silver Baron Lodge, 2900 Deer Valley Drive East
Every Sat through April 05, 6-7 p.m.
In this fun and casual wine tasting class you’ll be able try six wines while learning their history and other interesting info. A must for any wine lover.
Park City is lined up with lots of boutiques, coffee shops, galleries and bookstores – so you might want to spend a couple of hours just strolling along Main Street and supporting the local vendors. For clothing and accessories, check out places like Mary Jane’s, Envy Boutique, Prospect and Park City Jewelers. Stop by Park City Sport or Jake’s Ski Rental to rent all the equipment you’ll need to hit the slopes, or go to JANS Stores to buy your own. You should also check out Dolly’s, an independent local bookstore with a great selection and a charming atmosphere. Those of you film goers with a sweet tooth should include Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Java Cow Creamery (or better yet both) into your shopping experience. Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse is an amazing place to hide from the cold and read a book, listen to an acoustic guitar player or just grab a cup of joe and restore your strength – you’ll need it for all the partying later!
Not all giveaways during Sundance are reserved for celebrities, and regular movie goers can get free stuff too. Stop by Brandlink Communications at Claim Jumper Friday through Sunday to participate in It’s So Miami lounge’s photo booth contest and win a trip to Miami.
The Festival Co-Op on 608 Main St. will feature promotions by various sponsors and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
This lounge at 638 Park Ave. is open to public during and you don’t need accreditation to get in. The Sundance House will let you explore the history and technology of filmmaking through various interactive experiences, as well as use free Wi-Fi, laptops and printers. HP Live Lounge is a heated tent that lets guests take a break from pacing Main Street, relax with a cup of hot cocoa and listen to live music.
Acura Lounge on the corner of Main & Heber features presentations on the company’s innovative technologies, gourmet movie snacks and music for the public to enjoy.
Sundance Channel HQ
Channel HQ on 268 Main St. will hold panel discussions by writers, directors and actors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., although the best times to go are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chase Sapphire on Main
Located on 528 Main St., this lounge will give you “A Taste of Park City,” with sample plates from local chefs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
YouTube on Main Street
This lounge is on 596 Main St. and open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. throughout the festival. It houses production meetings, panels, happy hours and a lot more, targeting the innovators and creatives of Sundance.
Airbnb Haus at 628 Park Ave. promises some “old-fashioned hospitality” from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., including complementary coffee and games by the fireplace, comedy shows, and chats with filmmakers and other industry experts. You can find a detailed scheduled of events at the lounge here.
Brita Keeping you Hydrated
Brita helps festival visitors stay hydrated as they explore Park City by providing them with free reusable bottles that can be refilled at a number of hydration stations around Park City. The company encourages you to refill six to eight times a day, since more hydration is needed at higher altitudes.
The Hub Presented by the Utah Film Commission
Utah Film Commission’s Hub at 751 Main St. offers complementary snacks and drinks from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., along with discussions on local film industry, tourism and business.
The MorningStar Farms® Veggie Burger Bar
You’ll find the Burger Bar right across from the Egyptian Theatre at 317 Main St. from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Their deal is hard to beat – you can get a free vegeterial or vegan hot meal here.
Where to See Live Music Events
Park City Live
427 Main St.
Next to movies, live music is the second major activity you should try to incorporate into your schedule if you are in town for Sundance. Park City Live (formerly Harry O’s) will host some amazing performances and DJ sets throughout the festival – here’s the list of the upcoming shows.
Jan 18, 8 p.m., $50-$75
Jan 19, 8 p.m., $50
Jan 20, 8 p.m., $35
Jan 20, 8 p.m., $50-100
Jan 25, 8 p.m., $75-$100
ASCAP Music Café
751 Main St.
The Falls, 2 p.m.
Savior Adore, 2:40 p.m.
Robert Delong, 3:20 p.m.
Guy Sebastian, 4 p.m.
The Mowgli’, 4:40 p.m.
The Fela! Band – ASCAP Music Cafe, 10:30pm
Savior Adore, 2 p.m.
Moors, 2:20 p.m.
The Mowgli’s, 3:20 p.m.
Carina Round, 4:00 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave, 4:40 p.m.
Venus and the Moon, 2 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith, 2:40 p.m.
Years & Years, 3:20 p.m.
Kris Gruen, 4 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave, 4:40 p.m.
Belle & Sebastian, 9:30 p.m.
Sondre Lerche, 2 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith, 2:40 p.m.
The Devil Makes Three, 3:20 p.m.
Matthey Perryman, 4 p.m.
Rae Spoon, 4:40 p.m.
Clara Nova, 2 p.m.
Matthew Perryman Jones, 2:40 p.m.
Escondido, 3:20 p.m.
KT Tunstall, 5:45 p.m.
Cardinal Son, 2 p.m.
Sarah Lee Guthrie, 2:40 p.m.
Escondido, 3:20 p.m.
The Autumn Defense, 5:45 p.m.
Greyson Chance, 2 p.m.
Clara Nova, 2:40 p.m.
Sean Watkins, 3:20 p.m.
The Autumn Defense, 4 p.m.
The Parlotones, 5 p.m.
638 Main St.
Another venue open to credential holders, Sundance House will host The Fela! band at 8 p.m. on January 19.
625 Main St.
Downstairs is this year’s satellite for L.A.’s The Sayer’s Club during the opening weekend, featuring Capital Cities on Saturday night, although a lot more is going on at this basement bar on the corner of Main and Heber throughout the festival.
Red Bull Music Academy presents RL Grime, Salva and Tokimonsta, 9 p.m.
X Presented by Jeremy Fall, music by Chris Kennedy, birthday of Chris Masterson, 8 p.m.
$10 cover, ladies free
Locals’ Appreciation Night w/ Scooter & Lavelle, 8 p.m.
Live Nite Events presents Steve Smooth, opening set by Timone, 8 p.m.
Live performance by Chali 2na of Jurrasic 5, DJ Set by DJ Scooter, 8 p.m.
Sundance Closing Party w/ DJ Mom Jeans, 8 p.m.
Where to Party
Tavern @ Sky Lodge Hotel
201 Herber Ave.
Formerly known as Bar Boheme, the Tavern bar in the basement of the luxury Sky Lodge hotel is the place to be during the festival. The cozy artisan bar is tucked away from the sight of the rest of the party strip on Main Street. Its wood floors, stone walls and the roaring fireplace will give you a real feel of the mountain resort while you enjoy your cocktail, wine or one of multiple microbrew selections. The Tavern plays live music on most nights and has a food menu as well, complete with desserts and definitely more “gourmet” than your typical pub food.
Sky Blue Rooftop Lounge @ Sky Lodge Hotel
201 Herber Ave.
The hotel’s rooftop lounge has couches to relax on indoors, and additional seating on a heated deck overlooking the city. If you are can brave Utah winter in a bikini, you can even sit in the hot tub, also on the deck.
St. Regis Bar
2300 Deer Valley Drive East
If you are looking for a somewhat more posh experience (and don’t mind the price), take a glass funicular up to St. Regis Bar. The hotel sits on the mountaintop and provides great views of Deer Valley. The bar has both food and drinks, with its creative cocktails being the patrons’ favorite.
The Star Bar
268 Main St.
Category: Dance Club, Live Music
This dance club is a popular spot during Sundance, with live music playing nightly, hookahs and drink specials. The place is pretty spacious, with a good-size dance floor and some seating available as well.
350 Main St.
Category: Bar & Grill
Where to Park & How to Get Around
All the info you need on parking at Sundance festival, shuttle routes and schedules, even the walking times from one theater to another can be found in this amazingly useful PDF.
Experiencing Sundance in Salt Lake
If you end up spending part of the festival in Salt Lake, don’t despair, there’s stuff happening too. Sicilia Pizza is hosting a range of music events that are free and open to public, but come early as space is limited.
Sicilia Pizza Kitchen
35 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City
Triggers & Slips, 8:30 p.m.
Devil’s Club, 8:30 p.m.
Ayllupura, 8:30 p.m.
St. Boheme, 8:30 p.m.
Andrew Shaw & Color Animal, 8:30 p.m.
Hot Club of Zion, 6:00 p.m.
Clarksdale Ghosts, 6:00 p.m.
Rotten Musicians, 8:30 p.m.
Juana Ghani, 8:30 p.m.
Hey Salt Lake crew is heading to Sundance this weekend, do you plan on going too? We’d love to hear what movies you saw, which celebrities you spotted, where you partied and what other exciting things you ended up doing while in Park City. Drop us a note in the comments section!