The 6 Most Anticipated Fall Activities in Salt Lake

As the air turns crisper and the colors warmer, fall’s arrival signals a magical season in Salt Lake that beckons us outdoors. The promise of cozy sweaters, the subtle scent of fallen leaves, and the anticipation of pumpkin-spiced everything – it’s a time of year that stirs excitement in the hearts of all. So, without further ado, let’s dive headfirst into the cornucopia of fall activities that Salt Lake has laid out for us.

#1 Celebrate the Cross E Ranch Fall Festival 

When: September 22 to October 30, 2023

Where: 3500 N 2200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Admission: Starts at $9.95/person

Experience the best of harvest season at the Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival, a beloved tradition in Salt Lake City that bursts with farm-fresh fun. This fall extravaganza boasts a variety of AgVenture attractions, offering a blend of education and entertainment.

Cheer on racing pigs, test your archery skills, go on ziplines and barrel train rides, or wander through intricate corn mazes, there’s definitely something for everyone! Don’t forget to visit the pumpkin patch where you can pick your perfect fall decor or canvas for carving. After all the fun and excitement, treat the whole gang to some delicious food like Apple Cider Donuts, 16” churros, Caramel Apples, Burger Baskets, and more.

Admission covers all attractions except pony rides, merchandise, food, and face painting. Plus, kids aged 2 and under get in for free! Details on the ticket and time can be found here.

#2 Enter an Enchanting World at BOOtanical Oaklore Academy

When: October 18-30, 2023

Where: 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

BOOtanical Days (9AM-5PM) Admission: Adult $14; Children $7; Seniors $12; free for Garden members

BOOtanical Nights (6-9PM) Admission: Members $13; public $16

Enroll in the most prestigious school of magic in Utah, Oaklore Academy, and embark on a spellbinding adventure. The BOOtanical event allows you to explore the captivating realm of real-life magical plants in classes that cover cryptozoology, spells, potions, and beyond.

Myrtle Spurge, the mischievous witch, has been stirring up trouble at the academy so you must complete your magical education and help get rid of her malevolent presence. Whether you visit during the day or venture into the night, the event offers a series of bewitching activities including DJs, storytellers, puppet troupes, and a special escape room-style challenge.

For an entertaining and immersive experience for all ages, this event is the perfect way to celebrate the thrill of the season. Details on the costume guidelines, ticket prices, and performer schedule can be found here.

#3 Have a Bewitching Time at the WitchFest

When: September 22 to October 31, 2023, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Where: 1100 W 7800 S, West Jordan, UT 84088

Admission: Free

Gardner Village’s premier Halloween festival, WitchFest, is a month-long spectacular that has become a tradition that draws visitors far and wide. The historic Gardner Village is adorned with more than 50 larger-than-life witch displays, 20,000 pounds of straw, and 30,000 pounds of pumpkins. Moreover, this event has garnered accolades which include the Best of State award and recognition as one of the top Halloween events in America.

The hugely popular Witches Night Out kicks off with a children’s parade followed by the grand witches parade so don’t forget to don your finest witch attire. With wicked tunes, exciting prizes, shop deals, and countless events including a Witch Scavenger Hunt, Escape Room, and Wagon Rides, it’s the ultimate witch soirée. 

Hungry? Satisfy your appetite at Happy Camper Deli & Bakery, Archibald’s Restaurant, or enjoy sweet treats and caramel apples at Chocolate Covered Wagon. And remember, no tickets are necessary, so bring your broommates and have a bewitchingly good time.

#4 Explore the Salt Lake Fall Home Expo 

When: October 7, 2023, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: 9575 State St, Sandy, UT 84070

Admission: Free

The Salt Lake Fall Home Expo is your one-stop destination for all things home renovation and improvement. Whether you simply need a reliable contractor to tackle those pesky leaks or planning a major home upgrade, this event has got you covered.

The expo is your playground of inspiration where you can check out the latest trends like solar power and home automation on top of a plethora of innovative ideas. You can also meet a variety of national and local vendors specializing in outdoor living, home, DIY, decor, and more. With exclusive discounts and deals galore, it’s truly a win-win situation.

So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your dream home a reality. And the best part? You can save thousands while enhancing your home value and lifestyle while embracing the coziness of the season.

#5 Prost! To Oktoberfest at Snowbird! 

When: Dates vary between August 12 to October 15, 2023, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: 9385 S Snowbird Center Dr, Snowbird, UT 84092

Admission: Free; parking is $12/car (carpooling is recommended)

Oktoberfest at Snowbird is more than just a celebration of beer; it’s a weeks-long festivities of delicious Bavarian cuisine, music, family fun, and a whole lot more. This festival is a must-visit for anyone looking to savor a day or a weekend of Oktoberfest in Utah.

Now let’s talk about the real stars of the show: the food and the beer. Quench your thirst with traditional German-style beers and local brews from the finest breweries in the state. Food offerings include Bavarian roasted almonds and German classics like pretzels, bratwurst, and apple strudel. Pro tip: To save on beer costs, bring your own 1-liter Snowbird Oktoberfest beer stein or mug from the previous years.

There’s also a plethora of 21+ and family-friendly activities like Mountain Coaster and ZipWhipper. So buy your tickets in advance online to snag the best deals. Details on the Oktoberfest’s events, dates, and times can be found here.

#6 Enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Wheeler Historic Farm’s Pumpkin Days

When: September 22 – October 31, 2023

Where: 6351 S 900 E, Murray, UT 84121

Admission: $12/person; 2 & under free with a purchase of an adult ticket

Celebrate Halloween and the bountiful joys of October at Wheeler Historic Farm’s wonderful Pumpkin Days. Emphasizing fun over terror, this festive event in the heart of Salt Lake Valley promises a fun-filled, wholesome experience for the entire family.

Venture into the maze acre, where surprises and excitement await around every twist and turn. Pedal tractors like a pro, dive into the corn pit, conquer the hex climbers, and race rubber ducks. It’s a playground of endless adventure and thrills!

While you’re there, head over to the pumpkin patch in the north parking lot pasture. The farm sourced its pumpkin locally, making it a genuine community affair. Moreover, it’s a fantastic spot for decor inspo and photos, and best of all, there’s no entrance fee!

Your ticket covers the play area, maze, and includes a cow train or wagon ride. Just a heads up: Kids under 10 should have a buddy when tackling the maze area. Safety first!

Now, it’s your turn to share your excitement. What’s your most anticipated fall activity or event in Salt Lake? Drop a comment below, and let’s come together to revel in the beauty and joy of this bewitching season!

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