In my opinion, September and October are the two best months of the year in the Beehive State. The temperature is cool (but not yet freezing cold), and the air is crisp and clean. This fall, explore some of Utah’s many communities at fall festivals all over the state. This list is by no means comprehensive, but includes 12 festivals that offer tasty food, entertainment and vendors that will make your fall weekends a lot more fun. These festivals are listed by date.
1. Oktoberfest, Snowbird
The 43rd annual Oktoberfest is held at Snowbird Resort every weekend between now and October 9th. You'll find tons of delicious German food, entertainment, and of course, beer. The festival is held every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
2. Green River Melon Days
Everyone in Utah know that Green River produces some of the best watermelon in the world. Join the festival on September 16th and 17th for a parade, car show, pancake breakfast, square dancing, trap shoot, softball tournament and more.
3. Escalante Canyons Art Festival - Everett Reuss Days, Escalante
This year marks the 13th year for the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. It runs from September 16th through the 24th and includes tons of events, including the Plein Air painting competition, workshops, exhibits, live music and more.
4. Festa Italiana, Salt Lake City
Participate in the pasta eating contest, or just enjoy the entertainment and your own, personal-sized serving of delicious Italian food. This festival is held at The Gateway on Saturday, September 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
5. 9th & 9th Street Festival, Salt Lake City
This community festival has tons of activities for kids, plus plenty of entertainment and food vendors. Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m..
6. Big Water Dinosaur Festival
This festival offers food, entertainment, a bouncy house and BLM Dinosaur Murder Mystery. Located at 60 Aaron Burr in Big Water, the festival takes place on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
7. Urban Arts Festival, Salt Lake City
Stop by the Gallivan Arts Center on September 17th from noon to 10:00 p.m. and September 18th from noon to 6:00 pm. to meet amazing Utah artists, performers and musicians.
8. Fall Fest In The Park, Parowan
This fun festival includes a costume parade, hot rod show, food, craft vendors, entertainment and plenty of games for the kids. Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..
9. New Harmony Apple Festival
This annual fundraiser benefits the volunteer fire department, and is perfect for the whole family. Enjoy live music, homemade crafts, an apple pie eating contest and of course, plenty of apples. October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..
10. Pumpkin Walk, Benson Grist Mill
Take the kids to Benson Grist Mill in Stansbury Park for the Pumpkin Walk, which includes food vendors, arts and crafts, games and pumpkin displays. Held October 21st and 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m..
11. Harvest Festival, Wellsville
This living history festival is a great way to discover Utah's history and have fun at the same time. Learn how to press cider, make candles and shell corn. The festival also offers a corn maze, cowboy music and Haunted Hollow. October 21st and 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..
12. Livestock and Heritage Festival, Cedar City
Head to Cedar City October 28th and 29th for the Livestock and Heritage Festival. The festival kicks off with the sheep parade, and also includes the sheep wagon show, Dutch oven cooking contest, vintage car show, tractor show, craft vendors, food and much more! Hours on Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
These are just a few of the many festivals happening all over the Beehive State this fall. Tell us about your favorite in the comments, and if you’re in the mood to head to the mountains, check out all the
things you can do at Utah’s ski resorts BEFORE the snow flies!