1) Visit the Utah State Fair
The Utah State Fair began on September 10th and runs through the 20th. While it’s possible to spend a lot more than $10 while you’re there, adult admission is just $10. Instead of dropping tons of cash, enjoy the free things at the fair: animals, craft displays, free entertainment.
2) Get Lost in a Corn Maze
You’ll find corn mazes all over the state this fall. A few cost more than $10 per person; for cheaper admission, choose a small-town maze like Carter’s Crazy Corn Maze in Garland. Admission is $6 or less.
3) Stop by the American West Heritage Center
The Fall Festival is October 16th and 17th. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for kids.
4) Visit Antelope Island
There’s plenty to do on Antelope Island; don’t miss the Bison RoundUp on October 23-24 this year! The park fee is $10 per vehicle; ride your bike or walk across the causeway and pay a $3 entrance fee each.
5) Pick Your Own Pumpkin
Beck Family Farms in Centerfield is just one of the many pick-your-own pumpkin farms across Utah. Many offer free hay rides, too!
6) Go to a College Sports Event
You’ll be hard pressed to find college football tickets for $10, but there are a host of other college sports to enjoy this fall! Catch a Utes hockey game for just $5; cheer on the Utah State Volleyball team for less than $7; see a soccer game at Dixie State for just $7.
7) Enjoy Art at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival
Meet artists, see demonstrations and enjoy live music and entertainment. It’s free! September 18th through the 27th.
8) Glendale Harvest Apple Festival
The festival starts Friday, September 18th. Enjoy a dutch oven dinner opening night for $6 while you listen to live music. Enjoy apple treats throughout the weekend.
9) Autumn Aloft in Park City
Watch dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky on September 18th and 19th. Free!
10) Festa Italiana in Downtown Salt Lake City
It’s the first year for this free festival held at 400 W. 300 S. in Salt Lake City on September 19th and 20th. Live performances, bocce tournaments and of course, plenty of great Italian food.
11) Wendover Air Show
This year, the air show is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. September 26th. Tickets are $10.
12) Provo River Watershed Festival, Midway
Live music, geo-caching, fish pond and more. This event is Free! It’s held at the Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitor Center in Midway. Saturday, September 26th.
13) Conservation Learning Garden Fall Festival, Layton
Another free event on September 26th! The Conservation Learning Garden at the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District in Layton hosts its 6th annual festival with treats, tours, gardening workshops, live entertainment and kids’ activities.
14) Utah Humanities Book Festival
From September 21st to October 31st, you’ll find events and free readings across the state. Visit the Utah Humanities Book Festival Facebook page for event dates and times.
15) Oktoberfest at Snowbird
Admission, which includes plenty of live entertainment, is free. Beer and brats is extra. Every Saturday and Sunday through October 11th.
16) Go for a Hike
Hiking on most of Utah’s trails is free! Get out and see the fall leaves before they’re gone.
This list of fun things to do in the fall in Utah doesn’t include Halloween events. Watch for those next month!