Festivals and Fun for Fall Date Nights

My very favorite season officially starts this weekend, although the weather has started to feel a bit like fall already. I only wish that Utah would let these perfect fall days stick around for just as long as winter, the few weeks that we get to enjoy aren't nearly long enough. Most people seem to wait until October hits to start their autumn activities, but I've decided that fun needs to start sooner, so that we can take full advantage of opportunities for fall fun and romance. A lot of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other fall festivals start in the next couple of weeks. I wanted you to have all of the details so that you can start enjoying your fall date nights then as well!

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Davis County Fall Festivals

Cross E Ranch Fall Festival

When: September 20 - November 2 (M-TH 4-9pm, F 2-10pm, S 10am-10pm (with extended hours for fall break)
Where: 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City
Cost: $8-$12 (children 0-2 are free)

Activities Included: 14 acre corn maze, hay rides, animals, corn pit, mini train ride, mini straw maze, hay pyramid, fire pits, movies on the barn, hay slides, photo ops, farm picnics, Western dancing and live music. 

For an additional cost you can purchase pumpkins from the 12 acre pumpkin patch, enjoy fall food from the concessions stand, and enjoy donuts, hot chocolate and apple cider. 

Black Island Farms

When: September 20&21, September 27 - October 31 (M-TH 4-10pm, F 4pm-12am, Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 11am-5pm
Where: 2075 South 4000 West, Syracuse
Cost: See below based on activity

Harvest Hayride - Take a ride through the pumpkin patch in a tractor pulled hay wagon. Each hayride ticket includes one pumpkin picked yourself from the pumpkin patch.
Cornmazes (plural) - Three phases make up a combined 16 acres.
Courtyard - Over 20 attractions for all ages! Includes corn box, animal alley, bonfires, bounce house, cow train, corn cannon, grain shoot slide, straw mountain, giant straw slide, pig races and more.

Pricing
Cornmaze + Courtyard - $11 for adults
Cornmaze + Courtyard + Hayride - $16 for adults
Harvest Hayride $8 for adults

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Pack Farms

When: Daily September 27-October 30 (9am-8pm, closed Sundays)
Where: 1700 West Glovers Lane, Farmington
Cost: $6 per person or in a family pack (see website for details)

Activities Include: Free mini hay maze, pumpkin patch, PVC Roller Slide, pumpkin tether-ball, pumpkin games, tractor tire playground, corn hole, pumpkin slingshot, corn box, round bale rollers, giant connect four!

Day Farms

When: October 12-October 27 (M&F 4-7pm and Sat 1-7pm)
Where: 2500 W Gentile Street, Layton
Cost: $5 (ages 2+)

Activities Include: A hayride through the pumpkin patch and one pumpkin of your choice with each ticket purchase.

Scary Hill

When: September 27-October 30
Where: Cherry Hill - 1325 South Main Street, Kaysville
Cost: $9.99 (ages 5+), $4.99 (ages 3&4), 2 & under are free

Activities Include: Scary Hill miniature golf, Bone Yard tractor rides, Junior Jungle Boats, Spooky Maze, Hamster Haven, Spider Aeroball, Rock Wall, Battlestar Blasters, Bug Bounce House and the Pie Pantry.

davis county pumpkin patches

Pumpkin Palooza

When: October 26th
Where: Davis County Fairgrounds, Farmington
Cost: FREE Admission

Activities Include: Pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, scream scenes, magic shows, live reptile shows, indoor trick-or-treating, outdoor movie in the park, halloween karaoke contest.

Fall Leaves

The leaves in the mountains are already starting to change colors and it's the perfect time to take a hike or go for a drive. Check out this post from Play in Davis for three suggestions of where to view the best fall leaves in Davis County. One of my favorite places to drive when the mountains are filled with fall colors is up 1800 South in Bountiful, toward Mueller Park. As you round the corner heading east toward Bountiful Blvd., you get a stunning view of the canyon.

fall leaves in davis county

Fall Picnic

Picnics are popular in spring and summer, but as the weather get cooler, people tend to spend more time indoors. Put on some layers, grab a flannel blanket and head outside to enjoy some time together. A fall picnic would be the perfect end to your drive through one of the local canyons or after a hike on one of the Davis County trails. Check out this post to get more ideas for your fall picnic.

Caramel Apple Date Night/Party

Whenever I think of fall, I think of apples, cinnamon and caramel. It wouldn't be fall without a gooey caramel apple, topped with your favorite candies! The Dating Divas have put together this really fun date night to help you get your caramel apple fix for the year! This group date party pack includes printable invitations, tags and ideas for toppings, a fun game and great caramel apple recipes!

caramel apples

I already had a few fall date nights planned but after putting this post together, I'm ready to add a few more to the calendar. I'll be celebrating fall clear through Thanksgiving, so I have plenty of time to fit this all in!

As always, keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for the most up to date information on things that are going on around Davis County. And watch our Instagram feed and stories to see what fun things we are up to!

Fall festivals and fun for date night in Davis County this season

10 Ways to Spend the Last Month of Summer Together

July is a party and one of the most looked forward to months of the year because of all of the holidays, celebrations and fun that are planned. I'll admit, I'm a little sad to see the month go because everyone starts preparing to go back to school and summer is two thirds of the way over. This year I'm determined to milk every ounce of fun out of the season that I can, and Davis County has A LOT to offer throughout the month of August that will help me do that. So of course, I needed to share that with all of you!

More detailed posts and ideas for turning a few of these events into an epic date night will be coming throughout the month, so watch for those as well. Plus, you can always watch our Instagram feed and stories to see what we're up to throughout the month.

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

South Weber Country Fair Days

This starts this weekend and runs for an entire week. There is something fun going on every single night, with an entire day of fun on Saturday, August 10th. Spend your days being a responsible adult at work, then head over to the evening's activity and enjoy the summer night. Click here for all of the details.

Davis County Fair

It wouldn't be summer without the county fair, would it? This year's fair will feature hot air balloons, Gentri, the rodeo and so much more! The Davis County Fair will run from August 15th to August 18th. Click here for even more information.

Polynesian Cultural Festival

This is the fourth annual festival hosted by Hukilau LLC and it sounds like it would make a great tradition! It will be held on August 16th and 17th at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Admission is free and will feature live music and entertainment, pig roasting, fireknife dancing, food vendors and so much more. Click here for all of the details.

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Play Music on the Porch Day

Antelope Island hosts an entire day when people can sit and play or listen to music. Set all of your other responsibilities in life aside and head out to Fielding Garr Ranch for all of the fun. Click here for all of the details.

Farmers Markets

There are farmers markets scattered throughout Davis County and each provide a great opportunity for a fun weeknight date.

Syracuse City Farmers Market (1200 W Antelope Dr) - Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm. Click here for week specific information.

USU Botanical Center Farmers Market (875 S 50 W, Kaysville) - Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm or dusk. Click here for more details and week specific events.

Bountiful City Farmers Market (400 N 200 W, Bountiful) - Thursdays from 3pm to dusk or 8pm. Click here for more details.

North Salt Lake Farmers Market (1140 W 1100 N, North Salt Lake) - Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm. Click here for more details.

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Summer Concerts

One of my favorite things about summer and there are still a lot of opportunities to enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Click here for a list of free summer concerts in the area.

Food Trucks

We love food trucks and love that Davis County has so many to offer this summer. Check your favorite local food truck's schedule on social media to find out where they'll be parked each night. You can find some great food truck round ups in the area by clicking here.

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Movies in the Park

Before we had kids, this was one of our favorite summer activities. I'm hoping to get a babysitter one night this month so that we can enjoy a movie in the park after the kids are in bed before the season ends. Check out this post for a list of all of the outdoor movies scheduled in our area.

Enjoy Unique Treats

Play in Davis put together this awesome list of seven unique treats found in Davis County. Make your way through the list and beat the summer heat this month! I've only tried a couple of them, so we'll be eating our way through the list as well. Click here for the entire list.

Tour of Utah Parties

August 12th-18th, there will be a few different events to celebrate the tour. Pre-party starts at Antelope Island with dutch-oven food samplings, music, free t-shirts and other activities. The finish line is in North Salt Lake where you'll find food, live music and vendor booths. Check out the Tour of Utah website for the specifics for each party.

Photo c/o Play in Davis

Photo c/o Play in Davis

There are so many fun things going on through the month of August, I hope you added a few to your calendar! Let's live up the rest of the summer and enjoy those perfect temperatures at night. Check out our upcoming events page for even more ideas.

What plans do you have to end the summer with a bang?

The best August date night activities in Davis County

The Best Local Celebrations for the 24th of July Holiday

The 24th of July is quickly becoming one of my very favorite holidays. It's fun to celebrate the heritage of our state, and I won't complain about the extra paid holiday at work. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I know of a few different local celebrations that you won't want to miss! The best part is, none of them really overlap so you could attend them all and make your weekend one big party!

davis county 24th of july celebrations

Bountiful Handcart Days

When: Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th
Where: Bountiful Main Street and Bountiful Park (400 N)
Cost: Free, Some activities and booths cost money

This celebration starts with the Main Street Parade on Friday. Friday evening's activities also include games, food and entertainment at the park, an arts and craft exhibition and one of my favorite firework shows. Continue your celebrate on Saturday with the Handcart Day Races, Bountiful History Tours at the museum and tabernacle, a Chuck Wagon Breakfast and more activities and fun at the park. Click here for all of the details for Handcart Days.

Antelope Island Pioneer Day

When: July 20
Where: Fielding Garr Ranch - Antelope Island
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

Games from 10:00am - 12:00pm and guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch from 3-4:00pm.

bountiful handcart days

Days of '47

When: July 12-24
Where: Various locations in Salt Lake City. 
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

This is the biggest celebration in Utah for the weekend. Celebrations include the Days of '47 Rodeo, Deseret News Marathon, Sunrise Service at Temple Square and Days of '47 Parade. Click here for all of the details about this year's Days of '47 celebration.

If saving your seats hours before the event, sitting in the hot sun and fighting the crowds isn't your thing, you can watch the parade from home! I personally think you get the best view on your TV and you get to hear the story behind each of the parade entries and floats. Plus, you can participate in a contest that KSL hosts by watching for the key words to come across your screen. Last year we picked up smoothies in the morning and watched the parade with our son and I think we'll be doing something similar this year. It makes for a fun and lazy morning!

days of '47 celebrations

Breakfast at Bowman's

When: Wednesday, July 24th 7-10am
Where: Bowman's (326 N Main St, Kaysville)
Cost: $5 - Adults, $3 - 12 and under, $20 per family (up to 6)

A local annual tradition that would be a lot of fun to do as a family! From 7-10am is the annual breakfast. From 10am-2pm is the customer appreciation event which includes free face painting, hot dogs and drinks, cotton candy, cookies and rootbeer floats.

Taste of the Town

When: Wednesday, July 24th 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission, Food Tickets $1 each

We went to this event as a family a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun! You have the chance to taste food from some of Davis County's best restaurants and enjoy some entertainment. This year's live entertainment will be provided by Red Shot Pony. For the little ones there will be carnival games hosted by Lagoon, an outdoor Nerf Dart Tag arena provided by Dartside, a Disney Princess meet and mingle, face painting and more. Click here for even more details.

Layton's taste of the town

Electric Light Parade and Party

When: Wednesday, July 24th 9pm-12am
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission. Food trucks may be an extra cost.

Layton hosts a fun Electric Light Parade each year after Taste of the Town. This is a pedestrian walking parade and everyone is invited to participate. After the parade, meet up in the Party Zone (west entrance to Constitution Circle) for a blacklight party, food trucks and a DJ. Click here for even more details.

Don't forget that there are also great summer concerts and other events going on this weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events page for more details.

What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate Pioneer Day?

The Best Food Truck Events in Davis County

I've come to love food trucks and enjoy the locally owned trucks in our community. Over the last year or two, different organizations in Davis County have put together food truck roundups that occur on a regular basis throughout the summer. These roundups give you a chance to become familiar with the different trucks in our area and try food from a variety of them at once. Food truck events are the perfect place to grab a meal for date night during the warmer nights of the year!

food trucks in davis county

By attending food truck round ups, you are supporting local businesses. If you have a hard time deciding where to eat for date night, you won't have to choose. Each of you can order food from different trucks, or you can grab something from each of the trucks at the event and share the food, trying a few bites of everything there is to offer. Here's a list of food truck events that can be found in the area on a regular basis.

davis county food truck roundups

Davis County Food Truck Roundups

Monday Events

Fruit Heights - Monday Night Food Trucks at the Park is hosted at the Fruit Heights City Hall (910 S Mountain Road) from 5-9pm each Monday. For a list of food trucks in attendance each week and movies or other activities you can enjoy, click here.

North Salt Lake - The Food Truck League hosts an event at Legacy Park (1140 W 1100 N) on Monday nights from 5-9pm. For a list of food trucks in attendance each week, click here.

Syracuse - I recently learned about these food truck roundups hosted by the Intermountain Syracuse Clinic. They take place at the IHC Clinic (745 S 2000 W, Syracuse) on Mondays from 5:30pm-8:30pm. From their Facebook page, it looks like the events are only one Monday a month, but somebody told me that they're every Monday, so you might check. For details on each week's event, click here

Black's Sliders Food Truck

Friday Events

Layton - Through the end of August, you can find food trucks at Layton FEST (465 N Wasatch Dr, Layton). For information on each week's theme, activities and the food trucks in attendance, click here.

Bountiful - Another Food Truck League event takes place just next door to the Bountiful City Hall (761 S Main Street, Bountiful). For information on which food trucks will be involved each week, click here.

World's Best Corndogs Food Truck

Saturday Events

Kaysville - Every Saturday at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Rd, Kaysville) from 5-9pm you'll find food trucks, music and movies in the park. For information on what's going each week, click here

food truck roundups and entertainment

There are other food truck gatherings that can generally be found in association with large events throughout the summer. Free summer concerts and movies in the park are just a couple of the types of events that attract food trucks. You can always check our upcoming events page for information on events and whether you can find food trucks there or not.

Which local food truck is your favorite?

Food truck roundups and events in Davis County this year.

The Best Place for a Firework Date Night in Davis County

One of the best things about July, in my opinion, are the firework shows! I love cuddling up under on a blanket, watching the fireworks and listening to music, and then sticking around to stargaze for a while afterward. With two little kids, we won't get to go somewhere to see the fireworks for the next few years, but we are lucky because a private golf course behind our house puts on a show on the 4th of July. We can watch from the comfort of our own backyard while those kids sleep inside.

Where: Locations listed below
Cost: Free

davis county firework shows

Check out this post to find out if a festival is involved with the firework show that you are choosing to attend. If it is, you will be able to find food vendors for dinner, snacks and treats to enjoy during the show. If you are choosing to watch the show from another location, pull up Google Maps and see what there is in the area, grab some food to go and enjoy a picnic while you wait for the fireworks to start.

Disclaimer: I do not know where each show is being shot off from. Some of the locations noted below may not be available for viewing because of that location. 

4th of july fireworks

Saturday June 29

Syracuse Founders Park - Dusk - Syracuse City: If you don't want to join the crowd at Founders Park, consider watching from one of the open fields at Canterbury Park

Wednesday July 3

Centerville Smith Park - 9:45pm - Centerville City: Founders Park is a great place to watch this firework show, with entertainment prefacing the show. You could also watch tailgating style from the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter.

Eaglewood Golf Course - 10pm - North Salt Lake City: The Golf Course offers a lot of space for watching the show. You might also check out Wild Rose Trailhead Park or Deer Hollow Park.

West Bountiful City Park - 10pm - West Bountiful: If you're able to grab some grass on the east side of Frontage Road in Centerville, just across the freeway from the park, you might have a great view and you can grab food or a treat from the restaurants just down the street.

Thursday July 4

Barnes Park - 10pm - Kaysville City: This is a newer location for this firework show and I haven't heard any great suggestions for where to watch the show. There is a lot of space in the park, so you might not have too hard of a time finding a place to watch. There is also an industrial park just north of the park where you might find some space to sit your camping chairs and watch the show.

Oakridge Country Club - 10pm - Farmington: Every year, Oakridge hosts a party for their members that ends with a firework show over the golf course. Only members of the country club can attend, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the show. Heritage Park in Farmington (1591 N 1075 W, Farmington) has a large field area and is a great place to relax and watch the show with your family.

Friday July 19

Mueller Park Jr. High - 10pm - Woods Cross/Bountiful City: There is a lot of open space around the junior high and neighboring park. You could also try to watch the show from Eggett park.

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One of my very favorite things to do is to find an overlook that we can drive to in the mountains and have a view of the entire valley while fireworks are going off. You may not have the very best seats in the house for the big shows, but now that aerial fireworks are allowed, it's fun to watch them popping up across the valley. Click here for more details about a great hike that overlooks the entire valley. Watch the sunset from the viewpoint, then stay for the fireworks!

Most big shows have music being played in the park or area where the fireworks are being shown. If you choose to watch the show from somewhere other than the main show area, bring your own music! Put together a fun playlist or pull up your favorite station on a phone app. Create your own atmosphere for the fireworks and then shift to some more romantic songs while you look at the stars afterward.

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A big thank you to Randy Burgoyne for the use of the photos found in this post. Randy took these pictures during 2016's 4th of July festivities.

Where is your favorite place to watch fireworks in Davis County?