A Great Way to Enjoy Community Theatre for Free

When my friend Angela contacted me with this great date night idea that includes volunteering and a free show, I was excited to share it with all of you! We haven’t been to Hopebox Theatre yet, but after hearing Angela’s experience, I think we’ll be volunteering there soon. Enjoy the date night idea below, written by Angela, then follow her @project7.co on Instagram.

Where: Hopebox Theatre
Cost: Free

hopebox theatre

As a couple, we love watching the performing arts for date night!  We also love to volunteer. That’s when we came up with the idea to put them together!

We tried, and loved, one such opportunity with the Hopebox Theatre!  The @hopebox_theatre “is built on the power of the performing arts to help people heal”.  They “strive to bring hope and light into the lives of those who are battling dark times, specifically cancer”.  The owner went through her own journey of cancer and found that music and musical productions gave her hope which ignited the idea to open a theatre for this very cause!  For every production, they feature an individual with cancer and give the proceeds to them for their treatment!

volunteer at local theatre

You can also volunteer as an usher with artsaltlake.org at Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater, and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center!  When you do, as with the Hopebox Theatre, you get a free ticket!  

Grab yourself a date for the weekend, do some good, and enjoy the show!

Don’t forget to follow Angela on Instagram @project7.co

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.

august activities davis county

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.

davis county food trucks

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

Wild Rose Trail Sunset Hike

Last summer, a local hiking group organized multiple sunset hikes up the same trail here in Davis County and I was really intrigued by it. We made plans to hike the trail before sunset a couple of times but were never able to actually make it happen. Now that we’ve hiked the trail once and marveled at the view from the lookout point, I can’t wait to do it many more times!

Where: 650 East Skycrest Lane, North Salt Lake
Cost: Free
Length: The trail to the scenic overlook, in either direction, is about one mile and takes about half an hour to hike.

wild rose trailhead sunset hike - north salt lake, utah

We planned our hike to start about 45 minutes before sunset so that we’d have time to find our way to the scenic overlook and enjoy the full event from the top. It took us about 30 minutes to hike from the trail head to the bench located on the south overlook. That included a few stops to look at the map and determine if we were hiking in the right direction or not. A group that started just ahead of us reached the sunset overlook point across the canyon to the north, about the same time that we did, so I’m guessing that distance is about the same.

wild rose trail bountiful utah

The views we caught glimpses of every time the trail turned west and there was a break in the trees were stunning and I think I said, “Wow….” about a million times on our hike. Once we reached the top, the view was even more extraordinary! We wished we would have hiked to the sunset point instead of the scenic overlook because the view is a little less obscured there than where we were. The bench we were sitting on was tucked back on the hill a bit and surrounded in tall bushes, blocking us from enjoying the full view of the valley and the sunset all at once. It was still gorgeous though and definitely a great place to sit together!

view of davis county from the mountains

We sat at the top for almost half an hour, watching the sky turn colors as the sun set and the planes took off from the airport in the distance. We decided to start hiking back down before the sun had fully set, so that we still had enough daylight to see the trail. Although I know a lot of people who sit at the top and watch until the sky has turned dark, then hike down with flashlights, it was fun to watch the sun set completely as we made our way back down the mountain and to our car.

wild rose trailhead park, north salt lake utah

The entire Wild Rose Trail is an approximate four mile loop that goes back into the mountains a bit. It’s fairly well covered by trees so it wouldn’t get too hot if you were hiking during the day. I would love to hike the entire trail one day and also hike to the opposite overlook to watch the sunset from a different perspective. It’s a well groomed trail, but only wide enough to walk single file. I was out of breath for the first half, but quickly got used to the speed and incline, and the trail flattened out a bit on the way as well. There were a few stretches with loose rock, but walking to one side helped us avoid that and I never tripped or stumbled hiking in either direction. We went on a Saturday night and didn’t feel like the trail was busy at all. We passed a couple of people headed back down the trail when we were on our way up and saw a few bikers on the bike trail as well. A couple of other groups headed to the other scenic overlook, so our choice to go to the bench with the slightly obscured view was a positive thing because we had the entire place to ourselves.

davis county hiking trails, bountiful utah

This is a great, free date night activity, no matter what your hiking abilities are and something that I would suggest everyone try to do at least once!

Davis County Movies in the Park - Summer Date Night Idea

Movies in the park are one of my favorite things about summer. I love bringing treats and settling down on blankets in the park to enjoy a movie with all of my friends and family. I used to go to movie in the park every week before we got married. It's harder to do now that we have kids, and even harder to justify paying a babysitter to stay with them while they're sleeping at home and we're out on a free date. I can't wait for the days when our kids are older and we can keep them up late for movies in the park without the consequences that we'd have doing that now when they are toddlers. Until then, I'm hoping we can catch one or two of these this summer and plan on enjoying outdoor movies in our own backyard.

Outdoor Movies Davis County

Davis County Movies in the Park Locations

Bountiful - South Davis Recreation Center Summer Movies

Concessions will be selling popcorn, nachos and drinks. Event starts at 8:30pm with the movie starting at dusk, around 9:00pm.

Saturday, June 15 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, July 6 - Spider-Main Into the Spider-verse
Saturday August 10 - Mary Poppins Returns

Centerville City Movies in the Park

I have a particular fondness for Centerville's movies in the park because they're the ones that I enjoyed so much the summers before I got married. When we went to them, they were on Thursday nights. They are currently hosted on Friday nights at Smith Park (300 N 100 E, Centerville).

Friday, June 14 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Friday, June 28 - Paddington 2
Friday, July 19 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friday, July 26 - Lego Movie 2
Friday, August 2 - Peter Rabbit
Friday, August 9 - Incredibles 2

Farmington Festival Days Family Night in the Park

This year's movie will be held on Monday, July 8th at Forbush Park (100 Main St, Farmington). There will be food trucks at 7pm. They will be showing the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, starting at dusk.

Kaysville Summer Nights Live

These evenings include food trucks from Kaysville's Food Truck Roundup, extended splash pad hours, open mic nights and movies in the park starting at dusk. Summer Nights Live are held at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Road, Kaysville)

Saturday, June 15 - Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse
Saturday, July 20 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, August 17 - Small Foot

Free Friday Family Film Series from the Davis Arts Council

A popular series held at the Kenley Centennial Ampitheater located in the center of Layton City park (403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton).

Friday, June 14 - 101 Dalmations
Friday, June 21 - Over the Hedge
Friday, June 28 - The Goofy Movie
Friday, July 5 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Friday, July 12 - The Greatest Showman
Friday, July 19 - Tangled
Friday, July 26 - Night at the Museum
Friday, August 2 - The Emperor’s New Groove
Friday, August 9 - Matilda
Friday, August 23 - You’ve Got Mail
Friday, August 30 - Guardian’s of the Galaxy

Movies in the Park - Davis County

Which movie will you see first?

The Perfect Date for National Fishing Week

National Fishing and Boating Week takes place this week and I thought you might want to plan a date night to celebrate! This post contains everything that you need to know to plan your fishing date(s) or getaway this week.

Location: A pond near you - see list below
Cost: Varies based on fishing license, gear needed, etc.

National fishing week

If I were you, I would go fishing this coming Saturday, June 9th because it is free fishing day in Utah! This means that you can fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. The cost of your date will go down if you don't need a fishing license.

To fish on any other day of the year, you will need to get a license first. You can purchase your fishing license online. Once you've picked up your license, grab any gear that you need. If you don't own gear, see if anyone in your family or friend group is willing to let you borrow theirs, or go out and invest in some of your own. If you're considering turning fishing into a hobby, even if you only go a few times a year, it might be worth investing in all of the right equipment for yourself.

Bountiful Pond

Now that you're already to go fishing, head to a pond near you. Below is a list of the bodies of water in Davis County where you can go fishing. If there are any missing from the list, feel free to e-mail us and let us know! Click on the links below to find out more about each fishing location (ie directions, size, hours, fish available, and restrictions specific to that body of water).

Fishing at Bountiful Pond

The best places to go fishing in Davis County

Bountiful Pond (Lake) - W 1600 N, Woods Cross

Farmington Pond - 750 N 75 W, Farmington

USU Botanical Gardens aka Kaysville Ponds - 920 S 50 W, Kaysville

Holmes Creek Reservoir - 2692 E Gentile St, Layton

Jensen Nature Park Pond - 3176 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse

Steed Pond - 300 N 1000 W, Clearfield

Maybey Pond - 310 S 500 E, Clearfield

Clinton Pond - 2415 N 3000 W, Clinton

view at Bountiful Pond

Pack a picnic and get ready for hours of relaxation and good conversation while you fish together. This is something that I haven't done since I was a little kid, so it's definitely on our date night to do list for the summer.

ducks at bountiful pond, utah

Click here for more details about National Fishing & Boating Week as well as a few more ideas for how to celebrate.

Photos by Randy Burgoyne

Where is your favorite fishing hole located?

Celebrate National Fishing Week with a fun date activity. Free fishing day in Utah is this weekend. The best fishing holes in Davis County.