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.

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.

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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

Lunch Date to P.F. Chang's at Farmington Station Park

Our kids started preschool last week and and my husband had a few days off work, so we took advantage of the time for a little lunch date. We were going to go to one of my very favorite restaurants, but then I remembered that P.F. Chang’s recently opened at Station Park and we decided to try it out. I’d heard varying reviews from other people who had been, but we knew they had good gluten free options, and we love Chinese food, so we wanted to give them a try. In short, I was thrilled with our experience and we will definitely be going back!

Where: P.F. Chang’s at Farmington Station Park. On the south side of the fountains, just west of the theaters.
Cost: $10-$15 per plate

p.f. changs farmington utah

If you are looking for high end Chinese food, perfect for date night, P.F. Chang’s is the place to go! The atmosphere and the food make it perfect for a lunch date or dinner date. I was impressed with the detail of all of the decorations in the restaurant. Our server was friendly and super helpful, and I noticed the same with other servers at the tables around us. All of the staff was great, our wait time wasn’t long at all and even though the restaurant was busy while we were there, our food came out quickly.

I had the hardest time deciding what to order, I wanted one of everything on the menu. I have a weakness for spring rolls however, so I couldn’t resist starting with one to see how theirs were. I think it was the best vegetable spring roll I’ve ever had. The wrapper was crispy and the inside was fresh and light, not dense or soggy, like some that I’ve tasted before. And they’re served with a sweet chili dipping sauce which I also really love.

p.f. changs favorites

We took advantage of a daily special and ordered Chicken Fried Rice to share. I’m not generally a big fan of fried rice, but I couldn’t get enough of this one! The bean sprouts and green onion were my favorite additions, but really the entire thing was delicious! It’s an added bonus that it is a gluten free option that my husband could enjoy. I was a nice wife and let him finish off the leftovers for his lunch the next day, without even asking for a bite.

My husband ordered off of the gluten free menu. While it seems really limited, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options. He chose the Mongolian Beef and he said other than the garlic (he doesn’t like garlic), it was really good! I know there are a few other things on the menu that he’d enjoy, even though they’re not the dishes that the rest of the table will be enjoying.

p.f. changs gluten free

I’d heard good things about their signature Crispy Honey Chicken, so even though I was really tempted by the Orange Peel Chicken, I decided to give it a try, with brown rice. I really enjoyed it and think it’s a classic dish that anyone would like. It’s not spicy at all and doesn’t have a really strong flavor that would potentially deter anyone. Because I ate so much of the fried rice earlier in our meal, I had enough to take home and enjoy for another meal later in the week.

I’ve heard amazing things about so many of the items on P.F. Chang’s menu, and I want to try them all. On my radar right now is the Orange Peel Chicken, Mandarin Crunch Salad, Crispy Avocado Spring Rolls, and Chicken Pad Thai. I’m also really excited to try some of their desserts! The Banana Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Chocolate Lava Cake are calling my name.

favorite p.f. changs dishes

We will definitely be back for more dates at P.F. Chang’s in the future, and it may become our new go to for Chinese takeout because it’s close, has options everyone in our family would enjoy and it’s really good quality food! It’s just another reason for us to love Station Park as a destination for our date nights.

Brunch at Tortilla Union

A few months ago, Tortilla Union announced that they would start serving brunch on weekends, and it’s been on my to do list to go ever since. It took us a few months to find an opportunity when we could go on a date, but we finally made it happen and now I want to have brunch at Tortilla Union every single week! The menu isn’t extensive, but what’s there is phenomenal, so you don’t need a huge variety. If you haven’t been to Tortilla Union yet, I’d strongly suggest going to brunch and dinner, and go a few times because there’s a lot of goodness on their menu, you’ll want to taste it all!

tortilla union brunch

From the moment I saw Tortilla Union’s brunch menu, I knew that I needed to try the Candy Pancakes first. There was no second guessing when we sat down at our table, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat. My husband however, had a few things to choose between. He eats gluten free and we were glad to find some great gluten free options on their menu. He ended up ordering the Carne Steak and Eggs and said it was really good. I can’t stop raving and dreaming about those Candy Pancakes I ate, and felt really bad that my husband couldn’t try a bit because they were amazing!

The pancakes themselves were the perfect texture and a tiny bit crispy on the edges. The batter is sprinkled with cinnamon and pieces of Tortilla Union’s candied bacon are mixed in the batter as well. They come out topped with chipotle honey butter and a horchata crumble and the entire concoction topped with Tortilla Union’s syrup is mind blowing! I always love the unique combination of flavors in their dishes, but this one tops it all! It’s sweet, it’s savory and it has a little kick to it as well! I was in heaven the entire time I ate them, couldn’t wait for my leftovers and immediately wanted more as soon as they were gone.

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There are so many yummy looking dishes on Tortilla Union’s brunch menu. The Huevos Rancheros and the Smothered Breakfast Burrito sounded really good to me. But if I’m being completely honest, it’s going to be next to impossible for me to resist ordering the Candy Pancakes every time we’re there.

An added bonus to brunch at Tortilla Union is that they also serve food from their regular menu during that time. So we ordered breakfast dishes but also made sure to get some Manchego Cheese Dip because no trip to Tortilla Union is complete without that miracle cheese dip and chips!

P.S. If weather is permitting, have brunch on the patio! It adds another element of fun to your date night.

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.

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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