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.

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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!

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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 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. 

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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?

Davis County 4th of July and Other Summer Festivals

One of the best things about summer are the festivals, fireworks and other celebrations! It makes every community feel small town and everyone ends the weekend exhausted, sun-kissed and happy. The only thing that would make the summer better would be if every city would schedule their festivals back to back, rather than on the same weekends, and we could celebrate for three weeks straight. Do you think we could manage to get a three week paid holiday for everyone in Davis County as well??

The festivals in our area start THIS WEEK!!! And I thought you might like to know when the parades are running, where the festivals and food are located and all of the best places to watch fireworks. If you plan your activities accordingly, you could hit multiple parades, participate in a few different festivals, and sneak kisses under the best firework shows in town.

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Parades

Saturday June 29

Syracuse - 9am

Tuesday July 4

West Point - 8:30am - Begins at the LDS Stake Cinter (2300 W 550 N), moves south to 300 N and west to 3650 W and concludes just before West Point Elementary at 3650 W.

Centerville - 9am - Runs on Centerville Main Street. Begins at Pages Lane and ends at 1400 North.

Clearfield - 9:30am - State Street

Layton - 10am

West Bountiful - 10:30am - Begins at 400 N & 800 W, north to Pages Ln, east to 600 W, north to north end of West Bountiful City park. Free activities at the city park to follow.

Kaysville - 10:30am - Begins at 500 E to Main Street to 100 North to 100 East.

Saturday July 13

Farmington - Begins at 500 N & Main, ends at 200 S & 200 W

Clinton - 9am - Park Plaza to Civic Center Park

Friday July 19

Bountiful - 6pm - Bountiful Main Street

Saturday August 3

South Weber - 11am - Parade runs on South Weber Dr from 2100 E to 1200 E.

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Fireworks

Saturday June 29

Syracuse Founders Park - Dusk - Syracuse

Tuesday July 3

Centerville Smith Park - 9:45pm - Centerville

Eaglewood Golf Course - 10pm - North Salt Lake (Starts with a festival at 5pm)

West Bountiful City Park - 10pm - West Bountiful

Tuesday July 4

Barnes Park - 10pm - Kaysville

Layton Commons Park - 10pm - Layton

Fisher Park - 10pm - Clearfield

Loy Blake Park - 10pm - West Point - Stick around for a movie after the firework show

Saturday July 13

Forbush Park - 10pm - Farmington

Civic Center Park - 10pm - Clinton

Friday July 20

Mueller Park Jr. High - 10pm - Woods Cross/Bountiful

Saturday August 4

Central Park - 10pm - South Weber

**Check out this post for some of the best locations to watch each of these firework shows**

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Festivals

Saturday June 29

Syracuse - Founders Park - 11am-10pm - Vendor booths, entertainment, carnival, Syracuse Got Talent, Concert

North Salt Lake - Eaglewood Golf Course - 7pm - Food, Music, Games

Wednesday July 3

Centerville - Smith Park - 5pm - food booths, games, Children's inflatables, climbing wall, entertainment, concert.

West Bountiful - City Park - 6pm - Safety Fair, Music and Endless Summer Band Concert w/ Food Vendors

Clearfield - Clearfield Aquatic - 7:30pm - Pool Party

Kaysville - Main Street (Center to 100 N) - 9pm-12pm - Climbing wall, dance, food and other activities

Thursday July 4

West Point - Loy Blake Park - 6am-dusk - Flag raising ceremony, community breakfast, horse shoe tournament, BINGO, kids corner, baseball, picnic

Centerville - Smith Park - 9:45am-2pm - food booths, games, Children's inflatables, and climbing wall.

West Bountiful - City Park - 11:30am-2:30pm - Free activities: games, inflatables, food eating contests, face painting, balloon art, talent fair, food vendors.

Layton - Layton Commons Park - 12pm - Concesions, vendor booths and entertainment

Clearfield - Fisher Park - 4pm-10pm - Entertainment, vendors, treats and beverages.

Wednesday July 10

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 4pm-11pm - Carnival

Thursday July 11

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 4pm-11pm - Carnival

Friday July 12

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 6:30am-Dusk - Golf tournament, chalk art festival, carnival, car show, entertainment, movie after dark.

Saturday July 13

Clinton - Civic Center Park - 7am-10pm - Race, community breakfast, chalk art festival, carnival, entertainment.

Farmington - Forbush Park - 12pm-10pm - Festival booths (FREE ICE CREAM AT 6PM)

Friday July 19

Bountiful - City Park - 12pm-9:30pm - Handcart Days - Games, Rides, Food, Entertainment, Mountain Man Exhibit, Pioneer Games and Dance

Saturday July 220

Bountiful - City Park - 9am-5pm - Handcart Days - Games, Rides, Food, Entertainment, Mountain Man Exhibit, Pioneer Games and Dance

Saturday August 3

South Weber - Details to come. See link below.

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Click the links below for detailed schedules of the celebrations that each city has planned.

North Salt Lake: July 2-3 Eaglewood Car Show and NSL Liberty Fest Fireworks

West Bountiful: July 3-4

Woods Cross: July 20-21

Bountiful: July 20-21

Centerville: July 3-4

Farmington: July 8-13

Fruit Heights: July 1-4

Kaysville: July 1-4

Layton - July 4

Syracuse: June 24-30

Clearfield: July 2-4

West Point: July 4

Clinton: July 10-13

South Weber: August 3-10

Which of the local 4th of July celebrations do you plan on attending?

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.

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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.

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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!