Events and festivals happening in Utah in October

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Long gone are the hot days of summer as the chill of autumn has slowly but surely crept up. Like leaves changing colors with the season, new events are here to match the cool and crisp weather.

Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood this October.

Northern Utah

Oct. 11 & 12: Magical Market

Based on the popular book and movie franchise series, “Harry Potter,” the 4th annual Magical Market is catered to every witch and wizard’s needs. They will have wand building, potion making, Harry Potter trivia and cosplay contests. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to CAPSA, a recovery center for individuals who have or are facing domestic violence and abuse. The event will take place at the Riverwoods Conference Center, 615 Riverwood Parkway in Logan, on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children 5 and under get in free and tickets are available online at $7 per person.

Oct. 13: Ogden Latino Film Festival

Partnering with the city of Ogden and Brewvies, the second annual Ogden Latino Film Festival will have a variety of different films to show for audiences who attend this event. Donations in the form of personal hygienic items will be accepted and sent to immigrants who are seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. This free event will be at the Ogden Brewvies, 2293 Grant Avenue, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and seating is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

Oct. 17-28: Flashlight Adventure Night

Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park will be decked out in Halloween decor and thousands of lights for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Guests can enjoy looking for dinosaur fossils and scavenging in the dark of the night. Flashlights are required to participate in activities. The event will be on Monday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1544 E. Park Boulevard in Ogden. Tickets are $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and $3 for seniors and adults.

Salt Lake City area

All month: Wheeler Farm Pumpkin Days

This family-friendly, month-long event allows people of all ages to engage in fall fun without the scares that come with Halloween. There are wagon rides, hay mazes, a cow train and a pumpkin patch available for picking. Admission is $10; children under the age of 2 get in free with an adult. Located at Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East in Murray, Pumpkin Days open Mondays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oct. 12: Utah Folklore Festival

This cultural event will have live performances of dance groups and teams from across the western United States showcasing dances from various Latin American countries including Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Chile and more. The Utah Folklore Festival will take place at Murray High School, 5440 S. State Street, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and available online.

Oct. 14: 3rd Annual Indigenous Dinner

The 3rd Annual Indigenous Dinner offers a taste of traditional indigenous culture and foods while celebrating the eight native tribes in Utah for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The dinner will be hosted by the Utah Dine Bikeyah with indigenous chefs and food activists such as M. Karlos Baca and Josh Nez. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South in West Valley. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $100 per person or $750 for an eight-person table.

Oct. 17-19 & 24-26: Garden After Dark — Trouble in Oz

Based on the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” guests can follow down the yellow brick road and find out how to stop the wicked witch from her dastardly plans. Photo booths, corn mazes and carnival games are just a few of the many activities to be enjoyed at this event. The Garden after Dark event is located at Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 17 to the 26. Tickets are $14; children 2 and under are free.

Oct. 23: Baby Shark Live!

The popularized song has now gone on tour! Kids and parents can enjoy Baby Shark and his friends singing and dancing along to songs both old and new to learn about colors, shapes and numbers. The performance is scheduled at the Eccles Theater, 131 Main St. in Salt Lake City, at 6 p.m. Tickets and meet-and-greet passes start at $21.50 and are available for purchase online or in person at the theater.

Central Utah

All month: Wilderson Farm Fall Fair

Attendees can enjoy fall festivities at Wilkerson Farm at 710 W. 2000 South in Orem. There’s a pumpkin patch, tractor rides, apple slinging and a 5-acre corn maze to be enjoyed by all. The fair is open every day, excluding Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., until Nov. 2. Admission is $9.50 for attendees age 5 and older.

Oct. 11 & 12: Full Moon Lift Rides

Families and couples can enjoy riding up the side of the mountain via Ray’s lift at Sundance Mountain Resort under the moonlight. Warm clothing is recommended for people who go on the 45-minute to an hour ride, as the weather can get chilly after the sun sets. The rides will be at 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road in Sundance. Tickets will be valid between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and are between $17 and $64, with the option for an upgrade to zipline back down for $59.

Oct. 18 – Nov. 4: Wait Until Dark

A thriller based on Frederick Knott’s 1966 Broadway original, this story follows Susan Hendrix, a newly blinded woman who is held captive in her apartment. Susan finds out her blindness can help her escape her captors, yet must wait until nightfall to enact her plan. The performance will be at the Keith Christeson Little Theater, 30 E. Center St. in Pleasant Grove. Evening shows are every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m., from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. Tickets are between $13 and $15.

Oct. 26: Día de Los Muertos

Learn about the mystical Latin American holiday dedicated to celebrating and remembering the dead. This event will include folkloric dances, mariachi, sugar skull painting activities and many more. The event starts at 11 a.m. at Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. Tickets are between $2 and $8; children age 2 and under are free.

Southern Utah

Weekends: Harvest Fest

Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch and relax on a hayride while sipping hot cocoa. The Harvest Fest has varying farm tours and visiting hours. It will take place at Nature Hills Farm, 4326 N. 2100 East in Cedar City. The festival will run on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a Monday, starting on Oct. 4 until Oct. 21. Tickets are $3.

Oct. 18 & 19: Chef Hog’s Oktoberfest

Dedicated to the German folk fest held every year, Chef Hog’s 2nd annual Oktoberfest will have beer, wine and traditional German food. Families are encouraged to come as there will be live music, a mechanical bull, dance performances and face painting. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chef Hog’s Oyster Bar & Grill, 4210 Bluegrass Way in St. George. Single-day tickets are priced at $10, and 2-day passes are $15.

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