As the weather cools and fall is in full swing, many may be wondering what haunts are still an option during a pandemic. While this year’s autumn activities might end up looking a little different than years past, there’s still plenty to do in Logan to enjoy the season. Fall events have been organized so Cache Valley locals and visitors can have plenty of fun while still staying safe.
Here are a few activities you won’t want to miss.
Attend the Fall Harvest Festival at the American West Heritage Center
Each year, the American West Heritage Center hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival. Step back in time more than a century at this outdoor living history museum. One of the most unique opportunities you will have is to see the giant Case steam engine powering the thresher. Men will throw bundles of grain into the thresher with pitchforks and you can watch the grain be separated from the straw into huge piles.
You’ll honor our agricultural heritage with a true fall harvest experience. All things autumn take place at this outdoor festival every year, and countless families and individuals look forward to the event. You might also experience:
- Corn Maze (5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closes at 11 on weekends)
- Haunted Hollow (7:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Hay rides
- Pony rides
- Train rides
- Cider pressing
- Ax throwing
- Candle making
and a lot more. This list is only the beginning but gives you a taste of what to expect. Kids of all ages will enjoy the famous Fall Harvest activities, while children 8 and older might enjoy a trip into the spooky Haunted Hollow Friday and Saturday nights in October.
Group discounts are offered, so if you want to make a night of it with some friends, consider buying the combo pass, which combines a trip to the corn maze and the Haunted Hollow for only $11. The festival itself is set for Oct. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and more details are found on the American West Heritage Center website.
Live theatre performances
A night out at the theatre is just what you need to get rid of that cabin fever you got during the quarantine. Check out the upcoming live fall performances. Here’s a list of shows:
- “The Taffetas” (Sept. 25 and a matinee on 26)
- “Forever Plaid” (Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.)
- “Thriller” by Odyssey Dance Company (Oct. 5-6)
- “This is Her Place: Utah Women Past & Present” (Oct 21)
- Ririe Woodbury Dance Company (Nov. 9, tickets go on sale Oct. 9)
So if you feel like catching a show or performance, purchase your tickets on the CacheARTS website. Attendance at each performance requires a mask.
If you’re looking for something a little less formal, catch a performance of The Antics Improv at the Dasante Theatre on Friday nights. See their show dates and buy tickets here.
Cache in on produce at the Gardeners Market
From early May until Oct. 17, Logan hosts the Cache Valley Gardeners Market at the historic courthouse on 199 North Main Street in Logan. You can learn more about the market’s featured vendors on their website. See for yourself why the locals love strolling through the booths every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning Oct. 3, the market will open at 10 a.m. You can also find arts and crafts available at Vintage Market Days at the Cache Events Center Oct. 8-10.
Remember to bring your own shopping bags when you come, and a cute mask to wear too (fruit or vegetable-themed fabric encouraged, but not required).
Walk with pumpkins
Known throughout northern Utah as the family event of the season, this year’s Pumpkin Walk is sure to be a hit. There are more than 800 carved pumpkins and gourds on display, as well as entire scenes that have been painted and created for your viewing pleasure. You really can’t imagine how amazing it is until you see it.
This year’s theme is Enchanted Wonders, so get ready to be impressed. Check out some photos of past years of The Pumpkin Walk to get a hint of what delights you’re in for. It will be held Oct. 15-17, and 19-20 at Elk Ridge Park, 1150 E 2500 N in North Logan. The hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and admission is free.
Leaf your worries behind
Savor nature in the fall by driving or hiking around Cache Valley spots that sport the beautiful reds, oranges and golds of changing leaves. The leaves are already changing and colors will be found throughout the valley through mid-October even though most will have fallen by then in the mountains.. Utah.com recommends the drive from Brigham City to Logan, taking U.S. 89-91 through Sardine Canyon for spectacular colors.
Enjoy the crisp air, the colorful leaves and the fun of fall this season. As long as you are practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and planning ahead, there’s no stopping you and yours from experiencing a fantastic fall in Cache Valley this year.