Weekend best bets: 5 can’t-miss Utah Valley events


Oct. 5-7 Scarecrow Festival Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, just 15 miles north of Lehi, (801) 566-8903, www.gardnervillage.com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Nightly. All proceeds from the event benefit the Utah Boys Ranch. It's something to crow about! Coined as Utah's premier family fall event, the ol' country Scarecrow Festival features pony rides, a petting zoo, a life-size hay maze, obstacle course, scarecrow displays, live entertainment and food. Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns are illuminated nightly.

From the Point of the Mountain all the way down to Santaquin, Utah Valley has a lot to offer — especially in weekend activities. There are no excuses for staying in all weekend when there are these quality events happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend:

Zombie Paintball Patrol at Provo Corn Maze

A horticulturalist crossbreed accident has McCoard’s Garden Center in Provo begging for Utah Valley resident’s help to safe the researchers turned zombies. By shooting paintballs laced with anti-viral treatments at these zombies, you can help McCoard save its researchers.

When: Sept. 23 – Oct. 31
Where: 384 South 3110 West in Provo
Cost: Corn Maze $9 for adults and $6 for children; $18 for paintball
Site: provocornmaze.com

Halloween Lift Rides

Get ready to soar above Sundance Resort on the Halloween-themed ski lift. Meet costume-clad lift operators and actors for an enjoyable ride through the cool fall night.

When: Oct. 20–31 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. (Closed Sundays and open until 11 p.m. on weekends)
Where: Sundance
Cost: $17 for adults; $13 for children
Site: sundanceresort.com

“Catch Me If You Can”

Isn’t this “con”-ing? You can run, you can hide, but you’ll never be able to give the police the slip like Frank Abagnale Jr. Based on a true story, this musical tells the story of a young con-artist who took on the world of professions he didn’t have by storm. When FBI agent Carl Hanratty starts tailing the swindler, Frank’s life of luxury looks like it could meet its end. Catch this musical — if you can — at the Hale Center Theater Orem this fall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $23.

When: Oct. 6 – Nov.19 at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $17–23
Site: haletheater.org


Let the fall festivities begin! This year Cornbelly’s corn maze has taken shape in the form of a beloved cartoon, “Peanuts.” Cornbelly’s won the USA Today Readers’ Choice Award for Best Corn Maze in 2016.

When: Sept. 26–Oct. 2
Mon.-Thurs: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Thanksgiving Point
Cost: $12–$15
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

Scarecrow Festival

Taking the scare out of scarecrow, Thanksgiving Point is hosting its annual Scarecrow Festival. These family-friendly scarecrows will keep good company this weekend with the festival market, crafts, music and food.

When: Oct. 17–24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
Cost: General admission or FREE to Thanksgiving Point members
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

One Comment

  1. AvatarJan Reply

    Thanks for posting this list! We love Cornbelly’s. We enjoy experiencing more than just dinner and movies, so thanks for the play recommendation too.


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