Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


The Heber Valley Railroad has a variety of themed train rides throughout the month of October. (Photo courtesy of Heber Valley Railroad Facebook)

Are you falling for fall yet? As Utah mountainsides turn red, yellow and orange, its time to take a glance at what Utah has to offer in the autumn. Don’t let sweater weather keep you indoors this week — especially with these events going on around town.

Pumpkin Festival on Heber Valley Railroad

All aboard! Instead of a wagon ride, take a train ride to a pumpkin patch this holiday season. On the 40 minute train ride, costumed character entertain the guests while riders nibble on pumpkin cookies. There’s even a family-friendly haunted car for a not-so-spooky detour on the trip.

When: Oct. 5–30
Where: Heber Valley Railroad
Cost: $3–$15
Site: hebervalleyrr.org

Fall Festival

It’s pumpkin time! Saratoga Springs is catching the fall breeze with free activities including games, trick-or-treating, face painting, paper rockets, STEM activities, train rides and more.

When: Oct. 6 from 5–8 p.m.
Where: Shay Park in Saratoga Springs
Cost: Varies
Site: saratogaspringscity.com

Hope and Healing Festival

The Hope and Healing Festival, formerly known as the Dollhouse Festival, is taking over the Utah Valley Convention Center this weekend with a “very unhappy birthday” celebration for kids, intricate dollhouse exhibit and boutique.

When: Oct. 5–7
Where: Utah Valley Convention Center
Cost: Varies
Site: cjcprovo.com

Halloween Cruise

Ahoy matees, the Halloween Cruise is ready to take your family on an adventure. Climb aboard the CLAS Ropes Course ship for a chance to shiver through a scary story while viewing over 100 carved pumpkins along the river bank. Watch out though, a pirate attack just might happen on these “turbulent” waters. The journey lasts about 20-25 minutes and ship leaves dock every 30 minutes.

When: Oct. 2–31
Where: CLAS Ropes Course, 3606 West Center in Provo
Cost: $8 per person
Site: clasropes.com

“Noises Off”

The stage is relentless, especially with the play-within-a-play comedy, “Noises Off.” Anything and everything that can go wrong will go wrong as a troubled director attempts to put together a Broadway-bound British farce. Unfortunately, bad acting, missed cues and disastrous rehearsals curse the production.

When: Sept. 15 – Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: SCERA
Cost: $14 for adults; $12 for children, seniors and students
Site: scera.org

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

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.

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