Autumn can either be a tearful farewell to summer or an exciting glimpse of things to come. But if you’re mourning the loss of days in the sun, don’t be so sure it’s impossible to have fun in the fall.
Cache Valley is home to some of the most historic landmarks in Utah and southern Idaho, and there’s plenty to see and do. Whether you like to taste the fruits of the harvest or go see a good theatrical production, there’s something for everyone to experience.
Here’s a list of surefire ways to get that fall feeling:
Several farmers markets exist in Cache Valley and they’re on Saturdays until mid-October. If you’re in the Logan metro area, experience the Gardeners Market at the historic Cache County Courthouse from 9 a.m.-1p.m. There’s live music, food truck vendors, arts, and tons of fruits and vegetables.
For a quaint setting and more intimate market, head to Richmond, 20 minutes north of Logan to the
Rockhill Creamery. This Harvest Market takes place every Saturday from 10-1 p.m. Swiss brown cows lounge about while live music plays and you can eat your fill of artisan bread and fresh fruits and vegetables. The music schedule is: Sept. 15: New Folk Revival; Sept. 22: Half the Harvest; Sept. 29: Robert Linton. Find out more at www.richmond-utah.com/harvest.html
You don’t have to be an Aggie alumnus to love a Utah State football game. Between the fans, the players and the game-day atmosphere, the excitement is electric. Come early for yummy tailgating specials.
USU plays Tennessee Tech University on Sept. 13, Air Force on Sept. 22. Homecoming is Oct. 13 when the Aggies take on UNLV. To help you plan your next fall sports outing, visit utahstateaggies.com for a full football game schedule.
Film and Art Festival
The Block Film & Art Festival hits the big screen Sept. 28-29. There's more than one way to get back in touch with your cultured side, but attending the Block Film & Art Festival is definitely one of the best. The Festival is a celebration and display of independent artistic expression with films submitted from all over the world. Two days of screenings, workshops, music, art gallery walks and more make it an impressive event. Festival passes are $30 with student passes available at half price. You can also purchase individual show tickets as well. Get tickets here.
North Logan Pumpkin Walk
North Logan Pumpkin Walk will be Oct. 18-20; 22-23 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is free, and there's plenty to enjoy with your family. What is it exactly? Well, if you've ever wondered what pumpkin world would look like, the pumpkin walk comes pretty close. Elaborate scenes are created out of sculpted, painted, and carved pumpkins and gourds. It’s amazing and tough to imagine until you see it with your own eyes. You can also enjoy viewing more than 700 carved and lit pumpkins lining the park path.
Visit the witch to get a treat provided by Lee's Market Place and don't forget to get a photo op at the areas provided before you leave. Each year, the pumpkin walk has a theme. It’s been a beloved family tradition since 1983. Displays and activities abound for the whole family to experience, so there's no better way to get into the fun of Halloween than by witnessing the pumpkin walk in all its glory.
AWHC Fall Harvest Festival
There’s nothing like a fall festival or a harvest festival to brighten up the cooler nights and quickly changing seasons. The annual Fall Harvest Festival hosted by the American West Heritage Center will take place Oct. 19-20 from 10-5 p.m. Come enjoy all that makes fall and the harvest season great: explore a corn maze, get goosebumps in the haunted hollow, and make and taste freshly pressed cider. Your family will love this outdoor living history experience with hands-on adventures with mountain men, pioneers and farmers.
Take a ride on the train, a pony or the hay wagon on your way to learn to make candles. If you're a history buff, you can also enjoy a steam engine demonstration or come pick corn while learning about its huge role in the expansion of the American West. Food and knick-knack vendors will add to the fun. Ticket prices are $9 adults, $8 kids ages 3-11.
Arts and theater
Logan is a hotspot for live performances. Click here for the schedule of events at the beautiful Ellen Eccles Theatre.
Logan has tons more to do, including the self-guided Signature Products and Foodie Tour. For more details and a full calendar, visit explorelogan.com. and fall in love with fall in Logan. Happy autumn.