Top 10 Free Family Events in Utah, October 2014

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Just because the weather is cooling down, doesn't mean there is less to do in Utah!  There are so many Halloween and Fall celebrations going on this month, you would be crazy NOT to take advantage!

1. WitchFest at Gardner Village: This is my family's favorite Halloween tradition. In October, Witches invade Gardner Village.  So we head over there to find them all!  Admission is free, and if you really want to have a blast, head to the Gardner Village website to print off the Witch Scavenger Hunt. Take it with you and have a competition to see who can find them all first!

2. Library Activities: It's not just about the story time. If your kids are bored after school check out the great after school programs offered at many of the Salt Lake County Libraries. Check out Kim's Cold Blooded Creatures or Renaissance Magic.  There are many other options, so head to your local library's calendar and find something perfect for your family.

3. Country Farm Festival: If you are further down south in Utah County, check out the Country Farm Festival in Payson Oct. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18. An arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, live entertainment, and heritage demonstrations including blacksmithing, sheep shearing, soap making, etc., will make it worth your while!

4. Homestead Resort Scarecrow Festival: Oct.1-31, the Scarecrow Festival is part of Homestead Resort's Fall Festival. A great excuse to head to Wasatch County and experience the fun of fall surrounded by it's beautiful colors.

5. Herriman Pumpkin Festival: This is another local opportunity to dress the kids up for a fun night out. Come by Oct. 11 for a Candy Scavenger Hunt, a Costume Contest, a bounce house and a toy walk. Free for everyone!

6. Draper City Haunted Hollow: A costume party for kids, and every child will receive a free pumpkin! Oct. 22, come by for games food and fun and experience the Sorenson Home as never before.

7. Monster Block Party: If you're looking for a bit party, check out the Monster Block Party at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 25. Hit the trick or treating booths, enter the costume contest and find the free games and activities.

8. Benson Mill Pumpkin Walk: Take a walk around the historic Benson Mill in Tooele Oct. 17-8 to see all the pumpkin scenes created by local businesses and families.

9. Logan Pumpkin Walk: Oct 23-25 and 27-28. Since 1983, the North Logan Pumpkin Walk has been a Cache Valley Utah tradition! This free to the public event features dozens of displays created from pumpkins by local residents.

10. Tony Divino Toyota Halloween Bash – Oct 27 from 6-8 pm.  777 Riverdale Road.  Free Family Fun that night!  They will have trunk-or-treating, a bounce house, doughnuts and more! This is totally free and everyone is welcome!

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Top 10 FREE Family Events in Utah, September 2012

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Yes, summer is over. The kids are back in school and the cooler weather is (finally!) starting to roll in.  But never fear!  There are still dozens of activities going on to keep you entertained on the weekends!
~ Rachel from Fabulously Free Utah

1. Labor Day Weekend: If you're not taking advantage of the grill this weekend, here are some alternate ideas for you.  Check out the Festival Latinoamericano in downtown Provo for vibrant dances, delicious food, and colorful costumes. Check out Onion Days in Payson, Swiss Days in Midway or take advantage of free admission to the Tooele Pioneer Museum. And you can't miss free admission at Red Butte Garden on Monday.

2. If you've still got little ones at home, don't forget that Library Storytimes are back in full swing all over the valley. Find the schedule for Salt Lake County Libraries, Davis County Libraries, and Tooele Library.

3. If the Olympics inspired a greater desire to learn about other cultures, this is your month. This weekend at the Downtown Farmer's market will be the Celebration of Cultural Diversity with lots of food and music. You can hit the Utah Brazillian Festival at the Gallivan Center on the 8, or check out the Multicultural Festival at West Jordan Library on the 15th.

4. If you love Discovery Gateway, you will love this! Sunday, September 16th, Discovery Gateway is free! Thanks to the Zoo, Arts and Parks grant you can experience all the fun for free.

5. Celebrate the beginning of Fall at the Springville Museum of Art Fall Fest on Sept. 22. Not only can you view the fall exhibitions at the museum, but you can create your own masterpieces.

6. Just in time to take advantage of the changing leaves and cooler weather, all National Parks will have free admission Sept. 29. That includes Zion's National Park. I think this calls for a trip down south!

7. Any dinosaur lovers at your house? You might want to make a weekend trip to the Dinosaur Quarry in Price. Admission is free Sept. 29. I know my little boys would love it!

8. With all the fun, take some time out to do service. The United Way Day of Caring is on Sept. 13, and is a great opportunity to teach your kids how important it is to serve others and better our community.

9. Get a jump on the Halloween season with the Witches at Gardner Village. Find all the witches and earn a prize! Witches will start appearing Sept. 14 and will be flying around through Halloween.

10. Don't forget to take advantage of the many farmer's markets. Right now is the best time to get local produce and have a great time while you're at it. Visit the petting zoo at the Market at Gardner Village, or hit the face painting paradise at the South Jordan Farmer's Market on the 15th. If you've never been, trust me, it's not all about the food!

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