Things To Do

Fall Fun for the Entire Clan

Hike, bike, balloon, zip, soar and more.

By Michaela Wagner August 29, 2018

Aspens transform Deer Valley's slopes into a golden-hued playground for hikers and bikers each fall.

If you think there is nothing to do in Park City during the slower autumn months, a.k.a shoulder season, you are sorely mistaken. Fall quietly hosts a plethora of activities, events, and recreation opportunities for all ages and stages. Check out these fun, family-friendly ways to make the most out of the secret season. 

Have a doggone good time at the Soldier Hollow Classic

An event for anyone who loves dogs (that's everyone in Park City), the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival (Aug. 31 - Sept. 3) brings together the world's finest sheepdogs for a competition like no other. Watching the dogs is an absolutely mesmerizing experience, but the event also features a number of other activities, including dog agility and splash events, a wild and exotic animal show by Utah rescue group Wild Wonders, close-up encounters with hawks, owls, and falcons courtesy of Earthwings, an arts and crafts market, and an international food court. 

The annual Autumn Aloft Balloon Festival takes place Sept. 15-16

Snap a picture-perfect shot at Autumn Aloft

Park City officially welcomes fall with the annual Autumn Aloft Balloon Festival. It's worth waking up early and bringing the whole family (and camera) along to experience dozens of balloons taking off simultaneously and filling the sky. The balloons launch from the North 40 Fields (2530 Kearns Blvd) at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16. Tag your photos with #pictureline and #autumnaloft2018 for the chance to win prizes from Pictureline (there is no limit on entries). 

Hike and bike before the snow flies

Fall is the best time for hitting the single track on foot or bike. The trails are generally less crowded than peak summertime, the temperatures are mild, and the changing leaves are absolutely breathtaking (see some of our favorite fall hikes here). Enhance your outdoor experience by learning more about the local flora and fauna with the Swaner Preserve's guided nature walks or if you happen to be around Deer Valley on Sept. 8, put your trekking towards a good cause by joining the Hike for Hunger

The UOP's new Zip Tour is over a mile long and reaches speeds of 40 m.p.h.

Take flight with the Zip Tour at the Utah Olympic Park

The new Zip Tour at the UOP is a must on any thrill-seeker's list and there's no better time to fly 40 m.p.h. across the most scenic sections of the canyon floor than when the leaves are turning. During the fall, most of the UOP's activities are open only on the weekends (until Oct. 23), but Zip Tours are also available Monday through Friday by reservation (full schedule here). With a wide range of activities and a number of sports-themed and hands-on exhibits, the UOP is a great option for entertaining a wide variety of ages.

Cozy up with books (and more) at the library 

The library is an excellent place to keep your kids occupied for days on end. Not only does the Park City Library offer a number of regularly scheduled reading activities, including weekly sessions with therapy dogs, there are also MineCraft and Lego Clubs, movies, virtual reality travel, and live music on the patio. A few of the special events planned for this fall include the annual used book sale (Sept. 1 -3) where you can take a bag full of books home for just $10; an art exhibit featuring the iconic watercolor and vibrant oil landscapes of local artist Patricia Smith (Sept. 1 - Nov. 30); an evening with author Erika L. Sánchez featuring her award-winning young adult novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter on September 20; and an author luncheon on October 17 with Peter Rock discussing the adaptation of his book, My Abandonment, into the 2018 Sundance film, Leave No Trace (screening Sept. 14-16 as part of the Park City Film Series).

Enjoy the last of the season's fresh berries and other produce at local farmers markets.

Tap into the fall harvest 

The growing season might be short at high altitude, but that makes the bounty all the more delicious. You can find farm fresh produce and plenty of other homemade treats and trinkets at local markets, like Park Silly Sunday Market (Sundays until Sept. 23) and the Park City Farmer's Market (Wednesdays through Oct. 23). If you want to get your hands dirty, you can even spend an afternoon picking apples at Wasatch Mountain State Park's Huber Grove (through Sept. 16).  

Niki de Saint Phalle: Freedom Would Be Mine is on display through Sept. 16 at the Kimball Art Center.

Check out artsy-to-arachnid exhibits

The fall is a fantastic time to pop by an exhibit. For the artsy, head over to the Kimball Art Center to ponder the whimsical sculptures of Niki de Saint Phalle,on display through Sept. 16. One of the foremost female artist of the 20th century, her work was recently featured at the Guggenheim Bilbao and Paris’ Le Grand Palais. Or delve into the past by taking advantage of buy-one-get-one free admission at the Park City Museum on Sundays during Park Silly (until Sept. 23). And if you're brave, check out the creepy, crawly special exhibit Art & Science of Arachnids (Sept. 15 - Dec. 9) at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, where you can meet over 100 live arachnids!

Celebrate Halloween for a whole month

Christmas and 4th of July are Park City's hallmark holidays for out-of-towners, but locals know Halloween is where all the real fun happens. You can start getting in the spirit of Halloween early with pumpkin painting, games, cookies, and creating a scarecrow at the Scarecrow Festival at McPolin Barn on September 22. Halloween-themed activities abound during October, but on the night of All Hallows' Eve, the place to be is Main Street where ghouls, ghosts, and poop fairies show up for trick-or-treating and the Howl-O-Ween

Looking for more? Check out the fall's best foodie events here and stay up to date with all the latest events via our calendar


Show Comments
In this Article

Special Events

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival

8:00 AM Free Soldier Hollow

A world-class sheepdog competition featuring music, great food, arts and crafts, animal activities, and demonstrations.

Special Events

Autumn Aloft 2019

7:00 AM Free Various Locations

Event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area.Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for...


Saturday Morning Nature Walks

$10 per person | $5 locals | Free for Swaner members Swaner Eco Center

Explore the Swaner Preserve wetlands with a guide! You'll learn about the incredible wonders of wetlands, native plant and animal species, and the history of...


Hike for Hunger 2018

Snow Park Lodge

The Christian Center of Park City’s annual “Hike For Hunger” event raises awareness about hunger issues in our community. This fun, family-friendly (non-comp...


"Leave no Trace" Screening

8:00 PM $8 general admission/$6 students Park City Library

This film follows a father and his teenage daughter, who have lived off the grid for years in forests outside Portland, Oregon, until they are captured and p...

Visual Art

Niki de Saint Phalle

10:00 AM Free Kimball Art Center

One of the foremost women artists of the twentieth-century, Niki de Saint Phalle worked as a sculptor, painter, and filmmaker between the late 1950s and earl...


The Art and Science of Arachnids

10:00 AM Adults: $7 | Children ages 3-12, $4 | 2 and under | Free Free for Members Swaner EcoCenter

Explore the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history, in the largest, touring arachnid exhibit in the ...


Scarecrow Festival at the McPolin Farm

$20-$40 McPolin Farm

Build your own scarecrow which will be displayed on the trail for everyone to see through October 25!  The event includes pumpkin painting, face painting, s...

Special Events

Howl-O-Ween! Dog Parade & Trick-or-Treating on Historic Main Street


Tricks aside, Halloween on Historic Park City's Main Street was named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel and Leisure magazine and...