Park City October Must-Do Events
Between the foliage and Halloween, October is a wonderful time of year to live in Park City. Not to mention the building excitement about the opening of our ski resorts just around the bend. Whether you’re looking to eat fall produce, satiate your early appetite for skiing, or score some Halloween candy, I’ve rounded up six Park City October events to add to your calendar. And stay tuned for a post later in October about the best ways to celebrate Halloween, for kids and adults alike.
The Last of the Farmers’ Markets – October 4, 11, and 18
As the frost encroaches upon our local fields, the farmers’ markets are winding down for the season. Enjoy the last hurrah of fresh produce at the final three farmers’ markets at the Canyons Village Cabriolet Parking Lot. The markets are held on Wednesdays through October 18 from noon until 6pm. Bask in the fall harvest of apples, pumpkins, and more gourds galore.
Oktoberfest – Saturdays and Sundays through October 15
This may not be a true Park City October event, but it’s more than worth the scenic drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon. for the 45th year in a row (!), enjoy big frosty pours in beer steins, German fare, German live music and dancing, and the gorgeous foliage views. Oktoberfest runs on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6:30pm, with the last fest occurring October 15. Don’t forget your lederhosen and dirndls!
Drop Everything Screening – October 6-8
If you’re the kind of person who starts dreaming about skiing approximately a week after the lifts stop running, then you probably also eagerly await the release of new ski films. So drop everything the weekend of October 6 and … go see Drop Everything, the new ski flick from Matchstick Productions. Apparently, this film is not only action-packed, but also something of a comedy. This screening is part of the Park City Film Series and will take place at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library. Tickets are $15.
Harvest Fest – October 7
The free eighth annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of local food and drink, crafts, live music, and more at the Dejoria Center in Kamas. The festival proper runs from noon until 5pm, with an “after fest” running until 10pm. All afternoon and evening, live music will play outside and then in, at the State Road Tavern. Kids can also stay entertained with activities and wagon rides. While you’re there, be sure to scope out the enviable High Star Ranch homes for sale.
2nd Annual Park City Shot Ski – October 14
Did you know that Park City has been in a battle to maintain the title of World’s Longest Shot Ski? Last fall, Wasatch Brewery claimed the title for Park City on our very own Main Street with 1,191 people knocking one back out of a very long line of skis. But alas, Breckenridge, Colorado stole our thunder at its annual Ullr Fest shortly thereafter, with a whopping 1,234 people shooting cinnamon whiskey out of 420 skis. You know what that means. It’s time for 1,235 Park City-ites to unite once more around the shot ski. The second annual Park City Shot Ski, organized by the Park City Sunrise Rotary and sponsored by Wasatch Brewery, will take place on Saturday, October 14. Check-in starts at noon and the shots will be taken at 2pm sharp with the goal of drawing 1,250 folks (to be safe).
Howl-O-Ween! on Main Street – October 31
Fact: Travel and Leisure magazine named Park City one of the best towns in America to celebrate Halloween. Maybe it’s our haunted history … or maybe it’s just the annual Howl-O-Ween! celebration that takes place every year on Main Street. Get your pups and kids in costume and head to Old Town at 5pm for some treats and tricks (in that order, of course).
And stay tuned for another post later next month on more ways to celebrate Halloween in Park City …