We admit it! October is a veritable beehive of activity in St. George, UT. As a community, we’ve survived our 156th triple-digit summer (only the last 35 or so with the wondrous blessing of air conditioning) and are enjoying cooler temperatures and a huge influx of visitors for our world class and extremely popular events, including the St. George Marathon and the Huntsman World Senior Games.
In addition to our breathtakingly beautiful end-of-summer weather October hosts the Annual Art in Kayenta Festival where artists have been selected to showcase their talents. Including painting, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, photography and other disciplines. This 3-day event will entice and inspire more than 6,000 visitors attending. Held at the Kayenta Art Village, visitors are certain to enjoy our spectacular red desert landscape, continuous entertainment, tasty food for sale and, of course, the art.
The annual harvest celebration – known as the Enterprise Corn Fest – is a happy combination of “county-fair” type activities during the day and dancing to live music at night; a vintage car show; and the best corn-on-the-cob ever fresh from the fields … all in a small town America setting. But that’s not all! Besides corn eating, sure-to-please events throughout the day also include a softball and volleyball tournament, mechanical bull, half-marathon and 5k, booths, Dutch oven dinner, and live entertainment.
The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
Farmers markets are one of those community events which reflect the old saying, “everything old is new again” and the St. George area has two really good ones – both held on Saturday morning (weather permitting) – worth mentioning.
The Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday Saturday from mid-May to the end of October, 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Ancestor Square, located on the northwest corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street.
It has now been over 15 years since the Great State of Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Those who participated in any way still remember the thrill of meeting and greeting thousands of visitors from around the globe, showing up to support their favorite among 2,400 athletes showcasing their skills in 165 events.
Finally …. a definitive answer to the question of what women really want! The Annual What Women Want Expo – the largest consumer show in Southern Utah and the ultimate girls-night-out – is a guaranteed enjoyable shopping experience. Featuring two days of fun, shopping, inspiration, and a chance to break from the routine with friends, sisters, daughters, or your own mom.
The Hurricane Easter Car show – on the weekend of April 14-15 in the city by the same name – has become a sure sign of springtime here in color country, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says on February 2. Sponsored in its 33rd year by the 20-year-old non-profit Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley, at the heart of this amazing family-friendly event is a display of hundreds of hot rods, street rods, classic and restored cars of every size, shape, model and paint job! Collectors from every corner of the Beehive State as well as from neighboring Western states join with Rotarians and local business people to welcome as many as 10,000 nearby residents and visitors to the 2-day event held at the at the Hurricane Community Center, 100 W. 100 South in downtown Hurricane City
The Jubilee of Trees, held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November, kicks off the holiday season here in Southern Utah. This incredibly beautiful, eagerly anticipated, festive, fun-filled and family friendly holiday tradition, supports patient care and programs at Dixie Regional Medical Center. In its 35th year, the theme of “Growing Up Together” reflects the amazing and life-changing advances in medical care and treatment available, both locally and regionally, right here at home in Southern Utah.
The Jubilee of Trees offers something for everyone!
The Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, WY, will deliver pure harmony, musicianship and hilariously funny ranch humor on Wednesday, November 16. Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m.
On Friday, November 18 the Jubilee’s Gala Dinner and Auction will give attendees the opportunity to be first-in-line to purchase one of more than 25 one-of-a-kind, uniquely exquisite or holiday inspired fully decorated Christmas trees. Tickets vary in price based on seating.
On Saturday at noon, children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Teddy Bear Picnic. This popular event features timeless holiday fun at a cost of only $15 per person. In the evening, Jubilee patrons will enjoy a “Night of Utah Stars,” featuring popular local entertainer Eric Dodge and friends. This evening is free with your general admission ticket with on stage entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m.
The Jubilee fashion show luncheon will begin at noon on Monday, November 21 with fashions and models selected from the local community.
After a day – or evening – viewing spectacular Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses, enjoying continuous entertainment and whispering in Santa’s ear, you will also want to know you have a beautifully decorated home-away-from-home waiting where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah. So register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!
Now in its second year, the noisy, fun and high energy Side x Side Adventure Rally at Sand Hollow is a family friendly event, featuring guided trail rides, including rock crawling as well as less technical scenic rides in and around Sand Hollow State Park. SXS Adventure Rally will be held November 10-12 in Hurricane, UT.
Residents, passers-thru or vacationers in southern Utah are invited to test drive the latest in outdoor recreational “machines” from the top manufacturers, take guided trail rides around Sand Hollow, get fed and meet new people. The weather at this time of year is expected to be a sunny 65 degrees … perfect for riding our beautiful red rock countryside.
Sand Hollow State Park will be open for riding at approximately 2 p.m. at a cost of $10 day per vehicle.
After a fabulous day enjoying our spectacular terrain, your Southern Utah vacation home-away-from-home will be waiting for you back at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Resort Rentals so, register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!