Salt Lake City in October: Gorgeous Weather, Lots to Do

Fall Fun: Music, Theater, Football and Farmers Markets

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Beautiful October is one of the best months of the year in Salt Lake City. There's a hint of fall crispness in the air, with afternoon highs in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit. It's not ski season, and the kids are back to school, and that means it is one of the least crowded times in the city. Hotel prices take a dip at this time, too. If you are planning an October trip, check out what's happening during the month and plan to be there when your favorites are happening.

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    Many Salt Lake area farmers markets continue through October with pumpkins, apples, and cider. The Downtown Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays into October, and its Arts & Craft Market has a different kind of local produce: artisan jewelry, ceramics, and metal and glass work, among many other mediums. It's also open until October. All are in Pioneer Park.

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    Oktoberfest at Snowbird features music, dancing, traditional German cuisine, and a beer garden. Enjoy a bratwurst and sauerkraut, apple strudel, and other German treats. Kids young and old can have fun with face painting, a caricature artist, inflatable rides, yo-yo demonstrations, clowns, music, and balloons.

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    The State Room is one of SLC's favorite small music venues. It's October 2017 schedule includes such names as George Winston, Noah Gundersen, and JD McPherson. Check the schedule for October's performances. You might just discover a new favorite.

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    The Depot, a live music venue in the historic Union Pacific building at The Gateway, hosts a whopping 10 shows in October 2017, so you can catch one no matter when you visit. Check the schedule for your choices when you're in town.

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    Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"  is playing at the Randall L. Jones Theatre through Oct. 21, 2017. For a lighter take on the Bard, check out "William Shakespeare's Long-Lost First Play (Abridged)," a comedy that is wholly non-factual. Somewhere, Shakespeare is laughing. It's on stage at the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre through Oct. 21, 2017.

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    One of the most favorite operas of all time, Puccini's "La Boheme," is on stage at the Capitol Theatre Oct. 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15, 2017. If you're an opera-lover, it might be worth planning your trip to Salt Lake City around these dates just to catch this bucket-list item.

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    If you're going to be in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20, you're in luck: the Utah Symphony's program for that date includes one of the classical music world's most famous works: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. You'll also hear selections from Braham's "Hungarian Dances" and Schoenberg's Violin Concerto.

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    If you're a college football fan and love Pac-12 action, catch one of the Utes' games during October. On the October home game schedule: Utes vs. Stanford and Arizona State. The Utes play at the Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus.