WitchFest at Gardner Village(West Jordan, UT) – If you come to historic Gardner Village mid-September through October, you’re in for a real treat! And maybe a few tricks as well as the witches come out to play during the annual WitchFest in West Jordan, Utah.
The menace is intentional each year as crews begin working on WitchFest, Gardner Village’s 45-day celebration of everything witch, complete with witch displays and a scavenger hunt to find them, Breakfast with a Witch, Witchapalooza Music Dinner Theater, a Witches 5k Run/Walk, and the popular Witches Night Out, which is currently in its 20th year. Other events also include Six Hags Witches Adventure and Wee Witches Weekend. New during 2020 is the Cackling Cantina.
“Witches’ Night Out draws thousands of would-be witches to the Village each year,” Joe Long, CEO of Gardner Village, said. “They come wearing elaborate costumes and pointy hats, ready to shop, eat, play and have a lot of witchy fun. Witches Night Out if the original and first event that started WitchFest.”
With the ambiance and charm of an early Utah village, the brick-lined paths surrounding the historic Gardner flour mill are the perfect backdrop for the whimsical witch displays that adorn the property during WitchFest. One green-faced beauty sits on a shop roof trying to get cell phone reception on her “eye” phone. Overhead the Wicked Witch of the West furiously pedals her bike. And don’t miss the poor old witch who didn’t see what was coming while flying. She’s smashed up against the flour mill silo like a bug on a windshield.
World-renowned folk artist, Eric Dowdle, created a painting for WitchFest that has been turned into puzzles and prints that are sold nationwide and at Gardner Village in CF Home. Dowdle’s art also joins 30,000 pounds of pumpkins, 20,000 pounds of straw and 500 bunches of cornstalks that decorate the grounds during WitchFest. WitchFest received a Best of State award during 2016 as Utah's best fair, festival and event.
“Gardner Village is a unique destination that brings visitors every day,” Long says. “Especially during WitchFest, people come from California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and even Oregon to be part of the fun. The Village showcases an important part of West Jordan history.”
Gardner Village features locally-owned specialty shops and event venues surrounding the historic Gardner Mill, now listed on the National Historic Register. The old flour mill is home to Archibald’s Restaurant, Mill Plaza and CF Home. Vintage pioneer architecture, antique fixtures, red brick paths and bridges add to the atmosphere that takes you back to a simpler time and spotlight Utah's colorful history.
Gardner Village is a Utah historic site and is located at 1100 West 7800 South in West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The Village is open year 'round, Monday through Saturday.
TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR WITCHFEST 2020:
As one of our favorite annual traditions, things are going to be done a little differently this year due to COVID-19. But together, we can still create bewitching moments and another year of memories.
WitchFest events will be held, and all events will be modified and adapted to respect social distancing, mask requirements and provide a digital and touch-free environment when possible.
Risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people are present. By visiting WitchFest at Gardner Village, all guests and employees voluntarily assume all inherent risks of exposure. Face masks must be worn per a Salt Lake County mandate, and we ask that you socially distance a broom's length apart from other guests.
**All WitchFest activities, dinners, breakfasts and events are subject to change without notice per developing city, state and federal mandates due to COVID-19. We understand some changes may be disappointing, and we'll update our website as new information or changes occur.
Take a Video Tour of WitchFest at Gardner VillageTake a ride with a flying witch as she zooms on her broom over Gardner Village and discovers WitchFest, one of Utah's premier Halloween festivals. You'll see our whimsical witches working their whimsical witchcraft and delighting guests at Six Hags Witches Adventure, Breakfast with a Witch, Witches Night Out, Moonstruck Witches Dinner and Wee Witches Weekend. Whether you're 2 or 102, you'll experience the magic of the season mid September through Halloween each year.
Video Credit: Mark Cawley