Experience WitchFest AT Gardner Village | RETURNING SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 31, 2024(West Jordan, UT) – If you visit 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 seasonal celebration of everything witch, complete with witch displays and a scavenger hunt to find them. WitchFest is Utah's premier Halloween festival.
WHY VISIT WITCHFEST?All of the hocus and pocus that make up today’s WitchFest started simply in 1999 as Witches’ Night Out. “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 whimsical witchy fun.”
Over the years, WitchFest has evolved from this one-evening event into a celebration and family-friendly festival the runs mid-September to Halloween each year. With the ambiance and charm of an early Utah village, the brick-lined paths surrounding the historic Gardner flour mill are a unique backdrop for over 50 larger-than-life witch displays that adorn the property during WitchFest. You'll be immersed into the experience with 30,000 pounds of pumpkins, 20,000 pounds of straw and hundreds of bunches of cornstalks that decorate the grounds. One of the most popular activities is the free scavenger hunt for the green-faced beauties. You'll find endless post-worthy photo ops.
World-renowned folk artist, Eric Dowdle, created a custom painting for WitchFest that has been turned into puzzles and prints that are sold nationwide and at Gardner Village in the Wanderlust store. WitchFest received a Best of State award during 2016 as Utah's best fair, festival and event. It's also listed as one of America's top Halloween events on Rush PR News.
WitchFest Photo Gallery
MORE ABOUT GARDNER VILLAGE - THE HOST OF WITCHFEST“Gardner Village is a unique destination that brings visitors every day throughout the year,” Long says. “Especially during WitchFest, people come from California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and even the East Coast to be part of the fun. The Village showcases an important part of West Jordan and Utah history.”
Gardner Village features locally owned specialty shops and event venues surrounding the historic Gardner Mill, which is listed on the National Historic Register. The old flour mill and silo are 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. Closed Sundays.