‘There’s No Place Like Ogden’ for the Harvest Moon Festival
Ogden’s Harvest Moon Festival is now in its 21st year. “What began as a small festival in front of Roosters on Historic 25th Street has now grown to one of northern Utah’s largest events of the year,” said Haille Van Patten with Ogden Downtown Alliance.
The event spans two full blocks down 25th Street and has over 30,000 visitors in an eight-hour time frame. “It is a celebration of Ogden as a whole, highlighting local businesses, nonprofit organizations, Weber State University, local performers and musicians, cultural groups, artisans, and more,” Van Patten said.
This year’s theme for the Harvest Moon Festival is “There’s No Place Like Ogden.” As Van Patten said, “The event itself proves that. Ogden is a gritty, one-of-a-kind mountain town full of diverse people, places, and opportunities worth being celebrated.”
The event will be on Saturday, September 17, from noon-8 p.m. There will be family-friendly activities, live music by local artists, stilt walkers, community partners, local businesses, vendors, a roaming magician, and a beer garden. Admission is free.
There is something for everyone. Kids can enjoy a rock-climbing wall and other activities on Historic 25th Street between Wall Avenue and Grant Avenue, from noon-5 p.m. Adults can try axe-throwing with SocialAxe, sample some of Historic 25th Street’s cuisine, or pick up dinner from local food trucks and vendors. There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase through Wasatch Distributing, Golden Beverage Co., Swire Coca-Cola, and Pepsi.
The headliner for the Harvest Moon Festival is Sammy Brue, a young local singer/songwriter. Playing folk/Americana/rock, Brue was dubbed an “Americana Prodigy” by no less than Rolling Stone magazine.
“Harvest Moon brings the best of Ogden together,” Van Patten said.
The Harvest Moon Celebration is held following Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital’s 15th Annual NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk, which takes place at 11 a.m. at the Lindquist Field in Downtown Ogden.
The festival takes place on Saturday, September 17, noon-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Electric Alley (behind the north side of Historic 25th Street), in The Junction parking garages and in the District Court parking lot. With an increase of traffic to downtown for the festival and additional overlapping events, Ogden Downtown Alliance encourages event attendees to explore alternate transportation if possible. If you are visiting from a neighboring city, please consider utilizing Ride UTA’s FrontRunner or local bus route. The new GREENbike system also is available.