Many visitors to Utah are familiar with Antelope Island – that big “rock” in the eastern side of the Great Salt Lake that the plane flies over before landing at Salt Lake International Airport. Many have also visited the island and hiked, biked, camped, watched birds, or visited the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Many also know that the island houses a great herd of Bison. BUT did you know that the island also plays host to one of the area’s most FUN Festivals? It’s the Antelope Island Stampede – not “stampede” as in rounding up the Bison – that’s later in the year, but the Balloon, kite, and entertainment festival.
The event takes place on Labor Day weekend (August 30 – September 1, 2013 ) in the White Rock Bay Area of Antelope Island. There are hot-air balloons (launches if weather permits), professional kite flying, BMX bike stunt show and clinics, pie eating contests, kid’s activities, music and MORE.
The event is open:
Friday: August 30 – 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday: August 31 -Noon – 10:00PM
Sunday: September 1 – Noon – 8:00PM
There is a $10 per vehicle state park fee to get on the island, and a $15 fee per vehicle to get into the event. If you buy in advance from Smith’sTix, tickets are only $20 plus Smith’s service charge.
See AntelopeIslandStampede.com for complete schedule of event, activities, vendors and other information
Also visit the Stampede Pinterest page for great photos
Though there are no Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah members in the immediate area, Salt Lake Metro area inns are nearby. Even when staying in a Wasatch Back or Northern Inn, a day trip to the Stampede makes a fun getaway.