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Meet some of Utah's extreme cosplayers from FanX

A woman is firing a blaster gun costumed as Princess Leia but with Victorian fashion stylings.
"Victorian Princess Leia" takes aim at the FanX cosplay contest.

FanX wrapped up Saturday night with a cosplay display, but Utahns put on a show all weekend long at the Salt Palace.

  • Here were some of our favorites!

Got weekend plans? Here's what to do in Salt Lake City Sept. 23–25

Illustration of a cassette tape with the tape unspooling to spell weekend.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Looking for fun events this weekend? We got you covered.

1. Bike Prom

What's happening: Invite a date, grab your helmet and join hundreds of bike riders cruising through Salt Lake City streets for the annual Bike Prom.

Sundance ticket packages to go on sale in October

A photo of a Sundance festival sign.
The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Sundance Film Festival passes and packages will go on sale to the public starting Oct. 17.

  • After two pandemic years, Sundance Film Festival will return to in-person showings on Jan. 19–29.

How FanX brings out Utah's cultural norms

A man and woman in fake pig noses pose with their daughter for a photo with actor Warwick Davis.
Erin and her family pose as Bavmorda's victims with actor Warwick Davis at a pre-pandemic FanX photo op. Photo: Courtesy Erin Alberty

FanX is bringing its biggest celebrity lineup ever to Salt Lake City this weekend.

Yes, and: The show's operator says the stars and their agents are citing Utah's cultural norms as a big part of the draw.

Pick your fresh apples at Utah orchards

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There is nothing like fall apples, and the September harvest is underway. Here are three Utah orchards that let you pick 'em yourself!

  • Most orchards have other produce and treats, too, so make a meal out of it.

Your Salt Lake City weekend mixtape: Sept. 16-18

Illustration of a latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Still making plans? Here are some ideas!

State Fair shows

The fair's final weekend brings beats, booms and vrooms. Tickets include fair entry, so check out our fair food guide before you go!

Fear Factory is a Utah must-do — but be prepared!

A ghoulish man smiles evilly up from a factory scene at Fear Factory. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios
A ghoulish man smiles evilly up from a factory scene at Fear Factory. Photo: Erin Alberty/Axios

Fear Factory opened last week for the Halloween season, and we need to talk about it.

Why it matters: The haunted factory at 666 W. 800 South has been listed among the top Halloween attractions in existence, by publications like the Travel Channel, Buzzfeed and the Haunted House Association.

Fall colors 2022 map: When and where to see Utah's best foliage

A map of the United States shows where fall leaves are expected to be peaking on Oct. 3.
The fall foliage outlook for the week of Oct. 3, according to Image courtesy of David Angotti

Fall is coming (believe it or not), and it's time to start scanning the calendar for optimal leaf peeping!

The forecast: The prolonged summer heat means color changes could come a week or two later than usual this year, according to this year's fall leaf map from David Angotti at

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