Now that Fall is in full swing here at BYU Idaho and Spirit Week got our energy up, it’s time to think about how you’ll keep all those good vibes going! As the days get shorter and colder, it can feel a bit more challenging to get out there and seize the day. Then again, the last thing you want is to look back and realize you’ve been missing out.
Fall is the perfect time to meet new friends, enjoy spooky celebrations, get involved in the community, and perhaps discover a new favorite hobby. All it takes is a little planning ahead.
Think there’s not much to do in Rexburg? Think again! We’ve compiled a giant list of activities for you to get involved with. Let us take you on a tour of everything Rexburg and BYU Idaho has to offer this season! From musical performances to art exhibits, outdoor adventures, and Halloween events - this is your guide to staying active, entertained, and involved in Rexburg all semester long.
Mark your calendar for OkTUBERfest! “Rexburg’s celebration of community, industry, and all things potato!” This lively event features music, dancing, food, games, crafts, competitions, and more. Don’t miss out! The event takes place 4-8 pm on Saturday, October 15 at the Tabernacle Civic Center.
Do you ever wonder how you would fare if you were chased by zombies? Well here’s your chance to find out! Join the Zombie Halloween Costume 5k Fun Run. Wear your costume and don’t let the zombies steal your flag! Catch all the fun on Saturday, October 29 at 6 pm.
Show off your pumpkin decorating skills at the Pumpkin Parade. This themed pumpkin contest is all day long on Monday, October 31 at the Tabernacle Civic Center.
Another event this Fall you won’t want to miss is the BYU Idaho Cornhole Tournament taking place Saturday, October 15 10 am to 12 pm at the Upper Playfield. Be sure to register in advance.
Arts and Culture
Feed your imagination this Fall with the several activities offered by BYU Idaho and Rexburg’s Arts and Culture Department.
1st Friday Art Stroll
Enjoy the creations of local artists every first Friday from 5 to 8 pm throughout Rexburg at the Art Stroll. This free monthly event features visual art displayed at various locations as well as live music and mini-performances to enjoy along the way.
Stay in the loop about concerts coming to campus with BYU Idaho Center Stage. Catch the marvelous pianist Del Parkinson on October 14. Father and Daughter duo Mat and Savanna Shaw perform on November 17. Get festive with a Christmas concert on December 3 featuring Kristin Chenoweth and Gentri.
Open Mic Night
If all this creative expression has you inspired to share your own talent on stage and meet other performers, be sure to sign up for the weekly Open Mic Night hosted every Tuesday at Manwaring Center.
Around Rexburg and Beyond
Free Movie Night
Attend a free movie screening each month! If you’re looking to get into the spooky spirit, what better way than attending the showing of I Be A Witch at the Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 pm.
The Romance Theatre also hosts Free Movie Monday. The next one is October 24 at 7 pm.
Museum of Rexburg Escape Room
Looking for more frightening fun? Get a group of friends together and see if you can make your way out of the Escape Room at the Museum of Rexburg.
Interested in a snow day? The Teton Lakes Winter Park is sure to brighten your world! This area is normally a beautiful golf course Spring through Fall, but transforms to a wonderland of frozen fun once the snow arrives. Winter Park features a cross-country ski course, a family sledding area, and a new ice skating rink. Budget-friendly ski rentals are available on select days directly from the clubhouse.
More To Do At BYU Idaho
Keep your eye on the BYU Idaho event calendar. There is something for everyone with over 3000 activities and events offered each year. Bring your friends or meet some new people! Roller skating, laser tag, dance classes, and service opportunities are just a few of the many options. Let’s highlight a few more:
Another fun way to meet friends is to attend one of BYU Idaho’s regular game nights. From Chess to Magic: The Gathering, take your pick of all kinds of board games and card games. Feel free to bring your own games as well! The next game night takes place Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm in Manwaring Center.
Sports and Recreation
BYU Idaho Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor activities all season long. Take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings of Rexburg and beyond. Join in for horseback riding, rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking, and more.
You will be happy to know there are so many ways to keep your body warm and in motion this Fall, even as the weather gets colder. Rexburg Recreation offers sports such as softball and pickleball. You could even join the city’s cornhole league!
The campus sports league also has many teams to join as well as sports and fitness classes. From aerobics to cycling and even yoga and fencing, the choices are virtually endless. This is a great chance to try something new.
Health and Personal Development
While you are balancing your academic calendar with social events and recreation, remember to make time for your personal health and development as well. As the days get shorter, nourishing the spirit and taking action toward building your future can be very energizing. Here are a few ideas:
- Devotionals and Speeches: Check out Amy Wright’s talk on October 11.
- Volunteer: Give your time and energy to a cause. Some opportunities to be of service include volunteering at the pet shelter, helping out at the cross-country meet, delivering food to the needy, or donating blood at the blood drive.
- Home Evenings: We highly encourage you to engage with the home evenings and living lessons for a deeply powerful opportunity for growth and relationships.
- Healthy Dating Workshop: The world of dating can be a big drain on your energy and emotions. These regularly scheduled sessions will give you tools to best handle this important, yet sometimes baffling part of your life.
- Flu Clinic: Take care of your health and get immunized at the flu clinic on October 13
- Career Marketplace: These events happen regularly and could lead you to great potential work and career opportunities.
Make the Most of Your Time in Rexburg This Fall
Your Fall semester at Sunrise Village is ready to be filled with fun, enriching experiences to create memories you will enjoy for years to come. We hope this has been a helpful guide for what there is to do on campus and around Rexburg this Fall.