25th Street is the heart of Ogden’s Historic District. Offering diverse dining, boutique shopping, national comedy acts at Wise guys, a unique experience at Peery's Egyptian Theater, colorful history and museums at Union Station and an outdoor amphitheater.
Ogden Utah is a great place for tourists to visit. The city has many great attractions. Union Station on 25th Street is a wonderful stop for Ogden visitors. The original structure of the Union Station Depot burned in 1923. Today, however, the rebuilt Union Station houses several fine museums. While there, enjoy what Ogden has become. Another attraction is the Peery's Egyptian Theater on 2415 Washington Blvd. This structure was built in the 1920s and has become an excellent place for theater lovers to visit.
History of Historic 25th Street
For over 50 years, Historic 25th Street was like a red carpet welcoming travelers arriving from Union Station. While many people came for business, dining and shopping, plenty frequented houses of ill repute and visited the lively saloons to gamble, drink, brawl and trade ill-gotten gains. For awhile, Ogden was a rough city and 25th Street was the roughest part of all.
The 25th Street Renaissance began in the 1950s when Mayor Lorin Farr initiated cleanup efforts. In the 1980s, economic reinvestment in the downtown area revitalized the fierce, independent, entrepreneurial heart of the city. Progressive business owners opened shops, land developers built homes and now Historic 25th Street is again a red carpet that welcomes residents and visitors to a vital economic and cultural center.
All through the year travelers, guest and residents can find the most unique offerings with special events, shopping, dining, live entertainment, cultural arts and an warm ambiance to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The Historic District is home to many buildings listed on the National Historic Registry including the Union Station which houses the John M Browning Arms Museum, Utah State Railroad Museum, Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum other art galleries and attractions. The district is home to many art galleries and hosts the First Friday Art Stroll every month.
The Historic 25th Street Business Association are the stewards of the district with over 60 businesses and organizations taking part to support and host world class events. Some of the events that can be found during the year are the Winterfest, Farmers Market, Dewtour, Ogden Pioneer Days, Ogden Arts Festival, Worldwide on 25, Harvestmoon Festival, Witchstock, Christmas Village and alot more.
Harvest Moon Celebration Every September
Each fall Historic 25th Street in Ogden shuts down the street to host the Harvest Moon Celebration. Usually the last weekend in September 10,000 plus community members, athletes and good-time seekers gather downtown to enjoy live music, athletic events, delicious food from local restaurants, local brews, street performers and free and unique children’s activities in an colorful and historic setting.
The heart of the event during daytime hours includes activities with all-ages appeal in addition to live stage entertainment. With community partners such as the Dinosaur Park, Weber Pathways, Historic 25th Street Businesses, Weber State University, Ogden City Firefighters, The Tree House Museum, Union Station, the Farmer's Market, Eccles Community Art Center and others, a dynamic venue for family fun is constructed resulting in a community event like no other in Weber County. Tables are set up with activities such as pumpkin carving, musical instruments, arts & crafts, and more. to create an enjoyable experience for all. To add to the energy, the Harvest Moon Bicycle Criterium race runs all day and patrons can watch the action as cyclists race to the finish.
As the sun begins to set, Historic 25th Street turns into a rockin’ party with a headliner band on the outdoor stage and the unveiling of the Xterra USA National Championship video highlights of the day’s big race at Snowbasin. The annual Harvest Moon Celebration is a party NOT TO MISS on Historic 25th Street.
Worldwide On H25
“This is a rare inside glimpse into many different cultures and a unique opportunity to interact with top-notch performers in the world while tasting the area’s best international cuisine,”
- says Larry Baird, event organizer for Worldwide on H25
The community is invited to the global experience of dance, song and cuisine on the second Tuesday of August, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Historic 25th Street. Hundreds of renowned international folk dancers representing more than ten different countries along with twenty local independent restaurants will unite for the cultural celebration Worldwide on H25.
“This is a rare inside glimpse into many different cultures and a unique opportunity to interact with top-notch performers in the world while tasting the area’s best international cuisine,” says Larry Baird, event organizer for Worldwide on H25.
The cultural celebration is free and will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a parade of nations. Performers will stroll from the Ogden Amphitheater to the 100 block on Historic 25th Street. Following the parade, 240 international folk dancers dressed in beautiful traditional costumes will provide a participatory performance on the street throughout the festival. The community will be invited to take part and learn the performer’s native dance and song. The international folk dancers will take the stage on Historic 25th Street at 6:00 p.m. Each group will perform a twenty minutes performance that wows the crowd.
Worldwide on 25 will feature local chefs and the area’s international diversity with “taste portions” of their favorite featured items. Participating restaurants include:
Patrons can purchase food tickets for $1 per ticket or 12 for $10. Tickets may be redeemed at restaurant vendors of their choice. Samplings will be priced between two and five tickets. Beverages will also be available for purchase.
Withes to Fly into Ogden this Hauted Holloween
In October, witches brew up fun and cast spells on Historic 25th Street during the Witchstock Festival. Witches young and old parade through downtown Ogden, participating in tea parties, cackle contests, scavenger hunts, ghost tours and more.
The Historic 25th Street Association invites ladies to dress up and grab their brooms for a spooktacular girl’s night out. Witchstock activities include a witch’s ball, live entertainment, vendors, palm readers, fortune tellers, cackle contest, magicians, and Haunted Hallways ghost tours of Union Station. During the event, Historic 25th Street merchants host a scavenger hunt and decorate their shop windows to celebrate.
Attendees who come dressed in costume can be eligible to win prizes in various contests and receive special discounts from participating downtown merchants and restaurants. Vendors fill the Historic 25th Street offering their best wares.
Put your witch hat on and prepare to have lots of fun. It's all scary on Historic 25th Street.
Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo and Celebrations
While the snow may still top the peak of Mt. Ogden, the organizers of the annual Ogden Pioneer Days rodeo and community extravaganza are busy at work on the summer's biggest and best statehood celebration, held each July.
Only Ogden Pioneer Days can deliver the type of blood-pumping, hand-slapping, adrenaline-soaked good times that can appeal to both the iPod and Johnny Cash generations. Even with fireworks, a rock-and-roll soundtrack and a Jumbo Tron, Ogden Pioneer Days takes us back to where we came from — to the roots of our free country, to the untamed wilds, to the hearty stock of men and women who trekked westward into the rocky, golden horizon of the wild, wild west.
Plan to join us for our featured events, including:
- Lindquist Family Pops Concert and Fireworks
- The Miss Rodeo Utah pageant,
held exclusively at Ogden Pioneer Days
- The Military/Veterans Appreciation Night at Ogden Stadium
- Celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy
- Pioneer Skills and Crafts Fair
- Horse and Hitch Parade
- Aggie Car Show
- Special Kids Rodeo