Antelope Island State Park

2024 Spider Festival

July 27, 2024

Join us from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Antelope Island Marina for spider-themed presentations, crafts, guided walks, community science, face-painting, food and more to learn about these fascinating residents of Antelope Island and Utah!

Bookmark this page for quick access to all of the fun and exciting activities that will be available. Information will also be posted to our Spider Fest Facebook Event Page.


Visitor Center Presentations

Presentations TBD


At Your Pace Activities and Offerings

Education and information tents, food, and guided walks will all be located within the park marina just after crossing the causeway.

In-Person Guided Spider Walks
In order to ensure a quality experience, all guided walks will be sign up only on the day of the event. You will find the sign up sheet at the main State Park Information Tent. Walks will take place once or twice every hour from 10:00 am to 3:15 pm and last about 45 minutes.

Guided eBike Spider Tours
We have once again teamed up with Antelope eBikes to offer discounted tours in conjunction with Spider Fest. Tours are $50 per person (normally $109), with child bike seats, baby carrier and trailer free with an adult purchase. Tours will follow the 4-mile loop past the visitor center, beach, campgrounds, Buffalo Point and back to the marina, stopping at various places to look at and talk about spiders and other cool park information. Sing up at this link or the day of the event.

Photo Contest
We want to see your 2024 spider pictures! One of best ways to participate in Spider Fest before the day of the event is to go out and find some lovely arachnids and snap their picture. Submission details: Do not trap spiders. Observe and photograph them in their natural habitat; one spider photo per person; photo must by your own, original image taken in 2024; all qualifying photos will be displayed in Utah State Parks 2024 Spider Fest SmugMug Album; send photo submission with name and age of photographer, photo title, date taken, and location where the image was taken to Jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov.

*Note: Scientists and educators will be our judges, looking for your candid photos of spiders in their habitat. Photos will be judged on spider content, not pixel quality. Images from past Spider Fest Photo Contests can be found here.

Spider Crafts and Activities
Lots of fun spider crafts and activities from several of our partners will be available at the event in the marina. Share your experience with us by taking a picture of you and your craft and posting them to the Spider Fest Facebook Event page for all to see!

Spider Poetry
Once again, we want to hear your original spider poems! We have loved receiving those over the past several years, and want to continue to add to the collection. More information on where and how to submit your poetry will be coming soon!

Scavenger Hunts
Check out the various scavenger hunts linked below. Whether you want to come out to Antelope Island, visit one of our partner sites, or stay close to home, you can download the scavenger hunt (or hunts) of choice, and start searching! Share your experience with us by taking a picture of yourself doing the scavenger hunt and post those to our Spider Fest Facebook Event page!

iNaturalist Observation and BioBlitz!
During the week leading up to Spider Fest, you have the opportunity to participate in citizen science by participating in the State-wide Spider Fest BioBlitz and posting your observations to iNaturalist. Last year we made 464 observations of 69 different species. Let’s see if we can beat that! More information can be found at the following links:

iNaturalist: What it is

iNaturalist: How to Use it

Spider Fest T-Shirt
Once again we will have Spider Fest T-shirts available to purchase for $15. The shirts will be available from the Antelope Island State Park Gift Shop beginning July 24, 2024. We will also have some available on Saturday the 27th at the State Park Info tent.

We Still Want To Hear From You!
Tell us how you participated in Spider Fest this year by filling out this form. We really appreciate the feedback and use it from year to year to try and improve this event.


Virtual Presentations

Here are some great presentations, videos and resources from some of our partners. Some of these were recorded specifically for Spider Fest, others are just great information from these organizations. So if you are craving more, check these out!

Spider Web Wonders

Arachnid Art

Spider Eyes!

Tarantulas

Spider Myths, Fears and Facts

Virtual Spider Walk

Return of the Burrowing Spiders

Spider Tales for Tots

Spider Silk Research at Utah State University

Spider Silk Lab Live Q & A


Other Educational Resources

Spider Photography: Safely and Ethically
What better way to preserve the memories of the spiders you discover than by taking their pictures? This Ethical Photography guide will help you capture those memories without harming the spiders, their webs or their habitats.

Antelope Island Spider Fest Spider Facts
The Value of Spiders
Orb Weaver Spiders
Cob Web Spiders
Funnel Weaver Spiders
Jumping and Stalking Spiders
Mimicry and Camouflaging Spiders
Spiders – General Info (USU)
Hobo Spiders (USU)
Common Spiders of Antelope Island State Park

Thank you for joining us for the 2024 Antelope Island Spider Fest!