Summer finds Jackson Hole abuzz with activity, so much so that navigating it all can be a bit dizzying. Find your way to these fun events.
In July and August, Sunday afternoons sound off in Teton Village as a rowdy string of emerging and established bands alight on the Village Commons. Summers past have seen a wide array from Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to SEE-I of Thievery Corporation and Sierre Leone’s Refugee All Stars. The free, all-ages concerts lure large crowds to bask in the sun and fun of mountainside music.
Jackson Hole Live
In its inaugural season last summer, Jackson Hole Live – a free, all-ages, outdoor summer concert series – drew banner acts like Justin Townes Earle, The Features and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and indie darlings like LA’s Boom Chick and Boise’s Finn Riggins. With the stage sitting on the baseball diamond and vendors ringing the outfield, the concerts became a big block party for all to enjoy.
Grand Teton Music Festival
For 52 years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has scaled symphonic heights by hosting virtuosos from around the country for six weeks of orchestral performance. With more than 40 concerts staged from July through mid-August, the roster runs the gamut from intimate chamber concerts and Latin dance parties to grand symphonies and majestic programs.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
Western realness runs wild every Wednesday and Saturday nights at the Jackson Hole Rodeo. Broncos buck off cowboys, cowgirls race around barrels, pint-size cowpokes chase calves and blistering bulls reign supreme. All in a day’s work at the Jackson Hole Rodeo – a tradition as old as Jackson Hole itself, with some 100 years under its belt buckle.
Jackson Hole turns the lemon of a short growing season into lemonade by staging two farmers’ markets every week. The first, the Jackson Hole People’s Market, runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays across from the Rec Center in downtown Jackson. Then, on Saturday mornings, the Jackson Hole Farmers Market encircles Town Square with vendors sharing their produce, prepared foods and handmade wares.
The mountains inspire artists year round, but summer finds them rendezvousing with regularity at multiple art fairs. Teton Village welcomes the Art and Antique Show and downtown Jackson plays host to the Art Association’s two Art Fairs (July 19-21 and Aug. 16-18). Established in 1965, Art Fair Jackson Hole brings more than 150 juried artists working in varied mediums from ceramic and wearable art to metal sculpture.
New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet, known the world over as the primo company, never traveled beyond Manhattan before 2010, when a touring group graced Jackson Hole and spent a week in residency with Dancers’ Workshop. Now an August tradition, New York City Ballet brings a weekend of spellbinding ballet in early August. Rehearsals are open to all, and summers past have seen world premieres.
Top scientists share their latest findings during public lectures set against the Teton backdrop at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. The pristine site – settled by homesteaders in 1890 – became a University of Wyoming Research Center in 1977. Now, the AMK Ranch serves as a summer research facility and on Thursday nights, the visiting scientists present their work after a casual dinner.