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Take Refuge in the Wild

As its name implies, the National Elk Refuge was established primarily to manage and maintain the area’s significant elk population. Since its founding over a century ago, however, it’s become one of the best ways for locals and visitors alike to commune with nature and experience a great variety of wildlife, including bison, wolves, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and many other species. Bird watching, fishing, biking, and hiking are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy. Big game hunters will also find opportunities to hunt in conjunction with the refuge’s efforts to preserve a healthy population of specific non-endangered animals. We strongly recommend taking some time to explore the multi-use pathway, a five-mile trail that winds through a majestic stretch of America as it makes its way to the Gros Ventre River. And before you leave, check out the historic Miller House. This fine specimen of late 19th century ingenuity, which once served as the hub of social life for frontier settlers, is now the home base of the National Elk Refuge.

Address: 675 E. Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

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The Return of Rendezvous

What do you get when you combine awesome spring skiing with free outdoor concerts featuring legendary musicians, featured against the stunning background of snow-covered mountains? The answer is Jackson Hole Rendezvous 2020. From March 26-28, come out and join us for one epic party—three days of blissful skiing, followed by live music on three main outdoor stages— including the Music Under the Tram stage at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, another at Teton Village’s Village Lot, and the third at Jackson Hole’s downtown Town Square.

This year’s Rendezvous features an incredible lineup of musical performances, including the Deadlocks on March 26. March 27 will feature an opener from folk, rock, and blues band Lonesome Gold, followed by The Record Company. On March 28, you’ll find Maggie Rose opening for Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros. Rose’s album, Change the Whole Thing, was named as one of the “Best albums of 2018” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Bob Weir is one of the original members of the Grateful Dead and remains one of the genre’s most singular rhythm guitarists.

the moon

Keep the Romance Going

This Valentine’s Day, why not change things up a bit and keep the romance vibe going all month long? Jackson Hole always offers our guests and visitors an abundant array of fun and interesting events that are ideal for the two of you to share. If you need a little inspiration, here are a couple of suggestions. First, there is nothing more romantic than spending time under the stars during a new moon. New Moon Stargazing offers you the chance to view the new moon and witness this glorious event on the darkest night of the month. You’ll have a telescope and a Stargazing Leader, and the next New Moon Stargazing program will be on February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Next, check out Who Dunnit on February 27 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. This a fun and lively event, where attendees bid in an anonymous art show and sale. The only bidding categories are by size: 6x6, 12x12, and 18x18, so you’ll have a fabulous time guessing who the artist is. Who Dunnit is a silent auction for one night only.

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Jackson’s January Events: Three of the Best

Join us this month for two terrific cultural events and a popular annual celebration. Check out the details here:

National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy

Head over to the Center Theater on January 13 for director Sam Mendes’ fascinating and insightful film: The Lehman Trilogy. Spun out into three parts in a single evening, this tale of the Lehman family and the catastrophic collapse of the firm they created will be broadcast live as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

Americaville

A hidden replica of Jackson Hole is created just north of Beijing, and Annie Liu and thousands more are offered a piece of the not-so-easy-to-attain American Dream. Screening at the Center Theater on January 24, to be followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Adam James Smith.

Down Under the Tram: Australia Day

Make your way to Jackson Hole’s own bit of Down Under on January 26, when Teton Village will host Australia Day in the Base Tent. You’ll find loads of free beer along with exciting giveaways, free food, native Aussie music, games, and more.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Each holiday season, Jackson Hole offers an array of festive activities and fun events for our guests and visitors, and only a few of our favorites for this month are listed here. First, head over to the Diehl Gallery from December 12 through January 12, 2020, for “Bright & Beautiful III: A Holiday Group Show.” This year’s holiday exhibit will feature new work from such artists as Matt Devine, Claire Brewster, Susan Goldsmith, Helen Durant, Takefumi Hori, and more. Next, get your skate on with the Holiday Spectacular “Dreamland" on December 15.

Come out to the Snow King Sports and Event Center and be dazzled by over 40 skaters, including world-class guest skaters Cordero Zuckermann and Mayumi Namikoshi, at this seasonal extravaganza, presented by the Skating Club of Jackson Hole. Lastly, don’t miss a performance by the man who has astounded such celebs as Howie Mandel, Kim Kardashian, Howard Stern, Ariana Grande, Tina Fey, Heidi Klum, Criss Angel, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. Save the date of December 29 for The Mike Super 2.0H Show at the Center for the Arts to experience an evening of the impossible with this gifted and multi-award-winning entertainer.

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Mudpots and Antler Arches: It’s a JH Holiday

It’s November, and time to kick off the holidays in Jackson Hole with some of our favorite seasonal events, like those listed below.

Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale

Come out to the Art Association Gallery & Loft from November 21-22 and purchase striking pieces of art and artisan-crafted items. These make ideal holiday gifts, especially for those hard-to-please friends and loved ones. This two-day holiday sale will also feature jewelry, pottery, prints, paintings, and more. Be sure to check out the bargain table for holiday specials, and don’t forget this event is a fundraiser supporting the Art Association studios.

Annual Town Square Lighting

Christmas carols, cookies, hot chocolate, and Santa himself are all on the menu for the Town Square lighting ceremony on November 22. The famous Antler Arches will come to life via thousands of LED bulbs and some assistance from the Jackson Hole Fire & EMS and Police Department. Afterward, stick around for the kickoff to Winter Windfall, a local shopping holiday promotion featuring prizes from participating businesses as part of the Chamber’s shopping contest. Remember that November 23 is Small Business Saturday, so grab that holiday gift list and (literally) go to town!


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It’s On at the Center

This month’s lineup at the JH Center for the Arts offers something for almost everyone. Check out a few of our favorites listed below.

Pumpkins on Fire – October 11

Purchase a lovely ceramic cup filled with soup at this event presented by the Art Association Ceramics Studio, along with Persephone Bread, Farmstead Cider, and hot apple cider from the Harvest Bar. Or, pick up a perfect ceramic pumpkin and groove to the live music, have your face painted, and munch on S’mores from the Fire Pit. Proceeds will benefit the Linda MacGregor Ceramics Studio.  

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – October 15

Since their beginnings in 2012, this renowned band has released two albums, opened for The Rolling Stones, and appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Austin City Limits,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Secrets of the Simpsons with Mike Reiss – October 15 & 20

An award-winning speaker and writer, Mike Reiss has been the recipient of four Emmy Awards during his 30-year tenure as a writer for “The Simpsons.” He is also the author of 20 children’s books and 24 animated films, including “Minions” and “Ice Age.”

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Two Balls and a Hootenanny

September brings a plethora of fabulously fun activities and events to Jackson Hole, and listed here are only a few of our favorites. First, Check out Hootenanny at The Center on September 9. Featuring some of the region’s favorite folk artists, the Center for the Arts will host a special performance of a longtime Monday tradition with some very special guests. Next, head over to the 79th Annual Fireman's Ball on September 21 at the Snow King Sports and Event Center. Headliners Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, along with the opening act Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine, will be kicking out the jams.

In addition to the hot entertainment, there’ll be ice-cold beer and cocktails, local food vendors, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit local Fire and EMS responders and members of the Jackson Firefighters Association. Lastly, don’t miss one of the best parties of the year when the 31st Annual Melvin Brewing Black Tie Blue Jeans Ski Ball kicks off the winter sports season. Featuring a gourmet dinner, fine wines, craft beer, cocktails, dancing, and a Grand Raffle, this gala evening helps support student-athletes of all financial levels.

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August Features Art and Music

Calling all art lovers—the 53rd edition of Art Fair Jackson Hole will return to Miller Park from August 9-11. This popular, family-friendly, event is featured twice during the summer, and is always a hit. You’ll find ceramics, furniture, photography, paintings, and jewelry, along with work in a variety of other mediums from over 150 international, national, and local juried artists. There will also be artist demonstrations, loads of live music, local food vendors, yoga, and youth crafts and activities. Art Fair admission proceeds go toward the support of art education and outreach.

On August 25, head over to The Center for a concert featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guests Coyote Brother. An iconic example of American roots music, the NGDB returns from their 2018, 50th-anniversary tour, energized and with an extended lineup. Today’s NGDB includes Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and Jim Photoglo, along with new additions Jaime Hanna (son of Jeff) and Ross Holmes. Don’t miss this exciting new concert by a band with a long history of powerhouse performances.

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Get a New Leash on Life

For animal lovers, one of the most worthy events in Jackson Hole is the Animal Adoption Center’s “New Leash on Life”  fundraiser. This event’s proceeds go directly to the support of the AAC’s animal life-saving rescue, spay/neuter, and educational programs, in addition to finding their charges loving and forever homes. “New Leash on Life” will be held this year at the Snake River Ranch on July 13, and will feature cocktails and dinner, live music, a live auction and a silent auction, yard games, and on-site adoptable fur babies.

The 2019 featured auction items include a September Vhay original painting, which is part of the artist’s famous Red Horse series and will be unveiled at the live auction. A unique experience at JH Winery will also be auctioned, complete with a private wine tasting for 10, an opportunity to customize your own label with your pets and a bottling experience. Custom Skis by Wilson Powder Tools will be added to the auction block, along with a ride-along flight choice from Dog Is My Copilot and a two-hour spring yard cleanup from Chasing Tails.

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June is Jamming

June in Jackson Hole—the breezes are warmer, the scenery is breathtaking, and the events and activities are fabulous. For your consideration, we are listing a few of our favorites here. First, get to know the town on a Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Sponsored by the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, these free, one-hour tours are held every Tuesday through Friday. Next, be sure to catch the Jackson Hole Live Concert Series at downtown Jackson’s Snow King Ball Park.

This family-friendly concert series will open on June 16 with a performance by North Mississippi Allstars and special guest Futurebirds, along with their the 14th annual crawfish boil, and the Teton Raptor Center’s RaptorFest. Lastly, celebrate the longest day of the year on June 21 at the Tuxes and Tails Gala at the Center for the Arts. This totally fun fundraiser will celebrate PAWS 20th anniversary, and the proceeds will benefit their community. There will be terrific tidbits, specialty cocktails, raffles, and a live auction. Also, DJ VerT-OnE will be kicking out the jams, so be sure to wear your boogie shoes!

stagecoach in desert

May Features Old West Days

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to mosey on over to the Town Square for Old West Days, a 10-day festival in recognition of our Western culture. Join us on May 18-27 for food, live music, theatrical entertainment, rodeo events, local brews, arts and crafts, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Highlights will include the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row, Elk antler auction and sales, stagecoach rides, a big game banquet, and, of course, the annual High Noon Chili Cook-Off on May 19.

Be sure to get to Center Street to sample some mighty savory bowls of red, prepared by area restaurants and organizations. Also, meet up at the center of Town Square on May 24 for a free walking tour of downtown, and don’t miss the 37th Annual Old West Days Parade on May 25. You’ll see covered wagons, gunslingers, Mountain Men, and more in this historical, horse-drawn parade. Afterward, stick around for the Shootout Gang Kickoff, and check out the Jackson Hole Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds, along with the many additional events Old West Days has to offer.

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Spring Brings Festive Fun

April promises to be one entertaining month, with such events as a free spring concert series, an Easter Egg Hunt, and fresh bounty at the People’s Market. First, make tracks for the 8th Annual Music Under the Tram Jackson Hole on April 6-7, featuring sunny, slopeside performances by the wildly popular Canyon Kids and One Ton Pig. Next, don’t miss a visit to the People's Market on April 20 for fabulous food and live music.

 Shop for the best fruits, veggies, dairy, meat, eggs, bread, prepared foods, and more from such vendors as Alpine Air Coffee Roasting, Bee Warm, Custard Mustard, Lark's Meadow Farms & Abundance Bread, Maya Organics, Naughty Fruit, and the Rosemary and Thyme Creamery. SNAP benefits and “Veggie Vouchers” are all accepted, and don’t forget that this is a zero-waste market, so remember to bring your own cup and shopping bags. Lastly, come out to Jackson Hole’s Town Square on April 20 to meet Sponge Bob, Dora, and Tigger, at the 51st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Over 5,000 toy-and-candy-filled eggs will be hidden, along with some prize eggs, so grab your family, your Easter baskets, and join the hunt!

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One Epic Party

Four idyllic days of skiing, followed by fabulous and festive evenings of live outdoor concerts, all set against a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of the square and snow-covered mountains – it’s time again for one of the region’s most eagerly-anticipated events, the Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival. From March 15-17, this three-day festival of music, skiing, and fun is always one epic party. This year will be no exception, as the festival will showcase the band that recorded the critically acclaimed “Tearing at the Seams,”  Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, along with such rockers as the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter.

Also performing will be music legends Greensky Bluegrass, whose recent release “All for Money” is receiving high praise, statewide Reggae favorites, the Chanman Roots Band, and Brent Cowles, whose combination of indie rock, R & B, and folk are a showcase for his impressive vocal talents. Two main stages will again be featured – one at Town Square and one at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Tickets are on sale now for Gold VIP, Silver VIP, and Bronze VIP packages, along with those for College Rendezvous.

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Inside Jackson Hole

One of the best aspects of Jackson Hole is that it’s a perfect year-round getaway destination for those who love the great outdoors. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, rafting, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, and skiing, all set against the magnificent scenery of the Grand Tetons. However, Jackson Hole also offers a myriad of fun and interesting indoor activities as well. Arts and culture play a major role in the community and offers our guests access to some of the finest activities and events.

For example, explore the 14 galleries of our National Museum of Wildlife Art. Ideal for both art lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, kids will love the puppet shows, animal costumes, and reading nook in the Children’s Discovery Gallery, while others have access to over 5,000 works of art via temporary exhibits, art events, the museum’s permanent collection, a sculpture garden, and more. For a more “spirited” experience, check out the Jackson Hole Still Works, a local distillery that uses a “grain to glass” method to produce and bottle their own craft spirits on site, using fresh mountain water and locally-sourced ingredients. Tours and tastings are available.

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Snowscapes and Savion Glover

This month, we invite you to join us for two terrific events. First, come out to Driggs City Plaza in Driggs, Idaho for the 8th Annual Driggs Snowscapes and Snow Ball. From January 15-19, this four-day, free, and fabulously fun event will feature both professional and amateur teams transforming large blocks of snow into the coolest art ever! Everyone is welcome to watch, and kids can learn to sculpt snow and play in the Community Fun Zone. Once the plaza is made over into a winter public art display, everyone is encouraged to vote on their favorites for People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice on January 19.

Afterward, jump in and help tear it all down at the Community Snow Stomping. Then, kick back and get a few hours of rest before you party like a rock star at the Snow Ball. Also, get your tickets now for Savion Glover’s ALL FuNKD’ UP on February 2. Glover, a Tony Award-winning choreographer and renowned dance artist will perform at Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts accompanied by a six-piece live band. The result promises to be a dazzling combination of jazz, funk, and the art of dance.

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