Hear Free Music
Attending the Jackson Hole Hootenanny out at Dornan’s in Moose is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your visit to Jackson Hole. This real deal, Western acoustic musical event has been around for 60 years.
The Hoot was brought to life in 1957 by extreme skier and writer/musician Bill Briggs—the first person to ski the Grand Teton!—and was originally called “Teton Tea Parties." Every week, a group of old-time country and western musicians would gather under a bridge in Grand Teton National Park to sing and play the night away. Several of those original pickers—plus many talented younger, “homegrown” and traveling acts—still get together at Dornan’s Spur Bar every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to enjoy this unique musical experience.
The Hoot is presented in a concert-like setting—i.e. don’t even think about chatting during the performances—and you’ll want to get there early to grab a good seat. Oh! An added bonus is that no matter where you sit, you’ll have astounding views of the fall colors on the Teton Range thanks to the large windows that frame the bar.
Chase the Sun (Safely!)
Wyoming Stargazing is offering free solar astronomy programs at the Jackson Hole Peoples' Market at the base of Snow King Mountain through September 31st. Using solar telescopes, the organization's experts safely show you sunspots, solar prominences and much more. The programs are held on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Feel free to show up for whatever portion of the program works for you.
Dine For Free... Really!
One of the perks of visiting Jackson Hole in the off-season is what us locals really look forward to in both fall and spring: The arrival of two-fer's (two-for-one meals) at many of the restaurants around town. These dining deals—two-fer's and/or discounted meals—usually begin mid-to late October and last into the early part of November.
Some of the eateries that offer the buy one, get one free meals include: Noodle Kitchen, Sidewinders, Bubba’s BBQ, Artisan Pizza, The Kitchen, Q Roadhouse, Il Villaggio Osteria, Rendezvous Bistro, Bin 22, Hatch, Teton Tiger, Gather, Blue Lion, The Lift and Thai Me Up.
Free food! Best. Vacation. Ever.
Take a Historical Tour
See Jackson Hole from an authentic historical perspective with a guided walking tour. The Jackson Hole Historical Society offers free, historic hour-long tours of downtown Jackson on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The tours take place through September 29th. Meet in the center of Town Square.