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 more than 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 26th. 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.
For a nominal fee (donation) Wyoming Stargazing also offers stargazing on clear Fridays from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center for the Arts. Astronomers have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. There are also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. Visit wyomingstargazing.org.
Dine For Free... Really!
One of the perks of visiting Jackson Hole in the off-season is what we 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 meal 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, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The tours take place through September 27th. Meet in the center of Town Square.
Watch a Ski Flick
Ski season is really just a moment away!
Catch free ski movies at the Teton Gravity Research retail store on Town Square. It includes a 30-seat theater where nightly at 7 p.m. you can see the TGR-produced feature film "Far Out." Also, every hour on the hour you can marvel at their 25-minute ski flick "Wild Jackson." Ski season is just a moment away!