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The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is back this year starting on September 7th, ushering in a jam-packed week and a half of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts.
Quick Draw - Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is an annual event held every September that pays tribute to the arts and the role they play in Jackson Hole. Thirty-six years ago the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the town’s art community came together to expand Jackson’s tourist season, which used to end when summer came to a close. The result was the Fall Arts Festival—widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West—that brings collectors and art aficionados from all over the world to Jackson Hole.

The 12-day festival toasts Jackson Hole’s incredibly diverse artistic community, its fall colors, its cuisine and all the dedicated professionals that add to the vibrancy of our valley.

With dozens of events occurring between September 7th and 18th, we’ve gone through and picked out some fetes that are sure to be winners. However, we encourage you to check back here frequently for ongoing event details. Each and every day, galleries are hosting talks, openings and parties, so please make sure to check if your favorite one is on the list.


The National Museum of Wildlife Art's Annual Western Visions Show and Sale (September 10th through October 3rd) overlaps with its own events and chances to purchase world-class art. This is the major fundraiser every year for the museum and needs be on your radar!

Thursday, September 8

Thursday features the Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale opening preview party and fashion show which offers a VIP sneak peek at the sale at Snow King Center. Hours: 6-10 p.m.; $50 general admission/$125 VIP ticket.

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Friday, September 9

  • The 27th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale starts its three-day run at Snow King Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets cost $15   - westerndesignconference.com
  • Reserve your evening for the immensely popular Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk. Town galleries start their parties at 5 p.m. Running until 7 p.m. at a huge range of galleries, this event involves a delicious pairing between top-notch restaurants from throughout Jackson with gallery spaces, resulting in the perfect food/art crawl. Participating galleries include Heather James Fine Art, Altamira, Tayloe Piggott, WRJ Design, and many more. We guarantee that all will have something special in store. 
Thomas Mangelsen Bears

Saturday, September 10

  • Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale continues at Snow King Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 - Visit westerndesignconference.com for details.
Taste of the Tetons - Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Sunday, September 11

  • Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale continues at Snow King Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 - Visit westerndesignconference.com for details.

Make sure to head to Jackson’s Town Square on Sunday for a full day of gourmet delight and alfresco community art!

  • From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the annual Takin’ It to the Streets represents an open-air, juried art fair featuring more than 40 local artists—including some of Jackson’s finest—selling an array of artwork. Presented by the Art Association of Jackson Hole.
  • Then, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., The Taste of the Tetons brings together valley chefs, restaurants and caterers for an open-air tasting fair.

Wednesday, September 14

Poster signing from 5 to 7 p.m. at West Lives On Gallery: 2021 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist, Gary Lynn Roberts, will be signing posters. Stop by to meet this highly decorated Western artist in person and hear the story behind the piece he's calling "one of my best, if not my best, work yet." Poster, tubes, and shipping arrangements all available at the event.
Free admission; posters starting at $42

Thursday, September 15

  • Western Visions is the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s largest and longest-running fundraiser and is one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Top contemporary wildlife artists – and collectors – from around the world will be congregating at the museum. The show features a wide selection of art for sale and the money raised from this fundraiser supports the museum. For more information and bidding guidelines, click here.
Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Friday, September 16

  • From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., our sister publication, Homestead Magazine, is proud to be hosting the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, self-guided tours of Jackson Hole’s most spectacular homes with the potential to chat with the artisans, designers and architects behind them. Tickets are $75 and include wine and hors d’ oeuvres. All proceeds go to charities selected by our homeowners. Buy tickets in advance at jacksonholeshowcase.com
  • Swing by the Jackson Hole Art Auction to preview works of art. The Jackson Hole Art Auction has been recognized as one of the premier art events in the country. This event represents a true motherlode for any art lover, with genres including contemporary, classic, Western, sporting and wildlife all represented

Saturday, September 17

  • Kick-off your morning with a splash of paint (and excitement). At 8 a.m. on the Town Square, the 26th Annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw art sale and auction begin. Nationally, regionally and locally recognized artists will demonstrate their skills at this unique alfresco event. One-of-a-kind artwork will be auctioned off following the 90-minute creative process where spectators will watch artists paint and sculpt. The auction will feature the sale of the 2021 Fall Arts Festival's featured painting by award-winning artist Gary Lynn Roberts. Individuals who are interested in purchasing the artwork should register in advance at the information table.
  • The Jackson Hole Art Auction gets going at noon. Preview the works beginning at 9 a.m.; bidding starts at noon. Visit jacksonholeartauction.com for more.

Sunday, September 18

  • You didn’t think you could leave the Fall Arts Festival without one more gallery tour, did you? The Art Brunch Gallery Walk runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day celebration for the Fall Arts Festival. This event provides the opportunity to visit with gallery representatives and take a closer look at the art. Participating galleries are Gallery Wild, Horizon Fine Art, New West Fine Art, Mountain Trails Gallery, Altamira Fine Art, West Lives On and Ringholz Studios.
  • Last thing on the itinerary? Take a nap! That’s a lot of amazing arts programming in one week, all thanks to the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s continually evolving and expanding reach.