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The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is back this year on September 9th, ushering in a jam-packed week and a half of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife, and Native American arts. Due to concerns with COVID-19, some events this year will be virtual/online.
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 9th and 20th, we’ve gone through and picked out some fetes that are sure to be winners. However, we encourage you to check back here frequently and on the Fall Arts Festival’s Facebook page 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.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been either cancelled or switched to a virtual/online platform. See below for details or check with jacksonholechamber.com or the Fall Arts Festival Facebook page. We will update as well.

Ongoing

From the kick-off luncheon on September 9th  throughout the rest of the festival, the National Museum of Wildlife Art's 33rd Annual Western Visions Show and Sale (August 24th  through October 18th) 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!

Wednesday, September 9

  • It’s a day of jewelry with the Western Visions Jewelry and Design Luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. and going through 3 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Enjoy an elegant lunch showcasing finely crafted jewelry, clothing and accessories by artisans from around the world.  *NOTE: This event will be held in the open air this year. Check wildlifeart.org for details.
  •  Kathryn Mapes Turner—last year's Fall Arts Festival's featured artist—will hold an outdoor art demonstration at her gallery, Turner Fine Art, 545 North Cache.

Thursday, September 10

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

*NOTE: The 2020 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale will be online through a new virtual marketplace. Buyers will SOURCE, COMMISSION + SHOP the Best of the West from the last 28 years via the interactive Digital Sourcebook; available September 10. Visit westerndesignconference.com for details.

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Friday, September 11

  • 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  SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS; this event is online this year - westerndesignconference.com
  • Reserve your evening for the immensely popular Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk. The National Museum of Wildlife Art kicks off this popular festival event from 3-5 p.m. before the in-town galleries start their parties at 5 p.m. Running until 8 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. *NOTE: This event is cancelled this year.
Thomas Mangelsen Bears

Saturday, September 12

  • Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale continues at Snow King Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 - *NOTE: The 2020 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale will be online through a new virtual marketplace. Buyers will SOURCE, COMMISSION + SHOP the Best of the West from the last 28 years via the interactive Digital Sourcebook; available September 10. Visit westerndesignconference.com for details.
  • The perfect companion to the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes next weekend, Historic Ranch Tours allow visitors to experience valley ranches where Jackson Hole's cowboy heritage still thrives. This is a favorite Fall Arts Festival event, complete with cowboys, Western entertainment and a good old fashioned barbecue. Hosted by Mountain Living magazine. It begins at 2 p.m., costs $60, and can be booked through the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. *NOTE: This event is cancelled this year.
Taste of the Tetons - Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Sunday, September 13

  • Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale continues at Snow King Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 - *NOTE: The 2020 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale will be online through a new virtual marketplace. Buyers will SOURCE, COMMISSION + SHOP the Best of the West from the last 28 years via the interactive Digital Sourcebook; available September 10. 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 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the 22nd 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. *NOTE: This year the event will be held on the lawn at the Center for the Arts.
  • 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. *NOTE: This event is cancelled this year.
  • Sips on the Square is the Jackson Hole Rotary Club's fundraiser for the festival. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., you can enjoy libations from an array of local and national wineries, distilleries and breweries. Each sips ticket is $1. *NOTE: This event is cancelled this year.
Wild By Nature Photography Gallery

Wednesday, September 16

  • Artist reception at Gallery Wild, 80 W. Broadway, featuring Rip and Alison Caswell.

Thursday, September 17

  • The Jackson Hole Five: Important Painters from the West
    From 110 to 11:30 a.m., join the National Museum of Wildlife Art for an online panel discussion with five of the most influential painters in Jackson Hole: Amy Lay, Amy Ringholz, Kathryn Mapes Turner, September Vhay, and Kathy Wipfler. Visit wildlifeart.org for details.

  • From 6-9 p.m., the National Museum of Wildlife Art hosts its 33rd Annual Western Visions Artist Party, a chance to celebrate and place bids before the Western Visions gala show and sale tomorrow. $200; registration required
  • Swing by the Center for the Arts to preview works in the Jackson Hole Art Auction. This event represents a true motherlode for any art lover, with genres including contemporary, classic, Western, sporting and wildlife all represented. * NOTE: This year, previews will be held at Jackson Hole Art Auction offices at 130 E Broadway, on the second floor of Trailside Galleries. To schedule a preview appointment please call 866-549-9278.
Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Friday, September 18

  • 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. *NOTE: This event is cancelled this year.
  • 33rd Annual Western Visions Show and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Arts represents the final opportunity to bid on Western Visions works, as well as a shindig to follow. 6-8 p.m.; $200; registration required. 
  • Swing by the Center for the Arts to preview works in the Jackson Hole Art Auction. This event represents a true motherlode for any art lover, with genres including contemporary, classic, Western, sporting and wildlife all represented. * NOTE: This year, previews will be held at Jackson Hole Art Auction offices at 130 E Broadway, on the second floor of Trailside Galleries. To schedule a preview appointment please call 866-549-9278.
  • Artist reception at Gallery Wild from 1 to 7 p.m. featuring Julie Chapman, Patricia Griffin, Larry Wild and gallery owner, Carrie Wild.

Saturday, September 19

  • Kick off your morning with a splash of paint (and excitement). At 9 a.m. on the Town Square, the 25th 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 2020 Fall Arts Festival's featured painting by award-winning painter and illustrator, Thomas Blackshear. Individuals who are interested in purchasing the artwork should register in advance at the information table. *NOTE: This year, while this event will be live, a new online format looks to bring art from the Tetons into homes worldwide. Live streams of the artists allow viewers to watch online if they're unable to attend in person. And a BidSquare online auction permits bidding from anywhere in the world! Check back soon to register for the live, online auction.
  • The Jackson Hole Art Auction gets going at noon at the Center for the Arts. Preview the works beginning at 9 a.m.; bidding starts at noon. *NOTE: In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of buyers, bidders, consignors, and staff at the forefront—this year’s sale will be held virtually. Visit jacksonholeartauction.com for details!
  • Meet the Festival's Featured Artist -  Trailside Galleries from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet award-winning painter and illustrator, Thomas Blackshear.

Sunday, September 20

  • The National Museum of Wildlife Art hosts a free brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. *(To be determined for 2020)
  • 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 36th Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. This event provides the opportunity to visit with gallery representatives and take a closer look at the art.
  • 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.