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The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is back this year on September 6th, 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-three 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 premiere cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West—that brings collectors and art aficionados from all over the world to Jackson Hole.

The 11-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 6 and 17, we’ve gone through and picked out some fetes that are sure to be winners. However, we encourage you to check back frequently 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.

Ongoing

From the kick-off luncheon on September 7th  throughout the rest of the festival, the National Museum of Wildlife Art's 30th Annual Western Visions Show and Sale (September 9 through October 9) 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!

Sip and support by taking home The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival signature wines by Jackson Hole WineryCustom labels on the bottles display the 2016 Fall Arts Festival featured artist Edward Aldrich's painting, "Greeting the Dawn." Enjoying these commemorative wines found at The Liquor Store and Westside Wine & Spirits are further celebrating the Festival as part of proceeds from the sale of the wines are donated to the Festival!

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7

• 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.

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Friday, September 8

  • The 25th 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. 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.

Saturday, September 9

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

Sunday, September 10

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 18th annual Takin’ It to the Streets represents an open-air, juried art fair featuring 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.
  • Sips on the Square is the Jackson Hole Rotary Club's new 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.

Wednesday, September 13

  • Poster Signing with Mark Keathley, the festival's featured artist, at West Lives On Gallery, from 3- 5 p.m. Artist reception will be 5-8 p.m. Posters will be available for purchase, $30 unsigned and $40 signed.

  • The best part of Fall Arts Festival? Lots of gallery time with the annual Art Walk! From 5-8 p.m. on the Town Square, Wednesday provides another opportunity to art walk throughout downtown while enjoying face time with gallery owners and artists, refreshments and the astounding diversity of Jackson Hole’s art scene. With more than 30 galleries participating, look for Art Walk banners as you explore town. - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

  • From 11 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.
  • 30th 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. $150; 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 arts lover, with genres including contemporary, classic, Western, sporting and wildlife all represented. Live auction begins at noon.
Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Saturday, September 16

  • Kick off your morning with a splash of paint (and excitement). At 9 a.m. on the Town Square, the 22nd Annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw art sale and auction begins. 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 2015 Fall Arts Festival featured painting, “Greeting the Dawn,” by Edward Aldrich. 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 at the Center for the Arts. Preview the works beginning at 9 a.m.

Sunday, September 17

  • 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 33rd 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.