Jackson Hole Music Festivals come in all shapes and sizes. From the summertime's nearly 60-year-old Grand Teton Music Festival featuring the country's top classical musicians to winter's popular Rendezvous Music Fest with exciting national headliners, there's something for everyone.
Below is our roundup of the best of the fests.
Held at the base of Snow King Mountain — located in downtown Jackson — JacksonHoleLive! brings all-ages concert entertainment to the area throughout the summer. The entry fee is just $5 for adults ages 18 and older; kids ages 17 and under are admitted free. Bring a blanket or a camping/beach chair and enjoy outdoor live music in Jackson Hole.
The 2020 season of the series begins on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21 at 6 p.m. For the complete schedule, visit jacksonholelive.org.
The annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous Music Fest [pictured above] is held every March. The free, three-day festival with local and national bands performing at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and on Town Square is one the highlights of the winter. Past festival headliners have included Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Portugal. The Man, Uncle Kracker and the Zac Brown Band.
Grand Teton Music Festival
The Wall Street Journal has named Grand Teton Music Festival "one of the best places to hear classical music in the summer."
As far as Jackson Hole Music Festivals go, this is the granddaddy. The Grand Teton Music Festival presents world-renowned classical musicians, soloists and orchestras as a part of its seven-week summer concert series. Performances take place in Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.
During the summer of 2020, the festival will run from July 3 through August 22. If you're out here for the Fourth of July, you're in for a treat as GTMF's annual "Patriotic Pops" are piped outside Walk Festival Hall and can be heard throughout the Village Commons area.
Concerts on the Commons
Concerts on the Commons in Teton Village hosts local, regional and national bands on Sundays at 5 p.m. during July and August. Admission is free. There is a large lawn in the Commons for concert-goers to stretch out on with blankets or chairs. Bring your dancing shoes as many people can’t resist the chance to boogie by the stage.
For the 2020 schedule visit concertsoncommons.com.
Million Dollar Music Fest
The annual Million Dollar Music Fest is a free, all-ages, big-stage concert on the Jackson Hole Town Square. It will be held this year on Sunday, May 24.* The headlining act will be Midland, presented by the iconic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and co-sponsored with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
This Memorial Day weekend concert is designed to energize the annual Old West Days by celebrating Jackson’s Western heritage and the cowboy culture. The show is free and beer, wine, liquor and food will be available for purchase inside the grounds. This event is rain-or-shine and cash only, so please come prepared. The music starts at 6 p.m.
*Due to concerns around COVID-19, the festival may not take place as scheduled. After May 1, please click here to learn if the event has been rescheduled.
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
Not all Jackson Hole Music Festivals take place in the town of Jackson. There are three that are presented on the "other side of the Pass," as we locals like to say.
Since 1987, the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival has been a gathering for bluegrass lovers in a beautiful mountain setting at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort in Alta, Wyo., just over the Teton Pass from Jackson Hole.
Targhee Bluegrass is the oldest of bluegrass festivals held in the Northern Rockies, combining great bluegrass with the ultimate mountain lifestyle. Grand Targhee Resort’s Bluegrass Festival has been a mainstay for bluegrass aficionados for more than two generations with stage appearances by national and regional artists and performers during that span that all bluegrass festivals envy.
The 2020 festival will be held from August 14th through 16th, with more than a dozen artists on tap to entertain festival-goers. For tickets and more information, click on this link.
Targhee Fest is also held at Grand Targhee and features a dozen bands both regional and national. The 15th Annual Targhee Fest will be held from July 10th through the 12th. For tickets and more information, click on this link.
Music on Main
Music on Main is a favorite weekly summer outdoor concert series for residents of both Teton County, Wyoming and Idaho. Held on Thursday nights, Music on Main is a free all-ages concert series that brings a diverse lineup to Victor City Park in Victor, Idaho, less than a half-hour drive from Jackson Hole.
The music lineups continue the tradition of bringing highly talented musicians of diverse genres to Teton Valley. Music on Main has hosted some of the nation’s best bands from James McMurtry, to the Young Dubliners, to MarchFourth Marching Band, Reckless Kelly, the Motet, and more. Concert-goers bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the music under starry skies. In 2020, the series will run from July 19th through August 13th. Performance times are 6 to 10 p.m. Find out more here.