FREE

Jackson Hole &
Grand Teton N.P.
Visitor Guide

ORDER NOW
Share on Pintrest

Things To Do in April/May in Jackson Hole

Spring in Jackson Hole may be short but the list of entertaining things to do is long. In fact, Travel + Leisure just named Jackson Hole the No. 1 "Best Place to Travel in May!" Even if the weather here isn’t totally reliable until June you can still make the most of your springtime visit to the Tetons.
Elk Antler Auction

April Events

Ongoing throughout the month:
 
Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home. *ALERT: Due to concerns with Covid-19, this event is cancelled for 2021.
 
• Grand Teton National Park's Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose opens for the spring season April 1. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the month. The center's exhibits will be open and interpretive park rangers will be available to provide information, orient visitors to the park's resources and recreational opportunities and answer questions.
 
• Take a tour of Vertical Harvest greenhouse - Jackson's state-of-the-art, 3-story hydroponic farm; tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; donation suggested - *ALERT: Due to concerns with Covid-19, tours may not be taking place this month. Check the website for updates - verticalharvestjackson.com
 
 10: Pole, Pedal, Paddle Race - A five-event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams in an alpine ski leg, a running leg, a cross-country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. - jhskiclub.org
 
21st Annual Cardboard Box Derby at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
10th Annual Targhee Sink or Skim Pond Skimming Contest - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - grandtarghee.com
 
10-11: Closing weekend at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
 
53rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Town Square - Costumed characters, including the Easter Bunny, of course, greet children who scramble for colorful eggs on the Square.
 
11: Closing day at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
17: Yellowstone National Park - Opens north and west entrances - nps.gov/yell
 
39th Annual Jackson Hole Home Show* - Snow King Sports and Events Center. The Home Show brings more than 50 local and regional vendors in home-related products and services, with themes including home, building, garden, and recreation. *ALERT: This event will be virtual in 2021 and will run from April-June. Details TBA - jacksonholechamber.com
Jackson Hole Rodeo

May Events

Ongoing throughout the month:

• Visit the historic Miller House - The Miller House on the National Elk Refuge is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  The house is located on the Refuge Road, ¾ mile north of the refuge’s entrance at the end of East Broadway Avenue in Jackson. Entrance to the Miller House is free of charge.

1: Grand Teton National Park opens all roads to vehicle traffic.

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day - Join a Grand Teton National Park ranger on a free bird-watching caravan throughout the park to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. The excursion begins at 8 a.m. from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and finishes by 4 p.m. at Christian Pond by Jackson Lake Lodge.

EcoFair - Held at Snow King Ball Field; family-friendly, community-oriented event showcasing sustainability, eco-wares; food, beverages, music 

14: Yellowstone National Park opens south entrance - Snow conditions permitting - nps.gov/yell

Elkfest and Old West Days* - The festivities, including the world-famous Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction (pictured), kick off on mid-May and continue through Memorial Day weekend. The spirit of the true West lives on in Jackson and is celebrated every year during Elkfest and Old West Days, where we have one of the only remaining horse-drawn parades in America! *ALERT: Unfortunately, Old West Days are cancelled for 2021 due to concerns with Covid-19, and Elkfest is postponed until October 1st.jacksonholechamber.com

Aerial Tram opens for the summer season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. *ALERT: The tram will not be in operation for spring/summer 2021 due to maintenance.

Elkfest - Antler Auction takes place on Town Square; *Postponed until October 1st.

High Noon Chili Cookoff  on Town Square- *Cancelled for 2021

Cathedral Voices Spring Concert

Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row - Teton County Fairgrounds

Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Conducted by Jackson Hole Historical Society; 2 p.m.; free

Granite Hot Springs Pool opens for the summer season - $8 adults/$5 kids; 307-690-6323

28: Opening day of the summer season at Snow King Mountain - snowkingmountain.com

28-30: Million Dollar Music Fest - Sponsored by the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and headlined by country band Midland; limited capacity. For tickets visit cowboybarjh.com.

Old West Days Parade - One of the last horse-drawn parades in the West; 10 a.m. *Cancelled for 2021 - jacksonholechamber.com

Old West Brew Fest- *Cancelled for 2021 - jacksonholechamber.com

 29: Jackson Hole Rodeo opens for the season - jhrodeo.com

Jackson Hole Shootout - The longest-running shootout in the country; Town Square at 6 p.m.

Sunday Sip and See - Live art demonstrations on Town Square. Wine available for purchase by Jackson Hole Winery; the event is free to attend; 12:30-3:30 p.m. *Cancelled for 2021

American Legion Memorial Day Service - Town Square flagpole at 10 a.m.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris Grizzly Bear

Other Spring Things To Do

TAKE A GUIDED WILDLIFE TOUR

Wildlife is in abundance during the springtime in the Tetons. Animals such as bears are coming out of hibernation—many with their cubs—bison become more active after a winter of hunkering down, large herds of elk and moose begin to march northward from the National Elk Refuge up into the hills, and eagles prowl the skies for signs of rodent or fish life below. Spring also means that it’s time for the ungulates (deer, elk and moose) to begin calving.

Take a sunrise or sunset wildlife tour in and around Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest with trained and knowledgeable naturalists. Try Wolf Den Safaris, Wildlife Expeditions, Eco Tour Adventures, or Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.

Click here for our story on wildlife spotting in Grand Teton National Park.    

Fly Fish Jackson Hole with Fish the Fly

GO FISHIN'

Spring fly fishing in Jackson Hole is a terrific activity. In April, as the days get warmer but before the snow melts, river fishing is prime, especially on the Snake River. Good fishing is also found during May in the alpine lakes as they stay clear and are largely unaffected by runoff. 

We highly recommend anglers go with a guide, such as Grand Teton Fly Fishing or Fish the Fly.

Jackson Hole Biking & Pathways

TAKE A FAT BIKE TOUR

Fat bikes are all the rage here in Jackson Hole, no matter what the weather. The bike's 4- to 5-inch tires allow for durable traction on and off the beaten path. 

With the majority of the roads in Grand Teton National Park closed to vehicular traffic until May 1st, bike riding through this gem of a park is especially pleasurable in spring. Rent a bike and take a self-guided tour, or sign up with Teton Mountain Bike Tours for a half or full day fat bike tour with awesome views of the Teton Mountain Range.