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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:
• Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - Every Friday from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. Nominal fee - wyomingstargazing.org 
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.
 
Closing weekend at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
 
Music Under the Tram series - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at 3 p.m.
 
19th Annual Cardboard Box Derby at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
7th Annual Targhee Sink or Skim Pond Skimming Contest - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - grandtarghee.com
 
Closing day at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
Yellowstone National Park - Opens north and west entrances - nps.gov/yell
 
52nd 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.
 
 
Grouse Strut Tour in Grand Teton National Park - Observe sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance with this free program offered by park rangers. Participants leave each day from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required by contacting the park at 307-739-3399.
 
Spring Earth Fest at Center for the Arts - Presented by Jackson Wild and Wyoming PBS; 1:30-6:30; family activities, award-winning films on hummingbirds and glaciers, a panel discussion on citizen science and climate change; free. - jhcenterforthearts.org
 
38th 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 - jacksonholechamber.com
 
Raptor Encounter Program with Teton Raptor Center -  Hour-long educational experience with live raptors at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center; suitable for all ages. Meet resident raptors and learn about birds of prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem;  2 p.m. - tetonraptorcenter.org
 
Grouse Strut Tour in Grand Teton National Park - Observe sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance with this free program offered by park rangers. Participants leave each day from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required by contacting the park at 307-739-3399.
Jackson Hole Rodeo

May Events

Ongoing throughout the month:

Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - Every Friday from 9:30-11:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. Nominal fee - wyomingstargazing.org

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

Grouse Strut Tour in Grand Teton National Park - Observe sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance with this free program offered by park rangers. Participants leave each day from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required by contacting the park at 307-739-3399.

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

"Broadway" at Snow King Resort Hotel - A free spring concert presented by the Jackson Hole Chorale on Mother’s Day, including music and dance with The Jazz Foundation of JH and a special sisplay of art by the Teton Plein Air Painters

Elkfest and Old West Days - The festivities, including the world-famous Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction (pictured), kick off on May 18th 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! - jacksonholechamber.com

Aerial Tram opens for the summer season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Elkfest - Antler Auction takes place on Town Square

High Noon Chili Cookoff - Town Square

Cathedral Voices Spring Concert: "Jubilate Mozart!" - Center for the Arts, 4 p.m. - jhcenterforthearts.org

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

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

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

Old West Brew Fest - jacksonholechamber.com

Jackson Hole Rodeo opens for season - jhrodeo.com

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

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Music Fest - Free concert on Town Square, headlined by country band Midland; 4-10 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.

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

 Jackson Hole People's Market opens for summer - Locally-produced food items and crafts; music; held every Wednesday 4-7 p.m. - jhpeoplesmarket.org

Wind Rivers Film Tour - Pink Garter Theatre; 6-9 p.m.; $12

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.