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
• 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.
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
16-25: Elkfest and Old West Days - The festivities, including the world-famous Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction (pictured), kick off on May 16th 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
16: Elkfest - Antler Auction takes place on Town Square
17: 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
23: 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
23: 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.
25: 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
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.
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.
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.