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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. 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:
 
• Free 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. - wyomingstargazing.org
 
7-8: Closing weekend at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
 
7: Music Under the Tram series - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at 3 p.m.
 
7: 18th Annual Cardboard Box Derby at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
10: Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation presents “The Science of Sharks: Using Technology to Separate Fact from Fiction” - At the Center for the Arts. The foundation's annual Nature Mapping potluck/wildlife-speaker event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Taylor Chapple; Doors open at 5 p.m. for a cash bar, potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., and presentation at 7; free - jhwildlife.org 
 
14: 6th Annual Targhee Sink or Skim Pond Skimming Contest - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - grandtarghee.com
 
14-15: "Grouse Strut" program in Grand Teton National Park - A ranger-led program to observe grouse during mating season; meet at 5:30 a.m. at Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose. For reservations call 307-739-3399.
 
15: Closing day at Grand Targhee Resort - grandtarghee.com
 
19: Yellowstone National Park - Opens north and west entrances - nps.gov/yell
 
20: 51st 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
 
26-27: 37th 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
 
27: 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
Jackson Hole Rodeo

May Events

Ongoing throughout the month:

Free 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. - wyomingstargazing.org

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.

11: EcoFair - Held at Snow King Ball Field

18-28: 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

18: Aerial Tram opens for summer season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

18: Elkfest - Antler Auction takes place on Town Square

19: High Noon Chili Cookoff - Town Square

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

18-27: Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row - Teton County Fairgrounds

18-19: Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Conducted by Jackson Hole Historical Society; 2 p.m.; free

20: 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

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

25: Old West Brew Fest - jacksonholechamber.com

25: Jackson Hole Rodeo opens for season - jhrodeo.com

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

25: Raptor Encounter Program with Teton Raptor Center - Hour-long educational experience with live raptors at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center in Wilson; 2 p.m.; suitable for all ages. - tetonraptorcenter.org

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

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

Grand Teton Wildlife Photographer - Thomas Mangelsen

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, 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.