There is still a lot of summer fun to be had in and around Jackson Hole in August. Music festivals and concerts, art fairs, road and up-the-mountain races, as well as performances by nationally-known musicians and dancers at the Center for the Arts are all on tap this month. And this August, we get to lay claim to being the best spot in the country to view the total solar eclipse!
We've got the most comprehensive list of things to do in Jackson Hole in August. Check it out and take in all of the month's offerings.
Calendar of Events and Festivals
Ongoing throughout the month:
• Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Rendezvous Park (R Park) - Fridays from 9-11 p.m. near the north entrance to R Park off Hwy 390 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. Free. - wyomingstargazing.org
• "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - Runs Mon.-Sat. through Sept. 30. - jacksonholeplayhouse.com
• Raptor Encounters at the Teton Raptor Center - Hour-long educational experience with live raptors at 2 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday at Hardeman Ranch in Wilson; $18 adults/$15 kids ages 4-12; free 3 and under. - tetonraptorcenter.org
• Farmers Market on the Town Square - Every Saturday morning, the Farmer's Market features fresh produce and music; until late September. - jacksonholefarmersmarket.org
• Concerts on the Commons - Free concerts at 5 p.m. every Sunday in Teton Village - concertsoncommons.com
• Historic Downtown Walking Tours – The Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum holds one-hour walking tours around Town Square at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – jacksonholehistory.org
• Grand Teton Music Festival continues at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Wide variety of musicians from around the world perform; special, free family concerts, too. - gtmf.org
5: Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb - The most demanding hillclimb running event in the West! The climb cover a little more than 4100' vertical in just 6.1 miles and features a new and improved, extreme course on the Wildflower and Cirque trails to the top of the Aerial Tram. Starts at 8 a.m. - rendezvousmountainhillclimb.com
5: Pierre’s Hole 50/100 - Mountain bike race at Grand Targhee Resort on nearly all of the resort’s single-track with a double-track trails. - grandtarghee.com
11-12: Epic Cache-Teton Relay – Runners travel through four national forests (Cache Wasatch, Caribou, Targhee and Teton) and along the historic Oregon Trail. Watch the finish at Teton Village - epicrelays.com
11-13: Teton Village Art and Antique Show – mcpresents.com
11-13: 30th Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival - A mainstay for Bluegrass aficionados for more than two generations with stage appearances by artists and performers during that span that all Bluegrass festivals envy. - grandtarghee.com
11-13: 51st annual ArtFair Jackson Hole - Hosted by the Art Association in Miller Park, this is a quintessential Jackson family-oriented summer event featuring dozens of international, national and local artists, live music, food and snack booths, hands-on, kids art activities and artists demos. Items for sale include ceramics, paintings, furniture, photography and jewelry. Cost: $5; free for members. Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - jhartfair.org
17: Jackson Hole Gallery Association Third Thursday Art Walk - Galleries are open late, from 5-8 p.m., featuring new art work, opening of a show or simply offering art and a glass of wine - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com
21: Total Solar Eclipse - Jackson Hole is the best place to be in the country to view the Great American Solar Eclipse. Learn about events and more by checking out our Solar Eclipse story.
21: Eclipse Party at Bodega - Watch the Great American Eclipse with unobstructed views from Bodega in Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Purchase food and beverages and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime view above your heads!
21: Snow King Mountain Eclipse Celebration - Free eclipse-viewing event starting at 8 a.m. at the base with food and beverage trucks, music and Wyoming Stargazing. - snowkingmountain.com
21: Great Eclipse Bash at Roadhouse Pub & Eatery - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outdoor party, food and beverage tents, lawn games, live music and activities for all ages. Tickets $25-$125; eclipse viewing glasses included. - facebook.com/roadhousefood/
21: Dornan's Eclipse Viewing Party - 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Choose to view the eclipse from the Chuckwagon Restaurant on the lawn ($50 for lunch and eclipse glasses) or from the Pizza & Pasta Co.'s deck and restaurant ($100 for lunch, limited alcoholic beverages and viewing glasses) - 307-733-2415, ext. 305
22: TEDxJacksonHole - "Out of the Darkness" at Center for the Arts - Timed for the day following the eclipse, the event will feature short, powerful talks and performances from Jackson Hole residents and beyond—an astronomer, author, a Shoshone medicine man and more. - jhcenterforthearts.org
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Take in the Grand Teton Music Festival
The Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes top talent from world-renowned symphonies each year. Under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles, these musicians come together to soak up inspiration from the mountain setting, renew their artistic vows to music making and provide exhilarating music for festival patrons.
The Wall Street Journal calls the Grand Teton Music Festival at Walk Hall in Teton Village, “one of the best places to hear classical music in the summer.”
The season began July 3 and continues through August 20 with chamber music, big band classics and festival orchestra favorites. See the full schedule at gtmf.org
Get on Board a Scenic float
Scenic floats on the famous Snake River allow you to experience Jackson Hole or Grand Teton National Park from a "boat's eye view," seeing wilderness and wildlife that you wouldn't be able to access on foot or by car—not to mention the riverside views of the spectacular scenery. From your raft you’ll be able to spot bird species like bald eagles and sandhill cranes at close range as they fish at the riverbank. If you're lucky, you'll see a moose wading through the water, or perhaps elk, deer, coyote, or even a bear!
You aren't likely to get wet, but it's still a good idea to dress in layers and to bring water and extra sunscreen. The scenic float is also a photographer's dream so don’t forget your camera and/or smartphone. Trips average a total of 3 hours in length. Reservations are required!