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Things To Do in Jackson Hole in July

There is a multitude of hot fun in the summertime during July in Jackson Hole. From fairs to festivals to free activities, we’ve got the ultimate lowdown on all the fun.
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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 - Jackson Hole's only dinner theater's 2017 summer musical; 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

1-2: Jackson Hole Silver Collector Car Show and Auction in Teton Village - silverauctions.com

3-4: Concerts on the Commons in Teton Village (pictured below) starts with a bang over the July 4th weekend. Free music begins at 8 p.m. July 3rd, followed by the only fireworks show in the area at 10 p.m. On July 4th, music starts up with the Jazz Foundation of JH at 4 p.m. and Grand Teton Music Festival’s “Patriotic Pops” live audio feed from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Calle Mambo at 8, bringing high-energy, Latin and Salsa music to the stage. Fireworks will again proceed at 10. The concert series continues every Sunday at 5 p.m. throughout the summer. - concertsoncommons.com

3: Grand Teton Music Festival starts at 6 p.m. at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village with songs celebrating Independence Day. This program opens with the Star Spangled Banner and includes patriotic favorites like America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and the Armed Forces Salute. The festival continues through Aug. 20. For full schedule visit gtmf.org

4: 4th of July in Jackson Hole. We have celebrations in spades! Park yourself in downtown Jackson for the Howdy Pardners 4th of July Parade. Snow King Resort hosts a fabulous fireworks display, as does Teton Village across the valley. See our article for more day-of events.

4-17: Plein Air for the Park. Fifth annual gathering of artists painting en plein air in and around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. - grandtetonpark.org/our-work-for-the-park/plein-air-for-the-park

5: Alive@5 Raptor Wednesdays at Teton Village - Meet live raptors up-close, 5-5:45 p.m. every Thursday throughout summer. - tetonraptorcenter.org

6: Raptor Thursdays at Snow King Mountain's King's Grill patio. Free Q&A session with an expert from the Teton Raptor Center; meet live raptors up-close. 5-6 p.m. every Thursday throughout summer.

8: Farmers Market on the Town Square. Start of annual Saturday morning Farmer's Market with fresh produce and music; weekly until September 17. - jacksonholefarmersmarket.org

7-9: Teton Village Art and Antique Show - mcpresents.com

Concerts on the Commons Mofro

7-9: 51st Annual ArtFair Jackson Hole. Hosted by the Art Association of Jackson Hole 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

11: Alive@5 with Jackson Hole Historical Society - Village Commons: The past comes Alive@Five with storytellers, mountain music and folk artists sharing the best of the historic West. - jacksonholehistory.org

14-16: 13th Annual Targhee Music Fest. Grand Targhee Mountain Resort in Alta, Wyoming, (just over Teton Pass out of Wilson) hosts acoustic, folk, blues and roots music over three days. Camp in the surrounding area, bring your RV or stay in one of the resort’s lodges. - grandtarghee.com  

18: Alive@5 with Jackson Hole Historical Society. Teton Village Commons: The past comes Alive@Five with storytellers, mountain music and folk artists sharing the best of the historic West. - jacksonholehistory.org

19: 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

19: Special Program to Celebrate Birds at National Elk Refuge - Family-friendly activities at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center offers a chance to learn fascinating facts about birds, identify flyways and migration challenges, simulate eating habits, participate in a crafts station and take part in a short bird walk; 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

21-30: Teton County Fair - Celebrates Jackson’s roots at the Teton County Fairgrounds; includes carnival rides starting on July 26th, food, live music, vendors and much more. - tetoncountyfair.com

22: 49th Annual Snow King Hill Climb Running Race. The 2.3 mile race begins at the Jackson Town Square, follows Cache Street and climbs 1,571 feet up switchbacks and alpine terrain to the summit of Snow King Mountain. Cost to enter: $35 by July 22/$45 day of race. – tetoncountyparksandrec.org

25: Alive@5 with Jackson Hole Historical Society. Teton Village Commons: The past comes Alive@Five with storytellers, mountain music and folk artists sharing the best of the historic West. - jacksonholehistory.org

More Fun Things To Try

ATTEND ALIVE@5 EVENTS IN TETON VILLAGE

Alive @ Five takes place on the Teton Village Commons and is a free, all ages program running from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This summer series provides both an educational and entertaining element to evenings in Teton Village. Tuesdays: Second Nature—storytelling with live animals and interactive activities; Jackson Hole Historical Society brings storytellers, mountain music and folk artists sharing the best of the historic West. Wednesdays: Hawks, eagles, owls and falcons take center stage. Enjoy a unique, up-close, arm's length learning experience with live birds of prey presented by Teton Raptor Center. Thursdays: Tunes on Thursday—Enjoy a variety of music featuring different local musicians each week. Fridays: Wild Things of Wyoming brings an interactive and engaging experience about the animals who make Wyoming their home.

PLAY MINI-GOLF AT SNOW KING 

Jackson Hole Mini Golf returned to Snow King in 2016. This new state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course is the only one in Jackson Hole. It features water challenges including a waterfall and a pond! The course travels through multiple levels and is a great activity for kids of all ages. (That means you, too, mom and dad!) Tickets are $12 for adults and kids ages 7 to 18; $6 for those age 6 and younger. Visit snowkingmountain.com

ATTEND A RANGER PROGRAM IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Interact better with the park by taking a ranger-led program or two; many are wheelchair accessible. Park rangers provide a wide variety of activities for visitors including hikes, slide shows, children's activities and wildlife viewing in the various districts of the park. The following is but a small sample of both regular and special programs being offered throughout the summer. For full schedule visit nps.gov/grte

 In the Moose District

• The Olaus and Mardy Murie legacy speaks to the power of passion and commitment to protecting wild places. Through conversation on a walk to the Murie Ranch, you can learn about the Muries and their early-20th century conservation efforts. Roundtrip distance: 1.5 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 pm. (Through August 18).

• Twilight Talk (accessible): Join a ranger by the campfire to learn more about one of Grand Teton's fascinating animals or park stories during this family-friendly program. Meet at the Gros Ventre amphitheater for a 45-minute program. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 pm. (Through August 25)

 In Jenny Lake District

• Bear Safety (accessible): Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Includes instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Meet on the Jenny Lake Visitor Center Deck for a 30-minute presentation. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 pm. (Through September 4)

 In Colter Bay District

• Coffee with a Ranger (accessible): Join a ranger for questions, trip planning and dialog over morning coffee. Meet on the visitor center front porch for a 1-hour conversation. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.

• Swan Lake Hike: Hike through forest and wetland communities and learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet the ranger at the visitor center flagpole, daily at 1 p.m. The programs lasts 3 hours. Distance: 3 miles. Difficulty: easy.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

• Nature Explorer's Backpack: Children discover the wonders of the natural world using the tools provided in the Nature Explorer's Backpack. After a brief orientation by a ranger, each child receives a journal full of activities to guide them as they explore the preserve trails with their family. The backpacks are available for checkout at the Preserve Center desk every day starting at 9 a.m. and need to be returned by 5 p.m. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12. Backpacks are limited, one per family please.

• Critter Chat: Join a ranger to learn about a critter in the park. Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Wednesday from 3:30-4 p.m.