October may fall right in the middle of the off-season in Jackson Hole, but it still is a host to activities. See for yourself the offerings this gem of an autumnal month has in store in and around Jackson Hole. You will be happily surprised!
Bonus: Many area restaurants begin offering their 2-for-1 meal offers during October—and who doesn't enjoy cheap eats? For details visit jhfinedining.com
Calendar of Events
Ongoing throughout the month:
• Bluegrass Tuesday's in the Silver Dollar Showroom at the historic Wort Hotel has been bringing locals and visitors together for 15 years, year-round, through the music of One Ton Pig; 7-10:30 p.m.
• Wyoming Stargazing offers free, year-round, public stargazing events on Thursdays in the northwest corner of the Stilson parking lot off Hwy. 390 and 22, behind the bus hut where there are no lights. Astronomy educators use one of their large aperture telescopes to show you planets, stars, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and more. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance; just come and go as you please.
• The iconic Jackson Hole Hootenanny takes place every Monday night at 6 p.m. in the Silver Dollar Showroom at the Wort Hotel.
• "A Haunting Halloween" will be presented at the Jackson Hole Playhouse from October 17th through 31st. You can also partake of Ghost Tours of The Playhouse during this same time period at 2 p.m, 3:30 and 4 p.m. - jacksonplayhouse.com
1: Oktoberfest at Snow King Mountain Resort - From 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lodge Room next to the gondola and the outdoor grassy area beside the building; live music; taste beer from Roadhouse Brewing Company, Grand Teton Brewing, Wind River Brewing Company, Snake River Brewing, Highpoint Cider, Wildlife Brewing, Stillwest Brewery, Melvin Brewing, Roosters Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company, Farmstead Wyoming, and others; tickets are $25. More info at snowkingmountain.com
2: Snow King Mountain Resort closing day for the summer
9: Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closes operations for the summer
9: Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closes operations for summer - jacksonhole.com
10: Old Faithful Inn closes in Yellowstone National Park - nps.gov/yell
14: Annual Ski Swap - New and used Alpine, Nordic and snowboard equipment and clothing at Snow King Sports & Event Center - jhskiclub.org
21&22: 8th Annual Wyoming Snow & Avalanche Workshop at Center for the Arts - Presented by Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation; Topics will include an analysis of the stages of rescue, what inclusion looks like in the guiding industry, current research in the snow science field, and case studies of avalanche incidents; $10 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, $35 for both - jhcenterforthearts.org
28: The Great Dubois at Center for the Arts - The Great Dubois (bring the whole family and dress in your Halloween costumes) is a fast-paced, high-energy two-person circus show for all ages, showcasing incredible feats of juggling, hula hoops, unicycle, aerial, circus stunts, contortion, magic and audience interaction. - jhcenterforthearts.org
30: Shovels and Rope band at Center for the Arts - For tickets and more information visit jhcenterforthearts.org
31: Watch all the young trick-or-treaters on Town Square. Held from 3 to 5 p.m., this annual event is a classic Halloween favorite of both young and old.
31: Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center closes for the season
Other October Things To Do
• Experience Jackson Hole from the Sky
Bring your family and experience Wyoming’s stunning mountain ranges and high-elevation lakes from a bird’s-eye view. Wind River Air offers 30-, 45- or 60-minute, non-stop scenic flights starting at the Jackson Hole Airport. Schedule your flight today!
• Soak in a Hot Springs Pool
Taking a nice, warm soak at Astoria Hot Springs or Granite Hot Springs.
Granite Hot Springs: Located just 30 miles southeast of Jackson Hole, this a great way to end your day after exploring the Granite Creek area. The hot springs flow out of the surrounding rocks and into a 7-foot deep, 104-degree swimming pool. The thermal pool is open through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Changing rooms are available and snacks/refreshments are for sale. The cost (cash only) is $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Astoria Hot Springs Park: Open year-round, Astoria Hot Springs boasts five pools, two of which are ADA-accessible; there is also a children's pool. It is located just 20 minutes south of Jackson's Town Square in the Snake River Canyon. Multiple soaking sessions are available daily beginning at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly recommended as passes do sell out. Cost: $18 adults/$14 children ages 2-12; free for kids under 24 months. Visit astoriahotspringspark.org for more information.
• Take a Trail Ride
Get your cowboy on and enjoy a guided horseback ride amongst the amazing fall foliage with Spring Creek Ranch’s Castagno Outfitters. Through October 15th, you can ride atop the East Gros Ventre Butte, enjoying jaw-dropping views of the Teton Range, the town of Jackson and the surrounding area. Giddy-yap special memories!