October may fall right in the middle of the off-season in Jackson Hole, but it's really had more going on than off for the past few years. See for yourself the multitude of 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:
•Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - Clear Fridays from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There are also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. Nominal fee. *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020 - wyomingstargazing.org
• 'Flights and Feathers' at Jackson Hole Airport - Meet birds of prey in the airport's arrival area every Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; free *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020
• "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - Jackson Hole's only dinner theater's 2020 summer musical; runs Mon.-Sat. through Oct. 3 - jacksonholeplayhouse.com
• 'Soaring Saturdays' at Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center - Meet birds of prey from 3 to 5 p.m.; free *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020
• 29th annual Frank's Fall Film Festival - Through Oct. 17 at the Jackson Hole Twin Cinema. To celebrate the unique magic and emotional power of the movies, 13 films have been carefully selected, such as The Peanut Butter Falcon, Honeyland, Apocalypse Now Final Cut, The Farewell, Maiden and Wild Rose. Check jacksonholecinemas.com for film dates and showtimes. *This event may not be held due to Covid-19 concerns but check the website!
• Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home. *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020
16-31: "A Haunting Halloween" at Jackson Hole Playhouse - Enjoy some frights and bites at the Playhouse. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. For tickets, visit jacksonholeplayhouse.com
Snake River Brewing's 26th Annual Oktoberfest - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. @snakeriverbrewing.com
Local Hof Band playing Bavarian tunes starting at 12:30 p.m; Dirndl and lederhosen costumes highly encouraged; traditional German specials. *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns.
Manhattan Short Film Festival at the Center for the Arts - View and vote on the finalist’s films in this 22nd annual short film festival. – *ALERT: This event is cancelled for 2020 - jhcenterforthearts.org
Oktoberfest at Silver Dollar Bar & Grill - In the Wort Hotel; all-day celebration with $1 off all draft beers; Hof Band plays starting at 7 p.m.
Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closes operations for summer. - jacksonhole.com
Old Faithful Inn closes in Yellowstone National Park - nps.gov/yell
Annual Ski Swap - New and used Alpine, Nordic and snowboard equipment and clothing. - jhskiclub.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
31: Moose Wilson Road closes for the season
Other October Things To Do
• Celebrate Oktoberfest
Get ready to put on some lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest Jackson Hole-style at a few restaurants and bars in early October.
Snake River Brewery and Restaurant plans to hold its 26th annual all-day (starting at 11 a.m.) Oktoberfest on October TBD. Traditional German food and brews, including the pub’s famous Bier Rocks—pork sausage, cabbage and aged white cheddar baked in sweet dough and wrapped in parchment paper—will be served. The Bavarian tunes of The Hof Band start at 1 p.m.
There will be stein holding contests, and liter and half liters steins are available for purchase. Said beer will be Monarch Pilsner, Pako’s, Snake River Pale, Broken Arrow Amber, Snake River Lager, Alpine Fest Lager, McBreezley’s Brown Ale and Zonker Stout. German food on the menu will include beer cheese and sausage soup, Oktoberfest duck, cider-glazed pork, a sampler plate of pork, sausage, apple kraut and German potatoes and, of course, apple strudel and Black Forest cake for dessert.
• Soak in a Hot Springs Pool
Taking a nice, warm soak at Granite Hot Springs—located just 30 miles southeast of Jackson Hole—is a unique experience and 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.
• 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!