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:
• Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - Clear Fridays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! Show up anytime during those two hours. Free. - wyomingstargazing.org
1: Annual Jackson Hole WILD Festival - Science-themed festival at Center for the Arts - jhwild.org
5: Manhattan Short Film Festival at the Center for the Arts - View and vote on the finalist’s films in this 20th annual short film festival. – jhcenterforthearts.org
7: Harvest Festival at Four Seasons in Teton Village - Local vendors, arts and crafts, wine, and beer tasting; Tickets $50 for adults $15 kids 12 and under
8: Old Faithful Inn closes in Yellowstone National Park - nps.gov/yell
8: Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closes operations for summer. - jacksonhole.com
10: Boz Scaggs performs at Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org
20-21: Dancing With the Jackson Hole Stars - Dance competition patterned after the popular TV show, featuring some of Jackson’ s community leaders and business men and women who perform at the Center for the Arts for the benefit of Children’s Learning Center. - jhcenterforthearts.org
21: Annual Ski Swap - Fundraising event hosted by the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club. Local and regional vendors as well as local ski enthusiasts will be selling new and used Alpine, Nordic and snowboard equipment and clothing. - jhskiclub.org
27: Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent” at Center for the Arts – Screening of Miller’s latest ski film -
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 season
31: Moose Wilson Road closes for 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 23rd annual all-day (starting at 11 a.m.) Oktoberfest on October 5th. 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. Music played by the energetic Wolfie and the Bavarians starts 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 $6 for adults and $4 for children.
• Have a Raptor Encounter
The Teton Raptor Center presents a raptor encounter program on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy an hour-long educational experience with live raptors at the historic Hardeman Ranch in Wilson. Meet resident raptors and learn about birds of prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A portion of the program is outside, so please dress accordingly. Reservations are required as space is limited. Book online or call 307.203.2551. – tetonraptorcenter.org