The summer crowd of visitors has departed, leaving Jackson Hole and Grand Teton Park emptier of traffic which means easier parking and better accessibility in general to all the attractions that make this area special, noteworthy and—above all—truly memorable. The annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is perhaps the biggest draw of the autumn season, but let’s not discount all the rest of the varied valley events, the musical and theatrical performances at the Center for the Arts, as well as the other pleasures and activities that characterize September in the Hole.
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, featuring fresh produce and music. - jacksonholefarmersmarket.org
2: Jackson Hole Marathon and Hole Half Marathon - In its seventh year, the Jackson Hole Marathon lets you race in one of the most scenic locations in North America! - jacksonholemarathon.com
6-15: 33rd Annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival - The Fall Arts Festival has become the premier cultural event of Jackson Hole and attracts hundreds of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who embody the spirit of the West - jacksonholechamber.com
7-10: Jackson Hole One Fly Contest - Annual three-day tournament, with anglers limited to using only one pre-selected fly per day. - jhonefly.org
8: Western Design Conference Exhibit and Sale - Preeminent exhibition of the finest Western design in the world; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Snow King Center - westerndesignconference.com
8: Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk - More than 30 Jackson Hole art galleries open their doors to showcase magnificent art with food and wine; 5-8 p.m.
9: 35th Annual LOTOJA - 210-mile interstate bike race from Logan, Utah, to Teton Village - lotojaclassic.com
9: Fall Arts Festival Historic Ranch Tours - Allow visitors to experience valley ranches where Jackson Hole's cowboy heritage still thrives. This is a favorite Fall Arts Festival event, complete with cowboys, Western entertainment and a good old fashioned barbecue. Hosted by Mountain Living magazine. It begins at 2 p.m., costs $60, and can be booked through the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
9: Annual Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities - cfjacksonhole.org
10: 18th Annual Takin' It to the Streets - Open-air, juried art fair on Town Square - artassociation.org
10: Taste of the Tetons - Valley chefs, restaurants and caterers put their best culinary work on display; Town Square
10: Sips on the Square - Jackson Hole Rotary Club's new fundraiser for the Fall Arts Festival. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., you can enjoy libations from an array of local and national wineries, distilleries and breweries. Each sips ticket is $1.
11: Jackson Hole Hootenanny - Jackson's all-time favorite folk musicians take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a special performance at the Center for the Arts. - jhcenterforthearts.org
13: Art Walk! From 5-8 p.m. on the Town Square, this annual event provides another opportunity to art walk throughout downtown while enjoying face time with gallery owners and artists, refreshments and the astounding diversity of Jackson Hole’s art scene. - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com
14: National Museum of Art’s 30th annual Western Visions Artist Party - From 5:30-8:30 p.m., stop by the museum for a chance to celebrate and place bids on artwork before the Western Visions gala show and sale tomorrow. $100; registration required. – wildlifeart.org
15: Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes - A one-day, self-guided fundraising tour of some of Jackson's most exciting homes, sponsored by our sister publication, Homestead. All proceeds go to charities selected by our homeowners. Buy tickets in advance at jacksonholeshowcase.com
15-16: Jackson Hole Art Auction - jacksonholeartauction.com
16: Oktoberfest at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort - grandtarghee.com
17: Grand Targhee Resort - Closes for the summer season - grandtarghee.com
17: Art Brunch Gallery Walk - Held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy brunch and festive beverages at this closing-day celebration for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. This event provides the opportunity to visit with gallery representatives and take a closer look at the art.
29: WILD Fest - Jackson Hole WILD presents the Wildlife Film Festival, interactive events through Oct. 1 - jhwild.org
Other Things To Do
• Take a tandem paraglide flight. Jackson Hole Paragliding offers its morning, into-the-sky adventures until October 9th. Imagine soaring over Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and viewing the awe-inspiring, colorful fall foliage from a bird’s eye perspective. Sure, it may take a little bit of courage to “jump off the mountain,” but you will not regret this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t believe us? Well, read our editor’s first-hand account!
• Hear elk bugle. Now here’s something you don’t hear—literally!—every day. September and October is the breeding season for elk. Bulls' “bugling” calls fill the air at dawn and dusk, the result being one of nature’s eeriest concerts. Bulls clash antlers with challengers while gathering and guarding harems of cows. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are premium spots to observe the rutting elks and catch an earful of their calls, whether from the roadside during a scenic drive or on a hike or bike ride through the woods.
• Check out PARK(ing) Day: During the Fall Arts Festival, Jackson Hole Public Art will sponsor PARK(ing) Day on September 16. PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots event that happens annually across the world on the same Friday in September. Up to 10 parking spaces in Town Square will be re-purposed that day, with the public art group converting the spots usually designated for vehicles into art and park installations that offer alternative use of space. The PARK(ing) Day exhibits contain no ulterior motives — no selling of items, no promoting a certain business, no serving food — but rather they are a peaceful art form that can provide an alternative place to sit such as a hammock or bench, or a place to hear live music, or view various forms of art.