Summers in Jackson Hole provide the perfect mix of outdoor adventure and in-town culture and entertainment. The burgeoning art(s) and music scene is bringing “big city” culture to Jackson’s “small town” lifestyle, giving visitors and locals alike the best of both worlds. Jackson Hole enjoys a range of dining options from casual bistros to vibrant pizzerias to elegant dining.
Jackson Hole’s proximity to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offer access to numerous outdoor activities, from hiking to climbing to fishing and river sports. The surrounding wilderness lands offer incredible recreation and unrivaled views. Our thriving wildlife habitat plays host to animals and birds of all species and the towering mountains provide stunning views in every direction.
Jackson’s National Parks and Forest Lands:
Yellowstone National Park
The nation’s first national park, Yellowstone is just a ninety minute drive from Jackson, and includes opportunities to observe bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, bears, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and even wolves.
A day trip into Yellowstone National Park is an adventure not to be missed. Yellowstone National Park has one of the world’s largest caldera systems with over 300 geysers and 10,000 thermal features. Old Faithful is Yellowstone’s most famous geyser and the historic Old Faithful Inn is an excellent destination.
The Yellowstone River is the park’s main waterway for fly-fishing and Yellowstone Lake is perfect for a day of boating. There are visitor centers, historic lodges and over 2,000 campsites.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is close enough to the town of Jackson that much of the valley’s real estate enjoys views of the majestic Teton Mountains. One of the most dramatic mountain ranges in all of North America, the Tetons’ jagged peaks resemble the European Alps, but are much more accessible.
Grand Teton National Park’s visitor centers include the Craig Thomas Discovery Center and the Laurence S. Rockefeller Center, among others. Each offer interpretive information and maps of different hikes around the area, with information about wildlife habitat, natural plant species, and the region’s history.
Jackson Lake and the Snake River are also part of Grand Teton National Park. Noted for world-renowned trout fishing, Grand Teton National Park is one of the most scenic places to catch fine-spotted Cutthroat Trout. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails and over 1,000 campsites, making access to the backcountry easy.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest
Bridger-Teton National Forest spans more than 3.4 million acres and 1.2 million acres of Wilderness is available for outdoor recreational enjoyment. As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, it has thriving wildlife and abundant waters. There are over 30,000 miles of roads and trails and thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and streams. The Bridger-Teton offers something for everyone from hiking and horseback riding to kayaking and fishing.
The Art’s and Other Activities:
Grand Teton Music Festival
Noted as “one of the best places to hear classical music in the summer” by the Wall Street Journal, the Grand Teton Music Festival has been performing in Jackson Hole since 1962. Each summer features a seven-week classical music festival featuring prestigious soloists and musicians from around the world.
Since 2006, world-renowned Maestro Donald Runnicles has led the Festival as the Music Director. The Grand Teton Music Festival also delivers music to Jackson Hole through Met Opera broadcasts and education and outreach programs.
Each summer the Grand Teton Music Festival performs at the acoustically designed Walk Festival Hall located in Teton Village. Here, you can enjoy more than 40 concerts from July through mid-August from intimate chamber music to grand symphonies.
Center for the Arts – New York City Ballet
At the Center Theater in Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts, New York City Ballet MOVES returns for their sixth summer at Dancers’ Workshop. This famous ballet company will feature public performances by acclaimed choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmanksy, Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins. Open rehearsals and master classes are also offered throughout the week to the public. An August tradition in Jackson Hole, the New York City Ballet is not to be missed.
Concert on the Commons – Teton Village
Located under the Tram at Teton Village, Concert on the Commons is a free family-friendly summer music series performing each Sunday afternoon. This music series highlights new and emerging bands performing on the Village Commons. The Commons also has a playground and a “pop-jet” fountain for kids to enjoy on warm summer afternoons. Local vendors offer concessions for an enjoyable evening out with family and friends.
Art Fair in the Park
Since 1965, the Art Fair Jackson Hole (AFJH) has brought a diverse arts community to the valley for two weekends each summer. These fairs are family-oriented events featuring over 170 international, national, and local artists, and include live music, food and hands-on art activities. The Art Fair Jackson Hole attracts members of the local community and people from across the globe supporting the visual arts in the Rocky Mountain West.
Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market
The Jackson Hole Farmers’ Market is held from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon each Saturday morning on the Jackson Town Square. The first market of the year always takes place on the Saturday following July 4th and runs through the 3rd Saturday of September. Here you can meet and greet the vendors and farmers and shop for locally grown food, from fresh baked bread to locally raised beef. In addition to shopping, local live music enlivens the scene. Vendors are not charged a fee to sell their goods at the market, but they contribute 10% of their gross sales to a chosen non-profit every week.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
If you want to experience an evening “Where the West is Still Wild,” the Jackson Hole Rodeo is for you. A part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture for over 100 years, the Jackson Hole Rodeo is a must-see tradition for locals and visitors alike. The rodeo starts at 8 p.m. at the Teton County Fairgrounds each Wednesday and Saturday night throughout the summer, rain or shine.