Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival
33 years of art and culture in the Tetons.
As the last of the national park RV tourists roll out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, following Labor Day, the town’s annual fall arts festival rolls in — setting up shop from Sept. 6-17. Created 33 years ago to lengthen Jackson’s tourist season — which typically wraps up at summer’s close — this cultural event has grown from a small gathering into one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most celebrated festivals.
Whether your passion is art, history, music, cuisine or wine, you can experience it all at this 11-day event set amid Jackson Hole’s rugged mountain scenery, painted in dramatic fall colors.
Must-do Festival Events
Jackson’s artistic community is highlighted at the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s many art tours, gallery strolls and art sales, but foodies can find something to enjoy as well. At Friday’s (Sept. 8) popular Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk, more than 30 Jackson galleries will open their doors to the public to showcase their art paired with food from Jackson’s top restaurants. The walk kicks off from 3-5 p.m. at the National Museum of Wildlife Art before the galleries open at 5 p.m.
Join history buffs to learn about Jackson’s cowboy past and ranching culture at the Historic Ranch Tours on Sept. 9. A festival highlight, this $60 ticket includes tours of historic cowboy-run ranches, Western entertainment and an American barbecue.
Sept. 10 features an open-air art fair called Takin’ It to the Streets at Jackson’s famous elk arch Town Square, where 40 local artists bring their Wyoming-made art to sell. The event coincides with Taste of the Tetons, a gourmet food-tasting event where chef-prepared bites made using regionally sourced ingredients are sold for $1-$5 apiece.
Architecture and Art Auctions
Can’t make the first weekend? The art festival’s encore weekend, Sept. 15-17, is just as lively but with a different spin. Friday’s focus is the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes where the curious can poke their heads inside Jackson’s exclusive residences and meet the architects and designers behind these masterpieces. Wine and appetizers are included in the $75 ticket and proceeds benefit charities.
Don’t stay out too late boot scootin’ boogieing on Friday at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, because the Jackson Hole Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction kicks off early Saturday morning. Head to Jackson’s Town Square for this free event, and watch artists showcase their craft as they spend 90 minutes painting, sculpting and creating original art to be auctioned off when the timer expires.
Wrap up your Wyoming weekend with a Bloody Mary at the Art Brunch Gallery Walk, the final morning gallery stroll of Jackson Hole’s 33rd Annual Fall Arts Festival. Munch on brunch bites and sip coffee while strolling from gallery to gallery to get a closer look at Jackson Hole’s best artwork.
Whether wining and dining or simply gallery strolling, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is the perfect way to explore this Teton town while skipping the summer crowds.