Fall is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more excited over here. Fewer crowds and less traffic make for better wildlife viewing, while restaurants and shops in town offer off-season specials (and don’t forget a nice savings on your room rate at MMM too). To kick off fall, here are some great events in the Jackson area this September:
Fall Arts Festival
9/4 – 9/15
Widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival draws thousands of art enthusiasts every year to experience the diverse artwork and breathtaking natural surroundings that make our town a leading cultural center. Visitors appreciate the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with an exceptional array of events featuring music, cuisine, and wine, as well as Showcase of Homes – a real estate specific event that focuses on architecture around the valley. More than fifty events across dozens of galleries round out the festival, and the majority of them are within walking distance to MMM!
Old Bill’s Fun Run
One of the most innovative fundraisers in the nation and the biggest philanthropic event of the year, Old Bill’s Fun Run is also one of the most successful. In 2018, the event raised $13,316,364 from 3,808 donors. Old Bill’s has brought an astounding $159 million philanthropic dollars to the Jackson Hole community. These funds are busy feeding the hungry, supporting the sick and elderly, teaching kids to read, protecting wildlife, building affordable housing, enriching our lives through the arts and touching the lives of everyone in Teton County. The event is run by Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and enjoys very high community participation by individuals and businesses alike.
Jackson Hole One Fly
Saturday 9/7 – Sunday 9/8
Every September in Jackson Hole, forty teams put their skills to the test fishing two days, each with a single fly, with team and individual scores determined by the quantity and length of fish caught. The Jackson Hole One Fly Event uses monies raised to fund conservation, habitat preservation and rehabilitation projects, along with stewardship education for the benefit of trout populations primarily in the Snake River Basin and the headwaters in Yellowstone Park.
Since its start in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, LoToJa (which stands for Logan (UT) to Jackson) has grown into one of the nation’s premier amateur cycling races and continues to be a grueling test of one’s physical and mental stamina. Many compete to win their respective category, while others just ride to cross the finish line. At 200+ miles, LoToJa is the longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race in the country. Cyclists must conquer three mountain passes as they pedal through the scenic terrain of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming en route to a finish line below the rugged Tetons at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Jackson Wild Summit
9/21 – 9/27
Formerly the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit, the Jackson Wild Summit is an extraordinary convening where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged. Cross-discipline conversations on the critical issues facing our planet set the stage for strategic partnerships that happen nowhere else, as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges. Each year there is a different conservation focus, and 2019’s focus is Living Oceans. You can view the schedule of events here: https://www.jacksonwild.org/programming.html
79th Annual Fireman’s Ball
The Fireman’s Ball is the Jackson Hole Fire Association’s primary means of generating revenue for measures not provided by county funding. For the past 78 years, the Firefighters Association has been hosting the Fireman’s Ball, making it one of the oldest traditions in our valley. They will host live music, local food vendors, live and silent auctions, gun raffles and of course, ice cold beer and cocktails served by Jackson’s bravest. This year Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers Band will headline this very well attended community event.