Sweet Summer

By on May 7, 2015 Categories: Travel to Jackson Hole

After this past winter, you might find yourself pining for a little recreational relief. Here in Jackson, as months of snow and cold temperatures begin to wane, we are pining right along with you. But as you daydream, keep this in mind: Summer is right on the doorstep, and all of Jackson Hole is getting ready for it. In fact, this place kind of becomes summer camp for the whole family.

Here are just a few of the great experiences awaiting you in May, 2015!

Elk Fest and Antler Auctionelk fest

Celebrating one of the grandest of the Tetons wild animals, the elk, this joyous event includes the famed antler auction benefiting the Boy Scouts of America. Antlers that have been shed in the National Elk Refuge are collected and cataloged and put up for sale to the highest bidder.


33rd Annual Old West Days 

From the opening parade to the daily sundown shoot-out at Town Square, Old West Days is our way of honoring the rich history of cowboy life in the Tetons. There’ll be a big street breakfast with all the trimmings, horse-drawn coach rides, music, poetry, line dancing and a bow-and-arrow competition. There’s even a way to wet your whistle, at the eagerly anticipated Brewfest. Join us Memorial Day weekend.



Whether you come for barrel racing, bronc riding, or calf roping, the Jackson Hole Rodeo is thrilling, fun and a window onto ranch life as it is still lived here in the West. The whole family is welcome, even the littlest buckaroos. Every Wednesday and Saturday starting May 23rd.


National Museum of Wildlife Art Zodiac Head World Tourmuseum

From May 9th to October 12th, the National Museum of Wildlife Art hosts internationally-acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Head World Tour. Ai has reinterpreted the animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain clock of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads is the centerpiece of a global, multi-year exhibition that is visiting the United States, Europe and Asia. The tour comes to Jackson after showings in Mexico City, Chicago, London and Toronto.


Rising Sage Café

After viewing Ai’s incredible work, drop into our museum café for a refreshing drink or a tasty meal. Salads, soups and sandwiches are a great way to regroup, and there’s even a small fry menu for tinier appetites. Open 10:30 to 3:00 every day.