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Top Things to do in Jackson in May
Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas' top events and things to do in May 2017.

Top Things to do in Jackson in May

Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas' top events and things to do in May 2017.

May is an interesting time of year in Jackson, Wyoming. Each day can be an adventure with the weather varying between sunny, 50 degree days and snow storms blanketing the peaks. As the days become longer, you will find more late afternoon opportunities and gatherings. Pick your pleasure and head on out into the warmer temps!

Schedule of National Park & Activity Openings
- May 1: Grand Teton National Park 
- May 12: Yellowstone National Park
- May 13: Granite Hot Springs Pool opens for summer - adults $6/children $4; 307-690-6323
- May 20: Aerial Tram opens for summer at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village
- May 26: Opening day of summer season at Snow King Mountain
- May 27: Jackson Hole Rodeo opens for season, 8PM. Rodeos are Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
- May 27: Jackson Hole Shootout, 6PM, Town Square

May Events
Beer Making and Brewing at Snake River Brewing (map it)

Tuesday, May 2 & Tuesday, May 9
Location: Snake River Brewing
6 PM - 9 PM
Admission: $40

Presented by Central Wyoming College, this fun evening features a tour of the brewery with Keith Fosgren. Keith shares his in-depth knowledge of the brewing process as he leads you through the creation of your very own recipe. In the second session, the beer adventure starts with a sampling of the beer you created while learning about packaging, and the second phases of beer brewing- post fermentation, conditioning, storage, and serving. 

As a highlight, you get to bring home bottles of your very own beer! 

Beer Making With Snake River Brewing Website


National Museum of Wildlife Art
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6 PM - 9 PM

Help the museum celebrate the official 30th anniversary with a free, for both guests and members, party! Come enjoy live music by he Chanman Band, food, drinks, and cake from the new restaurant Palate, and a ton of giveaways.  

The celebration is kicks off the official opening of two major summer exhibitions Andy Warhol: Endangered Species and Exploring Wildlife Art, and the Program & Events Department has organized fun persuasion games around the exhibitions.

Discounted memberships will also be for sale ($30 individual memberships-$15 off-and $60 family memberships-$30 off.

Find all the details here!


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May 20-21, 2017

This 50 year-old tradition kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day, running May 20th - 29th Elk Fest is not only a long-standing elk praising tradition but also, marks the start of summer! Each April, the Jackson Hole Boy Scouts, along side the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, hunt throughout the 25,000 acre elk refuge for shed antlers. All sheds found are then auctioned off to bidders during the annual ElkFest on Town Square.

Saturday, May 20
7am: Preview antler lots for Boy Scouts of America Elk Antler Auction
7am-1pm: Food Court provided by Jackson Youth Baseball
8am-2pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk Tour 
9am-1pm: Kids’ Corner - including educational tables and games. 
10am-1pm: World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction
5pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Casino Games and Silent Auction begins at the Bar J Chuckwagon
7pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet Annual Fundraising Dinner at the Bar J Chuckwagon. 

Sunday, May 21
Noon: Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Howdy Pardners Ambassador host the annual chili cook-off!. Both professional and amateur teams compete to take home the award of the best chili in the west.

ElkFest Website


Ultimate Towner Obstacle Course 

May 21, 2017

This year’s theme, Turn your Obstacles into Opportunities - benefiting Teton Adaptive Sports, is geared towards a racer’s dedicating their run to a personal past, present or future obstacle. 

Navigate 4 miles with 25 obstacles, including mud pools and wall climbs, strewn all “around the town” in this challenging but fun-filled race.

Photo curtesy of 
MP Photography


Old West Days

May 26-29, 2017

This year marks the 36th annual almost-summer Western culture celebration. Every year Jackson Hole cherishes it’s roots as "The Last of the Old West" with a parade, family activities, rodeo, live music, local beer, and more.

There are just so many events occurring throughout Old West Days, we recommend heading to the Jackson Hole Chamber event site for the complete schedule

Here are a few of our favorite events within Old West Days:
Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders' Row  
9 AM - 5 PM at Teton County Fairgrounds
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29
Traders Row, Candy Cannon, Bow & Arrow Competition, Hawk & Knife Competition, and Atlatal Competition.

Old West Days Parade 
10 AM on Town Square
Saturday, May 27
Not many horse-drawn parades left in the Old West, make sure to be on Town Square early to pick your prime vantage point to view
as many vintage vehicles, historic covered wagons, and wild gunslinging mountain men.

Old West Brew Fest
11 AM - 5 PM on Town Square 
Saturday, May 27
Regional craft breweries will be pouring non-stop in exchange for classic wooden nickels. Enjoy the ever-present sunshine and small town community at one of the town’s favorite events of the summer.

Americal Legion Memorial Service
10 AM on Town Square
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day ceremonies at the flagpole to commemorate all that have served for our great country. 


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