West Yellowstone Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events
All events are estimated times on an annual basis - double check for actual times
 
January
 
International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is one of the most prestigious dog sled races in the world

Island Park Idaho • Wild West WinterFest - Second weekent in January. Wild West WinterFest, hosted by the Island Park Area Chamber of Commerce. Events include the Opening Ceremony with the Torchlight Snowmobile Parade and a super fireworks show at Hungry Bear Market & Deli on Hwy. 20, snowmobile events at the Hungry Bear, Bratwurst/Kraut feed and Snow Market at Mountain Mayhem on Saturday. Casino Night Saturday at Island Park Lodge. A nice champagne brunch and awards ceremony at TroutHunter on Sunday. Check back at this Web site for a more complete schedule. Check with Idaland Park Chamber for more Information

Island Park Idaho • Women’s Rally 4 A Reason Midldle weekend in January check webisite for spacific dades - www.rally4reason.com • 209/558-7390
Highlight: The camaraderie among racers and spectators, and the ride through gorgeous forests. Any snowmobile race aficionado would associate a long-standing cross-country race with a bunch of tough men in a state like Minnesota. So it may be a surprise that there’s a 25-year-old cross-country race, specifically for women, in Idaho. The Old Ladies Race, an Idaho tradition, has a new name and different starting location — but the heart of the event is still the same: a women’s race to raise money for charity.

Jackson WYInternational Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race and Winter Carnival starts last saturday of January 307-733-3025. Format: Stage Stop—similar to the Tour de France, the race stops in a different town each night.Known as The Dog Friendly Race: Teams rest each night, earning the race the nickname "the dog friendly race."

Feburary
 
Waterfall Ice Festival

Jackson WY • Presidents Weekend: Moose Chase Nordic Skate Race. Teton Pines to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Contact: 307-739-2770

Shriner's All American Cutter Races.Gates open at 10:00 and race begins at 12 noon.Saturday Banquet & Calcutta: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Contact: Bob Zimmer, 733-4052 / 413-1407 Location info: Melody Ranch Race Track.

Star Valley WY • Maverick Challenge Snowmobile Hillclimb - Presidents Weekend

Bozeman MTWild West Winter Fest - Presidents Weekend. This annual event will offer a break from the winter time blues. WinterFest kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. Some of the activities include horse drawn wagon rides, kid's special Roundup Rodeo, McLien's FFA Farm Barn full of farm animals for the kids and we even have a hockey tournament. There's a Working Horse & Driver Contest and Horse Sale. Dog Events will include Agility, Terrier Races, Conformation, Pet Tricks and a Dog Keg-pulling Contest. Also a Packer's Scramble, Elk Bugling Contest and a Chili Cook-off. and Bootlegger's Ball. There will be plenty of other music for entertainment throughout the weekend.

Big Sky Mt • Big Sky Grass - Presidents Weekend: annual Bluegrass Festival

Jackson WYCutter Races - Presidents Weekend: Cutters are chariot-like vehicles each pulled by a team of two horses. Spectators line the track to cheer on the teams, place bets on their favorites, and participate in one of the areas biggest tailgate parties of the year. This western version of horse-drawn chariots run teams two abreast for a 1/4 mile down the track to the finish line. But, as is true with many of Jackson Hole's biggest parties, it's all for a good cause - The motto of the event is, "The Cutters run so a child may walk."

Cody WYAnnual Water Fall Ice Festival - Presidents Weekend. The South Fork ice climbing is like NO other ice in the Northern Rockies. The Valley has literally hundreds of frozen waterfalls each year. Many climbers visit the Valley season after season and still haven't climbed many of the waterfalls here.

Pinedale WY • One Lunger 100 Snowmobile Race - The One Lunger began in 2000 as a fun activity born from an interest in vintage snowmobiles. The rules require that all snowmobiles entered in the race must be 1973 vintage or older, single-cylinder snowmachines. Any engine modification is permitted and any fuel may be used. Jackshafts are prohibited. Held on the third weedine in Feburary - Check For actural dates

Ashton ID • American Dog Derby - Presidents Weekend Events include a 12 dog -100 mile race, an 8 dog - 60 mile race, 40 mile pot luck race, a junior 8 mile race, mutt races, arts and crafts fair. Also included are a celebrity race on Friday and a snow shoe race on Saturday. Phone: (208) 652-3987

March
 
Snowmobile Hill Climbs are a blast to watch

West Yellowstone MTYellowstone Rendezvous Marathon Ski Race. Held on the first Saturday in March on the world-class Rendezvous Ski Trails, this event draws hundreds of cross-country skiers. With the blast of a black powder canon, racers sprint out to compete in a variety of age classes and distances in both classic and freestyle of 5 to 50K lengths. With grooming provided by Yellowstone Track Systems, this is arguably the best track to be found all year. The camaraderie and festive atmosphere have kept this an annual event, now in its 29th. In conjuctions with the Marathon race is the West Yellowstone Youth Festival, Only for kids and sponsored by the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation. The Youth Festival is an opportunity for our future Olympians, World Cup Skiers and National Masters competitors to participate in an event that is just for them. A series of fun events such as obstacle course, matched sprints, relay and speed trap are included.
Contact: (406) 599-4465

West Yellowstone MTWorld Snowmobile EXPOSecond weekend in March - check ro actual dates. EXPO is recognized worldwide as the "Largest Snowmobile Event in the West." Arctic Cat, Polaris, Skidoo and Yamaha will unveil their new snowmobile lines for the first time to the public at the same location. Hundreds of new aftermarket exhibits will also be on display at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, center for the 2011 EXPO. EXPO 2011 will once again offer a TOUGHMAN ENDURO Race scheduled on Friday. EXPO features high-flying aerial antics on Saturday night. The EXPO SWAP MEET will be held Saturday

Jackson WYChampionship Snowmobile Hillclimb from third Thursday of March till Sunday Sponsored by the Jackson Hole Snow Devils
www.snowdevils.org Contact: mail@snowdevils.org or 307-734-9653 Location info: Snow King Mountain.

Pocatello ID • Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo - Starts middle Wednesday in March check webstite for exact times.

 

April
 

Jackson WY• Pole-Pedal-Paddle first Saturday in April, , 8:00am - 3:00pmContact: Jackson Hole Ski Club at 307-733-6433 Location info: Teton Village to Astoria Hot Springs - Website

West Yellowstone Montana • April 1-16 is Spring Cycle Days in Yellowstone. Enjoy Yellowstone before the roads open to motorized travel. Ride in Yellowstone for free. It's a perfect way to spend a day. From West Yellowstone you can ride to Madison Junction and then to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Mammoth Hot Springs (the road between Madison and Old Faithful remains closed until April 18th) . Feet and Roller blades are welcome, too. "Conditions allowing"

Teton Valley • SpudFest third week in April, SpudFest celebrates the best of the independent filmmakers making family movies. Our festival gives you and your family the opportunity to be entertained, enlightened and moved by films that deal with the issues of your own lives. more info.

Idaho Falls • BEADS and BEYOND 2009 When: third weekend in april, 6:00pm Where: Rogers Building, downtown Idaho Falls - 545 Shoup Ave Description: BEADS and BEYOND 2009 - featuring beads and findings from around the world, and a large variety of handcrafted items made by local and regional artisans. Free and open to the public. Hours on Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Interested vendors call or email Peggy at 208-524-1876, geo-beads@hotmail.com

St. Anthony ID • St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering Dates: 2rd Fri. & Sat. in April. (sometimes third weekend - call first or check here) Dates: 2rd Fri. & Sat. in April. (sometimes third weekend - call first or check here) St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering features local and nationally ranked poets, cowboy variety show and old trail songs. CD's and tapes available. Phone: (208) 624-4870

Idaho Falls ID • East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo -third weekend in April. Celebration of fly fishing and fly-tying at the Shilo Inn with demonstrations by 120 tyers from all over the country. Includes tying and casting workshops, hourly programs, women's and youth workshops. Concludes Saturday night with a fundraising banquet and auction. For information see www.snakerivercutthroats.com

May
  Jackson • Memorial Weekend Old West Days Celebration Enjoy the parade, rodeo, Old West Brew Fest, Draft Horse Pull, Mountain Man Rendezvous, American Legion Memorial Services, Pipes for Peace, Single Action Shooting Match, Shoot-Out Gang's Real Cowboy Gala.Contact: Chamber of Commerce, 307-733-3316
June
 

Drummond Idaho • Ft. Henry Buckskinners Mountain Man Rendezvous - First weekend in June Check for Dates. Relive the days of the mountain man and the early trappers who chiseled their names on rocks in the Conant Valley nearly 200 years ago. The annual Ft. Henry Buckskinners Mountain Man Rendezvous offers the opportunity to do just that at the site of the first known white encampment in what would become Idaho. The Fort Henry Rendezvous will be June 6-10 on the Finlandia Ranch east of Drummond. Take S.H. 32 from Ashton or Tetonia and follow the signs to the camp site. The Rendezvous is open to visitors during the day, starting at sun-up, but closed at 6 p.m. to those in period-correct clothing.

Bozeman MT • The Emerson Center for Arts & Culture is hosting an art workshop by Mary Ann Cherry titled "Paintings with Freshness". The class will welcome painters in oil, watercolor, or pastel and will be held June 15th - June 17th. Class will run from 9am - 4pm. For more information call (208) 524 -1284 or email cherryart@cableone.net

Jackson WY • Jackson Hole Film Festival  second week in June.See website for details, www.jhff.org Contact: Todd Rankin @ 307-733-8144

Alpine WY • Mountain Days Celebration -third weekend in June - The "MOUNTAIN DAYS" three-day fun-filled event attracts tourists from all over! Arts & Crafts as well as Fine Arts and Commercial Booths occupy the grounds of the Royal Resort (former Alpen Haus) at the Junction of Highways 89 and 26. The Craft Booths and Commercial areas will be separate but both adjoin the popular 1800's authentic Pioneer Village which is the focus of activities.

July
 
County Fairs and Rodeos are the main events during summer

Cody WY • The Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo is the 1-4th of July each year: http://www.codystampederodeo.com - Top cowboys from across the continent come to Cody, WY for the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo, one of rodeo's crown jewels that contestants often call "Cowboy Christmas". For top cowboy and cowgirl contestants, this is the place to win big purses and ride the best stock.

Cody WY • XTreme Bulls is July 5th each year in Cody Wyoming. This July 5th event features forty of the world's top bull riders taking their shot at a $50,000 purse and the Cody-Yellowstone: http://www.codystampederodeo.com

Lander WY • The International Climbers’ Festival - The International Climbers’ Festival is an annual event with the mission of promoting and celebrating the sport of rock climbing. The festival runs in conjunction with three local Lander scholarships and programs, the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, the Todd Skinner Foundation and BARF, the local Bolt and Anchor Replacement Fund. Proceeds from the festival support some of these programs. - First or second weeking in July - check first

Jackson WY • Grand Teton Music Festival - July to August. Experience one of the world’s great music festivals when visiting Jackson Hole. 200-member resident company - a true "all-star" ensemble. Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village. Call the GTMF ticket office at 733-1128.

Jackson WY • July 10 - Renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman will conduct a lecture and book signing at the National Wildlife Art Museum, Thursday, July 10th to open his summer art exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole

Lander WY • second weekend in July - The International Climbers’ Festival is an annual event that began 15 years ago with the mission of promoting and celebrating the sport of rock climbing. The festival runs in conjunction with three local Lander scholarships and programs, the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, the Todd Skinner Foundation and BARF, the local Bolt and Anchor Replacement Fund. Proceeds from the festival support some of these programs. http://www.climbersfestival.org/

Teton Valley ID • The Teton Valley Summer Festival features Hot Air Balloons, the traditional Community Fourth of July Celebrations, Arts and Crafts, the Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, a myriad of Recreational Activities, numerous Food Service and Social Events, and a whole lot more! starts on the thursday of 4th of July weekend

Jackson WY • July 4th Celebration July 4 2006, 10:00am - 10:00pm. 4th Jackson Hole is an exciting place to celebrate the 4th of July. 4th of July Parad, JH Community Band Concert on the Town Square; Music in the Hole; and the Jackson Hole Jaycees 4th of July Fireworks Display.For complete 4th of July celebration information, please visit: 4th of July in Jackson Hole. Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, 307-733-3316

Bozeman MT • Annual Museum Wine ClassicWine Classic Simply di VINE at theMuseum of the Rockies in Bozeman $150 per person open seating, $300 per person reserved seating. This Annual Museum Wine Classic blends the sophistication of wine tasting with the approachable, casual, adventur of the West. Guests will enjoy the exquisite food, wine and silent auction, and a vivacious live auction. All proceeds benefit the Museum. Resevations open June 10 More Information: 994-7460

Bozeman MT • Gallatin County Fair - third week of July. We would love to have you come and join us for a great time at the 2008 Gallatin County Fair! Enjoy the carnival and the Open Class or 4-H exhibits which include arts and crafts, gardening, floral, foods, needlework, photography, poultry and other livestock. Have fun shopping at the indorr and outdoor exhibitor booths. Sample the many different kinds of food at the food court. Back again this year will be the Super Grasshopper Contest, the Humane Society Pet Show, the Dog Agility Show, the Short Dock Dog Diving Contest, and the Cherry Pit Spitting Contest. Special events this year include the Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo and the Mountaineeres 4X4 Mud Bog competition. http://www.gallatin.mt.gov/fairgrounds

Jackson WY• Teton County Fair starts third week in July. The Teton County Fair hosts many events and activities for all ages, including a special rodeo.  For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.tetoncountyfair.com

Bozeman MT • Gallatin County Fair and Rodeo starts third week in July at Gallatin County Fairgrounds for more Information: 582-3270

Powell, WY • Park County Fair - Last week of July. Traditional county fair with livestock, carnival, stage acts, 4H competition and lots of food and fun. http://parkcountyfair.com/

Rexburg ID • Idaho International Dance & Music Festival - Starts last weekend in July and lasts for a week. Hundreds of dancers from around the world share their culture and promote world peace. Free events include opening and closing ceremonies, street dance, parade, fireworks, and Youth Culture Day. Phone: (208) 356-5700 - website

Riverton WY • The Fremont County Fair and Rodeo takes place at the end of July and first of August. Activities include a parade, demolition derby, PRCA rodeos, hypnotists, music, carnival rides, and fun for all ages. http://www.fremontcountyfair.org/

Driggs ID • Wydaho Rendezvous Mountainbike festival • Annually on the Last weekend in July. This year's lineup of events includes 16 group rides on area singletrack trails, downhill and cross-country races at Grand Targhee Resort, bike demos from industry manufacturers, riding skills clinics by RipStoke, and trials-riding demos. There will be parties each night of the festival and great live entertainment. For a full schedule of events, please see the festival website. http://www.tetonmountainbikefest.tvtap.org

August
 
Art festivals bring in lots of visitors to the Greater Yellowstone region during the summer and fall

Cody WYWild West Balloon Fest - First weekend in August - contact Jack Way (307) 527-7424

Rexburg IDIdaho International Dance Festival - Dance directors and team chaperones, who accompanied a folk dance team from Rexburg's Brigham Young University-Idaho on a European dance festival tour in 1983, observed the festivals they were participating in and decided they could put on a festival in America.

Bozeman MTSweet Pea Festival Of The Arts - First Week of August. Sweet Pea A Festival of the Arts. Born out of a community's desire to celebrate the arts. In existence today due to the community's desire to continue to celebrate the arts and all that they add to our lives.

Star Valley WYLincoln County Fair starts first weekend of August.

Teton Village WY • Micro-Brew Festival the first week in August a number of regional breweries show off their talents with some added fun, food, and music. Contact: Shannon McCormick at 307-733-9779

Livingston • Park County Fair - Second Week of August. For many Park County families, the fair is one of the biggest events of the year. The annual Park County Fair gets better every year. While agriculture is still a large part of classic Montana fairs, this year’s Park County gathering - the 60th - carries a bunch of events that have both rural and city influences. For more information, write to the Park County Fair, Box 146, Livingston MT 59047, or call (406) 222-4185.

Grand Targhee WY • Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival the second weekend in August more info.

Swan Valley ID • Art in the Park - Third weekent in August - Artists from across the West will highlight this western and wildlife art show. 3rd week in August! If you are a potential exhibitorr or just want more info contact Cecily Martinez 208 313-3174 - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swan-Valley-Arts-Council/192678094104886

Jackson WY • Wyoming Highlanders Festival third friday in August  View a full Scottich festival inlcuding "Calling of the Clans", Scottish Athletics, Bagpipe bands, Bonnie-Knees contest, Kilted Tug-of-War, Clan Booths, vendors of Scottish foods and much, much more.  For more details please visit: www.wyohighlanders.net Contact: Dave 307- 733-4096 x 101

Jackson WY • Art Fair Jackson Hole third weekend of August. The Art Fair Jackson Hole features fine art and crafts. Contact: The Art Association at 307-733-8792. Location info: Miller Park, Jackson, Wyoming

Teton Valley • Teton Valley Fair second week in August contact Teton Co. Agriculture Dept. 354-2961 for more information.

Ennis MT • Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival . Celebrate the art and sport of fly-fishing in Ennis, Montana at this Festival in the last week of August. For more information, email info@ennisflyfishing.com

Big Piney WYSublette County Fair - End of August into September. Traditional county fair with livestock, carnival, stage acts, 4H competition and lots of food and fun.

September
 
September's One Fly fishing competition brings in a who's who of the worlds fly-fishing community including a few celebrities like actress Heather Thomas

Jackson Hole One Fly Competetion• The Jackson Hole One Fly Event is a celebration of fly fishing dedicated to the betterment of trout and trout habitat. Held the first weekend in September.

Blackfoot ID • Eastern Idaho State Fair - Starts Labor Day Weekend and runs through the following Sunday. More Info Eastern Idaho State Fair website.

Jackson WY • Grand Teton Western & Wildlife Arts Show
September 6-7
Location: Snow King Resort Ballroom
Jackson, WY
Hours: Saturday 10:00-7:00 and Sunday 10:00-4:00
Admission: $3.00

A sponsor of the Jackson Fall Arts Festival. This is an international juried exhibition, sale from over thirty highly selected Western and Wildlife Artists from Canada and the United States. This show features painting, wood carving and bronze sculpture from national award winning artists such as: Mari Bolen, Michele Kapor, Cynthie Fisher, Diane Greenwood, Loren Pinski, Maria A. Ryan, J.R. Eason, Vern Russell, Elene Weege, Pat Schermerhorn, John Kessler, Jenny Schmalsteig, John Peterson, Mark Butler, Shane Duekersen , Donna George, Marann Eikens, Jessie Myyrick, Greita and Linda Krisjansas, Fred Kingwill, Truong Buu Giam and more. Artwork ranges from $1,000 to over $5,000 per item.

An evening reception and sale to benefit for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming and the Wyoming Wilderness Association takes place in the Snow King Ballroom on Saturday evening between 5:00-7:00 PM. During this time artists will donate 25% of sales to these selected conservation and wildlife groups.

Jackson WY • Fall Arts Festival second weekend of September. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the mountain west, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival draws thousands of visitors each year. Contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at 307-733-3316 or see website.

Jackson WY • Old Bill's Fun Run on the second Saturday of every September. The first event of its kind in the nation, the idea for Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities came from an anonymous couple affectionately known as "Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill." Their vision was to expand the charitable pie in Jackson Hole by encouraging the entire community to participate in philanthropy. the people of Jackson show their generosity of spirit through Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities. The day is filled with a Fun Run and Walk, entertainment, food and informational booths. The magic of a community celebration combined with ease of giving has increased awareness about the work of local organizations and has raised over $38 million in the last nine years. Contact: Community Foundation of Jackson Hole at 307-739-1026

Cody WY • Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Sale and Quick Draw. Exhibit and live auction sale of the finest contemporary Western art. Quick Draw on Saturday. Contact: Kathy Thompson Email: art@buffalobillartshow.com
Last week in september - Phone: 307-587-5029

October
  The region takes October off
November
 

West Yellowstone MTYellowstone Ski Festival - Thanksgiving Weekend. For over 29 + years, cross country skiers from across North America and around the world have traveled to West Yellowstone, Montana’s Yellowstone Ski Festival to begin their Nordic ski season on the Rendezvous Ski Trails. Traditionally, the Yellowstone Ski Festival takes place during Thanksgiving week and this year will be no different.

Idaho Falls • Annual Unique Boutique Craft Fair, It is the Unique Boutique Craft Fair which is held each year the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This is the areas largest and longest running Craft Fair in Idaho Falls. It gets a huge crowd. It is one of the events in Idaho Falls that kicks off the Christmas Season. Held at Bonnevillle High School (3165 Iona Road) In Idaho Falls, ID From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 120 vendors thousands of handcrafted items. Event is held in the commons area, the gym and the cafateria.
Free Admission

Alta Wyoming • Grand Targhee opens Thanksgiving weekend if there is enough snow

December

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opens first weekend in Devember

Jacob Grant Hunger Drive
Jacob Grant Hunger Drive

Annual Jacob Grant Hunger Drive •  (Idaho Falls)  As part of our ongoing commitment to giving back to the Idaho Falls community, Jacob Grant Property Management will be hosting it's first Annual Hunger Drive on December 19th. We will match each canned food donation with the goal of reaching 1,000 canned food items. All proceeds will be donated to The Idaho Foodbank's Bonneville county branch.

Pinedale WyThe Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race - Last week in December. The first Green River Rondy Sled Dog Race was held in 2000. The race was back for another New Year's celebration, held Saturday and Sunday, December 30 & 31, 2006. It promised to be two days of great fun on the scenic Green River north of Pinedale, Wyoming — and delivered!

 

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