Top Events and Festivals in Wyoming
Explore this selection of the top annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) in Wyoming
Pease note: Top Events USA does not include every single event on offer in Wyoming – only those recognized as the best by residents of Wyoming, visitors to the "Equality State", the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA and officials of the state of Wyoming too.
The first state in the USA in which women were able to vote, serve on juries and hold public office, Wyoming has become known as the “Equality State” because of the rights women have traditionally come to expect there.
International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race
across Wyoming and Utah
Founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public, the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is a high-action sled dog race, traveling through multiple western Wyoming communities, offering plenty of opportunity for viewing these incredible dogs in action. Some 30 teams from all over the world compete in the event. Festivities, from bonfires, fireworks, live music to food and drink in every community along the route beginning in Jackson, Wyoming and ending in Park City, Utah highlight the event.
For more information about the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race visit: http://www.wyomingstagestop.org
Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before migrating to their summer range. The Boy Scouts harvest the antlers, auctioning them to bidders from around the world who craft them into furniture, light fixtures, jewelry, and more. This weekend of activities, a popular attraction for more than 46 years, also features the popular Antler Sale and Auction. ElkFest provides exciting opportunities to celebrate nature, outdoor skills, hunting and ecological education and awareness.
For more information about the ElkFest, Antler Sale and Auction in Jackson visit: http://elkfest.org/
Jackson Hole Old West Days
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
A popular 4-day event for more than 31 years, the Jackson Hole Old West Days affair celebrates the region's reputation as "The Last of the Old West". The event attracts visitors from all over the USA and features live music, theatrical entertainment, stage coach rides, a shootout in the town square, bow and arrow and hawk and knife competitions, arts and crafts, delicious food, a wine fest, rodeo events and old town entertainment including country Western music, cowboy poetry, line dancers, fun for children, a mechanical bull and more.
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Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo
Fathers' Day, 3rd Sunday in June
An annual event for over 50 years, the chips fly during Father's Day weekend every year in Encampment as loggers come from all over the country to compete for the title of Rocky Mountain Champion Lumberjack. Using power saws, axes and hand saws, men and women competitors cut down “trees”, chop logs and saw squared wood blocks in half, racing the clock for the fastest time. Cowboys ride bulls and broncs, and the melodrama encourages the audience to get involved.
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or visit: http://www.saratogachamber.info/
Grand Teton Music Festival
Teton Village, Wyoming
An event that lasts for seven weeks over the summer months, the unique Grand Teton Music Festival held at the gateway to Yellowstone park has been a noted and successful attraction for more than half a century. It features over 40 concerts of classical music led by noted conductors with renowned philharmonic orchestras and symphonies from all over the USA and Canada, showcasing world renowned cellists, violinists, and pianists. Many other events include related lectures, children events and even a wine auction.
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1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous
Founded over 20 years ago to preserve a rare historical landmark, this event takes place at the site of the original 1838 Rendezvous when and where mountain men gathered every summer to sell their pelts and pick up supplies. Today people gather for a week to learn black-powder rifle shooting, throw a tomahawk, watch and enjoy Indian dancing, games of skills, food, dancing and entertainment and listen to stories and songs from a by-gone era.
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An event for 90 years, this major rodeo in Cody, the Rodeo Capital of the World, is a truly Western event that has its roots in ranch contests and games as well as spectacle and drama borrowed from the world famous Wild West shows produced by Col. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Top cowboys from across the continent come to Cody for the Stampede Rodeo, one of rodeo's crown jewels that contestants often call "Cowboy Christmas".
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or visit: http://www.codystampederodeo.com
Cheyenne Frontier Days
mid to late July
A tradition for some 117 years and billed as the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo & Western Celebration, Cheyenne Frontier Days is the “Daddy of ‘Em All” Western celebration. Events include fast-paced professional rodeos, four parades, three free pancake breakfasts, wild horse races, night shows, Indian Village with free Indian dances, carnival midway, and USAF Thunderbird air show.
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Wyoming’s Big Show
July / August
Rock Springs, Wyoming
When Wyoming wants to kick up its heels, it does so during the Big Show. Each summer Wyoming's Big Show draws folks from hundreds of miles to Rock Springs and the Sweetwater Events Complex. Also known as the Sweetwater Fair, The Big Show delivers on fun with rodeo action, family-friendly carnival rides, a wide variety of delicious dining options, evening concerts and 4-H and livestock exhibits. It is one of the largest fairs in the state with over 6,000 exhibits, top-notch entertainers, concerts and fireworks.
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Green River, Wyoming
This two-day festival, a tradition in Green River (an oasis in the "High Desert Country") for more than eight years, includes several fun activities for all the family including a cajun shrimp boil and pasta feed, Great Duck Race, the popular Run with the Horses Marathon, concerts and live bands, a car show, dog show, fireworks, Kayak rodeo, free kids games, a hula-hoop contest and a micro brew garden.
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Fort Bridger Rendezvous
end August - beginning September
Fort Bridger, Wyoming
One of the largest mountain man gatherings in the USA, the Fort Bridger Rendezvous in celebration of the Fur Trade Rendezvous Era is a re-enactment of the annual gathering of mountain men traders and Indians that occurred in the west and took place in the Rocky Mountains between 1825 and 1840. The second largest public event in Wyoming, attracting more than 40,000 visitors and participants, the Fort Bridger Rendezvous features presentations by national historians and living history demos, nationally recognized Native American drummers and dancers, primitive archery shooting, a mountain run, frying pan toss, and cooking competitions, entertainment for children and much more.
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