There are enough festivals in Wyoming to keep you busy year-round. Most of these festivals reflect the arts, culture, and music of the state. Here are some unique festivals in Wyoming that you need to check out that will immerse you in the culture and history of the wild west.
1. Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Riverton, Wyoming takes place the third weekend in July. The festival began in 1981 to celebrate the 75th birthday of Riverton. There are typically 25 balloons that are launched from the Central Wyoming College Athletic Field.
2. Green River Rendezvous
The Green River Rendezvous is an annual event held each year on the second weekend in July in Pinedale. This is a reenactment of the annual event that started in the 1830s where the Mountain Men, trappers, travelers, and indians gathered together and bartered, traded, sold, and swapped items.
3. Cheyenne Celtic Musical Arts Festival
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The Cheyenne Celtic Musical Arts Festival is a free festival held downtown in the plaza in front of the Cheyenne Depot Museum. This festival celebrates the Celtic culture with music, dance, literature, and cuisine. This festival occurs in June.
4. Flaming Gorge Days
Flaming Gorge Days is a weekend concert venue that started back in 1956. This festival is held in Green River in June.
5. Old West Days
Old West Days takes place in May in jackson Hole. You can enjoy live music, entertainment, crafts, food, and rodeo events.
6. Wyoming Brewers Festival
The Wyoming Brewers Festival is held in June on the Cheyenne Depot Plaza. This event includes beer tasting, live music, and food. Money from this two day event goes towards the upkeep and renovation of the Historic Downtown Cheyenne Depot.
7. Gold Rush Days
South Pass City State Historic Site hosts Gold Rush Days in July. You can enjoy a vintage baseball tournament, gold panning, live music in saloons, and reenactments.
8. Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne Frontier Days is a true Western event that has been celebrated since 1897. This festival features the world's largest outdoor rodeo, concerts, art shows, an air show, a carnival, and a parade.
9. Plains Indian Museum Powwow
The Plains Indian Museum Powwow is held in June and hosted by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. The Powwow is a cultural event that is a competition with dancers and drummers from around the nation.
10. Cody Ice Climbing Festival
The Annual Cody Ice Climbing Festival has been held in February since 1997. The event features vertical ice climbing on waterfalls in the South Fork Valley.