Fall is in the air and it’s time to celebrate! It’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures, beautiful fall leaves and fun festivals. The fall festivals in Wyoming are unique with their mix of ‘everything related to fall’ intertwined into its western culture.
1. Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival
Don't miss the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival put on by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. This cultural event runs from September 7-18 and features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Edward Aldrich is the featured artist for 2016. Along with the art, you can also enjoy music, cuisine and wine. What a great way to celebrate art in the Tetons.
2. Cheyenne Greek Festival
The Cheyenne Greek Festival is sponsored by Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The festival lasts for two days, September 16th from 4 pm to 10 pm and September 17th from 11 am to 8 pm, and takes place in the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall in Cheyenne. The festival features Greek drinking, eating and dancing.
Come enjoy the Traditional Greek Folk Dance performed by the Little Athenians of Cheyenne and the Cheyenne Greek Dancers while listening to music by Chris Dokos Trio and eating baklavas, Greek salads, gyros and souvlaki. You can also browse through Yiayia's Attic for household items, check out the booth of handcrafted jewelry from Europe and learn more about the Greek Orthodox Christian Faith. Be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win round-trip airfare for two to Greece.
3. WyoCity Fall Festival
The WyoCity Fall Festival is a fun family outdoor event that takes place September 17th from 11 am to 7 pm in downtown Casper. This fall event includes a farmer's market, live music, games, food vendors, a beer garden, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, a straw search and more.
The festivities run from Second St. to Center St. to David St. and from Industrial Avenue to Midwest Avenue. Admission is free and any proceeds will benefit local charities.
4. Snowy Mountain Brewery Beerfest
The Snowy Mountain Brewery Beerfest and Golf Tournament is hosted by the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. The festival will be held Saturday, October 1st from noon to 5 pm. This is a great opportunity to sample the finest craft beer and wine from breweries, distilleries and wineries from Wyoming and Colorado. Come enjoy live music from Daniel Kosel and Acoustic Waterfall, German food and beer, while pampering yourself with foot soaks, hops body scrubs and hop oil massages, all located in the mineral Hot Springs Courtyard. Entrance to the Beerfest is $20. Door and raffle prizes will be given throughout the event.
The Snowy Mountain Brewery Golf Tournament begins at 10 am, tournament play is $40 a person and prizes will be awarded.
5. Grand Targhee Oktoberfest
Usher fall in with Oktoberfest at Grand Targhee Resort. Oktoberfest takes place September 17th from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of beer, brats and bands. There's a Classic Car Cruise in the main parking lot from noon to 5 pm and a traditional polka dance with music by The Hof Band from 2 pm - 5 pm. Quench your thirst with award winning drafts from Grand Teton Brewing, Wildlife Brewing, Snake River Brewing, Odell Brewing Co. and Sockeye Brewing. There is also a Kids Adventure Zone with face painting, potato sack races and a pumpkin toss. Grand Targhee Resort is located at 3300 Ski Hill Road in Alta.
Another option is to celebrate Oktobrewfest in historic downtown Thermopolis. This festive event will be held September 24th from 11 am to 7 pm. Featured will be local Wyoming breweries, German-themed food vendors, retail vendors, corn hole, carnival games, a bouncy house and historic building tours.
Get crazy at the 7th annual Oktoberfest in downtown Buffalo at Crazy Woman Square on September 17th from noon to 6 pm. The regional Home Brew Contest starts at 11 am and cash prizes will be awarded to all winners. There will be fun for the whole family with face painting, inflatables and much, much more. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Ages 20 and under are free.
8. Rendezvous Royale
Rendezvous Royale is a western arts celebration that takes place in Cody. The celebration consists of a nationally recognized art show, an auction of contemporary western art, a quick draw, furniture artisans and craftsmen, educational seminars, studio tours, a Boot Scoot 'N Boogie and a Patron's Ball. Events will be held from September 17th through September 24th.
9. Oktoberfest Dance
The 37th Annual Oktoberfest Dance will be held October 1st from 6 pm to 11 pm at 2400 Reagan Avenue in Rock Springs. There will be live music by E.I.O Band & The Late Bloomers, authentic German food, domestic beer, specialty beer and wine coolers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Seniors over 60 and children 12 and under are eligible for special pricing.
10. The Great Pumpkin Festival
Getting lost has never been so much fun! This year's corn maze at Green Acres in Casper is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Great Pumpkin. Their 2016 season runs from September 17th through October 30th. Not only do they have the corn maze but they have a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, corn pit, barrel train, petting farm, apple cannon, air jumping pillow and pedal karts. To reach Green Acres, go west on Hwy 20-26, 3 miles west of the Natrona County Airport. Turn right on 33 mile road, go 3 miles north to County Road 121. Turn right, go 2.5 miles and you're there. There is an admission fee.
11. Jammin-in-the-Canyon Fall Festival
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then you won't be seeing any doctors for awhile. Circle J's apple orchard is located at 3338 US Hwy 16E in Ten Sleep. The apple orchard was a former working ranch and the trees were planted over 100 years ago. This festival will be held on October 15th from 10 am to 5 pm. While there, enjoy a home cooked lunch with apple pie, apple bobbin', dancing, pow wow, s'mores around the campfire, volleyball, horse shoes, face painting, raffle, horse & buggy rides and pumpkin painting.
What are you waiting for? You’d better get busy if you’re going to fit all of these festivals in this fall!