Soaking up Summer in Jackson Hole with Adventure and Music

Get ready for some live summer music in the 'Hole.
Get ready for some live summer music in the 'Hole. Jeremiah Roth
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Hiking in the hills near Jackson, it's not hard to catch the faint sounds of live music. Every summer, Jackson Hole comes alive with free concerts. After a day outside hiking, running, biking, rafting, or even stand-up paddleboarding, be sure to check out these live local concert series. Most shows have vendors and food trucks galore, so come, grab dinner and a beer, find a spot on the lawn, chat with friends old and new, and soak up summer in Jackson Hole.

Here, we recommend a few great activity-concert combos to keep you entertained and active all summer along.

Hiking Snow King & People's Market

First: Hike Snow King
Spend your afternoon hiking up Snow King Mountain . Gain 1,500 feet on this two-mile uphill journey to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views of Jackson, the Tetons, and the surrounding mountain ranges. If the hike up wears out your legs, take the chairlift down for only $5. If you'd rather ride it up from the bottom, a round trip scenic chairlift ride is $17 for adults, $12 for kids and seniors. The lifts turn from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., so plan accordingly.

Then: Jackson Hole People's Market
Grab your veggies and take in the live music at the Jackson Hole People's Market. This farmer's market and concert takes place on Wednesdays through September 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the base of Snow King. The musical line-up features Judd Grossman, Jessie Lestitian, John Wayne's World, and other artists, as well as a few evenings where the market teams up with Jackson Hole Live.

Catch some air on the trails at JHMR's Bike Park.
Catch some air on the trails at JHMR's Bike Park. JHMR

Downhill Mountain Biking at JHMR & Concerts on the Commons

First: Bike Park Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Get after it at JHMR's Bike Park before you head over to the Village Commons for a night of entertainment. Grab a full set of pads and a helmet before you head out for this hard-charging downhill action. Start out on Lucky Charm, which is the easiest trail with the best views. It meanders along four different ski runs and traipses through trees and across wooden bridges. If you're a full-fledged expert, give Quick Draw a try. This trail is rated a “double black diamond” so be ready for rock drops, roots, and technical maneuvers on this narrow and steep trail.

Then: Concerts on the Commons, Teton Village
Head over to Teton Village's Commons and enjoy a changing line-up of free live music at the Concerts on the Commons series. This annual concert series runs on Sundays from July 19 to August 30. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at this family-friendly venue.

On the 4th of July, specifically, a free patriotic pops concert, called [Music in the Hole](the%20Festival Orchestra and soloist Doug LaBrecque), will be featuring the Festival Orchestra and soloist Doug LaBrecque in patriotic celebration of Independence Day.

The Wildflower Trail at JHMR offers great places to stop and sneak a peek at incredible views.
The Wildflower Trail at JHMR offers great places to stop and sneak a peek at incredible views. JHMR

Hiking JHMR & Grand Teton Music Festival

First: Hike at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Head up the Tram to start hiking at over 10,000 feet or opt for a trail that meanders up from the base at JHMR. If you're looking for an all-day hike, try the Summit Trail, which starts at the base of the mountain and heads all the way up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. This 7.2-mile hike is uphill all the way, gaining over 4,000 feet as you ascend to the top of the mountain. But once you're up top, you can take the Tram back down (double check Tram operating hours the day you're hiking before you count on this plan). The resort has also added a number of other hiking trails and options, including the recent addition of the Wildlflower Trail.

Then: Grand Teton Music Festival
Out in Teton Village, head over to Walk Festival Hall to enjoy some of the best live classical music on the planet. Grand Teton Music Festival is a Jackson institution, with a long valley history, hosting its first concert series back in 1962. The festival hosts world renowned musicians in a spectacular lineup throughout July and August. Some shows are a bit pricey, but the Tuesday night “Inside the Music” series is free, though tickets are required.

The trail to Ski Lake offers gorgeous views and plenty of wildflowers.
The trail to Ski Lake offers gorgeous views and plenty of wildflowers. Kristen Pope

Hiking Ski Lake & Music on Main

First: Hike Ski Lake, Teton Pass
If you're headed over Teton Pass anyway to go to Music on Main in Victor, Idaho, why not head over a few hours early and stop for a hike at Ski Lake ? Head up the pass and park at the Phillips Canyon Trailhead (head up the short road on your left or park in the large lot to your left). Hike up the path, past the kiosk, and you'll see a sign for Ski Lake cutting off to the left. Follow this trail to a great little alpine lake tucked into the hills.

Then: Music on Main, Victor, Idaho
Thursday nights through August 13, Victor, Idaho's City Park comes alive with the much-loved Music on Main series. Shows run from 6 to 10 pm, and this year's line-up includes Mother Hips, Blitzen Trapper, Young Dubliners, The Suffers, Ballroom Thieves, Stooges Brass Band, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Each week also has a special theme, from July 30's Plein Air Festival (where you can watch talented artists compete in a 'Quick Draw' competition and see some of their completed works) to Raffle Night on July 23 where you can win a 2015/2016 Grand Targhee season pass, a bike, Mountain Khakis, and more.

Ski Lake offers great spots for picnicking and just sitting back and relaxing.
Ski Lake offers great spots for picnicking and just sitting back and relaxing. Kristen Pope

Bouldering & Jackson Hole Live

First: Bouldering at Phil Baux Park
Technically, you can boulder at Phil Baux Park while you're enjoying the great local live music at Jackson Hole Live. Local climbing aficionados created this bouldering gem, that is free and open to all, right at the base of Snow King. Spend a few minutes or a few hours trying a few of the set routes at this fun bouldering park before, after, or during the popular Jackson Hole Live concert series.

Then: Jackson Hole Live
In its fourth year, Jackson Hole Live's summer line-up includes the July 3 acts of Jared & The Mill with Wyatt Lowe & The Mayhem Kings followed by the July 4 celebration that includes One Ton Pig with Benyaro followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. On July 15, listen to Lyrics Born and Craft with Cut La Whut & DJ Londo. The August 5 show features Shakey Graves with the Turnpike Troubadours and August 12 brings Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Maddy and the Groove Spots. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m at the base of Snow King and most wrap up just before 10 p.m.

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