Elkfest – May
Elkfest is an action-packed weekend of outdoor activities and events designed to celebrate and benefit the herd of world-famous elk that winters in Jackson Hole’s National Elk Refuge. Every year, thousands of elk on the NER shed their antlers before migrating to summer ranges. The antlers are collected by local Boy Scouts and auctioned at the Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction which takes place on the Jackson Town Square. Enthusiastic visitors and locals descend to bid on the piles of antlers, and the money raised goes for long-term projects such as improved habitat, irrigation, or the purchase of equipment to help out the elk and the Refuge.
Since the first auction was held in 1968, the event has evolved and expanded to include other groups and activities. In 2002, the event became known as Elkfest and began drawing visitors from across the country and the world. The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum joins the festivities by providing a history information booth on the Square.