Teton Valley - Festivals & More
The 4th Annual Great Snow Fest (Jan 23 – Feb 1) celebrates the best of Teton Valley winter fun and highlights our greatest asset: SNOW! Tourists and community members alike will enjoy everything from Snow Sculpting demonstration to Skijoring competitions to Snocross races and more. The festivities span two weekends, and offers fun, diverse entertainment and activities for the entire family. Teton Valley's nonprofit and business community have collaborated to bring vitality to the region during the winter.
This showcase of our snow-based amenities enables visitors and locals to celebrate Teton Valley's deep history of snow recreation. (Plus the week includes several rockin' parties!) New to our region? Come play and stay in our winter wonderland on the western slope of the Grand Tetons, and get to know what makes us truly unique. For those of you that call Teton Valley home, try something new like a Snow Plane Exhibition, Backcountry Film Festival, or a Nordic Ski Race, and enjoy all things snow! To learn more about the event, visit TetonValleyFoundation.org
The Community Foundation of Teton Valley's Tin Cup Challenge is both a campaign for giving and a one-day event celebrating our community's spirit of generosity. It is modeled after the groundbreaking Old Bill's Fun Run for Charities hosted by our affiliate, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. The idea came from an anonymous couple affectionately known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill who envisioned an event that encouraged the entire community to participate in philanthropy.
The Tin Cup Challenge fundraising period opens in late May and runs through late July. Qualified local nonprofit organizations launch their fundraising efforts, and donors are invited to make gifts of all sizes to their favorite causes. All donations come through the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, allowing donors to use one form and write one check to support as many organizations as they wish. During this period the Challenger Fund motivates donors to give through its ability to increase the value of each individual donation as it ensures that the value of their individual donation will increase.
The Challenger Funds
The Community Foundation seeks gifts to the Challenger Fund from individual and business donors. Donors to the Challenger Fund may give at any level and donations to this fund will be used to benefit ALL participating nonprofits. Donors that give $1,000 or more to the Challenger Fund are recognized as Challengers at seven levels: Pewter ($1,000+), Copper ($2,500+) Bronze ($5,000+), Silver ($10,000+), Gold ($25,000+), Platinum ($35,000+) and Tin ($50,000+).
In 2013, the Challenger fund matched donations at 54%, the highest match percentage to date. Since the inception of the event, the match has averaged 48%. All funds raised by participating nonprofits during the Tin Cup Challenge, up to a $25,000 cap, are matched at the designated percentage, allowing the contributions of individual donors to make an even larger impact! For example, in 2013 if a Teton Valley nonprofit raised a total of $10,000 from individual donors, the Community Challenger funds added another $5,400 through the 54% match. Thus, the nonprofit would have received a total of $15,400 as part of the Tin Cup Challenge.
On the third Saturday of July, (July 18, 2015) the Community Foundation of Teton Valley will host over 1,000 people in Driggs City Park for the 8th Annual Tin Cup Challenge event which includes 5K & 10K Competitive races, a 5K FunRun/Walk, and a celebration of community spirit and support. The celebration in the park features a free breakfast and fun family activities hosted by participating nonprofits. Learn More >>
Two World-Class Music Festivals in Teton Valley
Targhee Music Fest - July 117-19, 2015
Started in the summer of 2004 to draw on the musical spirit that exists under the shadows of the majestic Teton Mountains, Targhee Fest is the ultimate all-around mountain lifestyle and music festival in the Rockies. Targhee Fest occurs in a majestic high-alpine setting at 7800 feet that is just steps away from the village of Grand Targhee Resort where you can have comfortable lodging accommodations, great dining, lift serviced hiking & biking, and full service shopping – with camping only a few more short steps away from the main music venue. Targhee Fest is about great music, the culture and lifestyle of the mountains, great food and drink, the spirit of sustainability and the hospitality that resides in this jewel of a resort.
The 11th Annual Targhee Fest, held July 17-19, features top notch acts like Brandi Carlile, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Taj Mahal Trio, James McMurtry, Patty Griffin, Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, Mavis Staples, Gov't Mule, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. Stay tuned! More bands will be announced at a later date.
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival - August 7-9, 2015
Started in 1987 Targhee Bluegrass is the Grand Daddy of Bluegrass Festivals in the Northern Rockies, combing great Bluegrass with the ultimate mountain lifestyle. Grand Targhee Resort's Bluegrass Festival has been a mainstay for Bluegrass aficionados for over two generations with stage appearances by artists and performers during that span that all Bluegrass Festivals envy. During the week leading up to the festival, many of the stage performers and artists play host to a very unique camp and music teaching experience by attending the Targhee Music Camp.
The 28th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, held August 7-9, boats some of the biggest names in bluegrass like Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival, Infamous Stringdusters, Mr. Sun, Jerry Douglas Presents: The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Donna The Buffalo, Hot Rize, Willie Sugarcapps, Two Bit Franks, and Greensky Bluegrass.
You'll find tent or RV camping on-site, just a short hike to the venue. Enjoy all the activities at the Resort while on your stay. Learn More >>