Summer in Wyoming brings sunny days and open roads that beckon to explore what the state offers, which includes plenty of entertainment options. That include tons of open-air festivals, music, museums, powwows, galleries and some big names in art and music.
Cheyenne Frontier Days brings chart-topping country musicians, while world-famous classical and Broadway talent abounds at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Celebrities make appearances at events like the first Casper Comic Con and the annual Longmire Days in Buffalo, while performance venues across the state keep a steady flow of shows ranging from Wyoming theater companies to Grammy-winning musical acts. Summer brings entertainment for all ages, often free, with community celebrations and concert series in parks, plazas and outdoor gathering spaces throughout Wyoming.
The Star-Tribune’s summer entertainment guide will help you get started with more events announced weekly in the Arts & Culture section. To let us know about an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheyenne Frontier Days brings another year of big-name musical entertainment with this chart-topping Frontier Nights lineup: Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Midland (7 p.m. July 19), Rascal Flatts with Clint Black (8 p.m. July 20), Josh Turner with Tanya Tucker (8 p.m. July 21), Miranda Lambert with Randy Houser (8 p.m. July 24), Post Malone with a to-be-announced guest (8 p.m. July 25), Keith Urban with Walker Hayes (8 p.m. July 26), and Tim McGraw with Devin Dawson (8 p.m. July 27).
Where: Cheyenne Frontier Days, 4610 Carey Ave., 1210 W. Eighth Ave., Cheyenne
When: July 19-28
Tickets & info: cfdrodeo.com, 307-778-7222
The Grand Teton Music Festival’s nature-inspired 58th season offers more than 60 musical events in seven weeks of orchestral and family concerts, world-famous soloists, chamber music and movie nights. Highlights include singer-songwriter/pianist Michael Feinstein, known as the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” at 8 p.m. July 3; the GTMF 2019 Fundraising Gala with the Festival Orchestra in “Carmina Burana,” featuring choruses of the Utah Symphony and Madeleine Choir School, at 8 p.m. July 5 and 6 p.m. July 6; world-renowned violinist Hilary Hahn in a concert with GTMF music director and world-renowned Mahlerian Donald Runnicles conducting the composer’s Fourth Symphony at 8 p.m. July 26 and 6 p.m. July 27; Emmy and Tony award-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth 8 p.m. Aug. 15; and the Festival Orchestra’s season culmination with violin sensation Augustin Hadelich 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 6 p.m. Aug. 17.
Where: Walk Festival Hall, 3330 W. Cody Lane, Teton Village and other venues
When: July 3-Aug. 17
Tickets & info: gtmf.org
REO Speedwagon brings hits like “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Take it on the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” to Casper. The band has topped the charts with platinum songs and albums sold worldwide. The band includes front man since 1972 Kevin Cronin with bassist Bruce Hall, keyboardist Neal Doughty, lead guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.
Where: Casper Events Center, 1 Events Drive, Casper
When: 7:30 p.m. June 26
Tickets & info: $49.50-$109.50 at sinclairtix.com, 800-442-2256, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center and its statewide outlets.
Grammy-winning Sir Mix-A-Lot takes the stage July 7 at Cheyenne’s “Fridays EXTENDED” concert series. “Fridays EXTENDED” July 20 and 24 is an addition to the Fridays on the Plaza concert series, which features 26 bands through Aug. 30.
Where: Cheyenne Depot Plaza, Cheyenne
When: Sir Mix-A-Lot show is 7:30 p.m. July 20
Grammy-winning rock band Survivor and country star Mark Chesnutt headline the 25th annual Beartrap Summer Festival featuring national and regional musicians. Survivor’s hits include Grammy-winning “The Eye of the Tiger,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “The Search is Over” and “Burning Heart.” Ned LeDoux opens for Chesnutt, whose 14 No. 1 hits and 23 top-10 singles include “Brother Jukebox,” “Too Cold at Home” and a country version of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
Where: Beartrap Meadow, Casper Mountain
When: Aug. 3-4
Ratt closes the After Dark Concert Series at Wyoming’s Big Show, The Sweetwater County Fair. The multiple platinum-selling, global arena-touring ‘80s rock band’s hits include “Round & Round.” The series’ star-studded lineup features Trace Adkins at 8:30 p.m. July 30; Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, Saliva, Saving Abel and Tantric during Muddfest starting 6 p.m. July 31; Dylan Scott at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1; and Gary Allan at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
Where: Sweetwater Events Complex, 3320 Yellowstone Road, Rock Springs
When: Ratt performs 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3
Info: All concerts are free with paid fair admission
Theater, festivals and community events
Casper Comic Con features “The Walking Dead” actor Kerry Cahill, who portrays Dianne on the AMC TV series, for photos and autographs starting 1 p.m. both days. The event features comics, toys and pop culture memorabilia to buy and trade plus a cosplay (costume contest) for adults and kids.
Where: Casper Events Center, 1 Events Dr.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29-30
Tickets & info: Advance tickets are $13 for Saturday and $11 for Sunday or $18 for a two-day pass at sinclairtix.com, 800-442-2256, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or statewide SinclairTix outlets. Day of prices are $15 for Saturday, $13 for Sunday or $23 for a two-day pass. Kids ages 8 and under enter free with a paying adult.
Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company’s “Twelfth Night” tours Wyoming with stops 6 p.m. July 2, 9 and 16 at Lander City Park; 1 p.m. July 6 at the Fremont County Library in Lander; 7 p.m. July 11 at The Broadway Theatre in Rock Springs; 6 p.m. July 15 at the Museum of the American West’s Livery Stable in Lander; 7 p.m. July 19 at the WYO Theater in Sheridan; and 3 p.m. July 20 at Grace Reformed Church at City Park in Casper.
Christian comedian Tim Hawkins is a former grocery truck driver who’s garnered over 300 million video views and sold out more than 100 shows a year with his parody songs like ”The Sound of Starbucks” and family-friendly comedy on topics like marriage, homeschooling, parenting and Bible stories.
Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne
When: 7:30 p.m. July 27
Tickets & info: $29-79 at cheyenneevents.org, 307-637-6363
The annual International Day celebrates the diverse heritage of Rock Springs, known as the “Home of 56 Nationalities.” The only ethnic festival of its kind in Wyoming features different cultures through food, exhibits, costumes, local to international entertainment, more than 20 imported beers from around the world, vendors, and kids activities, according to information from Rock Springs Main Street/URA.
Where: Bunning Park, Rock Springs
When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 31
“A Casper Korean War USO Show” features nationally-recognized dance band The Hot Tomatoes, vintage-style entertainment including “Bob Hope” and dinner by Bullwhip Catering. Guests may wear period clothing, and all veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
Where: Natrona County Fairgrounds, Industrial Building
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 17
Tickets: $50, $75 for two, $400 for a table of eight. RSVP by Aug. 12 at Fort Caspar Museum, 4001 Fort Caspar Road or the Wyoming Veterans Museum, 3740 Jourgensen Ave. at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport
Summer begins powwow season in Wind River country and “a chance to learn about the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes and get caught up in the singing, drums and dancing,” according to the Wind River Visitors Council website.
The powwows are free to attend, while vendors offer food like fry bread and Indian tacos as well as jewelry and other crafts.
- The 60th Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow: June 21-23 at the Eastern Shoshone Powwow Grounds, 10 Old Wind River Highway, Fort Washakie
- The Ethete Celebration Powwow: July 26-28 at the Ethete Powwow Grounds, Ethete Road and Highway 132, Ethete
- The 65th Northern Arapaho Powwow, Wyoming’s oldest powwow: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Northern Arapaho Powwow Grounds, Left Hand Ditch Road and Sharp Nose Road intersection, Arapaho
For schedules and more information, go to windriver.org/experience/native-american-powwows
Art exhibitions, museums
“Western Explorations: The Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition 2018 and 2019” features art by the Wyoming artists selected as Visual Arts Fellowship recipients: Patrick Kikut of Laramie, Margaret K. Haydon of Laramie, Robert Martinez of Riverton, Joe Arnold of Laramie, Elaine Henry of Big Horn and Andy Kincaid of Wilson. The curator is Ruth Bruno, public art program manager with Colorado Creative Industries.
Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum, 2111 E Willett Drive, Laramie
When: Through Aug. 31
Info: Free admission, uwyo.edu/artmuseum 307-766-6622
National Geographic exhibit “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” features images that “warp time” formed from Wilkes’ globe-crossing 2017 treks documenting bird migrations for National Geographic. Wilkes shoots up to 2,000 images from a fixed camera angle for up to 36 hours and combines about 50 to create a final piece “that seamlessly captures one location and as it transitions from day to night,” according to a museum press release.
Where: National Museum of Wildlife, 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson
When: Artist presentation 6 p.m. June 27, exhibit through Aug. 18
Cost: Presentation is free
Info: wildlifeart.org, 307-733-5771
“Intricate Form: Brenda Mallory + Sydney Pursel: 2018 Ucross Native American Fellows” features the first two recipients of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists, who were Ucross residents last year. The exhibition includes works on paper, video, installation and sculpture, according to a Ucross press release.
Where: Ucross Art Gallery, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont (a half-mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross)
When: Artists reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 21, exhibit though Sept. 28
Cost: Admission and reception are free
Info: ucross.org, 307-737-2291
The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Grand Opening features the museum’s full-scale renovation.
“Home to one of the world’s most significant and historical collections of firearms, this museum redesign not only gives visitors a taste of the iconic Wild West, but leaves them with lasting knowledge on the little-known history of the firearms that shaped the country,” according to a press release from the museum.
Where: Cody Firearms Museum, 720 Sheridan Ave., Cody
When: 3 p.m. July 6