Not only are there endless things to see in Yellowstone, there are also a lot of fun, family-friendly events and dates to keep in mind during the busy summer months. If you’re headed our way this summer, be on the lookout for these events happening throughout the park!
See our calendar of public events, and get more information and details about ongoing events below the calendar!
Looking for classes in Yellowstone National Park? See our course offerings!
Yellowstone Forever Events Calendar
Yellowstone Park Store Openings
Our educational Park Stores are the number one source of information on all things Yellowstone. Staff are ready to help you plan your trip, provide information about Institute programs, and explain the different ways you can support important park projects. Stop by these 11 locations in and around Yellowstone this summer.
Yellowstone Park Store Locations
Old Faithful – April 19
Canyon – May 3
Norris – May 17
West Thumb – May 17
Quake Lake – May 24
Art & Photography Center – May 24
Fishing Bridge – May 25
Grant Village – May 25
Madison – June 1
Gardiner, MT – Open year-round
Mammoth Hot Springs – Open year-round
Bozeman Airport Store – Open year-round
Yellowstone Park Store Book Signings
We are proud to bring renowned authors and photographers to our Park Stores to share their Yellowstone expertise! Join us in one of our stores this summer for a book signing. Be sure to purchase copies of your favorite books in advance from our online Park Store.
Book Signing Schedule
June 14 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
June 19 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
June 28 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
July 3 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
July 4 — Old Faithful Park Store — Imagination Vacation by Anastasia Kierst
July 6 and 7 — Old Faithful Park Store — Yellowstone Yesterday & Today by Paul Horsted
July 9 — Yellowstone Art & Photography Center — Imagination Vacation by Anastasia Kierst
July 13, 14 and 15 — Old Faithful Park Store —Yellowstone Yesterday & Today by Paul Horsted
July 17 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
June 31 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
August 2 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
August 16 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
August 18 — Quake Lake Park Store — Shaken in the Night by Anita Thon
August 18 — Quake Lake Park Store — The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake by Larry Morris
August 30 — Old Faithful Park Store — Born Wild 2 and more by Steve Hinch
Yellowstone Photography Meet-Ups
Here’s your chance to meet with fellow social media enthusiasts and photographers—including the Yellowstone National Park and Yellowstone Forever social media team—in iconic locations throughout Yellowstone. The InstaMeets are a fun and laid-back opportunity to make new friends, take photos, and tell stories about the world’s first national park. All ages, levels of experience, and cameras welcome. For more details, including where to meet for each event, check out the 2019 social media meets page.
May 24 – Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace Sunset
June 21 – Bunsen Peak Summer Solstice Sunset Hike
July 19 – Old Faithful Sunset
August 16 – Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Sunset
September 27 – Mammoth Hot Springs Elk Rut
Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational
This year we are hosting our second annual celebration of art in Yellowstone National Park! Sixteen of the nation’s best artists will paint “en plein air” (outside on-site) for four days in various locations throughout the park. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend daily painting demonstrations and a paint-out that gathers all artists to paint in one location on Saturday, September 28.
Yellowstone Art & Photography Center
The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center is located at Old Faithful near the visitor center and celebrates the role art and photography played in the preservation of Yellowstone and many other public lands.
The Art & Photography Center will open for the season on May 25!
The Center offers staff-led activities, art lecture series, and daily hands-on activities for the whole family. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit Yellowstone.org/art.
Yellowstone Citizen Science Projects
For a fun and rewarding summer experience, get involved with a Yellowstone Citizen Science project!
The Yellowstone Citizen Science Initiative is a collaboration between Yellowstone Forever and Yellowstone National Park. The program calls on youth and adults of all backgrounds to collect essential data that will help park scientists and management officials better understand how the Yellowstone ecosystem is responding to changing environmental conditions.
- Yellowstone Phenology Project – Monitoring environmental change over time across an elevation gradient in Yellowstone.
- Red-tailed Hawk Nest Monitoring – Monitoring the nesting success of Red-tailed Hawks, Buteo jamaicensis, across Yellowstone’s Northern Range.
- Yellowstone Pika Project – Monitoring habitat occupation of American Pika, Ochotona princeps, throughout Yellowstone.
- Home on the Range – Documenting ungulate herd demographics and collecting scat samples.
- Invasive Weeds Mapping – Surveying for and removing weeds that are negatively impacting the plant community.
Learn more about the projects and how you can get involved at Yellowstone.org/citizen-science.
Science on Tap at Sage Lodge
We are excited to present Science on Tap at Sage Lodge! We are bringing experts from throughout the area, from Paradise Valley to Yellowstone, to present on the fascinating science that surrounds Sage Lodge.