Upcoming Events In Western Mass

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information but changes and cancellations do occur so please check the official event website to confirm all details.

When you think back to some of your favorite childhood moments, very few of them probably happened when you were sitting at home watching TV. Instead, your most poignant memories probably revolve around that time you ended up with the home run ball at a baseball game, and the crowd cheered and you felt like a rock star, or at least like Babe Ruth.

Or maybe it was that time your family attended The Big E together and your dad bought you cotton candy and let you get all sticky-faced, and you watched your mom beat the midway games, and you felt like your heart was going to overflow with contentment and happiness.

In Western Massachusetts, events bring us together to celebrate our successes and recollect on our heritage. We’ve put together a list of some of the top yearly events in Massachusetts, things we and our local friends love doing to feel connected to our area and our community.

Top Yearly Western Massachusetts Events

Because of the beautiful area where we live, there are distinct Western Massachusetts-specific events that take place in each and every season. From leaf peeping in the fall to river rafting in the spring to skiing in the winter, you can find a wide range of things to do throughout the year, and some of our local events reflect the joyous beauty of our seasons.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Spring

Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast

Does anything scream “neighborly get-together more than a pancake breakfast? If your mouth is already watering over the thought of fluffy, buttery, syrupy goodness, you’re not going to want to miss the Springfield Annual Pancake Breakfast, typically hosted in May in downtown Springfield.

Bring your appetite, because it’s billed as the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, and be ready to feast on both good food and friendly conversation.

Paradise City Arts Festival (Northampton)

This Paradise City Arts Festival is ranked among the best in the country, and includes exhibits from more than 250 artists in all mediums. Artists flock to Western Massachusetts from around the country to be part of this visually dazzling display.

Come out to enjoy the weather that’s not quite summer, not quite spring, and stay to buy way too much from the vast selection of contemporary art pieces on display.

Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show

With spring in the air, you’ll want to get out and enjoy the largest outdoor antique and collectible show in the country. The Brimfield Outdoor Antique Show features over 5000 dealers throughout the quaint country town of Brimfield. And once is never enough – they do this in July and September, too!

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Summer

Baseball Season Opening Night

Baseball is the quintessential American pastime, and there’s really nothing that can top the nostalgia of being present on opening night.

The Westfield Starfires and Valley Blue Sox will kick off their seasons right at the start of the summer, and both promise to bring plenty of excitement to the community. Be sure you arrive ahead of gametime to root, root, root for the home team.

Yankee Candle Christmas in July

We love the unforgettable scents of the holiday season. Fir and balsam, spicy gingerbread, warm apple cider – the list could go on and on.

So naturally, Christmas in July is a must. At the flagship Yankee Candle Village, you can enjoy the holiday season, snap selfies with Santa (who might have traded in his traditional red velvet for a more relaxed Hawaiian shirt vibe) and enjoy crafting with Mrs. Claus.

It’s just what you need to get a little dose of holiday spirit and deal with the fact that you probably won’t be decorating your tree for at least a couple more months.

Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Meet Basketball’s best in the birthplace of the sport! Each summer, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines the best in the sport in Springfield. Rub elbows with the greatest to play the game and save time for a tour of the Hoop Hall.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Fall

The Big E

Would this even be a reliable listing of Western Massachusetts events if The Big E weren’t included? The community gathering, more formally known as the Eastern States Exposition, is the biggest and best county fair you could imagine.

Every fall, The Big E brings together amazing food, parades, musical entertainment, agricultural exhibitions, car shows and more. There’s so much to see, do and taste – you’ll need more than one day to fully enjoy all The Big E has to offer.

Six Flags New England’s Fright Fest

Each autumn, Six Flags New England transforms into a fright-filled funzone for teens and adults. You’ll find scary shows, walk-through attractions and thrill rides that make the most of the season.

Top Western Massachusetts Events for Winter

Springfield Thunderbirds

The Springfield Thunderbirds are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League affiliated with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Thunderbirds play their home games at the MassMutual Center.

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Springfield, Parade of the Big Balloons

Can’t quite make it to New York City for the Thanksgiving parade? We’ve got you covered, with the Parade of the Big Balloons in downtown Springfield.

Enjoy bands, community gatherings and balloons that represent the best Western Mass has to offer – our favorite is definitely the 75-foot Cat in the Hat balloon.

Bright Nights at Forest Park

Holiday memories are made at Bright Nights at Forest Park. It’s just not the holiday season until you’ve driven through this holiday lighting extravaganza! Look for Santa’s Magical Forest, Dinosaur World and Seuss Land – it’ll become an annual tradition after the first mile.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Run, walk or float over to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This celebration of Irish heritage brings more than 400,000 guests to the community for a parade, music, food and fun.

It also includes traditional performances by the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band and the Road Race, Western New England’s largest race (featuring a 10k, a 2 mile walk and a Kids Fun Run).

Community events help us to celebrate what we have in common – a love of the arts, of sport, of nature. The human connection these events create is so important to both mental and physical well-being.

If you’d like to learn more about these community events and dozens of others coming up in Western Mass, or about the top yearly events in Massachusetts, check out our Events listings and customize a schedule just for you. Or, contact us, and let our team of knowledgeable locals help you prepare for a fun and unforgettable Western Mass adventure.

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Berkshire East, Open for Skiing

January 19 - January 31

JANUARY IS COLLEGE MONTH!!!

Until the end of January go ski Berkshire East and Catamount ski areas for an amazing price!

$25 for a Day/Night Ticket
$25 for Rentals

This offer is only valid for weekday tickets (Monday – Friday) at both Catamount and Berkshire East Mountain Resorts. All participants must have a valid Student ID for their University or College that they can show when they pick up the ticket at the ticketing window.

Click Here for College Tickets

Click Here for College Rentals

Click This Link for access to this special deal! https://berkshireeast.com/plan/specials

We have a limited amount of tickets available so remember to reserve and purchase your ticket before you arrive at the mountain!

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Berkshire East is now offering night skiing on Wednesday Nights from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. We also offer night skiing Thursday – Saturday until 9 PM!

Please reserve your ticket through our website before you arrive onsite.

NIGHT SKIING

Tickets $30
Rentals $20
Beginner Lesson (Friday only) $25
Helmet $10

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Our cabanas are open and ready to be reserved! Do you want your own personal ski lodge for your family or friend bubble? We’ve got you covered…literally. Now you can rent a cabana located around the base lodge at Berkshire East for day or night skiing.

RESERVE YOUR DAY-TIME CABANA

RESERVE YOUR NIGHT-TIME CABANA

SNOW TUBING

The Snow Tubing Center is located on the far-right side of our ski resort. Tubing tickets are purchased in the West Lodge. We offer 100 tubes, 3 fun tubing lanes, and a Magic Carpet Lift that makes getting back to the top of the tubing hill easy. 100% snow-making coverage ensures there is snow when you may not have it in your backyard. Tubing is a fun alternative to skiing & riding.

We have been making snow and have 12 trails open. In the meantime, we wanted to provide you some information about what to expect this winter.

So much of what makes skiing and riding special will remain the same, such as being outside in the fresh air, the feel of sliding down the hill, and the opportunity to see old friends, even if it is socially distanced. Due to Covid-19, the logistics of your experience will be different, and we are asking everyone to work with us to make this year a success. Please do your part to help make sure we are not the “reason we lose our season”.

The overarching name of the game this season is to do what we can to limit in-person interactions and the amount of people within closed spaces. Below are some of the ways we have changed our operations to achieve these goals. To learn more our operations this winter, please read our full FAQs.

  • Plan ahead and reserve
    • Daily Tickets, Rentals, & Snowsports Lessons all need to be reserved in advance. Click here to reserve your ticket.
    • Season Pass Holders: We believe that season pass holders are the fabric of our community and our goal is to make sure their time at the mountain isn’t limited. Please know that we very well may need to limit our daily capacity and require a reservation for season pass holders per day. We will announce more information regarding this should it become necessary.
  • “Your Car is your Lodge”
    • Lodge space is very limited, and all skiers and riders should plan on gearing up in their vehicles this year. Limited tables will be available to reserve for free for 30 minute blocks to warm up and eat. Reservations can be made day-of in the lodge by visiting our host to reserve a space. We would ask you to respect others by not reserving and no showing, as well as allowing priority for those that need it most, such as families with young children, older skiers and riders and ex-coaches with pristine 1983 orange Lange’s that need a one hour warming period to achieve a 140 flex.
    • One very difficult change for many will be not being able to change, leave bags or bring your own food into the lodge. We have set up chairs, heater and created a patio outside to help off-set this.
  • Food Service:
    • Food will be available out our new outdoor food service below the deck of the Crazy Horse along with outdoor seating in our new patio area.
  • Mask wearing:
    • Please know that due to Massachusetts regulations, masks will be required at all times while at the mountain except while actively eating or drinking or when skiing and riding as long as you are 14 ft apart from others.

We all look forward to seeing you soon!  We hope that getting out on the slopes can be a positive respite for what undoubtedly will be a challenging winter ahead. It will take all of us working together to make it a success. Please remember to plan ahead, be patient, be kind and we expect plenty of smiles are ahead of us this winter, even if they are hidden behind a mask.

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Details

Start:
January 19
End:
January 31

Venue

Berkshire East Mountain Resort
66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Phone:
(413) 339-6617
Website:
www.berkshireeast.com/