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, 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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Crumpin-Fox Golf, Open Tournaments

August 1 - August 12

View of the course at Crumpin-Fox Club

Jr. Invitational – Individual Stroke Play

August 10, 2020
Eligibility:Open event, all kids welcome. Invitations will be sent to area golf clubs.
Format: Individual Stroke Play; age divisions 14-17 and 13 & under
Starting Time: Tee times starting at 11:00 am for 18-hole group (ages 14-17); 1:00 pm for 9-hole group (ages 13 & under).
Entry Fee: $20 per player (includes prizes and lunch)
We look forward to seeing all of you at Crumpin Fox this summer!

Sr. Open 4-Player Best Ball

August 12, 2020
Eligibility: Players must be 50 years of age or older
Format: 4-player best ball; gross and net prizes, 90% hdcp
Starting Time: Participants must tee off before Noon; make your own starting times
Sign Up: In Golf Shop
Entry Fee: Members $20 (cart not included); Non-members $65 (includes greens fee & cart)
The course is in pristine shape right now and is waiting for you to stick a tee in the ground! Book your tee time online and come enjoy a round with us!

Mondays Zeke’s Bar and Grill will be serving up the freshest lobster that can be found in the valley. Dine from our regular menu or enjoy Chef Tom’s “Maine Monday” menu of hot buttered lobster rolls, traditional lobster rolls and his amazing lobster mac and cheese. Take out is always available and reservations are strongly recommended if you plan to dine on the deck! Call 413-648-5356 for reservations or take out!

Updated Junior Golf Programs

Our instructional programs are starting up and lessons have already started on an individual basis.

With the health concerns and restrictions due to Covid-19 we have made some changes to our Junior Golf Programing.
Rather than doing our traditional camps with groups of 14-16 kids, we will be doing smaller groups of 2-4 kids with one instructor. This will allow us the most flexibility as safety guidelines change, as well as insure the safest environment for your children with sufficient social distancing. Smaller groups will also allow for much more individual instruction as well as a more accelerated learning curve.

Between myself and professional staff we will be able to accommodate just as many if not more children than past camps. We will cover all the basics from putting and short game to full swings and on course learning.

We will offer two different options but will also work out individual programming if needed for more advanced groups. Parents can either sign up a group of 2-4 kids together or we can pair up singles with other kids of similar skill levels.

Option #1: Basics for beginners
2-4 kids per group;
1 session per week for 4 weeks; each session is 1 hour.
OR 1 session per week for 2 weeks; each session is 2 hours.
$100 per child for entire package ($25 per session)

This program is designed to teach the first time or beginner groups all the basics of the golf swing as well as golf etiquette, and expected on course behavior. This will lay the foundation for a lifelong golf career and hopefully light a spark to continue playing and improving. One of our main focuses is to keep it low stress and fun.

Option #1: Guided practice for intermediate to advance players
2-4 kids per group;
1 session per week for 4 weeks; each session is 1 hour.
OR 1 session per week for 2 weeks; each session is 2 hours.
$100 per child for entire package ($25 per session)

This program is designed to teach children with an existing skill set of golf fundamentals and basic knowledge of the game. Either myself or one of our professional staff will guide players through practice sessions, touching upon all aspects of the game throughout the program. We focus on keeping things fun but will also get in lots of repetitions. Smaller groups will allow us to give more individual attention to each of the students.

The only restrictions will be that sessions will need to be on weekdays, Monday-Friday, or Weekend after 4:00.

We will start booking groups as of today and will continue running programs through the end of September.
Please call the golf shop at 413-648-9101 or reply to this email to schedule a group.


August 1
August 12


Crumpin-Fox Club
87 Parmenter Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
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(413) 648-9101