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Greenfield, Bee Fest

May 20

Each spring, Greenfield Bee Fest celebrates Lorenzo Langstroth, the “Father of American Beekeeping,” with fun and learning for all ages as we highlight the vital role of the honeybee in sustaining our environment.


Greenfield Bee Fest Activities

9am to 12noon

Children’s Activities

(Adults, please remain with your children)

9 – 11:30am On the lawn of Second Congregational Church

  • Create your own Flower Crown – offered by the Massachusetts Honey Queen

  • Bee Games

  • Face painting

  • 11am Bee Pinata (first 80 children take home a “FreeBee” gift bag)

  • 11:15 Lorenzo Langstroth birthday cake (just imagine 213 candles!)

11am At the Garden Cinema – 361 Main Street

  • 11am Curious George: Bee is for Bears – FREE movie for children

For all Ages

9-11am On the lawn of Second Congregational Church

  • Add your artistic touch to one or more Langstroth Beehive Boxes, using paints provided.  Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to contribute color and creativity to these 20 hives that will soon be installed at Franklin County apiaries.

  • Bee Bazaar Boutique. The most unique, fun, practical, and outrageous bee gifts you’ve ever seen. Something for everyone!

  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) info table & giveaways

  • FREE pollinator plants courtesy of Pioneer Gardens

  • Franklin County Beekeepers Association (FCBA) – Find the Queen Bee in their live demonstration hive; pick up info about the Pollinator Partnership.

  • 10-10:30am Ask a Bee Expert – Q & A led by FCBA and MDAR

  • Pick up a Bee Promenade map and take your own walking tour of the bee sites around Greenfield.

  • 10:45-11:30 Expandable Brass Band playing on the lawn and around town

11am Sculpture Unveilings – led by the brass band, walk to Town Hall, the Transportation Center, and the Library to meet this year’s NewBees.

6:30pm and 9:30pm At the Garden Cinema – 361 Main Street

  • The Swarm (1978 movie) $5 admission


Greenfield Bee Fest was launched in the spring of 2010 by the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield as part of its 200th birthday celebration. Inspired by the work of former pastor, Reverend Lorenzo L. Langstroth, known as the “Father of American Beekeeping,” Bee Fest offered fun and learning for all ages, while highlighting the essential role of the honeybee in sustaining our environment. Since then, the festival has grown in scope, involving presenters and participants from throughout the community, across Massachusetts, and even across the Atlantic.


May 20