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Greenfield, Bee Fest

May 21

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.

Saturday May 21st Downtown Greenfield, Bee Fest Activities

8am – 12noon Greenfield Famers Market – featuring honey and pollinator plants for sale.

9am – 12noon Children’s activities – Second Congregational Church Lawn

(Adults must remain with their children)

  • Dress as a bee, flower, or butterfly–or in yellow & black, make crowns & wands at Bee Fest!

  • Bee Crafty-Make Bee Wands, Bee Crowns, and paint Bee Rocks.

  • Bee Games–0ld-timey, classic children’s games with a bee theme

  • Find Queen Bee- Check out the live demo hive from Franklin Co Beekeepers.

  • Honeybee Tea Party, hosted by Kay Lyons and the Massachusetts Honey Ambassador, serving lemonade, blueberries, and honey graham crackers.

  • Pollinator Parade, led by our HUGE Queen Bee and the Expandable Brass Band, around the Common and Farmers’ Market – 11am

  • Bee Pinata–take a swing at breaking the pinata, and take home a “FreeBee” gift bag – 11:15am

  • Birthday Cake–Celebrate Lorenzo Langstroth 212th birthday – 11:30am

9am – 12noon Bee Bazaar-We’ve assembled the most unique, fun, practical and outrageous bee gifts you’ve ever seen!  This is the largest collection of everything-bee-and-honey in one place, all donated by businesses to support Greenfield Bee Fest. We’ll also have bee-themed baskets available and will be running silent auction that includes some rare finds! Scroll down the page to see some of the items.

9am – 12noon FREE pollinator plants, while they last – courtesy of Pioneer Gardens, Deerfield

9-11:30am FREE Refreshments: Magpie honey pie pizza, popcorn, and green honey tea.

9:30 – 10:15am Bee Educated-side lawn of Second Congregational Church

  • Franklin County Beekeepers Association – Beekeeping 101, 9:30am

  • Kim Skrym, Massachusetts Chief Apiarist, 10am

10am-2pm BeeLines-art installation by Exploded View artists at Pushkin Gallery

10:15am – 12:30pm Expandable Brass Band in yellow and black costumes: playing on the church lawn, leading the Pollinator Parade, and playing for the unveilings of the three new Bee sculptures.

11:50am Announce Bee Basket and Silent Auction winners

12:00 Unveiling of three new Bee sculptures

  • Movie Bee – Garden Theater

  • Book Bee, “Take Flight Through Reading”– Library

  • Quilting Bee – Federal Street side of Greenfield Savings Bank

6-7:30pm BeeLines-art installation by Exploded View artists at Pushkin Gallery

8pm Ali McGuirk with the Mary Jane Jones at Hawks & Reed



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 21