Upcoming Events In Western Mass

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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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Historic Deerfield, Winter Lecture Series

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

2021 Winter Lecture Series

Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era.

Sunday, February 28, 2021, 2 p.m.
“Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement”
Presented by Cathleen Cahill, Pennsylvania State University

Sunday, March 28, 2021
”Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915”
Presented by Jonathan Grinspan, National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.

Free, registration is required. This lecture series will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Webinars will be recorded and available to registrants for viewing for two weeks after the live event. Use the button below to register online.

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Speaking Up: Histories of American Protest and Activism

Historic Deerfield Presents Virtual Museum Course on The Vernacular Architecture of Early New England on four Wednesday evenings beginning March 3, 2021, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join Eric Gradoia, Historic Deerfield’s Director of Historic Preservation, as he explores the early roots of New England domestic architecture and its development through the ensuing centuries. The evolution of the dwelling house will be examined with respect to changes in architectural trends, advances in construction technology, and the role social customs played in the design and arrangement of one’s home. This museum course will focus on vernacular architecture – common buildings, purpose built, that employ local building traditions and materials in their construction. Each session will cover a distinct period of architecture, starting with seventeenth century “First Period” buildings and ending in the mid-nineteenth century with Picturesque architecture.

Talks will examine typical house forms, building plans, construction practices and architectural details unique to each period, along with discussions on broader themes that directly influenced architecture and building practices of the time, such as architectural treatise and print material, the transition from craft based building practices to machine manufactured materials, and the design movements and trends that influenced the public’s taste in architecture.

Whether you’re interested in architecture, a practicing tradesperson, professional in an allied discipline or simply curious about early buildings, this introductory course will change the way you look and think about the built environment that surrounds you.

Course Schedule

March 3 (6 p.m.- 8 p.m.) 

First Period Architecture: English Tradition and the New World Dwelling.

March 10 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) 

Georgian Architecture: New England Classicism and the Rural Residence.

March 17 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Federal Architecture: The Refined and Elegant House.

March 24 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Greek Revival and Picturesque Architecture: Building in the Age of Technology.

Eric Gradoia is the Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield. Prior to joining Historic Deerfield, Eric held positions at the Albany, New York firm Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects and with the Massachusetts Historical Commission.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, and the Boston Architectural Center teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural conservation, traditional building practices, and American architectural history. He holds his BA in Architectural Conservation from Roger Williams University and his MA in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.  Eric’s primary fields of study include 17th, 18th, and 19th century New England vernacular architecture, traditional materials and construction methods, and the technology and evolution of American domestic conveniences.

Registration Information

This program will be presented live via Zoom webinar. The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Recordings will be available to registrants for a period of up to 30 days after each session.

The cost for the course is $125 ($110 for members, $145 for new members*) and $80 for students. Register online at www.historic-deerfield.org. For more information, contact Julie Orvis at [email protected] or (413) 775-7179.

Venue

Historic Deerfield
84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Phone:
(413) 774-5581
Website:
www.historic-deerfield.org