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, 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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Norman Rockwell Museum, Exhibits

September 8 - September 27

LAST DAYS for these exhibits…..

Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief

In the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Liza Donnelly’s work, visitors can explore her hand-drawn lines that are a means of examining the way we live our lives, finding common ground, launching political movements, or calling leaders into account. An accomplished cartoonist, with more than 40 years at The New Yorker, a writer, children’s book illustrator, and visual journalist, Donnelly believes that humor can open the door to new ways of seeing, connecting us in ways that words alone cannot.

“Don’t let the show’s name fool you: Charged with political awareness from feminism to Black Lives Matter, Donnelly’s career is a master class in using humor to heighten and amplify a dead-serious point of view.” –The Boston Globe
Laugh at a fresh perspective of modern life and explore the evolution of cartoonist, children’s book illustrator, and visual journalist Liza Donnelly. Featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, and Medium, among others, Donnelly’s humorous drawings focus on contemporary issues and provide much-needed insight in uncertain times.

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Liza Donnelly - Live Drawing - Social Distancing

Rose O’Neill: Artist and Suffragette

Take a closer look at a rare collection of original artwork from NRM’s growing illustration collection commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Among the earliest twentieth-century’s most successful illustrators, O’Neill became involved with the women’s suffrage movement, marching in parades, giving speeches, and illustrating posters. Her most popular creation, “The Kewpies,” were beloved by the public and recreated as widely-sold Kewpie Dolls.

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Classic Rockwell––New Interpretations

The Anatomy of Rockwell’s Murder in Mississippi, a special installation will examine the making of Murder in Mississippi, Rockwell’s powerful 1965 illustration for Look magazine. Created in support of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s the work documents the murder of three civil rights workers during Freedom Summer. Additional themed galleries highlight other aspects of the artist’s work, including Norman Rockwell and the Twentieth-Century Woman, Norman Rockwell: Outdoors, Americans at Work, and the artist’s process.

Photo of a study for "Murder in Mississippi (Southern Justice)"

News Flash

Check out this wonderful story from Murray Whyte and The Boston Globe about “The Anatomy of Murder in Mississippi,” a feature gallery from our collection that The Globe says is “charged with outrage channeled directly from Rockwell’s soul to the page.”

“…Rockwell— saw an opportunity of his own: to reposition his love of narrative for — for a time when storytelling — and truth — was urgently needed. It was a critical time for the country, and a turning point for the artist. It is “the least Rockwell Rockwell you’ll ever see. In that, maybe, it’s also the most.”

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Start:
September 8
End:
September 27
Website:
https://www.nrm.org/50-years-of-norman-rockwell-museum/

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183 (Glendale Ave)
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Phone:
(413) 298-4100
Website:
www.nrm.org