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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Six Flags, Fright Fest

October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019

LAST WEEKEND! Six Flags New England, the Scare Capital of New England, leaves no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most…an all-out terrifying experience. This year’s Fright Fest® lineup is SCARIER than ever, with a brand NEW haunt and two NEW terrifying shows. Fright Fest kicks off on Saturday, September 21 and runs weekends and select days throughout Sunday, October 27.

Premiering for Fright Fest 2019, the ALL-NEW Nightmares haunt attraction promises spine-chilling scares that can only be experienced at Six Flags New England. This indoor maze will bring guests face-to-face with their darkest phobias including spiders, bees, snakes, needles, claustrophobic conditions, mortality, gore and more. Will anyone wake up in time to escape their worst NIGHTMARE?!

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The park will also showcase more than 20 additional gut-wrenching attractions including Midnight Mansion, AFTERMATH, ZOMBIE’S REVENGE, Slasher Circus 3D and many more. Also, new for the 2019 Fright Fest Season is the premier of two new Halloween-themed shows, Hells Belles and Midnight Uprising. With over 20 chilling attractions and hundreds of roaming zombies and ghouls, guests will scream for their lives. Prepare for more fright than ever before.

Fright Fest isn’t just about the tricks; it’s also about the tempting treats! Our witches have concocted some brand new flavors straight out of the cauldron that are only available at Six Flags New England. Sink your teeth into a piece of fresh, homemade fudge in the newest seasonal flavors like candy corn, pumpkin, and apple cinnamon.

Plus, our blood-dipped caramel apples turn into pumpkins, ghosts, and famous Halloween creations. Pick up these limited edition treats before the ghouls snatch them all up.

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For Thrills by Day, kids are invited to experience the park’s Trick-or-Treat trail and Halloween themed shows, rides and attractions throughout the day. Be warned, after 6:00 p.m., all HELL breaks loose and Fright Fest is not recommended for children 13 and under.

4 Survival Tips for Visiting Fright Fest With Kids

Kids can enjoy Fright Fest too – just bring them early for our daytime celebration. Throughout the daylight hours, we’ll host unique trick-or-treating experiences, costume contests, pumpkin patch photos, character meet-and-greets, and kiddie rides. Little ghouls under age 12 can even dress up in their favorite costume, but be sure it doesn’t cover their face and is comfortable enough for a day of rides and walking.

Kids will be safest in Kidzopolis, where there are a dozen pint-sized attractions designed just for them and not a fright in sight. Since young meat is fresher to the zombies, take the kids home before it gets dark. If you do find yourself wandering the park after dark, make sure you check the park map to avoid any zombie infestations.

Park admission to Fright Fest is included with your Season Pass or Membership.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Details

Start:
October 25, 2019
End:
October 27, 2019

Venue

Six Flags New England
1623 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001
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Phone:
(413) 786-9300
Website:
www.sixflags.com/newengland