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, Holiday in the Park
January 1 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until January 1, 2020
Visit Holiday in the Park: Open Daily Through January 1 the lights shining bright, the cocoa and s’mores toasty hot, and the sleighs of our thrilling rides zooming as fast as Santa’s. Boasting over 50 rides, shows, and attractions, this winter season just got so much cooler.
Santa is bringing the magic of the North Pole to Six Flags New England! Holiday in the Park lights up on November 23 for our most enchanting experience yet. The entire park sparkles with over a million twinkling lights, fire pits, snow flurries, and decorated trees.
This is the most magical time to visit Six Flags, featuring visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tree lighting spectaculars, hot cocoa and seasonal delights, coaster sleigh rides, and much more. Admission to Holiday in the Park is included with a Six Flags Season Pass or Membership.
New Experiences for Holiday in the Park 2019
Holiday in the Park 2019 is the biggest, brightest, and best holiday event we’ve ever hosted! This year we’re introducing new and updated attractions to expand the magic like never before. Here are the elves’ favorite experiences that even Scrooge will want to see.
• More lights than ever before – over 1 million
• Never-before-offered walk-through light display
• New Snowball Throw game with updated prizes
• Biggest menu of holiday treats we’ve ever offered
• Enhanced S’mores cookie experience
• New Holiday Bear toy drive
Holiday in the Park will be the most enchanting time to visit the park, with exclusive entertainment you can’t get any other time of year.
Not only will you celebrate alongside your favorite Looney Tunes characters dressed in their Christmas-best, but at Holiday in the Park you have the opportunity to meet toy soldiers, sing along with our roaming and charismatic carolers, take a peek at what’s hiding under the tree with our ebullient elves, and visit the North Pole, where you can meet the most famous couple of all – Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!
The best way to get on Santa’s nice list this year is to come visit him in person! The jolliest fellow of the season is landing his sleigh at Holiday in the Park. His holly jolly helpers will set up Santa’s Workshop, perfectly recreating all the magic of the North Pole.
You’ll find a cozy corner full of wrapped toys, carefully arranged artisan ornaments, and of course, a big plush chair for the big man himself! Tell Santa your biggest Christmas wish and take a souvenir photo to commemorate the magical moment. Be sure to reserve your time to visit before St. Nick finishes making his list and checking it twice.
Once you’ve made your holiday rounds, make some time to immerse yourself in one of the countless electrifying light displays. Take in the breathtaking sights and sounds synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes! Share a moment with that special someone underneath a stunning string of mistletoe, or gather with family and friends around a crackling holiday fire pit, where you can warm up while watching a choreographed light show or cook s’mores to perfection.
Looking to add a dose of thrill to your holiday wish list? We can make that happen. Dive, flip, and twist through GOTHAM CITY™ on BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT™, test your luck – and your fears – on THE JOKER™ 4D Free Fly Coaster, or take a relaxing train ride through a winter wonderland on the New England Express. While some attractions will be closed for the season, Holiday in the Park offers a diverse ride profile for all ages, check back soon for the full list of Holiday in the Park rides.
Santa’s sleigh is no match for the thrills of the mighty Thunderbolt. As you rise 70 feet in the air, try to catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer – viewing the sparkling scene from their eyes – before you plummet back down. You’ll sled around overbanked turns and skate down drops, left and right like you’re dodging flying snowballs in the night sky.
With a top speed of 40 miles per hour, you will almost certainly beat Mr. Claus down the chimney this Christmas. Even Rudolph will be green as the Grinch with envy about this exciting sleigh ride.
While a ride on Santa’s Sleigh is certainly the fastest way to get around this holiday season, we have the next best thing. Grab a ride on the New England Express, a yule log-powered locomotive that will take you on a magical journey through the red and white striped wonderland that is Candy Cane Crossing.
You’ll see whimsical holiday scenery and twinkling lights along the way that are sure to put you in the spirit of the season. And if you listen closely, you may even here some Ho-Ho-Hos over the chugging of this enchanted choo choo.
FOOD & FUN
What good is a holiday celebration without the phenomenal holiday food? Thankfully, we have everything you need in order to delight in all the wonderful tastes and aromas of the season. From fireside S’mores and other tasty seasonal treats to hot chocolate and coffee, our Holiday in the Park-exclusive culinary treats will have you hoping the winter season never leaves.
New this season we will offer a more delectable graham cookie to make the ultimate s’more even better. Start roasting your marshmallow just the way you like it for the merriest and meltiest treat this side of the North Pole.
Need to do some last-minute shopping for that superhero-loving, thrill-seeking relative? Stop by one of our many retail locations to peruse specialty DC holiday stockings, or be the life of the party with our ugly sweaters and holiday t-shirts. Whether it’s completing your holiday wardrobe or filling stockings for family and friends, we have all that you need this holiday season!