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
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.
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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Springfield Jam Fest
September 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm EDT
Experience a local music festival unlike any other. The 3rd Annual Springfield Jam Fest is being held on Saturday, September 7th from 12 pm -11 pm, on the Plaza at MGM Springfield. THE ALL-DAY FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature a variety of local and regional artists. Band lineup for this year includes Fran Cosmo: former lead singer of BOSTON, Bronze Radio Return, Darik and the Funbags, LuxDeluxe, The Equalites, Malado!, Floyd Patterson Band, DJ Anomaly, Juice the DJ, and Dr.Westchesterson. Specialty vendors like Simply Grace, Spin that Records, and more will be onsite selling a variety of goods. Event goers can enjoy food trucks out on the Armory plaza as well as beer and beverages. Join us and some of the biggest local bands to help us #RocktheStigma and raise money for NAMI of Western Mass and Nicebox.
2019 BAND LINEUP
Former lead singer of BOSTON
Fran Cosmo exploded onto the rock scene when he took over for Brad Delp as the lead singer for the Legendary group BOSTON in 1992. Fran was featured as the lead vocalist on the “Walk On” Album which sold over a million copies worldwide. Certified Platinum in America and certified Platinum in Canada.
Fran’s Lead vocals was also featured on four of the songs off the “Corporate America” Album and both of BOSTON’S Greatest Hits. More info here.
|BRONZE RADIO RETURN
Racking up nearly 70 million streams on Spotify, and with songs such as “Light Me Up,” “Further On,” and “Shake, Shake, Shake,” they have impressively notched nearly 100 high-profile placements ranging from the 2014 film St. Vincent, to commercials for Nissan and Starbucks, to numerous television shows. Along the way, their hyper-charged and hypnotic stage presence has turned bystanders into believers at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout, and Firefly. More info on them here.
A quintet whose members have been playing together about a quarter of their lives, LuxDeluxe steeps their music in classic rock waters and then adds a modern touch to create a near-perfect sound for just about anyone with ears. The Northampton based band makes catchy, straight-ahead rock’n’roll (with an emphasis on the roll) influenced by the likes of Wilco, The Rolling Stones, and most notably, the cult-favorite band NRBQ. More info here.
|DARIK AND THE FUNBAGS
Darik and the Funbags started playing Connecticut in 1997 and have since grown their territory, spanning gigs up and down the eastern seaboard. They boast national exposure being featured on VH-1’s Cover Wars and is one of the few cover bands to get it’s name on New Havens “Legendary Toads Place” Wall of Fame. Bringing their style of FUN and the highest energy show around has made Darik and the Funbags New Englands number one party band.
THE EQUALITES are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor n more. With four part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizziling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more!
Malado’s music style stems from the roots of gospel, R&B, Hiphop, Neo-soul, Jazz, and more. Every member of the band can play drums and keys. Malado has won two Battle of the Bands at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. They have played along side the like of, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, All Time Low, and more. Malado continues to strive to give a good performance at any show no matter the venue. Having made a significant run on VH1’s new show, “Make A Band Famous” earning Top 3 honors out of 2400 bands entered, Malado! plans to take the momentum and release new music and more shows. More info here.
|FLOYD PATTERSON BAND
Floyd Patterson and his band certainly know how to get the crowd going. A local favorite, Floyd Patterson has been playing at every kind of venue you can think of in Western Mass. Playing your favorite Motown hits to Bruno Mars we guarantee you’ll be on your feet dancing by the end of his performance. More info here.
A freaktastic blend of hip hop, dance, disco, rock, funk and electronica featuring nothing but the dopest lyrics, the fattest beats and the illest hooks. Music best served with a heaping chamberful of the stankiest of stankys, the dankiest of dankys and the hankiest of pankys. Tune in and get with it cuz’ the Dr. is making housecalls, he’s got you in his crosshairs and he ain’t takin’ no for an answer.
|JUICE THE DJ
Mobile DJ out of Springfield, Massachusetts in the City of Homes, as well as the Basketball Hall of Fame. One event after another it all rolled into place and the name was revealed! Word of mouth has been Dj Juice is spinning LOUDEST OF MUSIC & BEATS in the City for the art, love, and passion of music therefore it made starting an entertainment business a no brainer.
DJ Anomaly has held the title of, “Official Sound of UMass Athletics” since 2016. He’s provided value and services at at a wide variety of places in Western Mass.