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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Springfield Museums, Summer Spectacular

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 8, 2021

The Museums present Summer Spectacular—full-immersion, hands-on fun for the whole family July 5-August 11, 2021.

Summer Spectacular Schedule
Sunday-Tuesday:

Daily Hands-on activities in The Cat’s Corner, Spark!Lab, and The Art Discovery Center.

Art Discovery Center Projects:

July 19-25 –Printmaking with Flowers
July 26-August 1 – New Logos Meet Ancient Art
August 2-August 8 – TBA

Wednesdays Weekly:

11:00-2:00 Meet the Cat in the Hat! – Safe, social-distanced visits with the Cat in the Hat!  While Dr. Seuss’s most iconic character will be behind stanchions, you can still get a fabulous family photo!

11:00-2:00 Live Animal Reptile Encounter – Join one of our knowledgeable museum educator’s at the Reptile Wall in our Live Animal Center to get a closer look and learn more about animals like a painted turtle, box turtle, ball python, and bearded dragons!

11:00-2:00 Chalk Art with Amy Reyor – Join Springfield’s own chalk artist Reyor as she create playful artwork on the Museums Grounds.  Grab some chalk and join the fun too, then leave with your own bag of sidewalk chalk to use at home.

11:00-3:00 Wabi-Sabi Art in the Sunshine – In Japanese art, wabi-sabi means imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  Use water on Buddha Boards to create art that slowly disappears, or tempera paint on our painting frame that gets scrubbed down each afternoon.

11:00-3:00 Pollinator Super Powers – Bees and Beyond! Learn more about our most famous pollinators and other local helpers that may surprise you, including how you can help them!  Play a pollinator game start a local pollinator scavenger hunt.

11:00-3:00 Symbols and Shades of Home – Learn about the historic nomadic people of the Islamic world, and how they used color and pattern to identify their homes no matter where they traveled.  Make your own design that represents you and your family.

11:00-3:00 The Meaning of Flowers in Asian Art – Explore the symbolism of different species and colors in Asian Art, then head into the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum to see examples in the collections.  Color some flower trading cards and have fun sharing them with friends and family.

July 14 & 28, August 4 & 11 11:00-3:00 Visit from US Fish & Wildlife – From animal skins to rain gardens, join Fish & Wildlife intern Guillermo to learn more about the natural world that surrounds us!

Thursdays Weekly:

11:00-2:00 Live Animal Reptile Encounter – Join one of our knowledgeable museum educators at the Reptile Wall in our Live Animal Center to get a closer look and learn more about animals like a painted turtle, box turtle, ball python, and bearded dragons!

Ball Python

11:00-3:00 Printmaking in the Sunshine – “Mono” means one, and “monoprints” are prints that can only be made one time.  Use paint, paper, brushes, and texture tools create your own one-of-a-kind artwork.

11:00-3:00 The Meaning and Tradition of Talking Sticks – Talking sticks are also known as speaker’s staffs. They originated within the Indigenous tribes of the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, and Onandaga, and have been and are currently apart of many Indigenous traditions today.

11:00-3:00 Arabic Calligraphy – Learn to create the beautiful characters of another language and decorate a fabric tote bag.

11:00-3:00 Pollinator Super Powers – Bees and Beyond!  Learn more about our most famous pollinator’s and other local helpers that may surprise you, including how you can help them!  Play a pollinator game start a local pollinator scavenger hunt.

11:00-3:00 The Meaning of Flowers in Asian Art – Explore the symbolism of different species and colors in Asian Art, then go into the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum to see examples in the collections.  Color some flower trading cards and have fun trading them with friends and family.

Fridays Weekly:

10:15-1:15 Spark!Lab Rockets (Weather Permitting) – Shoot off two different rockets you power with your feet!  First, make a stomp rocket out of paper and launch it using an empty soda bottle.  Then, try a special person-powered rocket launcher on loan from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center.

10:15-1:15 Design, Build, Test – Imagine a scientific mission to space, draw inspiration from existing spacecraft, and then design and build your own simple model spacecraft to accomplish the goals of their mission. After assembling a spacecraft and attaching tools, to your creation, you can complete a series of tests to ensure that they’re ready for launch. Did you include the necessary tools? Can the spacecraft withstand the vibration of launch, or the spin of navigating through space? If not, it’s back to the drawing board—the design/build/test cycle begins again!

10:15-1:15 Arabic Calligraphy – Learn to create the beautiful characters of another language and decorate a fabric tote bag.

10:15-1:15 Sculpting in the Sunshine – This summer the Museums Grounds will be enlivened by Don Gummer’s large sculptures!  Take inspiration from these landscaping-changing pieces and create a mini sculpture using similar mediums to take home.

1:30 – Bring Your Own Blanket Concert on the Quad with Toe Jam Puppet Band – Toe Jam Puppet Band offers a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment that grown-ups can also enjoy. The performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling, and just plain old good fun.

Saturdays Weekly:

11:00-2:00 Meet the Cat in the Hat! – Safe, social-distanced visits with the Cat in the Hat!  While Dr. Seuss’s most iconic character will be behind stanchions, you can still get a fabulous family photo!

Crayons and star-shaped ornament

Seymour Planetarium Shows

After 18 months of planning and hard work—and interruptions due to the pandemic—the Springfield Museums present the newly refurbished Seymour Planetarium Friday, July 16, at the Springfield Science Museum.

Freshly painted with new carpets and new theater-style, cushioned seats, the planetarium looks bright and shiny. But even brighter and more shiny is the Korkosz starball in the center of the round and domed room.

Below, please see the planetarium shows that will be presented. Because the schedule sometimes changes, please check SpringfieldMuseums.org for the schedule on the day you visit.

Magic Sky

Join Jesse in a dream adventure sparked by a bedtime story about the night sky, digitally remastered for a video format with added special effects.  Through story and song, children explore the concept of day and night and discover that the sun is really a star. Recommended for ages 5 and up

Mystery of the Disappearing Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for nearly 200 million years and then, in the geological blink of an eye, they were gone forever. How did creatures that big suddenly vanish from the face of the Earth? Travel far out into space, deep inside the earth and back in time as we try to unravel the mystery of the disappearing dinosaurs. The show is digitally remastered for a video format with new effects added. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Splendors of the Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring Sky

What is that you’re seeing in the sky at night? With the planetarium stars as the backdrop, find out how to locate and identify celestial objects, planets, and constellations as the seasons change. The seasonal changes in the sky are probably the first scientific observations made as people sought to anticipate the seasons and grow their food crops. As you observe these changes you participate in one of the fundamental cycles of nature. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

MORE ABOUT THE STARBALL

The Springfield Science Museum is home to the Seymour Planetarium, the oldest operating planetarium in the United States. Most notable inside the domed structure is the Korkosz starball, the world’s oldest operating American-made projector (1937), which projects the night sky allowing planetarium operators for decades to share the wonder of more than 7,000 stars with audiences of all ages.

Planetarium tickets are free for Springfield Museums members.

Nonmember tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for ages 17 and under, in addition to museum admission.

Please note, due to the ongoing pandemic, and children under 12 not yet having access to vaccination, all will be required to wear masks in the planetarium.

The Museums are open seven days a week and the Museums invite visitors to play, explore, and create with us! Many activities take place outside on the Museums Grounds (rain locations TBA) and all are free with museum admission! Full schedules at //SpringfieldMuseums.org/programs.

Please note there are fantastic classes for kids, teens, and adults all summer long at the Museum School.

We hope you are inspired by your visit to the Museums. And, please come back again—there is always something new at the Springfield Museums! Family memberships are $125.

Details

Date:
July 8
Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Venue

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Phone:
(413) 263-6800
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