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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Storrowton Village, Yuletide at Storrowton

December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm EST

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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until December 8, 2019

Storrowton Village Museum presents Yuletide at Storrowton every December. This FREE winter festival weekend brings the community together to celebrate the season with traditional Yuletide activities, entertainment, featuring ice sculpting, 19th century trades, livestock demonstrations, music, and a chance to visit with Santa and more. Visitors can wander around the Storrowton throughout the weekend and talk with volunteers about the things they find interesting in the museum spaces and do some shopping in the historic Village.

Celebrate the season with entertainment, shopping and more in our historic Village and visit with Santa! Stop by the new Yankee Candle Pop-up Shop in the Greenwich Barn, and enjoy 25% off in the Christmas Shop. Make-your-own ornament and grab cocoa or treat in Potter Mansion.

Decorated through the generosity of area garden clubs, florists and designers, the Village buildings will be bursting with innovative and original ideas to turn your home into a holiday wonderland. Walk through the buildings to find beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands, fresh evergreens and all natural materials around every corner.

Saturday, Dec. 7

  • 11 a.m. – Village opens with a family craft area in Potter Mansion, letterpress printing and broom making demos in the Greenwich Barn, and Guys, Gals and Goats 4H Club in the Brown Sheds.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Santa in the Greenwich Barn, ice sculpting demonstration by Mike Rondeau on the Village Green
  • 1-2 p.m. – Dennis Picard presents a talk on “History of the American Christmas Tree” in the Union Meeting House
  • 2-4 p.m. – Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Greenwich Barn
  • 3-4 p.m. – Two of Cups – fiddle music of the season in the Union Meeting House

Sunday, Dec. 8

  • 11 a.m. – Village opens with a family craft area in Potter Mansion, letterpress printing and broom making demos in the Greenwich Barn, and Guys, Gals and Goats 4H Club in the Brown Sheds.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Santa in the Greenwich Barn
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Caroling throughout the Village with the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, begins at the Union Meeting House
  • 1-2 p.m. – Stan Svec – Traditional fiddle music and story telling
  • ·2-4 p.m. – Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Greenwich Barn

For those who want to get in a little modern-day shopping while at Storrowton Village, new this year is a Yankee Candle Retail Shop in the Greenwich Barn. Visitors can also receive 25 percent off in the Christmas Shop filled holiday gifts, decorations and collectible ornaments. There is also a family craft area to make a holiday ornament and sip a hot beverage or treat from the Holiday Sweet Shoppe, where all proceeds benefit the educational programs at the museum.

In the spirit that “it is better to give than receive,” Storrowton Village will be collecting new, unused, and unwrapped toys to donate to Baystate Children’s Hospital for children and teens. Donation boxes will be located in the Greenwich Barn and Gift Shop during Yuletide Weekend.

Learn more about needed items at bit.ly/BCH-Toy-Donation.

Parking is free for all Storrowton events. Activities will take place weather permitting. For more information, call the village at 413-205-5051 or visit us at StorrowtonVillage.com.

Big E tickets on your list to Santa?

2020 Big E advance discount tickets are ready, just in time for holiday giving! Get your tickets and Value Passes to the 104th edition of The Big E, which takes place Sept. 18-Oct. 4, online and at the Box Office, 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday.

Ticket options available include:

  • Single Day admission tickets – $12 adults/$8 children 6-12
  • Midway Magic Vouchers – $25
  • Opening Day tickets (good for use on Sept. 18 only) – $10

17-Day Value Passes – $40 adults/$20 children age 6-12. This offer includes four FREE Giant Slide tickets for each Value Pass sold.

All tickets, passes and vouchers are “print at home” documents, making the gift a perfect last-minute shopping option. To learn more, visit www.TheBigE.com/holidaytickets


December 8, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Storrowton Village at ESE
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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(413) 205-5051