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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September 2020

Springfield Museums, Heroes in Healthcare

September 5 - October 11
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The Springfield Museums present Heroes in Healthcare: Celebrating Springfield’s Medical Community at the Wood Museum of Springfield History, on display through January 24, 2021. This exhibit traces the history of healthcare in Springfield and highlights some of its many heroes. From the Civil War through present day, doctors and nurses, public health employees, social workers and philanthropists have contributed significantly to improving the health of this community with their skills, compassion and vision. With the WHO’s declaration of the International…

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The Student Prince Restaurant, THE BIG E on Fort Street!

September 17 - September 30
The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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We wish we could celebrate with you at The Wurst Haus at the Big E! That's why we created out Fort Fair Menu. Feast like a KING all month long! Try our Loaded Tater Tots - covered with Shredded BBQ Pork, Beer Cheese Sauce, Scallions, Red Onions & Bacon or Our Blackened Kielbasa - with Cajun Aioli & Spicy Fries! SO MUCH MORE TO TRY - CHECK OUT THE MENU!

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The Zoo in Forest Park, Guided Tours

September 17 - October 4
The Zoo in Forest Park, 293 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA 01108
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Tour The Zoo with the people who know it best. Book a 30-minute guided tour with a Keeper/Educator for your next visit. The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center offers tours of The Zoo to fit the needs of any group! Coming with a group of 9 or less? We have you covered! Looking for a unique day date? We can help! Want a more personal, in-depth look at our animals? Look no further! A Zookeeper or Zoo Educator…

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Connecticut Science Center, Exhibit

September 19 - October 4
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a combination of hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on exhibits. See more than 200 spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life. Plus, get a peek at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden Maya of the ancient past. EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS More than 230…

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MGM Springfield, OPEN!

September 21 - September 30
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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September is your chance to win $225,000! Gain an entry for every 50 Slot Points all month long. Maximize your entries by playing our Mystery Multiplier game each Monday! Join us for drawings every Friday & Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Open to all M life Rewards Members. Visit the M life Rewards Desk for more information.  September Wristwatch Wednesdays in September are your chance to take home the watch of your choice. Earn 350 Slot Points and…

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Homegrown

September 23 - September 29

In this week's SSO Homegrown episode, violist Elizabeth Rose plays the beautiful Sarabande from the Cello Suite No. 1 in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach. The SSO homegrown series will bring something new for you to enjoy each week. You will hear from maestro Rhodes, SSO musicians, youth orchestra musicians, SSO staff and more. There will be music and talk of instruments, composers and pieces—something different each week. Let’s all play together and have some fun. Check the home page…

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Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theatre Workshop

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - September 29 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
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THIS WEEK! COMMUNITY WORKS DIRECTING WORKSHOP Ever wonder how a director hones their craft? Tune in for a workshop with COMMUNITY WORKS Engagement Artist, Maya Davis, and learn some of the skills of directing! From working with actors, to blocking, to design, join this workshop to explore the director's toolbox! All ages welcome—no prior experience is required! This free workshop will be streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday, September 23, 5:00–5:45 PM EDT. No Facebook login or profile is required to…

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Zoar Outdoor, Zipline Canopy Tours

September 28 - October 9
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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If you’re looking for a fun and quick adventure, come for an overnight stay and zip line! If you book two or more spots for our Zipline Canopy Tour from September 15th–October 31st (weekdays), you’ll receive a free night stay at one of our cabin tents! This is the perfect trip for families or trusted friend groups ages 10+! You can invite up to eight people to enjoy a night in our comfortable cabin tents and then the next morning, you will wake…

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Springfield Museums, Hall of Heroes

September 29 - October 11
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Extended by Popular Demand, through January 3, 2021! Hall of Heroes brings visitors into the world of their favorite superheroes, crime-stoppers, gadgets and more through immersive experiences! As soon as you enter, you immediately find yourself in the thick of the action in an ambitious, custom-built space. Your journey takes you through several themed environments with surprises around each corner. An adventure fit for all ages that includes: Challenging, highly engaging interactive displays and tests Replicas and rare artifacts from past…

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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru

September 29
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru, sponsored by Westfield Bank, will feature three different vendors each week who will bring their authentic and iconic Big E foods to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds! Drive-Thru dates are September 22 - 27, September. 29 - October 4, October 6 -11, and October 13 - 18. Hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11AM - 7PM, Fridays from 10AM - 8PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9AM - 7PM. Week #2 Vendors (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4,…

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Springfields Great Escape, Comedy Night

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until September 29, 2020

Springfields Great Escape, 141 State St
Springfield, MA 01103
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Hey everyone EMT Comedy ‘s open mic night is back, how exciting!!! Local comedians getting together to bring healing through laughter. And for sure, bring some money to purchase a few drinks to help out a local business. Join us every other Tuesday with EMT Comedy! Sign up begins at 6:30 and space is limited for your safety and ours.

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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru

September 30
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru, sponsored by Westfield Bank, will feature three different vendors each week who will bring their authentic and iconic Big E foods to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds! Drive-Thru dates are September 22 - 27, September. 29 - October 4, October 6 -11, and October 13 - 18. Hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11AM - 7PM, Fridays from 10AM - 8PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9AM - 7PM. Week #2 Vendors (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4,…

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Western New England University, Talk

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Western New England University, 215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, 01119 MA
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Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime. The Center for Social Justice is excited to host WNE Professor Jennifer Taub in conversation with Helaine Olen from the Washington Post for a celebration of Taub's new book--Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.

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Sonny’s Place, SpeedQuizzing

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 30, 2020

Sonny’s Place, 349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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We're bringing you SpeedQuizzing Fun Live -- inside the open air Pavilion at Sonny's Place -- every Wednesday! Join us for a fun filled night of Trivia, Food, and Drinks! DJ Dennis will be on hand to MC the evening! If your team scores high, you could win a prize! Coming for SpeedQuizzing? Join us for dinner & drinks! We have a new chef and menu served sit down style! Click below for the menu! CLICK HERE FOR MENU Seating is…

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Northampton, Forbes Library Talk

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Forbes Library, 20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum Standing Committee will hold its second annual meeting with a special guest speaker on the topic of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement. The session will start 7 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. and will be offered virtually. After a brief review of the committee’s activities for the past year, the program will be turned over to Barbara F. Benson who will speak about the 100th anniversary of the 19th…

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UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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October 2020

Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

October 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 10, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

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The Log Cabin, Big E Craft Pub

October 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 4, 2020

The Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 4th, the New England Craft Pub normally located at the Big E will be at the Log Cabin! This Big E Favorite will feature at least 18 regional beers and ciders on tap, outdoor live entertainment (weather permitting), and of course our Big E inspired food, like the famous Turducken Sandwich, Mick’s Irish Nachos, our signature Chicken Pot Pie and the well known Big E Cream Puff. Indoor and outdoor tables with…

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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru

October 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru, sponsored by Westfield Bank, will feature three different vendors each week who will bring their authentic and iconic Big E foods to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds! Drive-Thru dates are September 22 - 27, September. 29 - October 4, October 6 -11, and October 13 - 18. Hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11AM - 7PM, Fridays from 10AM - 8PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9AM - 7PM. Week #2 Vendors (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4,…

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The Longmeadow Shops, Farmers Market

October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 15, 2020

The Longmeadow Shops, 696 Bliss Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
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Stroll “The Shops” and the Farmers Market every Thursday from 12 PM-6 PM. Every week you will find a great assortment of locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods, honey, milk, cheeses, flowers, and more! Vendors include Berry Knoll Farm, Valley View Acres, Sweet Pea Cheese, and Blossoming Acres. *Please respect social distancing guidelines, practice good hygiene, stay home if you are sick, and follow government recommendations regarding masks, etc. Thursdays – October 29th, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

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