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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In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? Join Cammy and William on their winter walk as they discover signs of a chipmunk, squirrel, cardinal and more. Help them find clues and join in guessing “Who’s been here”. Walk from page to page as you read this beautifully illustrated children’s story, In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George. Have fun spending family time outdoors together as you search for your own wildlife clues. Our winter StoryWalks™ begin in the parking area at Firstlight's…Find out more »
Chance Encounters - Mixed Media Constructions by Shawn Farley; through March 7. 2021. The Outwin: American Portraiture Today; through April 4, 2021. Chance Encounters - Mixed Media Constructions by Shawn Farley; Through–March 7, 2021. Massachusetts artist Shawn Farley creates sculptural assemblages that give new life to obsolete foundry molds and other found objects. By embracing chance and trusting her keen artistic instincts, Farley constructs clever compositions that take on human qualities and adopt their own personalities. To embark on her work, Farley searches…Find out more »
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Extended by Popular Demand, through March 14, 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…Find out more »
Every object has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things celebrates that story—the people, the manufacturing processes and the technology used to make everyday objects in our world. Once, every product we used was made by hand, usually one at a time. Some things are still made that way. But over the years, people invented machines to make things quickly, more efficiently and less expensively. Almost everything you buy at a store is made in factories, by many…Find out more »
JANUARY IS COLLEGE MONTH!!! Until the end of January go ski Berkshire East and Catamount ski areas for an amazing price! $25 for a Day/Night Ticket $25 for Rentals This offer is only valid for weekday tickets (Monday - Friday) at both Catamount and Berkshire East Mountain Resorts. All participants must have a valid Student ID for their University or College that they can show when they pick up the ticket at the ticketing window. Click Here for College Tickets…Find out more »
“The World in the Year 2058” By Anonymous, Translated by Patrick Casiano There’s a Yiddish expression that says, “Gey zay a novi—Go be a prophet!” That’s exactly what the anonymous author of “The World in the Year 2058” tried to do back in 1958, when this curious Yiddish text was written. Not unlike the prognostications of Jules Verne (whom we’ll encounter below), the author’s prescient predictions included video phones, solar power, collision avoidance systems for cars, trackless trains, “airplanes that…Find out more »
Don't let your golf swing get rusty this winter, keep your game sharp by practicing and playing in the Fox Den! We have two separate hitting bays open 7-days a week from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Each bay is powered by a Trackman Launch Monitor and gives players the option of playing over 40 different, real life courses like Pebble Beach or St. Andrews Golf Links. Advanced bookings are required, please call the golf shop at 413-648-9101 to reserve your time today!…Find out more »
Limited stock of heart shaped ornaments in time for Valentine’s Day! This deep red butterfly comes from Africa. It is a flash of red on the wing! The Butterly is in a small heart shaped ornament approximately 3″ in diameter. Your real preserved butterfly died in good shape from our butterfly conservatory or responsible butterfly farm and never killed or taken from nature. It is sealed in this ornament and with proper care should last forever. About half the species…Find out more »
The Springfield Museums present Heroes in Healthcare: Celebrating Springfield’s Medical Community at the Wood Museum of Springfield History, on display through March 28, 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…Find out more »
This week's episode of Homegrown features Principal Flute Ann Bobo and Piccolo/Flutist Ellen Redman, who offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it's like to play together in the flute section of the orchestra. To illustrate, they offer audio clips from two pieces performed by the SSO at recent concerts - Symphony No. 4 in A Major, "Italian," by Felix Mendelssohn, and Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection," by Gustav Mahler. Along the way, Ann and Ellen talk about what…Find out more »
Join us every week at Noon on Wednesday as we explore interesting science topics, and conduct fun science experiments LIVE! You might experience an animal encounter, conduct a wild science experiment, take an exhibit tour, and so much more. Ask questions, interact, and have some virtual fun with our STEM Educators all in a LIVE! setting. TWO WAYS TO JOIN: On Facebook LIVE! On our Website (no account required) JOIN IN THE FUN Winter STEM in a Box All Materials Included | Shipping…Find out more »
January is National Soup Month! Fresh “Homemade” Soups - Two Each Day! ~ Every Monday ~ “Flu Fighter” Chicken Turmeric Soup ~ Every Wednesday ~ Chicken Noodle Soup ~ Every Friday ~ Clam Chowder & Cheese Tortellini Soup And our Apple Cider Donuts, Made FRESH Every Morning! Hours Open 7AM - 7PM EverydayFind out more »
Eleanor Roosevelt, Val Kill and Her Legacy Eleanor Roosevelt was called the First Lady of the World by Harry Truman. It was a title befitting of such an amazing woman. She defined the role of First Lady, but what she did in the years after her husbands Presidency defines her as well. She spent the remaining years of her life at her home Val Kill in Hyde park. We will explore her home together and share some stories about her…Find out more »
Say Cheese will be at the brewery dishing up some delicious grilled cheese. Special for the day will be the “Loaded Grilled Cheese”cheddar, mashed potatoes, bacon and scallions! ORDER NOWFind out more »
Our adult league has been picking up steam with everyone looking for something to do that is fun and still safe. Wednesday nights our Adult league has been meeting from 6pm-7:30 every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome. Its $40 a week with no long-term commitment. Please call Ryan or Wyatt at the track for more details. 413-446-7845. The only high speed karting facility in Western Mass is open, and everyone is welcome. Kids 8+ and adults of any skill level. The throttle…Find out more »
Zeke's themed winter dining weekends and family style meals to-go continue! Let the comfort of Chef Tom's Southern BBQ menu fill your plates this week, or enjoy one of Zeke's traditional family meals! $35 PRICE PER PERSON PLUS TAX & GRATUITY. • • • CHOICE OF STARTER • • • HUSH PUPPIES Corn flour fritters, green onion aioli for dipping STEEL RAIL CHILI A house favorite topped with sour cream and shredded cheese, served with chips • • • CHOICE…Find out more »
Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM. This skate is for Home school students and families ONLY. Limited spots available. Pre-registration required. For online registration please visit https://ameliaparkice.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseActivities.aspx Or call the arena 413-568-2503Find out more »
Learn about the history of New England and Storrowton Village on a visit to our museum! Take a guided tour Tuesdays through Fridays at 11am, Tickets $8. Tour time slots must be picked in advance and have limited capacity due to social distancing guidelines. All museum tickets must be purchased by 4PM on the day prior to your visit date. Please check in at the tent outside the Museum Gift Shop 15 minutes before your tour begins. Our newly remodeled…Find out more »
The popular lecture series explores art, history, and science. Sometimes it features a dramatic production or a musical presentation. All lectures will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. The Museums ask all to register in advance at springfieldmuseums.org. The cost is $2 Members, $4 nonmembers. List of Programs Everyday People: A Conversation Between Portraitists January 28, 2021 @ 12:15 pm–1:00 pm Museums a la Carte on ZOOM Frontline, March For Our Lives, Chicago: The Story Behind the Photograph…Find out more »