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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June 2021

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Courtyard Concerts

June 1 - July 5
Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 820 Hall of Fame Ave
Springfield, MA 01105
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Uno Pizzeria and Grill is celebrating their 30th Anniversary and have announced their 2021 Summer Music Lineup. Enjoy live music, EVERY NIGHT through August 29th, 6pm – 10pm, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the series, which is held on the outdoor courtyard patio. Featuring Tom Ingram acoustic, as the veteran area musician plays a wide array of genres, also longtime favorites Eagle Eyes churning out a steady diet of contemporary hits under the stars on Wednesdays, Good…

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Northfield Mountain, Munns Ferry Camping

June 1 - July 4
Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63
Northfield, MA 01360
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Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry campgrounds are situated along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. Campgrounds now accepting reservations. Half of the campsites will be left empty to allow for social distancing, and the larger 30-person group sites will remain closed for the time being, in keeping with state public health guidelines. Picnic tables and grills associated with each of the campsites will be available and sanitized upon the departure of the group renting the campsite. Restroom facilities at these parks…

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Northfield Mountain, StoryWalks and Scavenger Hunts

June 1 - June 27
Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63
Northfield, MA 01360
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Walk from page to page and enjoy reading the delightful children’s story, Backyard Fairies. The forest shimmers with magic as a young girl searches for these elusive creatures. Even though the fairies keep flitting out of sight, keen-eyed readers will spot them on every page. Award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl offers a fanciful and beautifully illustrated peek into the hidden world of fairies. Our June StoryWalk® takes place at Northfield Mountain and ends in magical woods where you might want to build…

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Springfield Museums, Exhibits

June 1 - July 7
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Cut ‘N’ Rough Collection, through June 2022. Wild Kratts: Creature Power, May 29 – September 12. Constructing Poetry: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer, May 1 –September 12.  Cut ‘N’ Rough Collection Through June 2022 Cut ‘N’ Rough, a collection of cut stone displayed side-by-side with the same stone in its original rough state, ready for all to see in Earth Hall, on the second floor of the Springfield Science Museum. The Cut ‘N’ Rough exhibit is on loan from Fred…

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CrabApple Whitewater, Kennebec River

June 1 - June 27
CrabApple Whitewater, 3 Lake Moxie Rd
The Forks, ME 04985
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Note for 2021: all reservation groups will have their own private raft(s) and River Guide(s). Our rafts hold 8-9 people. Rafts perform much better and are more fun in Class 3-4 rapids when full, so try to plan for 6-8 paddlers (8 is ideal) in your raft whenever possible. While a few of our Maine neighbors join us for the day, most of our whitewater rafters enjoy a comfortable night’s stay in our riverside lodging before a day of rafting.…

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Zoar Outdoor, Zipline Canopy Tours

June 4 - July 4
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Disconnect from the day-to-day and reconnect to each other on our unique 3-hour Zip Line Canopy Tour. 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels. We offer a one-of-a-kind zipline experience at Zoar Outdoor. Our three-hour canopy tour consists of 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels that whisk you through a breathtakingly scenic landscape high above the Deerfield River Valley in the northern Berkshires. Our friendly professional guides help you navigate your aerial trek through the…

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Connecticut Science Center, Exhibits

June 4 - July 2
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
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Start planning your adventure to travel back in time and walk among life-size dinosaurs in our new blockbuster traveling exhibition, Dinosaurs Around the World. And while you’re here, you can also visit a tropical butterfly oasis, journey into space, and discover what makes you…YOU in our new permanent exhibition, Genome in Me. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we…

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Berkshire East, Summer

June 4 - July 4
Berkshire East Mountain Resort, 66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Ready for an adventure? We want to make sure you get the chance to experience these Berkshire East unforgettable outdoor summer adventures including..... Berkshire East Zipline Canopy Tours: With three different zip line canopy tours featuring some of North America’s longest zip lines, Berkshire East Canopy Tours is New England’s largest zip line destination. Featured by USA Today as one of the top 10 zip lines in the United States! Whether you are getting a taste of zipping on our Base…

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MGM Springfield, Race to The Finish

June 4 - June 27
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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Race to The Finish Now through June 26th Up to 600 players will win a share of $450,000 in prizes including FREEPLAY® , and cash. Plus, one Grand Prize winner of a Brand-new Audi every Saturday. M life Rewards® members will receive one entry for every 50 Slot Points or 100 Tier Credits earned from table play. Win up to 10x Entries on Tuesdays in June. Drawings take place on Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 4pm-10pm with the Grand Prize drawings each…

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CrabApple Whitewater, Kennebec River

June 12 - June 27
CrabApple Whitewater, 3 Lake Moxie Rd
The Forks, ME 04985
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Note for 2021: all reservation groups will have their own private raft(s) and River Guide(s). Our rafts hold 8-9 people. Rafts perform much better and are more fun in Class 3-4 rapids when full, so try to plan for 6-8 paddlers (8 is ideal) in your raft whenever possible. While a few of our Maine neighbors join us for the day, most of our whitewater rafters enjoy a comfortable night’s stay in our riverside lodging before a day of rafting.…

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Norman Rockwell Museum, Exhibits

June 12 - July 12
Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183 (Glendale Ave)
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration • June 12 – October 31, 2021 Plan your escape into the most comprehensive exhibition of fantasy illustration featuring paintings, etchings, drawings, and digital art. Journey from the Middle Ages through ancient mythology, fairy tales, and heroes and villains to contemporary artwork from Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. Marvel at 140+ works of art created by more than 100 artists over five centuries. Real and Imagined: Fantastical Rockwell • June 12…

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The Zoo in Forest Park, Summer!

June 14 - June 27
The Zoo in Forest Park, 293 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA 01108
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Zoo Camp to children ages 6-13. Whether you're in need of child care or your kiddo just loves animals, they're invited to come spend their last few weeks of summer with us. Zoo campers have the unique opportunity to assist with animal care, meet new creatures, prepare diets, create animal enrichment, and much, much more. Learn More For more information on the latest news, please visit www.forestparkzoo.org/tours-trips/zoo-camp. Counselor-in-Training Perfect for teenagers 16-18 with an interest in child care and education. CITs…

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Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Father’s Day

June 14 - June 20
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Sweet and classic... just like Dad. This 16-piece assortment is sure to satisfy Dad's sweet tooth! All of our chocolate gifts for Dad (tools, cars, boxes, and to-go kits) are available for mail-order and curbside pick-up. The fastest way to place any order is online, but you can also call us at (413) 772-0443.  

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Springfield Museums, Hall of Heroes

June 15 - June 24
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Extended by Popular Demand Through June 24th 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 and present…

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Old Deerfield Country Store, New Arrivals

June 15 - June 20
Old Deerfield Country Store, 480 Greenfield Rd., Rts. 5 & 10
Deerfield, MA 01342
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JUST IN... hundreds of White Mountain and Masterpiece puzzles, braided coasters to runners, car coasters, porch signs (made in Massachusetts), kitchen gadgets (including our best selling one-handed can opener), crystal expressions, toys, jams and jellies, candy, & much more! You'll enjoy shopping or browsing our 3 large rooms in a causal relaxed atmosphere. Sit a while in our ice cream parlor and enjoy your favorite flavor of ice cream or old-fashioned milkshake. Or shop our online store. Click HERE to receive a…

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Berkshire East, Father’s Day

June 16 - June 20
Berkshire East Mountain Resort, 66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Take Your dad out for an adventure this fathers day! Dads go for free when accompanied by 1 paying customer!  We are in full summer mode here at Berkshire East! Make sure to take advantage of our Fathers Day Discount that is available for the Berkshire East Adventure Park, Mountain Coaster, and Mountain Top Zipline Canopy Tour! Dad's go for free when accompanied by 1 paying customer! Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster: Think of it as a combination alpine slide and roller coaster. The Thunderbolt…

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The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits

June 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 27, 2021

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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Come check out our new exhibitions, enjoy storytime at The Carle or online, or create something in the Art Studio. Now open Thursday through Sunday! Book your visit ahead online and learn more here. Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books through July 3, 2021. This exhibition is the first of its kind to delve into the events, people, and themes of the civil rights movement as told through picture books. More than 80…

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Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

June 17 - June 20
Sonny’s Place, 349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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Join us this weekend for another great weekend of Free Live Music at Sonny's Place Thursday, June 17th0: Brian Hosmer Acoustic Friday, June 181th: Vinyl Revolution Saturday, June 19th: LA's Backstage Pass Sunday, June 20th: Deep Cover All shows are held on Pavilion Stage and moved into the Pavilion in the event of rain. Shows are 8pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3pm-6pm on Sundays. Monday Night Karaoke Every Monday Beginning at 6pm on the Pavilion Stage! Drink special: 1/2…

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Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

June 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 4, 2021

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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CrabApple Whitewater, Fife Brook Rafting

June 17 - July 4
CrabApple Whitewater, 3 Lake Moxie Rd
The Forks, ME 04985
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This beautiful rafting trip through mild whitewater (Class I & II with one Class III) is the perfect outing for families, friends, groups and youth organizations. Rafting time is approximately 2.5 hours with a deli style lunch included for morning trips and a cookout following afternoon trips. Meals are served dry and warm at Crab Apple’s riverside base camp. Our Fife Brook trip starts out with a bang at “Hurricane Rapid” followed by bouncy rapids such as “Sideways Splash”, “Freight…

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