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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Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief In the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Liza Donnelly’s work, visitors can explore her hand-drawn lines that are a means of examining the way we live our lives, finding common ground, launching political movements, or calling leaders into account. An accomplished cartoonist, with more than 40 years at The New Yorker, a writer, children’s book illustrator, and visual journalist, Donnelly believes that humor can open the door to new ways of seeing, connecting us in ways that words alone…Find out more »
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 major motion pictures and television shows…Find out more »
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. Storytime Daily | 11:30AM &…Find out more »
Each day, beginning July 27th through August 26th, an original piece of student art will be posted on the Springfield Armory Facebook page. The online art exhibit will coincide with Women's Equality Day on August 26th and the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The exhibit: The Art of Equality: Celebrating the Leadership of Women Workers in Springfield, consists of 30 original pieces of art developed by students in art classes from seven…Find out more »
Come explore the museum’s 19 rooms of art, culture and history! We are located in the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but as the earliest historical society in the region, people from throughout Franklin County—as well as Hampshire and Hampden counties—entrusted their family stories to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. From fossils of dinosaur tracks to 20th century artifacts, this extraordinary collection continues to be enhanced by both donations and purchases. CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBITS Edward and Orra Hitchcock He was one…Find out more »
Wake up! Summer is in full swing and the season isn't complete without a visit to the Museum. Looking for the perfect lunch spot with manicured grounds and outdoor sculpture to stroll? The Runaway Cafe on the Museum terrace is open for everyone, and you don't even need to pay Museum admission. We’re excited to welcome you back with two new timely exhibitions, Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief,and Rose O’Neill: Artist and Suffragette featuring a selection of recent acquisitions to the…Find out more »
Due to the current health crisis we are offering private trips set with a minimum and maximum group size. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and hope to have you out here soon! 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. After you’ve registered, we will help you get into and properly fit your harness and helmet. Then it’s…Find out more »
Under the Sea with Eric Carle, through - September 6, 2020 Dive in for an underwater adventure! This exhibition showcases original art from 11 Eric Carle picture books, including his popular titles A House for Hermit Crab (1987) and Mr. Seahorse (2004). See penguins in arctic waters and jellyfish in tropical seas, along with playful dolphins, seals, turtles, and whales. Also on view are Carle’s illustrations of mythological sea creatures—mermaids, leviathans, and the legendary kraken. A reading rowboat and an immersive puppet stage provide…Find out more »
Jr. Invitational - Individual Stroke Play August 10, 2020 Eligibility:Open event, all kids welcome. Invitations will be sent to area golf clubs. Format: Individual Stroke Play; age divisions 14-17 and 13 & under Starting Time: Tee times starting at 11:00 am for 18-hole group (ages 14-17); 1:00 pm for 9-hole group (ages 13 & under). Entry Fee: $20 per player (includes prizes and lunch)We look forward to seeing all of you at Crumpin Fox this summer! Sr. Open 4-Player Best Ball August 12, 2020…Find out more »
The Lady Bea is now booking for Family Only Private Charters. Celebrate your special occasion in style! Your event coordinator will be happy to help you make any special accommodations you require. Please email our events planner at [email protected] to book yours today! Please review our COVID19 UPDATE:Find out more »
Once again the only high speed karting facility in Western Mass is OPEN! Everyone is welcome. Kids 8+ and adults of any skill level. The throttle is in your control so take it slow or put the petal to the metal and drift the corners! We are offering 3 Races for 1 Racer - $40 per person. Call before you leave the house and we will put you in the que. 413-446-PVIK (7845) There is no need for prior experience, we will…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 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…Find out more »
Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move; Extended to January 3, 2021. LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting; Through August 23, 2020. The Lion Guard: The Exhibit; Through September 6, 2020. Chance Encounters - Mixed Media Constructions by Shawn Farley; August 15, 2020–March 7. Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move; Extended to January 3, 2021. Voices of Resilience celebrates the intersecting lives of women in Massachusetts and beyond who…Find out more »
This week's edition of Homegrown features students from the Springfield Honors Academy and the High School of Commerce in a spirited rendition of Tito Puente's Oye Como Va. Their teacher, Matt Bertuzzi, Director of Bands at the schools (and also a member of the SSO Board of Directors and active on various SSO committees), introduces the performance. The SSO homegrown series will bring something new for you to enjoy each week. You will hear from maestro Rhodes, SSO musicians, youth orchestra…Find out more »
MassWildlife released a new Go Fish MA! map to help anglers find fishing spots. The map includes featured sites with great access recommended by MassWildlife staff, bathymetry, boat ramps, and more. Want your kids to love fishing as much as you do? Check out our tips for making fishing fun for the whole family, including how to pick the right equipment, bait, and location. 10 Must-read tips for fishing with kids... Explore the map... MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation…Find out more »
We are all looking for something fun, safe and thrilling for this summer. What can we do to get away from the screens and into a natural setting that is beautiful and challenging? Let’s go WHITEWATER RAFTING!! WHITEWATER RAFTING IS THE BEST DAY TRIP IN NEW ENGLAND FOR SUMMER FUN! Guided raft trips will feature small trips with just a few rafts and each reservation group having their own raft and River guide. Deerfield Fife Brook Section Rafting LEARN MORE …Find out more »
Gather your friends for the ultimate Laser Tag battle. The moment you step into this state of the art arena the adrenaline starts pumping! You’ll defend yourself and your team’s base against the opposing team, as you duck in and out of obstacles and hiding spots. Take aim and head up the ramps that lead you to the second level. Each session is approximately 45 minutes long. For groups over 6, teams will be pitted against each other to defend…Find out more »
School is just around the corner! Whether the kids are learning from home or at school, Holyoke Mall has all of your back-to-school essentials for any classroom! BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES EVERYDAY TEACHER DISCOUNTS: Banana Republic: 15% off with valid teacher ID Francesca’s: 10% off year round with valid teacher ID Loft: 15% off with valid teacher ID New York and Co: 15% off with teacher IDFind out more »
We’re back people!! We love all our friends and escape room enthusiasts! Escape from your home and try to escape from ours! We are now OPEN by appointment! Groups less than 10 feel free to inquire at our Facebook or Instagram pages. No contact payment via our booking capabilities online. Masks required and you must self certify you and your group are all Covid free. Now accepting your 4 legged support family members. Our Theaters Vampire Hunter Can You Vanquish…Find out more »
We continue to miss you each Sunday and hope that you are coping in this difficult time! Although the summer concerts are cancelled, we have been encouraged by some to try live streaming. Though streaming technology is certainly a modern miracle, it is hardly a substitute for the live experience, especially in this unique and precious space. Though it is a given that we are taking an enormous hit this year financially, as are many arts organizations, it would only…Find out more »