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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Amherst, The Notch Walks & Talks

September 2021 Events at Mount Holyoke Range State Park All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, dress in layers, and wear good footwear.  An adult must accompany […]

South Worthington, Sevenars Music Festival “One More Time”

Sevenars Concerts South Ireland Street and Rte. 112, South Worthington

Complete all-Beethoven concert (free) from Sevenars on Youtube Sevenars is delighted to present the complete concert video of Jiayan Sun, pianist, playing Beethoven's Op. 109, Op. 110, and Op. 111 […]

The Big E Court of Honor Concerts

The Big E 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

Catch headliners, variety shows and more at The Big E, Sept. 17-Oct. 3, in West Springfield, Mass. The tented venue, located in front of the iconic Coliseum at the heart […]

The Big E!!

The Big E 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

The Big E returns September 17-October 3. “Big is Back” is the theme of this year’s Fair.  Currently the fifth largest fair in North America, The Big E will debut […]

Springfield Thunderbirds Sled Hockey

Sled hockey is an exciting ice sport that allows individuals with physical disabilities to enjoy the great sport of hockey. It is very similar to “stand-up hockey” in terms of […]

Adventure East, Get Outside With Eagle Eye Institute

Next month, Adventure East is teaming up with one of our partners, Eagle Eye Institute, to host a fun-filled family day at their beautiful MountainStar Forest property in Peru, Massachusetts. This a […]

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Sunderland, Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm

Warner Farm 23 S. Main Street, Sunderland

“Imagine” this fall at Mike’s Maze! Our 2021 maze is all about Imagination! A tribute to John and Yoko’s song, released 50 years ago, our 2021 corn maze is a […]

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Mt. Holyoke Summit House, Talks & Walks

Summit House & Joseph Allen Skinner State Park Route 47 on 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley

September 2021 Events at Skinner State Park  All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, dress in layers, and wear good footwear.  An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Harvest

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge

Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn. Fall is a special time at the Village. Our farmers are just beginning the hard work of bringing in the harvest […]

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Munich Haus, Biergarten Bands

Munich Haus 13 Center Street, Chicopee

It's back. Featuring the Valley’s best live entertainment! Thursday 6-8:45pm, Friday and Saturday 6:30-10:00pm. Thursday, September 9th – Joe Pereira Friday, September 10th – 60s Experience Saturday, September 11th – Union Jack Thursday, […]

Adventure East, Hike

This is an all-levels yoga experience in the beautiful woods on the protected lands of Mount Warner. Mount Warner sits nestled among 500 acres of protected land and overlooks the […]

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Crumpin-Fox Golf, Open Tournaments

Crumpin-Fox Club 87 Parmenter Road, Bernardston

Fall Open 4-Ball Date: Saturday, September 25th & Sunday, September 26th Eligibility: Open; players must have active hdcp index Format: Better Ball of partners match play(4-ball); Full handicaps partners course hdcp must be within […]

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Botanic Garden at Smith College, Open

Smith College 7 College Lane, Rte. 9, Northampton

We are pleased to announce that the Botanic Garden of Smith College's Lyman Plant House and Conservatory is reopen to the public. The Botanic Garden is a great place to […]

Adventure East, Hike

Spend the day with us on an outing at Lake Warner that will take us paddling and hiking, followed by an opportunity to enjoy some of the valley's local food […]

Springfield, Pawzaar Craft Fair

The Foundation for TJO Animals invites you to our Pawzaar Craft Fair!  We are so excited to present this OUTDOOR event, held in the parking lot of the Thomas J. […]

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Pumpkin Patch

Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Road, East Windsor

Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a FREE pumpkin. […]

The Eric Carle Museum, Special Storytime

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 125 W Bay Road, Amherst

Join author Jacqueline Tourville as she shares her book How to Build A Hug, the inspiring true story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin and how she invented a “hug machine” to […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Fall Folk Festival

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge

Take in all that fall in New England has to offer and enjoy toe-tapping music with your family and friends at our Fall Folk Festival on September 25, 2021. Relax […]

UMass Amherst, Concert

Downtown Amherst Amherst

BANDTOBERFEST – A FAMILY-FRIENDLY CELEBRATION OF AUTUMN ON THE AMHERST COMMON The UMass Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, conducted by Matthew Westgate, will perform on Saturday, September 25 from 2 […]

Northampton, Florence Night Out

Florence Night Out (FNO) returns September 25 with a vibrant mix of live music with local bands, an open-air artisan market, interactive family-friendly fun, independent walking tours of site-specific art […]

Springfield, The Taste of Italy

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 36 Margaret St, Springfield

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Springfield's South End is holding its annual Taste of Italy festival offering over 40 favorite Italian main and side dishes from which to […]

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Rails To The Darkside

Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Road, East Windsor

As the fall chill fills the air, on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Come for […]

The Big E Concerts

The Big E 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

Flo Rida with Ying Yang Twins Flo Rida first dominated the airwaves with his 2007 breakout single, “Low” featuring T-Pain, off his debut studio album Mail on Sunday. The mega hit […]