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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January 2021

Springfield Preservation Trust, Virtual Program

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Bob McCarrol will be presenting Local Residential Architecture Styles. Can’t tell a Queen Anne from a Craftsman? Changing design tastes over the past 300 years led to a wide variety of housing styles in the Pioneer Valley. This introduction to local architecture will help you recognize the numerous residential styles found in our region. Bob McCarroll will be presenting this beautiful architecture presentation. This will be a virtual presentation that will take place on January 28 at 7pm. Please see our Facebook, and website…

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The Springfield Armory, Online

January 29
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until January 29, 2021

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Suite 2
Springfield, MA 01105
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Firearm Friday! Check out our Facebook page each Friday for behind the scenes stories about the Springfield Armory and those who worked there. The Springfield Armory National Historic Site may be closed, but you can still view parts of the collection and learn more about museum and those who worked there.  Each week there are updates which reveal interesting stories of the history of the armory and people who served the nation. Click here to learn more... The Springfield Armory…

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Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse, National Soup Month

January 29
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until January 29, 2021

Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse, 631 Center St
Ludlow, MA 01056
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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 Everyday

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

January 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2021

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on your walk stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept a family busy. Our tradeshops will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we will be working to keep our hand skills sharp. See the farmers hard at work getting ready for the next season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. There will…

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Storrowton Village, Tours

January 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until January 29, 2021

Storrowton Village at ESE, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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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…

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Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

January 30
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2021

Sonny’s Place, 349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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Visit us all winter to enjoy these great indoor activities: Arcade Laser Tag Hologate: Virtual Reality XD Dark Ride Carousel Special Valentines Day Gifts - From the Bakery Looking for a great gift for that special someone for Valentine's Day? Order a Valentine's Breakable Heart, Heart Shaped Cocoa Bomb, a Valentine's Gift Box or a Cakesicle! Orders must be placed by February 11th to be filled by Valentine's Day, February 14th. Valentine's Day Contest What's better than buying a breakable…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2021

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on your walk stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept a family busy. Our tradeshops will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we will be working to keep our hand skills sharp. See the farmers hard at work getting ready for the next season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. There will…

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Hampshire Mall, Winter Farmer’s Market

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until January 30, 2021

Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street
Hadlley, MA 01335
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A collection of local farmers, food-makers, and crafters selling fresh produce, beverages, meats, cheeses, crafts & more! Saturdays, 10am-2pm.

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Westfield, Penguin Plunge

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Plunge participants take a dip in Hampton Ponds to raise funds for Amelia Park Children’s Museum. Enjoy the thrill of the big chill while helping a child learn through play! “Penguins” solicit donations from family, friends and local businesses in order to take the plunge. This year's Penguin Plunge will be a little bit different than usual. There will still be frigid water, wild costumes, and lots of prizes. But we are putting several safety protocols in place. Plunge times…

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Back East Brewing Company, Beer and Food

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Back East Brewing Company, 1296A Blue Hills Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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INFINITE UNIVERSE IPA CAN RELEASE Meet me in outer space, we could spend the night, watch the earth come up. The only way to do that would be while sippin' on our Galaxy packed Infinite Universe IPA! A fresh batch is hittin' the taproom Saturday 1/30 at noon. Fresh cans and draft will be available 12-5pm and we've got Sambas Cuisine here providing the grub. Don't let this one float away, meet us at Back East, we could spend the…

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Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

January 31
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2021

Sonny’s Place, 349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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Visit us all winter to enjoy these great indoor activities: Arcade Laser Tag Hologate: Virtual Reality XD Dark Ride Carousel Special Valentines Day Gifts - From the Bakery Looking for a great gift for that special someone for Valentine's Day? Order a Valentine's Breakable Heart, Heart Shaped Cocoa Bomb, a Valentine's Gift Box or a Cakesicle! Orders must be placed by February 11th to be filled by Valentine's Day, February 14th. Valentine's Day Contest What's better than buying a breakable…

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Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, Jr league

January 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, repeating until February 28, 2021

Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, 10 West St
West Hatfield, MA 01088
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Our Junior League Racing is some of the most competitive yet fun karting in the area . Each member really knows how to challenge one another, pushing for improvement every week. PVIK really gives a place for parents and kids alike to come together. Our Junior League takes place usually every other Sunday. The doors open at 9:30am and racing starts at 10am. There is no season-long commitment. Pricing starts at $40 per racer. Our junior league has been an…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

January 31 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 31, 2021

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on your walk stop by our numerous households and see what kind of winter activities kept a family busy. Our tradeshops will be active as well, from needlework to working at the potter’s wheel, we will be working to keep our hand skills sharp. See the farmers hard at work getting ready for the next season, and of course, our farm animals always enjoy a visitor too. There will…

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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

January 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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READING & TALK | "Sutzkever Essential Prose" book launch, with translator Zackary Sholem Berger and scholar Justin Cammy The most recent title from the Yiddish Book Center's White Goat Press, "Sutzkever Essential Prose" brings to light for English readers the largely unknown prose of a seminal Yiddish poet. Avrom Sutzkever wrote the works in this volume over a span of more than 30 years, blurring the lines between fiction, memoir, and poetry; between real and imagined; between memory and metaphor.…

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February 2021

The Student Prince Restaurant, Game Month

February 1 - February 28
The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Take a walk on the wild side! The Student Prince and The Fort Restaurant at 8 Fort Street in Springfield, MA brings you Springfield’s Original GAME MONTH throughout the entire month of February. A separate GAME MONTH MENU will feature amazing game dishes prepared exquisitely with game meats such as buffalo, boar, elk, rabbit, pheasant, venison, bison, quail and other meats and fish. We've brought some special additions to this years menu - like our Sloppy Doe Sliders & Elk…

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Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Valentine’s Day

February 1 - February 7
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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This year, give a bouquet of chocolate roses! Our chocolate rose bouquet is such a sweet combination — assorted milk, dark and white chocolate roses — tied together with a red ribbon and elegantly packaged for delivery. Choose between the classic one dozen rose bouquet or the simply delicious half dozen one. Either way, your Valentine will surely be delighted! Best to pre-order your chocolate bouquet online early to make sure it gets delivered before Sunday, February 14.   Chocolate Rose Bouquet…

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Springfield, Coldest Days Virtual Challenge

February 1 - February 7

The Coldest Days Virtual Challenge fundraising event will be hosted over the month of February where participants can choose to participate in our Run/Walk Challenge event or our Bike Challenge event, or both! Participants are able to run/walk or bike at their own pace and from any location you choose- indoors or outdoors. Individuals and groups are encouraged to join our virtual challenge to help raise awareness of homelessness and to support the Springfield Rescue Mission Emergency and Rehabilitation Programs.  The Challenge is…

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Deerfield Memorial Hall Museum, Online

February 1 - February 14
Memorial Hall Museum, 10 Memorial St
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Our online collection featured at the American Centuries website consists of over 2,000 items from Memorial Hall Museum and Library. This collection is comprised of artifacts, documents, maps, photographs and books from New England. The Collection spans a vast sweep of history: from the area’s earliest Native American inhabitants to modern times. The website includes engaging activities; resources for teachers, researchers, and students; plus a special Just 4 Kids page. In addition, special exhibits focus with more detail on specific historical events or topics: Turns of…

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Springfield Museums, Class

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until February 16, 2021

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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The ABC’s of Family Research & DNA This is an online class! Learn how to research your ancestry using the extensive resources available including genealogical websites with Dave Robison, active member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists-Worcester Chapter, the Massachusetts Genealogy Council and Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS) among others. How do you spell DNA? Find out what you can do with the ancestry information you receive from DNA test results. Whether you’re new to researching your ancestry or…

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Connecticut Science Center, Lunch Bunch LIVE

February 3
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 3, 2021

Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
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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…

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