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

Back East Brewing Company, Ice Cream Man!

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Back East Brewing Company, 1296A Blue Hills Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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What could be better than some fresh cans of Double Scoop  this weekend? How about fresh Double Scoop AND fresh Ice Cream Man! Yes, you read correctly. They will both be available this Saturday 1/23, 10am-noon in our drive through and 12-5pm in our taproom. There will be a one case of each p/p limit on these cans while they last. Check out Ice Cream Man for the first time in his new printed can, if you love it, be sure to snap a photo and tag…

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The New England Air Museum, Flights of Fun

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until January 24, 2021

New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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Join us for a variety of family friendly, social distanced activities. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Every weekend as well every school holiday and school vacation weeks. Facilitated Activities: Investigation Station 10:30am-2:30pm Investigate the objects, images, and aircraft that tell the story of aviation. This activity is best for visitors ages 5 and older. Flight Science Demonstrations 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm Discover the science of flight with social distanced…

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Hampshire Mall, Winter Farmer’s Market

January 23 @ 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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WEBS – America’s Yarn Store, Talk

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
WEBS Yarn Store, 75 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01060
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Interactive Lecture with Keith Leonard You’ve fallen in love with stunning hand-dyed yarns, you’ve brought them home and cherished them. Maybe you’ve knit them into beautiful one-of-a-kind handknits and worn them with pride, or maybe you keep them in a special place because just gazing at all of those amazing colors brings you joy. So, you must have wondered how all of those incredible colors and yarns come together to inspire and enthrall you! Keith Leonard knows and he’s willing…

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Nomads Adventure Quest, Live Music

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Nomads Adventure Quest, 100 Bidwell Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
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Another night of pure PANDEMONIUM! Jamie and Teresa from the band Pandemonium are back to ROCK Red's Tavern. Join us this Saturday, January 23rd from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Social distancing practices will be enforced. Masks required. Make a day of it! Battle it out on the arcade floor or any of our featured attractions before joining us in the tavern for food, drinks, and tunes! CHECK US OUT

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Amelia Park Arena, Saturday Night Skates

January 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until January 23, 2021

Amelia Park Arena, 21 S. Broad St
Westfield, MA 01085 United States
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January Dates are SOLD OUT, but there is still availability for February. Register NOW! Saturday Night Skates are back! Due to COVID-19 we are limited to 25 skaters per time block. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot! Our staff will be wearing masks during their shifts, we ask that if you (or your family) enter the building that you wear a mask as well, and whenever you are not on the ice.  

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Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

January 24
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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 24 @ 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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The New England Air Museum, Flights of Fun

January 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until January 24, 2021

New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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Join us for a variety of family friendly, social distanced activities. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Every weekend as well every school holiday and school vacation weeks. Facilitated Activities: Investigation Station 10:30am-2:30pm Investigate the objects, images, and aircraft that tell the story of aviation. This activity is best for visitors ages 5 and older. Flight Science Demonstrations 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm Discover the science of flight with social distanced…

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Delaney House, Sunday Brunch

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, repeating until January 24, 2021

Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road (Route 5)
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Brunch is Back! It may look a little different but we promise the same high quality brunch you have come to expect from us! Sunday Brunch $39.95 includes Bottomless Champagne Cocktail. Click here for menu details Open every Sunday from 10:30am-1pm MAKE A RESERVATION Spend Saturday night at D. Hotel Suites & Spa and take advantage of our romantic couples package, including: BRUNCH FOR TWO COMPLIMENTARY SPARKLING WINE CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES One-night package starting at $179* Enhance your overnight experience with a spa…

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Historic Deerfield, Winter Lecture Series

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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2021 Winter Lecture Series Protest and dissent are an integral part of American political and cultural identity. Join us this winter for three virtual webinars devoted to exploring vibrant, lesser-known histories of American activism including the radical abolition movement of the 19th century, how women of color transformed the women’s suffrage movement, and the raucous electoral politics of the post-Civil War era. Sunday, January 24, 2021 2 p.m. "Equal to the Best Written Pamphlets": Ceramics and the Abolition Movement Presented…

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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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40 Years in Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center celebrates the Klezmer Conservatory Band The Yiddish Book Center's fortieth anniversary in 2020 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (KCB), an internationally renowned Yiddish and klezmer music ensemble. Two of the major players in the flourishing international Yiddish cultural resurgence, the KCB and the Center have been celebrating together throughout the histories of both organizations, beginning with the band’s appearance at the Center’s milestone events in Amherst as…

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Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse, National Soup Month

January 25
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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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Springfield Museums, Class

January 26 @ 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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Storrowton Village, Tours

January 26 @ 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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Springfield Technical Community College, Diversity Series

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102
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Kevin Powell is an author of several books, including his memoir “The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.” A native of Jersey City who was raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, Powell was able to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Zoom Virtual Event: Register stcc.io/powell2021 Time: 2:00 PM Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Diversity Series events will be presented as Zoom webinars. For information about how…

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Storrowton Village, Tours

January 27 @ 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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Wistariahurst Museum, Virtual Visit

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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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…

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July 2021

South Hadley, Independence Day

July 3 @ 6:00 pm EDT

South Hadley fireworks: Michael Smith Middle School, 100 Mosier St, South Hadley, MA 01075, July 3. (Rain date July 5). The event begins at 6 p.m. with food from various community non-profits, games, and music, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the 13 former British colonies on July 4, 1776. Massachusetts became the first state to recognize the Fourth of July as a statewide holiday in 1781.

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October 2021

Greenfield, Rag Shag Parade & Costume Contest

October 31 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Downtown trick or treating and more. Business will have candy or treats to hand out (4 to 5:30 p.m.). Pick up your free trick or treat bag on the Town Common. March in the Rag Shag Parade. Line up at Mohawk Mall parking lot into costume categories for the parade led by the Greenfield High School Band - end on Miles Street at the Energy Park.

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