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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April 2021

Delaney House, Outdoor Dinning is Open

April 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until April 11, 2021

Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road (Route 5)
Holyoke, MA 01040
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The Tented Terrace is open! Don’t worry we have heaters to keep you nice and toasty warm. Visit www.delaneyhouse.com to book your reservation. Make sure to choose “outdoor” when making so you are guaranteed this amazing space. There is no better place to enjoy dining than with the Delaney House! We are open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-8pm.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online! Make your Reservation today! Looking to dine at your home tonight? Let us help!  Our full menu is available for…

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Springfield College, Theater

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until April 10, 2021

Springfield College, 263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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Virtual Theater Performance - Springfield College Theater Presents... Tartuffe: The Imposter, The Hypocrite! By Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur Directed by Martin Shell The funniest comic masterpiece ever about how good people can be deceived by a dangerous hypocrite who only pretends to be virtuous! Orgon, the father of a normal family, forbids the joys and engagement wishes of his children in obedience to his cherished house guest, the righteous and puritanical “man of faith,” Tartuffe! What will happen when…

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The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits

April 10
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 25, 2021

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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We miss you! Come check out our three 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 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 artworks…

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Zoar Outdoor, Millers River Rafting

April 10 - April 11
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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When the spring thaw turns New England rivers into a torrent, the Millers River in western Massachusetts comes into its own. Class III and IV rapids peak at the Funnel where the large diagonal waves and holes demand total concentration and all-out paddling from everyone aboard the rafts. At high flows the Millers is a non-stop roller coaster. At medium and lower levels, it's a moderate raft trip with a big burst of excitement at the Funnel. Rafting on the…

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Historic Deerfield, Spring Forum

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Historic Deerfield will present a virtual forum, "Invisible Makers: Textiles, Dress, and Marginalized People in 18th- and 19th-Century America," on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET. Globalized manufacturing in the 21st century has stimulated a greater need to understand where, how, by whom, and under what conditions our clothing is made. In the past, the weaving of textiles and making of everyday clothing has largely been perceived as anonymous, most especially with regard to marginalized…

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Adventure East, Hike

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Rising spring temperatures and thawing rains are the primordial signals to dormant life to awaken. These waters from the winter melt and spring rain congregate in low areas known as vernal pools and provide an important habitat for these awakening creatures. Join naturalist John Body on this two hour walk in the woods as we explore the vernal pools of Saw Mill Hills. Learn about this unique habitat and how salamanders, fairy shrimp, and wood frogs have adapted to survive…

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Lupa Zoo, Open

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until April 11, 2021

Lupa Zoo, 62 Nash Hill Rd
Ludlow, MA 01056
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Lupa Zoo is open open for the season. Come meet our furry friends at our many exhibits! From zebras to otters to camels to monkeys and more there’s always fun here for the whole family! Lupa Zoo is great for all ages and easy for walking.  There are plenty of areas to sit and rest as well. Please wear proper attire.  Shirt and shoes are required. It is best to wear closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes. Check the weather.  Sunblock is…

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The Zoo in Forest Park, Open for the Season

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until April 25, 2021

The Zoo in Forest Park, 293 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA 01108
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The Zoo in Forest Park’s spring operating schedule begins Saturday, April 10. Visit your favorite animals seven days a week (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All guests, including members, need a timed-ticket to enter. Click here to reserve tickets for April. Grain cones are back! Our barnyard friends demanded we bring back grain cones for the 2021 season and we had no choice but to listen. Grain cones can be purchased for $2/cone at the ticket booth.…

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Gran-Val Scoop, Opening Day

April 10 @ 11:30 am - 9:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 11:30 am, repeating until April 11, 2021

Gran-Val Scoop (Ice Cream & Petting Zoo), 223 Granby Road
Granville, MA 01034
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We are excited to open our doors for our 30th season of great ice cream, friends and fun! Come get your first scoop of the year! Open 11:30AM to 9PM Bring the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful mountain views & of course our tasty homemade ice cream & frozen treats!

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The Longmeadow Shops, Pop Up

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
The Longmeadow Shops, 696 Bliss Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
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The Flower Shed will pop-up at Ann Taylor Longmeadow on Saturday, April 10th! The Flower Shed will set up a Succulent Bar where you can create your own succulent arrangement. You pick your vessel and plants. Planting kits include soil, planting tools, DIY, and care instructions. Pre-potted arrangements will also be available. The Succulent Bar will be open from 12-4 P.M. The Batch Ice Cream Truck will be at The Longmeadow Shops from 1-8PM. Batch Ice Cream is a family-owned,…

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Delaney House, Outdoor Dinning is Open

April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until April 11, 2021

Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road (Route 5)
Holyoke, MA 01040
+ Google Map

The Tented Terrace is open! Don’t worry we have heaters to keep you nice and toasty warm. Visit www.delaneyhouse.com to book your reservation. Make sure to choose “outdoor” when making so you are guaranteed this amazing space. There is no better place to enjoy dining than with the Delaney House! We are open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-8pm.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online! Make your Reservation today! Looking to dine at your home tonight? Let us help!  Our full menu is available for…

Find out more »

Springfield College, Theater

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until April 10, 2021

Springfield College, 263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
+ Google Map

Virtual Theater Performance - Springfield College Theater Presents... Tartuffe: The Imposter, The Hypocrite! By Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur Directed by Martin Shell The funniest comic masterpiece ever about how good people can be deceived by a dangerous hypocrite who only pretends to be virtuous! Orgon, the father of a normal family, forbids the joys and engagement wishes of his children in obedience to his cherished house guest, the righteous and puritanical “man of faith,” Tartuffe! What will happen when…

Find out more »

The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits

April 11
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 25, 2021

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
+ Google Map

We miss you! Come check out our three 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 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 artworks…

Find out more »

Lupa Zoo, Open

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until April 11, 2021

Lupa Zoo, 62 Nash Hill Rd
Ludlow, MA 01056
+ Google Map

Lupa Zoo is open open for the season. Come meet our furry friends at our many exhibits! From zebras to otters to camels to monkeys and more there’s always fun here for the whole family! Lupa Zoo is great for all ages and easy for walking.  There are plenty of areas to sit and rest as well. Please wear proper attire.  Shirt and shoes are required. It is best to wear closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes. Check the weather.  Sunblock is…

Find out more »

The Zoo in Forest Park, Open for the Season

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until April 25, 2021

The Zoo in Forest Park, 293 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA 01108
+ Google Map

The Zoo in Forest Park’s spring operating schedule begins Saturday, April 10. Visit your favorite animals seven days a week (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All guests, including members, need a timed-ticket to enter. Click here to reserve tickets for April. Grain cones are back! Our barnyard friends demanded we bring back grain cones for the 2021 season and we had no choice but to listen. Grain cones can be purchased for $2/cone at the ticket booth.…

Find out more »

Gran-Val Scoop, Opening Day

April 11 @ 11:30 am - 9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 11:30 am, repeating until April 11, 2021

Gran-Val Scoop (Ice Cream & Petting Zoo), 223 Granby Road
Granville, MA 01034
+ Google Map

We are excited to open our doors for our 30th season of great ice cream, friends and fun! Come get your first scoop of the year! Open 11:30AM to 9PM Bring the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful mountain views & of course our tasty homemade ice cream & frozen treats!

Find out more »

Delaney House, Outdoor Dinning is Open

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until April 11, 2021

Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road (Route 5)
Holyoke, MA 01040
+ Google Map

The Tented Terrace is open! Don’t worry we have heaters to keep you nice and toasty warm. Visit www.delaneyhouse.com to book your reservation. Make sure to choose “outdoor” when making so you are guaranteed this amazing space. There is no better place to enjoy dining than with the Delaney House! We are open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-8pm.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online! Make your Reservation today! Looking to dine at your home tonight? Let us help!  Our full menu is available for…

Find out more »

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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March 2022

Old Deerfield, Spring Craft Fair

March 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am EST
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 6, 2022

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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Annual Spring Sampler Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday. The craft fair focuses on the gift giving needs of spring... Easter, Mother's Day, weddings, and graduations as well as gardening and outdoor living interests that bloom in the spring. Cute little felt bunnies, handmade birdhouses for the spring, award-winning handcarved animals, and artisan jams and jellies, infused maple syrups, and other tasty treats will fill the aisles of this weekend’s Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair. The Old Deerfield Craft…

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