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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September 2020

Amelia Park Arena, Outdoor DEK Open

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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Amelia Park Arena, 21 S. Broad St
Westfield, MA 01085 United States
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Outdoor Floor Hockey is open in September for Private rentals or individuals. Come enjoy our outdoor facility before we close it for the fall. The Outdoor Rink is 65' x 170' and covered with a tile decking ideal for Inline/Roller hockey and DEK/Ball hockey.  It has full glass around the boards with a new scoreboard and new LED lighting for evening play. We have made some long overdue upgrades and improvements to our outdoor rink including painting the trim around…

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Storrowton Village, Tours

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

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 to Saturdays at 11am or 1pm. 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…

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Steaming Tender Restaurant, LIVE MUSIC on the PATIO

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Steaming Tender Restaurant, 28 Depot St
Palmer, MA 01069 United States
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Join us out on our patio under the stations original canopy for live acoustic performance bought to you by ERIN WALLACE!

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Munich Haus, Biergarten Patio

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

Munich Haus, 13 Center Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
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Biergarten Bands! Featuring the Valley’s best live entertainment! Friday, September 25th — Lisa Martin Band Saturday, September 26th — Baired Souls Call 413-594-8788 to make your reservation today!  We look forward to serving you!  Prost! Weather dependent. We ask everyone to keep in mind that reservations are required and we keep a 90 min table time as suggested by the CDC. Also no standing around or dancing will be permitted. Our Biergarten and deck are opening for outdoor seating.  We’ve made adjustments to our…

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Greenfield, Virtual Concert

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Author Maria-José Botelho and Pioneer Valley Symphony Music Director Tianhui Ng offer a family-oriented and kid-friendly event featuring a live storytelling of the adventures of Peer Gynt, with music from Grieg's original incidental music. Along the way, we will have the chance to be explore the sounds of the orchestra through characters that are brought to life by Grieg's classic work. Like many local cultural and performing arts organizations, the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) saw its 81st season abruptly end…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Apple Outings

September 27
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 4, 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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One of the most popular items of the fall harvest is apples. In New England, cider making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to spring. However, 19th-century farmers would not recognize the sweet cider we enjoy from farm stands today. Cider in the 1800s was not merely the apple juice, but was fermented “squeezings” from apples, which meant the cider would keep through the spring planting, summer heat, and into the harvesting of the next apple season. Throughout the…

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Historic Deerfield, Exhibits

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 27, 2020

Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Exhibitions at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life include: Branches of Woodworking: Labor, Learning & Livelihood, 1760-1860, a new exhibition in the Flynt Center’s lobby featuring the diverse scope of work practiced by different kinds of woodworkers. The Helen Geier Flynt Textile and Fashion Gallery features two new themed exhibitions, Playing at Childhood, displaying rare examples of 19th-century children’s clothing and accessories, and Measured Results: The Tailoring Trade, revealing the skill practiced by the makers of men’s clothing…

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The New England Air Museum, “Open Air” Museum

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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Come enjoy the New England 'Open Air' Museum! Large open hangar doors allow visitors to explore our indoor and outdoor exhibits! From Hot Air Balloons to Early Flight to Modern Jets.....New England Air Museum has it all! Explore our vast historic collection in our over 90,000 square feet hangar gallery space! The New England "Open Air" Museum - designed for maximum fun and safety. While the museum's indoor spaces will be open, the wide open hangar doors will make everyone feel as…

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Historic Deerfield, Historic Trades Demonstrations

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Historic Trade Demonstration: White Pine and Ash Bark Basket Making with Jennifer Lee See how Jennifer Lee uses white pine and ash bark to make baskets. Native American Three Sisters Garden It is only a short walk down the lane to the History Workshop to find a beautiful interpreted garden and learn about the Native American practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together.

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Amelia Park Arena, Outdoor DEK Open

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 27, 2020

Amelia Park Arena, 21 S. Broad St
Westfield, MA 01085 United States
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Outdoor Floor Hockey is open in September for Private rentals or individuals. Come enjoy our outdoor facility before we close it for the fall. The Outdoor Rink is 65' x 170' and covered with a tile decking ideal for Inline/Roller hockey and DEK/Ball hockey.  It has full glass around the boards with a new scoreboard and new LED lighting for evening play. We have made some long overdue upgrades and improvements to our outdoor rink including painting the trim around…

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Brunch

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 4, 2020

The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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SUNDAY FUNDAY - BRUNCH RETURNS with Football on the big screen. FEATURING THIS WEEK’S CHEF’S BRUNCH SELECTIONS Seafood Rossini Roast Pork with Honey Mustard Glaze Cajun Chicken with Red Pepper Aioli COMING UP: OCTOBER 4TH - PREGAME-TAILGATE BRUNCH!

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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru

September 29
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru, sponsored by Westfield Bank, will feature three different vendors each week who will bring their authentic and iconic Big E foods to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds! Drive-Thru dates are September 22 - 27, September. 29 - October 4, October 6 -11, and October 13 - 18. Hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11AM - 7PM, Fridays from 10AM - 8PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9AM - 7PM. Week #2 Vendors (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4,…

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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru

September 30
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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The Big E Food-To-Go Drive-Thru, sponsored by Westfield Bank, will feature three different vendors each week who will bring their authentic and iconic Big E foods to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds! Drive-Thru dates are September 22 - 27, September. 29 - October 4, October 6 -11, and October 13 - 18. Hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11AM - 7PM, Fridays from 10AM - 8PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 9AM - 7PM. Week #2 Vendors (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4,…

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Western New England University, Talk

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Western New England University, 215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, 01119 MA
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Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime. The Center for Social Justice is excited to host WNE Professor Jennifer Taub in conversation with Helaine Olen from the Washington Post for a celebration of Taub's new book--Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.

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Sonny’s Place, SpeedQuizzing

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 30, 2020

Sonny’s Place, 349 Main Street (Route 190)
Somers, CT 06071
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We're bringing you SpeedQuizzing Fun Live -- inside the open air Pavilion at Sonny's Place -- every Wednesday! Join us for a fun filled night of Trivia, Food, and Drinks! DJ Dennis will be on hand to MC the evening! If your team scores high, you could win a prize! Coming for SpeedQuizzing? Join us for dinner & drinks! We have a new chef and menu served sit down style! Click below for the menu! CLICK HERE FOR MENU Seating is…

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Northampton, Forbes Library Talk

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Forbes Library, 20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum Standing Committee will hold its second annual meeting with a special guest speaker on the topic of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement. The session will start 7 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. and will be offered virtually. After a brief review of the committee’s activities for the past year, the program will be turned over to Barbara F. Benson who will speak about the 100th anniversary of the 19th…

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UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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October 2020

Springfield Museums, à la Carte Lectures

October 1 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 12:15 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 29, 2020

Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Museums à la Carte Lectures return to the Springfield Museums Thursdays, at 12:15 pm. The popular lunchtime series is now virtual! The popular lecture series explores art, history, and science. Sometimes it features a dramatic production or a musical presentation. All lectures will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. The Museums ask all to register in advance at springfieldmuseums.org. The cost is $2 Members, $4 nonmembers. October 2020 October 1: Subordination or Egalitarianism? Changing Roles of Women in…

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Springfield Technical Community College, Talk

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102
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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Springfield Technical Community College has scheduled virtual events open to students and the public. On Thursday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., Rosalia Rivera of the AboutCONSENT™ podcast will speak in a Zoom Webinar titled “Telling Our Stories to Create Change.” Rivera is an internationally recognized consent educator who will offer insight into the connections between childhood sexual abuse and young adult dating violence. Her talk also will address how students can…

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July 2021

South Hadley, Independence Day

July 3, 2021 @ 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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