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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The Student Prince Restaurant, Summer Music Festival

The Student Prince Restaurant 8 Fort Street, Springfield

Join us for dinner on Fort Street with LIVE MUSIC every Wednesday through Saturday night, 6:00 PM  9:00 PM. It's all about SUN & FUN here on Fort Street, that's why were celebrating SUMMERFEST with our special menu. We've brought back your favorites like our Watermelon Salad & Corn O'Brien....PLUS some new additions - like our […]

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North Adams, Concerts at Windsor Lake

The annual summer concert series is back for 2021 and we couldn't be more excited to see you all again. These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a […]

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Lenox Music!

Wednesday concerts are back in town! All concerts are in Lilac Park on Main Street and are free. This is the schedule as planned: July 7th. Misty Blues July 14th. Lady Di and the Dukes July 21st. Happy Together July 28th. The Berkshire Jazz Quartet Aug. 4th. The BTU'S Aug. 11th. Marty Wendell and his […]

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Northampton Forbes Library, Storywalk

Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton

Looking for something new to do with your kids? Check out our StoryWalk on the lawn! Enjoy the outdoors and a little exercise, and read a great picture book! In June we're featuring Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Storytime on the Lawn! Every Thursday at 10 am join us for storytime on the Forbes Library […]

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Springfield Technical Community College, Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Springfield Technical Community College 1 Armory Square, Springfield

STCC will hold a vaccine clinic on campus and everyone in the community is welcome to attend. Participants will be eligible to win prizes. The clinic will run 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the area between Buildings 15 and 16. Students and the public are encouraged to attend and get their COVID-19 vaccine. STCC has partnered with […]

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Springfield Museums, Summer Spectacular

Springfield Museums 21 Edwards Street, Springfield

The Museums present Summer Spectacular—full-immersion, hands-on fun for the whole family July 5-August 11, 2021. Summer Spectacular Schedule Sunday-Tuesday: Daily Hands-on activities in The Cat’s Corner, Spark!Lab, and The Art Discovery Center. Wednesdays Weekly: 11:00-2:00 Meet the Cat in the Hat! – Safe, social-distanced visits with the Cat in the Hat!  While Dr. Seuss’s most […]

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The Longmeadow Shops, Farmers Market

The Longmeadow Shops 690 Bliss Road, Longmeadow

The Farmers Market at The Longmeadow Shops is returning for another season! Stroll the shops and the Farmers Market every Thursday, June 10th – October 28th from 12-6 P.M. Expect to find local produce, flowers, bakery items, milk, honey, butter, cheeses, and more. The Farmers Market accepts cash or card payment, minimum purchase required when […]

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Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, OPEN!!

Polish Center of Discovery and Learning 33 South Street, Chicopee

The museum is open again! The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning is a living monument that celebrates the many contributions, both past and present, made to the economy, arts, and sciences of our nation by Polish people and their descendants. The mission of the Center at Elms College is to preserve objects representative of the […]

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Amelia Park Arena, Learn To Skate

Amelia Park Arena 21 S. Broad St, Westfield

Learn to Skate at Amelia Park Arena is geared for all ages (beginning at 4 years old) who want to learn the basics of ice skating or would like to possibly pursue the sport of Figure Skating. Amelia Park Arena follows the Learn to Skate USA curriculum. Sessions for 2021 are available - please register. See full schedule ... Summer Session […]

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The Ranch Golf Club, Thursday League

Ranch Golf Club 65 Sunnyside Road, Southwick

Ready to play Spark Golf? Spark is a 9-hole, social golf league organized to be casual and fun, with a touch of friendly competition. Joining the league is free! League rounds are available for purchase each week or you can save money by pre-paying for 9 or 18 rounds. Join as a 2-person team or […]

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Summer Music Festival

The Student Prince Restaurant 8 Fort Street, Springfield

Join us for dinner on Fort Street with LIVE MUSIC every Wednesday through Saturday night, 6:00 PM  9:00 PM. It's all about SUN & FUN here on Fort Street, that's why were celebrating SUMMERFEST with our special menu. We've brought back your favorites like our Watermelon Salad & Corn O'Brien....PLUS some new additions - like our […]

Westfield Starfires, Home Game

Westfield Starfires King St Ext & Smith Ave, Westfield

The Westfield Starfires vs Pittsfield Suns Tickets for all home games are on sale now through the westfieldstarfires.com by using the BUY TICKETS links. Weather will affect the games. For the latest game info be sure to check the Starfires Facebook page for updates. The Westfield Starfires, members of Futures Collegiate Baseball League, play at Bullens Field […]

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South Hadley, Village Commons Summer Concerts

The Village Commons 17 College St, South Hadley

Summer Concert Series is back in 2021! Bring your lawn chairs to the South Hadley Town Commons and afterwards enjoy one of our awesome restaurants at The Village Commons!

Valley Blue Sox, Game Night

Valley Blue Sox 500 Beech Street, MacKenzie Stadium, Holyoke

Mystic Schooners vs Valley Blue Sox Hat Giveaway - The first 250 fans through the gate will receive a free Blue Sox hat compliments of Westfield Bank! The Valley Blue Sox are one of 13 teams who play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), which hosts teams in all six New England states. […]

Yiddish Book Center, Talk

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street, Amherst

Borscht Beat: Behind the Scenes with Aaron Bendich Aaron Bendich, host of the Jewish music radio program "Borscht Beat", which airs on WJFF Radio Catskill, pulls back the curtain on his process. He shares his journey into Jewish record collecting and radio hosting, plays song clips that reflect the breadth of Jewish music, and provides […]

The Eric Carle Museum, Lecture

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

Leonard S. Marcus on Censorship What happens when freedom of expression comes under threat? In You Can't Say That!, historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, through frank and wide-ranging interviews, probes the experience of thirteen leading authors of books for young people. Tune in as author/editor Leonard S. Marcus speaks with award-winning author Lesléa Newman about […]

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Downtown Springfield, Court Square Concerts

Court Square Springfield Court Square, Springfield

The Court Square Concert Series, because the coolest park in the heart of the city deserves its own music event. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and come on down every Thursday night to catch the hottest local bands perform live. Enjoy ice cold beer, food vendors, and more. The Court Square Concert Series will take […]

Greenfield, Rag Shag Parade & Costume Contest

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 […]

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Old Deerfield, Spring Craft Fair

Eastern States Exposition 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

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 […]

The New England Air Museum, National Amelia Earhart Day

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

National Amelia Earhart Day celebrates the inspiring life of famous American pilot, Amelia Earhart. July 24 was chosen in honor of her birthday. Earhart’s fateful flight around the world began on June 1, 1937, out of Oakland, California. She and navigator Fred Noonan left New Guinea on July 2 with 7,000 miles remaining of their […]