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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July 2020

The Longmeadow Shops, Farmers Market

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until July 30, 2020

The Longmeadow Shops, 696 Bliss Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
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Stroll “The Shops” and the Farmers Market every Thursday from 12 PM-6 PM. Every week you will find a great assortment of locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods, honey, milk, cheeses, flowers, and more! Vendors include Berry Knoll Farm, Valley View Acres, Sweet Pea Cheese, and Blossoming Acres. *Please respect social distancing guidelines, practice good hygiene, stay home if you are sick, and follow government recommendations regarding masks, etc. Thursdays – October 29th, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Open for Outdoor Dinning

July 9 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 4:30 pm, repeating until July 11, 2020

The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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JOIN US FOR DINNER ON FORT STREET on our BRAND NEW OUTDOOR PATIO! And join us outdoors for our SOMMER FESTIVAL on Fort Street! Live Music EVERY Tuesday through Saturday. Performing this week at our Sommer Festival -  Noah Lis! Noah, a Palmer native, appeared on NBC's The Voice! We are proud to welcome him to the stage this Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on our Peter Pan Futurliner Stage.  Dan Lefebvre, Thursday, July 9, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Fred Marion, Friday, July 10,…

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Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Courtyard Concerts

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until July 19, 2020

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 820 Hall of Fame Ave
Springfield, MA 01105
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Here’s our music line-up for Summer Courtyard! Live music every night on the patio. We’re so happy to welcome everyone back! The music runs 6-10 p.m. each night, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the series, which is held on the outdoor courtyard patio. Mondays feature Tom Ingram acoustic, as the veteran area musician plays a wide array of genres. Tuesdays see longtime favorites Eagle Eyes churning out a steady diet of contemporary hits under the stars. Wednesdays,…

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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Zoom In: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet's Summer Camp 1977," with Brett Sokol   Brett Sokol, journalist and editor of "Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980," a vivid photographic portrait of the then-thriving and now-vanished Jewish community of retirees that existed on South Beach during the late 1970s, will be speaking about his newest book, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet's Summer Camp 1977." A companion to "Shtetl in the Sun," "Hello Muddah" chronicles the summer…

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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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AUTHOR TALK | "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet's Summer Camp 1977," with Brett Sokol Brett Sokol, journalist and editor of "Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980," a vivid photographic portrait of the then-thriving and now-vanished Jewish community of retirees that existed on South Beach during the late 1970s, will be speaking about his newest book, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet's Summer Camp 1977." A companion to "Shtetl in the Sun," "Hello Muddah" chronicles the summer…

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Williamstown Theatre Festival, Live Stream

July 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Join us on Facebook Live Thursday, July 9, for a free screening of the new documentary OLYMPIA, which chronicles Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis' career in theatre, TV, and film. Williamstown Theatre Festival figures prominently in the movie, as Ms. Dukakis has performed in over 30 productions at WTF! The film runs 1 hour 40 minutes and will be followed by a live Q&A (which will last between 45-60 minutes) Watch the trailer here: https://www.olympiathefilm.com/trailer // Learn More Williamstown Theatre Festival is…

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Storytime

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 17, 2020

Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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Stories come alive for children when they are read to aloud aboard our vintage operating trolleys. Every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer hop aboard the Storytime Trolley, featuring stories about the adventures of trolleys and trains. The reading will be inside one of our historic trolleys and a trolley ride will follow. Every story is different and all ages are welcome! Storytime is included with admission. Make sure to arrive early to get your tickets as the Storytime Trolley…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Open!!

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until July 12, 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Come to Old Sturbridge Village this weekend! We are pleased to present an outdoor museum experience. For the safety of our guests and staff, our indoor exhibit spaces are closed to the public for the time being. Our interpreters have been hard at work creating engaging interpretive demonstrations outside many of the historic exhibits. There is much to learn about life in 1830s New England, and below is a sampling of what you can expect to find during your time…

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Open for Outdoor Dinning

July 10 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 4:30 pm, repeating until July 11, 2020

The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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JOIN US FOR DINNER ON FORT STREET on our BRAND NEW OUTDOOR PATIO! And join us outdoors for our SOMMER FESTIVAL on Fort Street! Live Music EVERY Tuesday through Saturday. Performing this week at our Sommer Festival -  Noah Lis! Noah, a Palmer native, appeared on NBC's The Voice! We are proud to welcome him to the stage this Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on our Peter Pan Futurliner Stage.  Dan Lefebvre, Thursday, July 9, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Fred Marion, Friday, July 10,…

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Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Courtyard Concerts

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until July 19, 2020

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 820 Hall of Fame Ave
Springfield, MA 01105
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Here’s our music line-up for Summer Courtyard! Live music every night on the patio. We’re so happy to welcome everyone back! The music runs 6-10 p.m. each night, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the series, which is held on the outdoor courtyard patio. Mondays feature Tom Ingram acoustic, as the veteran area musician plays a wide array of genres. Tuesdays see longtime favorites Eagle Eyes churning out a steady diet of contemporary hits under the stars. Wednesdays,…

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Westfield Starfires, Home Game

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Westfield Starfires, King St Ext & Smith Ave
Westfield, MA 01085
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The Westfield Starfires vs Brockton Rox. The Westfield Starfires, members of Futures Collegiate Baseball League, play at Bullens Field in Westfield. The FCBL is a wood-bat, collegiate summer league featuring the top college baseball players in the country. Weather will affect the schedule below. Be sure to check the Westfield Starfires website for updates on game start times any for any cancellations. BUY TICKETS Brockton Rox Nashua SilverKnights New Britain Bees North Shore Navigators PittsfieldSuns Worcester Bravehearts The Futures Collegiate…

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CrabApple Whitewater, Deerfield Funyaks

July 11
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

On a beautiful, lower section of the Deerfield River, we offer our inflatable kayak or “funyak” trip. Funyaks are self-bailing, inflatable kayaks carrying one or two people. They are very stable and comfortable with room to stretch your back and legs on a soft surface. Even with no prior experience you can enjoy the thrills of river kayaking with us. The Funyak trip is an eight mile afternoon adventure in fun Class I-II whitewater. A pre-trip safety and paddling lesson…

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Tanglewood, Grounds Visit

July 11
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2020

Tanglewood, 297 West Street
Lenox, MA 01240
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Tanglewood’s famed Music Festival may not be happening this year but you can still enjoy the pristine manicured lawns that feature some of the Berkshires’s most iconic vistas. It may be different from the last time you visited since we will not be offering live performances and have certain protocols in place, but we are so happy to share our beloved grounds with you. We are offering timed entry by advanced registration. Visiting hours are Wednesdays from 9am-12pm, Saturdays and Sundays…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Open!!

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until July 12, 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Come to Old Sturbridge Village this weekend! We are pleased to present an outdoor museum experience. For the safety of our guests and staff, our indoor exhibit spaces are closed to the public for the time being. Our interpreters have been hard at work creating engaging interpretive demonstrations outside many of the historic exhibits. There is much to learn about life in 1830s New England, and below is a sampling of what you can expect to find during your time…

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Springfield Walking Tours

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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This month's walking tour is this Saturday (7/11/20) and will be presented by Derek Strahan, author of Lost Springfield and New England Then and Now, and the website LostNewEngland.com. Derek will lead a tour on historic buildings of Indian Orchard. Tickets to the Second Saturday Walking Tours are $5 and free for Springfield Museums and Springfield Preservation Trust members. The tour group will meet in Indian Orchard at 10:30 AM and the tour will conclude around noon. Preregistration is required to receive the…

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Storrowton Village,”Little House” Family Day

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Storrowton Village at ESE, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
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Storrowton Village Museum celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder, the American author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books. Love "Little House on the Prairie?" We do, too! Plan a visit for a day of all things Laura Ingalls Wilder at the "Little House" Family Day at Storrowton Village Museum. Admission is $10 per person, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 6 and under, free.

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Northampton, Off The Beaten Path Coffee Tour

July 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until July 25, 2020

Downtown Northampton Northampton, MA 01060 + Google Map

Do you love coffee shops? Love knowing the sourcing behind a spot's tea leaves or coffee beans? Want to sit in the most comfortable places with the best people-watching? Curious to try new and interesting coffees and teas? Northampton is home to one of the best coffee and tea shop scenes in New England. It is also an intellectual center of Western Massachusetts including being home to Smith College and other area schools such as UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Mount…

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Open for Outdoor Dinning

July 11 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 4:30 pm, repeating until July 11, 2020

The Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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JOIN US FOR DINNER ON FORT STREET on our BRAND NEW OUTDOOR PATIO! And join us outdoors for our SOMMER FESTIVAL on Fort Street! Live Music EVERY Tuesday through Saturday. Performing this week at our Sommer Festival -  Noah Lis! Noah, a Palmer native, appeared on NBC's The Voice! We are proud to welcome him to the stage this Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on our Peter Pan Futurliner Stage.  Dan Lefebvre, Thursday, July 9, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Fred Marion, Friday, July 10,…

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Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Courtyard Concerts

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until July 19, 2020

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 820 Hall of Fame Ave
Springfield, MA 01105
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Here’s our music line-up for Summer Courtyard! Live music every night on the patio. We’re so happy to welcome everyone back! The music runs 6-10 p.m. each night, weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the series, which is held on the outdoor courtyard patio. Mondays feature Tom Ingram acoustic, as the veteran area musician plays a wide array of genres. Tuesdays see longtime favorites Eagle Eyes churning out a steady diet of contemporary hits under the stars. Wednesdays,…

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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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