“Imagine” this fall at Mike’s Maze! Our 2021 maze is all about Imagination! A tribute to John and Yoko’s song, released 50 years ago, our 2021 corn maze is a celebration of imagination in all its forms. Explore your imagination through the lens of great imaginers as you wind and wander through 8 acres of […]
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
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.
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.
Six Flags Fright Fest In Agawam Six Flags New England, the Scare Capital of New England, leaves no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most…an all-out terrifying experience. This year’s Fright Fest lineup is SCARIER than ever, with over 20 haunt experiences and live shows featuring over 200 roaming Monsters, Zombies and Ghouls. Fright […]
Come check out our 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. Color | Joy | Eric Carle September 10, 2021 - March 6, 2022 West Gallery Celebrate the gifts of art and story […]
Visit Sonny's Place for Fall Fun for Everyone! Our special Harvest Happenings happening this weekend! Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds […]
Bring your friends for a new spin on a Laser Tag Elimination Game! Zombie Laser Tag starts you off as either a Human or Zombie. The object of the game is to be the last human standing.... can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? In this game, the majority of players start out as humans. As […]
The 46th Anniversary of the New England Equitation Championships. Championship horse show showcasing the best Junior and Adult riders from all over New England. New England Equitation Championships offers FIVE days of top level finals competition for qualifying Junior and Adult riders every October at Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield, Massachusetts. HOURS: 8am-5pm ADMISSION: Free LOCATION: Coliseum
Join us for a variety of family friendly, social distanced activities every weekend. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Facilitated Activities: Scavenger Hunts 9:00am-4:00pm Explore the museum and earn a prize from our Gift Shop. Reader and non-reader versions are available for visitors of all ages […]
Join the Vietnam Veterans of America on Sunday, October 24th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Upper Level near Target to learn more about their veteran services. About Vietnam Veterans of America: VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity […]
Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a FREE pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted, play in the corn box, enjoy the outside […]
Connect with Nature: Forest Wellness Walk Sunday, October 24th, 10:30 a.m. – noon Connect with the natural world in a healing, calming and replenishing way on this gentle guided walk. Give yourself the gift of time; time to notice small things, time to open your senses to the world around you, time to soak up the healing power […]
Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to join a walking tour of outdoor art on the campus of Smith College. SCMA museum educators will bring sculpture to life with interactive activities that engage children and their grown-ups through close-looking, drawing, writing, and movement. Tours depart from the museum at 11am. Rain date: […]
A leisurely loop paddle reminiscent of the old fashioned “Sunday Drive” from the Sunderland Boat Access up around the islands nestled between Mounts Toby and Sugarloaf is a great way to connect with nature and center yourself for the week ahead. With peak New England fall foliage on display, this is an ideal outing for […]
The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky this October for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Don’t forget your costume for the ultimate family Halloween party. Join in the fun at the Baby Shark Bubble Dance Party, meet the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, go trick or treating around the Science Center, listen to a […]
Fun with Miniature Worlds at the History Workshop Join us for an adventure into the wonderful world of miniatures and tiny houses. We are delighted to display a masterpiece dollhouse replica of the c.1750s Dwight House, complete with miniature furnishings in each room. Other miniature houses will be available for play and exploration, including a […]
A Halloween Skate Jam and Benefit Concert to raise funds for a Greenfield, MA Skatepark! Come out all you Goblins & Goons to help support Greenfield in building a Skatepark! Sunday Oct 24th will be an Unholy day of shredding, costumes, dancing, food, vendors, prizes, and more. Tickets $15 adv / $20 door (all proceeds […]
Don’t fear…Halloween is here! Grab your tickets for this season’s most haunting outdoor experience, Phantoms & Fire at Old Sturbridge Village. Explore the museum after hours where you will find spooky delights from bats and bonfires to cauldrons and candy, from ghosts and guitars to horror and…maybe even…a headless horseman! Take your entire family, as […]
Baystate Health Pop-up Vaccination Clinic Free and open the public! We know you’re busy and so in order to make it as easy as possible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Baystate Health vaccination pop-up clinic is coming to the Museums. The Mobile Care Van team can also vaccinate your family, friends, and neighbors. The […]
Mr. Liam plays ukulele and drums while he puts an energetic new twist on children’s classic songs. Join us for this fun 3-part music series for children ages 1.5 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. We'll meet every Monday morning at 11:00 on the side lawn at Forbes Library. Come prepared to dance, sing, […]
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 […]
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 […]