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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Old Deerfield, Fall Craft Fair

Memorial Hall Museum 10 Memorial St, Deerfield

Held on the lush and beautiful grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum. Delight in all of the smells, sounds and styles of fall! ~ woodworkings ~ jewelry ~ apparel ~ glass ~ pottery ~ furniture ~ prints ~ creative mixed media arts ~ live music ~ specialty foods ~ n addition to the exhibitors, there will be […]

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Deerfield Memorial Hall Museum, Open

Memorial Hall Museum 10 Memorial St, Deerfield

Come explore the museum’s 19 rooms of art, culture and history! We are located in the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but as the earliest historical society in the region, people from throughout Franklin County—as well as Hampshire and Hampden counties—entrusted their family stories to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. From fossils of dinosaur tracks to […]

Montague, Soapbox Races

After an eight-year hiatus, Soapbox Races are returning to Montague. Sunday, September 19th at noon. Free to watch. $25 to enter a cart. Three age brackets: 8-12 yrs old (kids) 13-19 yrs old (teens) 20+ yrs old (adults) Basic rules: home made carts; minimum three wheels; one rider. No motors or any form of propulsion. […]

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Historic Deerfield, History Workshop

Historic Deerfield 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield

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 […]

Adams, Fall Run

The Legend returns! The fall run will once again ramble through the Berkshire Hills! Motorcyclists are invited to participate in the Adams Fall Run on Sunday, September 19th. There will be food, music, raffle and games. This year the ride will begin as always at Bowe Field in Adams, MA. The ride will weave through […]

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Lenox Music!

Enjoy some music outdoors under the tent at the Church Street dining terrace (corner of Housatonic & Church Streets). Dine or sip at one of the tables, or bring your own lawn chair. We’ve got a great lineup this year, with an expanded season! Sundays at 3:30 pm September 12 – David Joseph & Greg Boover […]

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Easthampton, Live Music

We invite you to join us Sundays for an incredible lineup of free, live music at "The Spot Lot" at 50 Payson Avenue, in the heart of the Cottage Street Cultural District! "The Spot Lot" got its name because of its socially-distanced painted polka-dots, where people can sit back, relax, and enjoy the live music […]

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Ludlow, Summer Concerts

Ludlow Cultural Council announces their 2021 OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES All shows are Sunday, 5:00 pm at the Mac Donnelly Gazebo at Gazebo Park, 11 East St, Ludlow Sunday, Aug 29 This Land Is Your Land with Roger Tinknell Sunday, Sept 12 New England Swing Concert with Ted Wirt Sunday, Sept 26 Acousticca with Paul Sticca […]

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Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Courtyard Concerts

Uno Pizzeria & Grill 820 Hall of Fame Ave, Springfield

Uno Pizzeria & Grill is extending its summer courtyard series into September with a scaled-back schedule, running Thursdays through Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. weather permitting. There is no admission charge for the series, which is held on the outdoor courtyard patio. Thursdays will feature Good Acoustics playing eclectic hits, followed by Tom Ingram taking […]

The Big E Concerts

The Big E 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

American Christian artist Zach Williams, with special guest Cory Asbury of Bethel Music, will perform Sept. 19, 2021, at The Big E Arena, sponsored by Truly Hard Seltzer. Zach’s music pulls from the hard luck truths of Outlaw Country, the dirt-road grit of Southern Rock, the contemporary roots music of Alt-Country artists, and a firm […]

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Yiddish Book Center, Exhibits

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street, Amherst

The Center is now open to visitors Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re in the area or passing through New England, please plan a visit. Currently on exhibit is Through the Hat and Tales from the Golden Medina, a collection of works by New York City artist, Steve […]

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Botanic Garden at Smith College, Open

Smith College 7 College Lane, Rte. 9, Northampton

We are pleased to announce that the Botanic Garden of Smith College's Lyman Plant House and Conservatory is reopen to the public. The Botanic Garden is a great place to visit through the seasons. Winter offers an escape to an indoor tropical paradise in the Lyman Conservatory. Spring comes to life with our Bulb Show, and […]

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Northampton Forbes Library, Kids’ Music on the Lawn with Mr. Liam

Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton

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  in September (except Labor Day) on the side lawn at Forbes Library. Come […]

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Deerfield Memorial Hall Museum, Open

Memorial Hall Museum 10 Memorial St, Deerfield

Come explore the museum’s 19 rooms of art, culture and history! We are located in the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but as the earliest historical society in the region, people from throughout Franklin County—as well as Hampshire and Hampden counties—entrusted their family stories to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. From fossils of dinosaur tracks to […]

Norman Rockwell Museum, Art Talk

Norman Rockwell Museum 9 Route 183 (Glendale Ave), Stockbridge

Norman Rockwell: The Rising Tide – Live Webinar This event is organized by the Appraisers Association Norman Rockwell was revered by his public and reviled by many in the art world, but his paintings were made to last. Replaced at the turn of a page by a succession of magazine issues and illustrations, his visual […]

Adventure East, Hike

Join us for an exciting evening under the stars as we climb to the top of Norwottuck Mountain on the Mount Holyoke Range in Amherst to soak up the rays of the full moon. We'll start our hike at the new Kestrel Land Trust headquarters located at the foot of the beautiful Mount Holyoke Range, […]

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Botanic Garden at Smith College, Open

Smith College 7 College Lane, Rte. 9, Northampton

We are pleased to announce that the Botanic Garden of Smith College's Lyman Plant House and Conservatory is reopen to the public. The Botanic Garden is a great place to visit through the seasons. Winter offers an escape to an indoor tropical paradise in the Lyman Conservatory. Spring comes to life with our Bulb Show, and […]

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Northampton Forbes Library, Storytime

Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton

Baby Storytime on the Lawn Every Tuesday at 10 am join us for baby storytime on the Forbes Library lawn! These storytimes are great for children ages 0-18 months and their parents and caregivers. We'll share fun books, sing songs, do lap bounces and even play with bubbles. In the event of rain, storytime will be cancelled. We recommend bringing a […]

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Deerfield Memorial Hall Museum, Open

Memorial Hall Museum 10 Memorial St, Deerfield

Come explore the museum’s 19 rooms of art, culture and history! We are located in the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but as the earliest historical society in the region, people from throughout Franklin County—as well as Hampshire and Hampden counties—entrusted their family stories to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. From fossils of dinosaur tracks to […]

The Eric Carle Museum, Lecture

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

A Storm Will Always Pass: The Story Behind "The Longest Storm" Dan Yaccarino dives into the details of his newest book, The Longest Storm, in which he shares rough sketches, inspirations, and the process he used to create the story about a fractured family that was forced to stay together indoors during a mysterious storm, but […]