Upcoming Events In Western Mass

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information but changes and cancellations do occur so please check the official event website to confirm all details.

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.

Great Awakening Brewing Company, Annual CAN-niversary

Great Awakening Brewing Company 77 Mill Street, Westfield

We’re celebrating 1 year of can sales and want you to join the fun all weekend long! We’re releasing 4 new cans, adding several beers to have 32 beers on […]

Northampton, Sidewalk Sales

Downtown Northampton Northampton

Summer sidewalk sales are back in Northampton! You'll find over 47 stores, restaurants and non-profit organizations out on the sidewalk, offering unique finds, special sales and so much more! Grab […]

Six Flags, Thrillin’ & Grillin’

Six Flags New England 1623 Main Street, Agawam

Celebrate summer at Six Flags with taste bud blasting hot dogs and exclusive ride time! Six Flags and Kraft Heinz have joined forces to celebrate summer in the best way […]

Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers

Join us this weekend for another great weekend of Free Live Music at Sonny's Place. Thursday, July 29th: Livio Gravini Friday, July 30th: Raise Your Hands Saturday, July 31st: Trailer […]

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Historic Deerfield, Exhibits

Historic Deerfield 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield's important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of […]

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Deerfield Inn, Weekday Specials

Deerfield Inn 81 Old Main St, Deerfield

Every Monday Night $15 Pizza NIGHT whole milk mozzarella, your choice of red sauce or pesto sauce Additional toppings, no additional charge: caramelized onions, spinach, grilled chicken, pepperoni, sautéed mushrooms, […]

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Munich Haus, Biergarten Bands

Munich Haus 13 Center Street, Chicopee

It's back. Featuring the Valley’s best live entertainment! Thursday 6-9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00-10:30pm. Thursday, July 22th – Hart & Quigley Friday, July 23rd – Baird Souls Saturday, July 24th […]

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Historic Deerfield, Exhibits

Historic Deerfield 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield's important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of […]

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Munich Haus, Biergarten Bands

Munich Haus 13 Center Street, Chicopee

It's back. Featuring the Valley’s best live entertainment! Thursday 6-9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00-10:30pm. Thursday, July 22th – Hart & Quigley Friday, July 23rd – Baird Souls Saturday, July 24th […]

Northampton Forbes Library, Zoo on the Go!

Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton

In honor of Reptiles Week as part of our Summer Reading program, we're thrilled to host a virtual visit with Forest Park Zoo on the Go! Learn about reptiles and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Amherst, Concerts

Downtown Amherst Amherst

Downtown Beats - Free Summer Concerts Jazz in July 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert. Featuring performances by: Sheila Jordan, Avery Sharpe, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, Jeff Holmes, and many more artists from […]

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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 […]

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MGM Springfield, Free Music Fridays

MGM Springfield One MGM Way, Springfield

Summer in New England will heat up further when live music returns to MGM Springfield with the new Free Music Fridays Concert Series. Every Friday, June – September, starting at 7:30 […]

Connecticut Science Center, Movie in the Park

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

We’re teaming up with our friends from Riverfront Recapture for a FREE outdoor screening of Despicable Me. Pack a picnic dinner or order from one of the on-site food trucks, […]

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Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield Drive-In

Eastern States Exposition 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

Combine an evening under the stars dining alfresco at either Storrowton Tavern or The Sam Adams Beer Garden, then be whisked away on a special transport to the West Springfield […]

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Historic Deerfield, Exhibits

Historic Deerfield 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield's important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of […]

Recurring

Munich Haus, Biergarten Bands

Munich Haus 13 Center Street, Chicopee

It's back. Featuring the Valley’s best live entertainment! Thursday 6-9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00-10:30pm. Thursday, July 22th – Hart & Quigley Friday, July 23rd – Baird Souls Saturday, July 24th […]

Adventure East, Forest Bathing

Unplug for a few hours and take a rejuvenating stroll through the forest with us. This is a gentle and mindful outdoor experience that will allow you to connect deeply […]