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.

Great Awakening Brewing Company, Live Music

Great Awakening Brewing Company 77 Mill Street, Westfield, MA

Come join us in our taproom to enjoy some craft beer, craft food, and great music! Taking Notes will be performing live from 5-8PM! No tickets required, just come on in! BE AWAKENED Taproom: Thu/Fri: 4-9 | Sat: 12-9 | Sun: 12-6

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Old Sturbridge Village, Phantoms & Fire

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

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 […]

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The Student Prince Restaurant, Oktoberfest

The Student Prince Restaurant 8 Fort Street, Springfield, MA

FINAL WEEKEND!! Roll out the barrel because Springfield’s Original Mighty Oktoberfest is going to be a barrel of fun every weekend in October on Fort Street in downtown Springfield. Come raise a boot of THE LARGEST & MOST RARE SELECTION OF GERMAN BEERS as we celebrate the original & most authentic Oktoberfest in all of […]

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Munich Haus, Oktoberfest

Munich Haus 13 Center Street, Chicopee, MA

This year we are presenting an all you can eat Oktoberfest BUFFET…. Like the old times in Germany, we will roast a Whole Pig! Pretzel Crusted Chicken, Sauerbraten, Meatballs, Sausages, and Schnitzels will be served with Spätzle, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Cucumber Salad, Bean Salad, Rettich, Obatzda, and much more! A Vienna-Style Dessert Station with homemade specialties will finish the event. […]

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Storrowton Village, Ghost Tours

Storrowton Village at ESE 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA

Do ghosts live at Storrowton? Find out about the paranormal investigations that took place in the Village from paranormal investigation team, the Spirit Sisters, then take a guided tour of the museum buildings with Village staff and volunteers hearing stories of unexplained occurrences. Get tickets now for October 8, 16, 23, or 29. Ghost Tours […]

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Rails To The Darkside

Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Road, East Windsor, CT

As the fall chill fills the air, on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Come for a scare if you dare...the next trolley ride is an express to the Darkside! During this haunted experience, ride vintage trolleys into the dark woods […]

Springfield Thunderbirds AHL Game Night

MassMutual Center 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA

HOME GAME VS BRIDGEPORT ISLANDERS Deuces Wild Friday presented by MGM Springfield / Pregame Concert Series The Springfield Thunderbirds will play the full 76 games for the 2021-22 season. The season marks the first year in the Thunderbirds’ new affiliation agreement with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. It will also be the 5th Anniversary season […]

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Nomads Adventure Quest, Nightmare Acres

Nomads Adventure Quest 100 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, CT

Where Nightmares Become Reality Nightmare Acres has a limited amount of tickets per night and anticipates selling out. We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.  BE AWARE that your timeslot is your ARRIVAL time ONLY, this is not your entry time. On busy nights there may be a wait Parking for this event is $3. 240 Governors Highway South […]

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MGM Springfield, Free Music Fridays

MGM Springfield One MGM Way, Springfield, MA

MGM Springfield’s Free Music Friday concert series will move inside to the Aria Ballroom beginning Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Doors are scheduled to open at 7 p.m. The upcoming lineup includes LA’s BackStage Pass (Oct. 15), Beyond Purple (Oct. 22), Raise Your Hands: Bon Jovi Tribute (Oct. 29), and Trailer Trash (Nov. 5). 10/15 […]

Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse, Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Randall's Farm & Greenhouse 631 Center St, Ludlow, MA

Every Entrant Receives a Gift Youth & Adult Categories All Entries Must Be Submitted by End of Day Saturday October 23rd CASH PRIZES BY CATEGORY "Best" "Funniest" "Scariest" "Most Original"

Yankee Candle Village, Fall

Yankee Candle Village 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA

Enjoy the Weekend at Yankee Candle Village. Join us for fall fun for the entire family! Join us each weekend for fall fun! Village Store hours are 10am - 6pm See below for activities and times. 12-4pm - FREE horse-drawn hayrides with BK Farms - Lawn games In-store activities - Free photo ops with our […]

Turners Falls, Pumpkinfest

12th Annual The Great Fall Festival aka Pumpkinfest is planning it to be held on Saturday, October 23rd. Thousand of glowing carved pumpkins light up the village of Turners Falls. A full array of local crafters, retailers, restaurants, farmers, artists and musicians gather together to celebrate community. FREE shuttling from Turners Falls High School and […]

Great Awakening Brewing Company, TAP-iversary

Great Awakening Brewing Company 77 Mill Street, Westfield, MA

We are having a TAP-iversary celebration the weekend of October 23rd which is the 1 year anniversary of our taproom being open! In addition to the music, we'll have some special beer blends we'll be introducing.

Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse, Fall

Randall's Farm & Greenhouse 631 Center St, Ludlow, MA

The Best Fresh For Fall! LAST WEEKEND!! October Fall Fun Workshops - Outside In The Garden Center, Saturday, Sunday 11AM – 4PM Scarecrow Making Workshop Make Your Own Life-Size Scarecrow - We Provide All The Materials “Make It Here” or Buy a Kit to Make at Home Pumpkin Decorating Workshop - We Provide The Pumpkins & Decorations “Make […]

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Sunderland, Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm

Warner Farm 23 S. Main Street, Sunderland, MA

“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 […]

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Six Flags, Fright Fest

Six Flags New England 1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA

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 […]

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The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits

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

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 […]

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Sonny’s Place, Harvest Happenings

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

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 […]

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Sonny’s Place, Zombie Laser Tag!

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

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 […]

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MGM Springfield, Win Fall Weekends

MGM Springfield One MGM Way, Springfield, MA

DON’T MISS MGM SPRINGFIELD’S ONE POINT TWO MILLION DOLLAR WIN FALL WEEKENDS! NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 27TH, MORE THAN ELEVEN HUNDRED PLAYERS WILL WIN A SHARE OF ONE POINT TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH, FREEPLAY AND NINE BRAND-NEW CARS! Drawings take place on Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 4pm-10pm with the Grand Prize drawings each Saturday night […]