Road Trip Idea #31: Live Entertainment Is Back In Western Mass!
Live entertainment is back and there are many ways to enjoy it in Western Mass. This region is known for live music in outdoor venues, arenas, theaters and even intimate locations. Here are just a few of our fave spots to listen to the music (and the comedy)!
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is BACK this summer and at a new location! Taking place Saturday, August 14th from 1pm – 10pm at Stearns Square, enjoy nonstop music from an array of incredible artists such as Claudia Acuna, Hailey Brinnel, Etienne Charles and Creole Soul, and much more. Capacity is limited so RSVP Now! Pre-event activities include free admission to the Wood Museum of Springﬁeld History to see the new exhibit in honor of the late Charles Neville (founder of the festival), engaging workshops, and a high-energy parade led by the eﬀervescent Grand Marshall Henri Smith. The pre-event activities will take place at the Wood Museum from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Easily one of the most beautiful venues for live music in Western Mass, Symphony Hall recently completed a massive improvement project consisting of new lighting and sound systems. A full slate of shows are scheduled this fall including Boyz II Men, Chicago, Joe Bonamassa and comedians, Brian Regan, Tom Segura and The #IMOMSOHARD Tour. Get tickets here.
Downtown Springfield Summer Concert Series
On Thursdays, Court Square in Downtown Springfield is the place to be as Springfield Downtown presents the hottest local bands! Just bring a chair because there will be plenty of Food Trucks and a wide selection of beer on draft all summer long. Check out the schedule here.
The Big E
Not only is New England’s Great State Fair back in 2021 but with it comes a great slate of live entertainment. From free shows at the Court of Honor Stage to ticketed shows at The Big E Arena, there truly is something for everyone this fall. Headliners at the arena include Billy Idol, Machine Gun Kelly, Flo Rida, Zach Williams, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, GooGoo Dolls, A Day to Remember and Styx. Get tickets here.
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