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.

Connecticut Science Center, Sensory Friendly Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All who will benefit from a quieter environment are invited as our special guests for the day! All visitors will get all of the fun that the […]

Connecticut Science Center, Exhibits

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Final Weeks! Ends September 5, 2021 Start planning your adventure to travel back in time and walk among life-size dinosaurs in our new blockbuster traveling exhibition, Dinosaurs Around the World. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before […]

Connecticut Science Center, Scouts Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Calling all Scouts! The next Scout Appreciation Day is taking a trip out of this world with hands-on activities, LIVE Science demonstrations, and intergalactic exploration. All scouts also have the chance to navigate a scouts-only scavenger hunt to earn an out-of-this-world Science Center patch, created just for this day of scouting fun! Connecticut Scouts and […]

Connecticut Science Center, SPACE Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

3…2…1…BLAST-OFF! Join in the fun and take a trip out of this world with hands-on activities, LIVE Science demonstrations and intergalactic exploration. Create nebula spin art, take a stroll through the solar system, play with gravity hoops, launch stomp rockets and so much more! Space week activities are included with General Admission or a Science […]

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, then settle in for a night of family fun under the stars. You can even arrive early and meet some of the Minions for a special […]

Connecticut Science Center, Sensory Friendly Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All who will benefit from a quieter environment are invited as our special guests for the day! All visitors will get all of the fun that the […]

Connecticut Science Center, Women in Science

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

STOMP ROCKETS Join our professional engineers and launch paper rockets into the air! Kids will learn how connecting a series of pipes to an empty soda bottle and then compressing the bottle will cause the air to be forced out through the pipes with this simple and fun activity. No battery or fuel is needed […]

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Connecticut Science Center, Lunch Bunch LIVE

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Join us every week at Noon on Wednesday as we explore interesting science topics, and conduct fun science experiments LIVE! You might experience an animal encounter, conduct a wild science experiment, take an exhibit tour, and so much more. Ask questions, interact, and have some virtual fun with our STEM Educators all in a LIVE! setting. […]

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Connecticut Science Center, Lunch Bunch LIVE

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Join us every week at Noon on Wednesday as we explore interesting science topics, and conduct fun science experiments LIVE! You might experience an animal encounter, conduct a wild science experiment, take an exhibit tour, and so much more. Ask questions, interact, and have some virtual fun with our STEM Educators all in a LIVE! setting. […]

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Connecticut Science Center, Lunch Bunch LIVE

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Join us every week at Noon on Wednesday as we explore interesting science topics, and conduct fun science experiments LIVE! You might experience an animal encounter, conduct a wild science experiment, take an exhibit tour, and so much more. Ask questions, interact, and have some virtual fun with our STEM Educators all in a LIVE! setting. […]

Connecticut Science Center, Lunch Bunch LIVE

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Join us every week at Noon on Wednesday as we explore interesting science topics, and conduct fun science experiments LIVE! You might experience an animal encounter, conduct a wild science experiment, take an exhibit tour, and so much more. Ask questions, interact, and have some virtual fun with our STEM Educators all in a LIVE! setting. […]

Connecticut Science Center, Memorial Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

The Connecticut Science Center wants to thank all those who serve and protect us every day. To show our appreciation we are offering FREE General Admission to all active, reserve, and retired military, fire, police, state troopers, EMS, and medical personnel. Everyone else who comes out this weekend will receive 50% off General Admission. Please […]

Connecticut Science Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

This weekend we’re celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with kids’ pricing for everyone!  Join in the fun, bring the whole family, and enjoy more than 165 exhibits in a safe and fun environment. Plus, for a small additional fee, you can take a trip through our very own tropical Butterfly Encounter featuring dozens of colorful […]

Connecticut Science Center, Winter Vacation Fun

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

When the kids are out of school, don’t panic – just plan a safe, fun adventure to the Connecticut Science Center! You can explore four floors of fun with more than 165 interactive exhibits, including the final days of our blockbuster exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Immerse yourself in the world of the ancient Maya with a […]

Connecticut Science Center, Veterans Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

The Connecticut Science Center is honoring our Veterans and active-duty military personnel with free General Admission and 50% off for family members. From Nov 11-15! PROOF OF SERVICE IS REQUIRED AT THE DOOR.

Connecticut Science Center, Spooktacular Science Weekend

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party. Meet Mal and Evie from the Descendants, join the Baby Shark Bubble Dance Party, and see our stunning new exhibition, Our Changing Earth. Enjoy a Hocus Pocus sing along with the Sanderson […]

Connecticut Science Center, Green Gala

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Show your love for science and join us at the Connecticut Science Center's virtual Green Gala and support inspiring programs to meet the current and future science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce needs of our region. Celebrate the Connecticut Science Center’s 11-year anniversary during this virtual night. While we will miss celebrating with you in […]

Connecticut Science Center, STEM Showcase

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Looking to inspire your child’s interest in the STEM fields?- look no further. The STEM Career Connections Showcase creates an open and innovative environment which connects professionals working in the STEM fields with students, families, and teachers. STEM professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds share innovations in science and technology as they aim to […]

Connecticut Science Center, Homeschool Day

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Join other Homeschool teachers and students as we kick off the school year with hands-on science and learning. Enjoy 165 interactive exhibits, including the NEW Engineering Lab Exhibition. Experience the Science Center in a safe and social atmosphere that brings textbooks to life. General Admission for this event is only $11 per person! To purchase […]

Connecticut Science Center, Polar Express (3D)

Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Weekends November 29 - December 22 - Don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in our Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Science Theater for a limited engagement. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Embark on a journey of […]