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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Connecticut Trolley Museum

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58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
(860) 627-6540 www.ct-trolley.org

The Connecticut Trolley Museum, founded in 1940, is the oldest incorporated museum in the United States dedicated to the electric railroad. View an historic collection of over 70 pieces of trolley and railroading history dating back to 1869. The Visitor Center offers numerous education exhibits that show the history of trolley transportation. Experience a three-mile round trip antique trolley car ride that takes you back in time.

During your visit, you can see historic passenger and freight street “trolley” cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut. You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Road (Rt. 140) and is a short 15 minutes north of Hartford or a short 15 minutes south of Springfield. Admission prices are $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (62+), Children (ages 4-12) $7, children (ages 3 & under) and Museum Members free. For more information, visit ct-trolley.org or call (860) 627-6540.

From Springfield and Points North

Take I-91 south from Massachusetts into Connecticut. Take Exit 45 for State Route 140, Ellington, and Warehouse Point. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left heading under the highway. Stay straight on Route 140 (East). The Museum will be on the right about 1 mile from the highway after the third traffic light.

From Hartford and Points South

Take I-91 north from Hartford. Take Exit 45 for State Route 140, Warehouse Point, and Ellington. At the bottom of the ramp turn right and stay straight on Route 140 (East). The Museum will be on the right about 1 mile from the highway after the second traffic light.

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Springfield Electric Railway 16
Fair Haven & Westville Railroad Co. 355
New Orleans Public Service 836
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Boston Elevated Railway 5645

May 2021

Connecticut Trolley Museum, Beer and Wine Tasting

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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Sample wine and beer from local wineries & breweries while enjoying all the Museum has to offer! New Earth and Aquadutes will be performing throughout the day. Cost will be $20 per person which will cover admission to the museum and the tastings. You must be 21 to drink and will have to show your ID when you arrive at the Museum. Everyone will need a ticket no matter what age. The event runs from 12pm-4pm with tastings from Thomas…

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Summer Music Series

May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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Join the Trolley Museum for live music in the outside courtyard with JustJeannie and take a trolley ride while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Everyone will be practicing social distancing and we will have designated marked areas. Bring your own lawn chair and pack yourself a picnic basket full of your favorite goodies (bring-your-own beer and wine is allowed) for relaxing while listening to the music.  

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June 2021

Connecticut Trolley Museum, Fire Truck Show

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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A great opportunity to get up close and personal with all aspects of the firefighting industry and the opportunity to meet first responders and their equipment. Come see the Fire Truck Museum's collection and see some vehicles on display from local fire departments at the trolley museum. Don't miss an opportunity to sit in a real fire truck, try on firefighter's turnout gear, and take home a souvenir children's fire hat. The Shaker Pines Fire Department will have their Kid's…

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Father’s Day

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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The Connecticut Trolley Museum is excited to honor Fathers and Grandfathers half-price admission with a paid adult or child admission. The Behind-the-Scenes tour will give you an opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including Connecticut Company #3001, Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. #1500, and Brooklyn Rapid Transit #169. Additionally, tour non-public parts of the trolley museum campus with a Museum guide. At the Fire Truck Museum, learn more about our sixteen fire…

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, Summer Music Series

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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Join the Trolley Museum for live music in the outside courtyard with Dave Brunette (contemporary rock classics) and take a trolley ride while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Everyone will be practicing social distancing and we will have designated marked areas. Bring your own lawn chair and pack yourself a picnic basket full of your favorite goodies (bring-your-own beer and wine is allowed) for relaxing while listening to the music.  

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Connecticut Trolley Museum, 80th Anniversary Celebration

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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Come celebrate 80 years with us!

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July 2021

Connecticut Trolley Museum, Want to be a Motorman?

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
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This is your chance to get behind a controller and operate a trolley under the guidance of an instructor. This program is a shortened version of the Guest Motorman Experience. Participation in operating our historic trolleys is limited to adults only (18+). Admission to the museum is included with the cost of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance as there will be no ticket sales at the Trolley Museum on the day of the event. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable.…

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