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
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.
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.
More than just a "tribute" to Lynyrd Skynyrd, it is a tribute to the man that defined it. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member, Artimus Pyle has said, "If it wasn't for Ronnie Van Zant, no one would know my name." Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991, Artimus Pyle's career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects, culminating into one of the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is…Find out more »
2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend The Class of 2021 will be celebrated and enshrined in Springfield, Mass. – the birthplace of basketball – this September, at MassMutual Center. The Class of 2021 includes ninth-winningest coach in NBA history Rick Adelman, two-time NBA champion and 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, NBA Finals MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, the first Black NBA head coach Bill Russell, two-time NCAA national champion Villanova coach Jay Wright, seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith, and seven-time…Find out more »
This year will be the Springfield Thunderbird’s 5th Anniversary Season. The Thunderbirds are proud to offer free parking inside the Civic Center garage (on a first-come, first-served basis) for all home games.Find out more »
The Western New England Bridal Shows, held in November and March each year at the MassMutual Center, are the area's largest one day bridal shows. See a spectacular Multimedia Fashion Show, hear live music performances by the area's best performers, and visit with over 100 of Western New England's finest wedding service providers. Come Early for the Bridal Gown Blow-Out Sale at 10:30! Admission is $8 In Advance and $10 At The Door and includes a year's subscription to BRIDES magazine. Pre-Register…Find out more »
Kicking off the day after Thanksgiving, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield opens the 21st Annual Festival of Trees - CLOSED Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday through Sunday. A stroll through this colorful forest of whimsical, beautiful and creative Christmas trees, all donated and decorated by area businesses, organizations, families and individuals, will put you in the holiday spirit for sure, especially when you have the chance to win one! The trees, which are decorated in the theme of…Find out more »
The Western New England Bridal Shows, held in November and March each year at the MassMutual Center, are the area's largest one day bridal shows. See a spectacular Multimedia Fashion Show, hear live music performances by the area's best performers, and visit with over 100 of Western New England's finest wedding service providers. Come Early for the Bridal Gown Blow-Out Sale at 10:30! Register At The Door to Win FREE Wedding Bands! Admission is $8 In Advance and $10 At…Find out more »
Now entering its 25th year, the Women's Leadership Conference is the region’s premier women’s leadership event for professional and personal networking, skill-building and enrichment, attracting up to 2,000 attendees annually. For the past 24 years, the Women’s Leadership Conference has been bringing women in the Springfield-Hartford region together for a day of professional development and personal exploration. Each year, a new theme is brought to life through focus sessions and keynote speakers, challenging attendees to think, share and support each…Find out more »
American International College (AIC) will hold two commencement ceremonies at the MassMutual Center. The initial ceremony is for undergraduate students only and will begin at 9 a.m. A separate ceremony for master and doctoral degree recipients begins at 12 p.m. 12 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MAFind out more »
Graduate School The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will host Westfield State University’s Graduate Commencement for students receiving Master’s Degrees. 6:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MAFind out more »
91st Commencement Exercises. 9:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.Find out more »
Undergraduate 4:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.Find out more »
136th Undergraduate ceremony. 9:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.Find out more »
Bay Path University’s 125th Commencement Ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MAFind out more »
6:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.Find out more »