Premier Fighting Championship, a Massachusetts Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, will bring their highly anticipated, action-packed, LIVE event to MassMutual Center on Saturday, September 18! Not only will the event feature the return of Pat "Gorilla Ninja" Casey to his hometown, but it will also showcase something that has never been done in regulated MMA […]
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.
Come see the team before the season starts. Thunderbirds vs. PROVIDENCE BRUINS 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 of Thunderbirds hockey. The Thunderbirds are proud to offer free parking inside the Civic Center garage (on […]
The AIC (American International College) Yellow Jackets at the MassMutual Center. The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey team take to the ice. VS PROVIDENCE COLLEGE Click here for full schedule. AIC men’s ice hockey is the hometown team and the only NCAA Division I team in the greater Springfield, MA area. Now in the 6th […]
The AIC (American International College) Yellow Jackets at the MassMutual Center. The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey team take to the ice. VS UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS Click here for full schedule. AIC men’s ice hockey is the hometown team and the only NCAA Division I team in the greater Springfield, MA area. Now in the […]
For the second straight time, the Thunderbirds will open the regular season slate on home ice, seeking their fifth straight Opening Night sellout crowd as they host the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:05 p.m. Prior to game action, the T-Birds will host the Community Bank N.A. Pregame Block Party, with support from the Springfield […]
HOME GAME VS BRIDGEPORT ISLANDERS Kids Opening Day / Sunday Funday / Character Appearances presented by My Dream Party Princess - Paw Patrol (Marshall & Chase) / Postgame Skate 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 AIC (American International College) Yellow Jackets at the MassMutual Center. The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey team take to the ice. VS ARMY WEST POINT Click here for full schedule. AIC men’s ice hockey is the hometown team and the only NCAA Division I team in the greater Springfield, MA area. Now in the […]
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 […]
The AIC (American International College) Yellow Jackets at the MassMutual Center. The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey team take to the ice. VS QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY Click here for full schedule. AIC men’s ice hockey is the hometown team and the only NCAA Division I team in the greater Springfield, MA area. Now in the 6th […]
HOME GAME VS WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON PENGUINS Ok-T-Bird-Fest presented by Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter (Thunderbirds vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:05 p.m. ET) Returning for its third year, Ok-T-Bird-Fest will see the Thunderbirds transform the Thunderdome into a German beer hall for a special pregame beer tasting event inside the MassMutual Center. The first 1,000 […]
HOME GAME VS CHARLOTTE CHECKERS Sunday Funday / Character Appearances presented by My Dream Party Princess - Spiderman / Halloween Trick or Treating / Postgame Skate 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. […]
Planning a wedding has never been easier....The Western New England Fall Bridal Show kicks off on November 7th at the MassMutual Center! You'll find everything you need for the most amazing wedding! The first 100 brides through the doors will receive a Free Set of Wedding Bands!! Grab a Bridal Goodie Bag for brides to […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Thunderbirds will host their fourth T-Birds 101 School Day Game against the Bridgeport Islanders at 10:35 a.m. on Weds., March 16. Busloads of grade school children from Springfield and neighboring communities will enjoy an educational “field day,” which has been well-received throughout the AHL and in Springfield. Students from the area will have a […]
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, MA
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, MA
91st Commencement Exercises. 9:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.
Undergraduate 4:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.
136th Undergraduate ceremony. 9:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center arena, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA.