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.


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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MGM Springfield

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One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 273-5000 www.mgmspringfield.com

The best of Las Vegas has come to the heart of New England. A state of the art casino, resort, and entertainment destination. MGM Springfield:

  • Accommodations— A five-story boutique hotel has 252 rooms including 16 suites. Hotel rooms were designed to feature Springfield’s history, including historical building facades framing the windows and reflecting surrounding architecture, reclaimed wood tables made from trees on the former Bliss Street in the Garden and Spa Suites, and a customer chandelier made of vintage hats, inspired by Dr. Seuss in the Presidential Suite.
  • The Casino– The 125,000 square foot gaming floor has approximately 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a high-limit VIP gaming area.
  • Entertainment and Recreation– Multiple shows at the MassMutual Center across from the casino, and other downtown venues such as Symphony Hall and CityStage. Other venues at the casino include: Topgolf Swing Suite, a high-tech immersive golf simulation and lounge; a seven-screen, Regal luxury movie theater inside on the grounds (650 seats), a 10-lane bowling center; a spa; and an 8,000 square foot pool within a terraced rooftop garden.
  • Open-air plaza— the outdoor plaza and public space has created with the historic, restored State Armory building at its center. The marketplace features live events, local artisans, farmer’s markets, and seasonal programming including an outdoor ice rink.
  • Meetings and events— In addition to the MassMutual Center, MGM has approximately 42,500 square feet of space for business and social meetings and events.
  • 3,400 space Parking Garage— free to patrons and the public.



Active, retired military and their spouses receive special discounts on rooms, restaurants, shows and parking. LEARN MORE MILITARY & VETERANS PROGRAM

September 2019

MGM Springfield, Red Sox Night at What’s on Tap 

September 4, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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Don't miss a fun night of fenway froth on the Armory Plaza at MGM Springfield while the Red Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. New City Brewery will be on site sampling brews, food trucks will be open, and there will a chance to win two tickets to a Red Sox game this season. TAP Sports Bar - Game Day, Every Day While rooting for the home team, eat, drink and take in the ultimate sports experience. TAP Sports Bar will…

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Springfield Jam Fest

September 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm EDT
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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Experience a local music festival unlike any other. The 3rd Annual Springfield Jam Fest is being held on Saturday, September 7th from 12 pm -11 pm, on the Plaza at MGM Springfield. THE ALL-DAY FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature a variety of local and regional artists. Band lineup for this year includes Fran Cosmo: former lead singer of BOSTON, Bronze Radio Return, Darik and the Funbags, LuxDeluxe, The Equalites, Malado!, Floyd Patterson Band, DJ Anomaly, Juice the DJ, and Dr.Westchesterson.…

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January 2020

MGM Springfield, UMass Hockey Watch Party

January 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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UMASS vs BC. Battle of two of the top ten teams! TAP Sports Bar - Game Day, Every Day While rooting for the home team, eat, drink and take in the ultimate sports experience. TAP Sports Bar will showcase the greatest in professional and college sporting events while serving up fan-favorite food and an extensive beer selection.

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March 2020

MGM Springfield, Roar! Comedy Club

March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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MGM Springfield is the place to go for laughs.  The unique comedy series developed by John Tobin Presents, features an eclectic mix of nationally popular comedians as well as rising industry stars. YANNIS PAPPAS FRI MAR 20 - SAT MAR 21 BUY TICKETS Upcoming Performances STEVE BYRNE FRI MAR 27 - SAT MAR 28 BUY TICKETS MATT BRAUNGER FRI APR 10 - SAT APR 11 BUY TICKETS STEVE SWEENEY FRIDAY APR 17 BUY TICKETS  

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May 2021

MGM Springfield, The Great Outdoor Giveaway

May 4 - May 29
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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300 players will win a share of $475,000 in prizes including FREEPLAY® , trips to the Borgota, outdoor prize packages and one Grand Prize winner of a Jeep Gladiator every Saturday. M life Rewards® members will receive one entry for every 50 Slot Points or 100 Tier Credits earned from table play. Win up to 10x Entries on Tuesdays May 4th, 11th, & 25th Drawings take place each Saturday every two hours from 2pm-10pm. Grand Prize drawings each Saturday night at…

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MGM Springfield, TAP Sports Bar Patio

May 7 - May 9
MGM Springfield, One MGM Way
Springfield, MA 01103
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TAP Sports Bar at MGM Springfield will be opening their outdoor Patio on Friday, May 7th. Hours are Friday - Saturday, 4pm - 12am, Sunday 1pm - 10pm. And Regal Theatres is open again beginning this weekend with several action packed movies.

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