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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The New England Air Museum, Flights of Fun

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us for a variety of family friendly, social distanced activities every weekend. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for adults ages 65+ and free for 3 and under. Veterans are free every day in 2020 courtesy of KeyBank Please […]

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The New England Air Museum, Flights of Fun

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us for a variety of family friendly, social distanced activities every weekend. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for adults ages 65+ and free for 3 and under. Veterans are free every day in 2020 courtesy of KeyBank Please […]

The New England Air Museum, Helicopter Day

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, the New England Air Museum will hold its Fourth Annual Helicopter Day, which will feature many of the helicopters in its extensive collection and a few newly restored aircraft.  Take a walk through the incredible 22,000-pound CH-54 Skycrane or sit in the small one-person helicopter. Over 20 helicopters will be on display, […]

The New England Air Museum, Space Expo

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

The New England Air Museum's annual celebration of all things aerospace is back! Join us on Saturday August 21, 2021 for our annual family friend celebration of spaceflight. Meet keynote speaker and former NASA astronaut Susan Kilrain, snap a selfie with life sized droids and intergalactic characters, participate in our new Cosmic Kids Challenge, and […]

The New England Air Museum, Cocktails with Astronaut

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us Friday evening August 20 for a special evening event to support the New England Air Museum. NASA astronaut Susan Kilrain will be at the museum for an intimate social gathering and sneak preview of her Space Expo presentation. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, so if you would like […]

The New England Air Museum, Soar into Summer Fun

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us for summer fun featuring interactive programs for children and families. From wings to rockets and everything in between, visitors can enjoy hands-on activities for children, flight science demonstrations, and specialized scavenger hunts every day, all summer long. A new theme each week! Soar into Summer Fun Schedule Monday August 2-Sunday August 8, 2021: Balloon Week Monday […]

The New England Air Museum, Open Cockpit

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Father's Day Open Cockpit Event What better way to celebrate DAD, than to share memorable experiences at the New England Air Museum. More open cockpits than a normal day, more docents to share their aviation stories, and more fun than any dad would expect. Experience sitting in the pilots seat of some of our aircraft, […]

The New England Air Museum, D-Day Anniversary

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

D-Day, observed annually on June 6, brings overwhelming memories of the brave men and women who fought a strategically planned and well-executed battle that ultimately led to the end of the Second World War. More than 75 years after the end of World War II, these memories remain fresh to the over 300,000 living U.S. […]

The New England Air Museum, Flight Lesson

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Climb aboard as we explore the New England Air Museum with the help of our friends at Connecticut Valley Brewing Co! This guided tour & beer tasting will allow you to learn about aviation, local history & craft brews! Each tour will last 90 minutes with the first tour leaving at 4:30p.m. A ticket will […]

The New England Air Museum, Easter Egg Hunt

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Hop into history with the Easter Bunny at the New England Air Museum's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 2nd. Families and children are invited to join us from 11:00am-1:00pm for our annual NEAM Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will have a choice of two scavenger egg hunts, the younger children will need to find […]

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The New England Air Museum, Women Take Flight

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

March is Women’s History Month and this year we’re honoring women in aviation with Women Take Flight 2021, a month-long celebration of the past, present, and future of women in aerospace. Join us every Saturday in March from 10:30am-12:30pm for Women in Aerospace Chats, social-distanced conversations with local pilots, aerospace engineers, and aviation history professionals. […]

The New England Air Museum, Blood Drive

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds another challenge in meeting the constant need for blood products. You can help! Share your good health and big heart by giving blood on Feb. […]

The New England Air Museum, Talk

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Ostatni wyczyn polskiej kawalerii  (The Last Polish Cavalry) A free virtual lecture presented in English and Polish by B. B. Biskupski, S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish history at Central CT State University. February 3, 6:30 p.m. In 1940, fighting in the Battle of Britain, Polish pilots of the 303 Squadron played a large role which […]

The New England Air Museum, Open Martin Luther King Jr. Day

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

The New England Air Museum will be open on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. The museum will be open for a variety of family friendly and socially distanced activities. Flights of Fun Family Programs are included with general admission and schedules are subject to change. Remember that we are closed on most […]

The New England Air Museum, Santa Claus

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

On this day, the New England Air Museum will host Jolly St. Nick! Santa is not letting anything stop him from coming to see all his friends at the Museum. He will be available to speak to each child while maintaining social distancing. Santa is not coming empty handed; his bag will be filled with […]

The New England Air Museum, Veterans Day

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us November 11th. Walk our hangars and learn about the aircrafts in our collection. Free Admission to Veterans! Veterans are free every day in 2020 courtesy of KeyBank.

The New England Air Museum, Haunted Hangars

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Join us for Haunted Hangars with family fun through the exhibit hangars, and a costume contest. The New England Air Museum will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31st from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to visit the museum, and participate in a costume contest! […]

The New England Air Museum, Speaker Series

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

  Sunday May 3, 2020 “The D-Day Squadron” Presented by Eric Zipkin, Coordinator, D-Day Squadron In 2019, the D-Day Squadron commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Starting in Oxford, CT they flew across the Atlantic Ocean to England, joining European aircraft to fly across the English Channel and drop over 200 paratroopers in […]

The New England Air Museum, Drone Day & Open Cockpit

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

Our Drone Day will feature drone specialists from the FAA and local organizations along with our historic aircraft. There will be displays of WWII target drones and engines with recreational and professional use drones, in addition to drone demonstrations. At 11:00 a.m. Marilyn Pearson, Aviation Safety Inspector with the FAA, will be presenting rules and […]

The New England Air Museum, Breakfast with Santa

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks

The New England Air Museum has just received word from the North Pole that Santa and his aviation crew will be headed to the Museum for a very exclusive breakfast for children of all ages. Breakfast with Santa is an exclusive opportunity to meet Santa and his elves prior to the daily opening of the […]