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.

Old Sturbridge Village, 75 Years

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

June 8, 2021 marks Old Sturbridge Village’s 75th anniversary and will kick off a yearlong celebration of the Village’s decades of historic preservation, interpretation, and education. Programming on Tuesday, June 8th and Saturday, June 12th will focus on the exhibits that were open on the original opening day of June 8, 1946, such as the Printing […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Craft Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase a variety of New England crafts and trades from the early 19th century. The Village’s craftspeople will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated or unique items that are not usually displayed at the Village. The sheep will also be getting their annual “haircut.” Throughout the […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Craft Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase a variety of New England crafts and trades from the early 19th century. The Village’s craftspeople will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated or unique items that are not usually displayed at the Village. The sheep will also be getting their annual “haircut.” Throughout the […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Craft Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase a variety of New England crafts and trades from the early 19th century. The Village’s craftspeople will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated or unique items that are not usually displayed at the Village. The sheep will also be getting their annual “haircut.” Throughout the […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Mother’s Day

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

On Mother’s Day only, all guests who purchase/reserve their tickets for this date in advance online will be entered for a chance to win a family photoshoot at the Village with Debbie Segreve Photography, LLC. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village with our popular annual brunch, featuring favorites like smoked salmon, an omelet station, […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Womens History Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

Join Old Sturbridge Village as we acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary and everyday women in the early 19th century. Stop outside the historic houses of OSV to learn about how women ran their households, managing the essential work of clothes construction, cooking, laundry, and more. Join interpreters in the gardens for talks on Indigenous plants, medicine, […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Patriots’ Day

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

Patriots’ Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters on the Common on Monday, April 19. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors as the […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Earth Week

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

Seed, sow, celebrate! Join us throughout the week for a wide variety of talks, walks, workshops, and activities related to nature, ecology, stewardship, and our climate. Our interpreters will host talks exploring the deep connections between the environment and early 19th-century life and begin the seasonal work of preparing and planting the fields and gardens. […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

LAST WEEKEND!! For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn’t the aroma of spring flowers – it’s the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for four weekends of “Maple Days” in March, when the […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

LAST WEEKEND!! For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn’t the aroma of spring flowers – it’s the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for four weekends of “Maple Days” in March, when the […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

LAST WEEKEND!! For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn’t the aroma of spring flowers – it’s the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for four weekends of “Maple Days” in March, when the […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

This February, get out of the house and explore our scenic campus and learn about topics like candle dipping, doing laundry in the winter, food preservation, and more. The Village is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Admission is half-priced through February 2021! Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

This February, get out of the house and explore our scenic campus and learn about topics like candle dipping, doing laundry in the winter, food preservation, and more. The Village is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Admission is half-priced through February 2021! Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Walks

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

This February, get out of the house and explore our scenic campus and learn about topics like candle dipping, doing laundry in the winter, food preservation, and more. The Village is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Admission is half-priced through February 2021! Come enjoy a peaceful walk around our early 19th-century village. While on […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

SOLD OUT! Come experience a quintessential New England Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Our programs are designed with your safety in mind – featuring a vast array of outdoor festivities. Relish old traditions and create new ones as we highlight a homemade holiday with take-home craft projects and an ornament giveaway. You’ll enjoy strolling from […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

SOLD OUT! Come experience a quintessential New England Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Our programs are designed with your safety in mind – featuring a vast array of outdoor festivities. Relish old traditions and create new ones as we highlight a homemade holiday with take-home craft projects and an ornament giveaway. You’ll enjoy strolling from […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

SOLD OUT! Come experience a quintessential New England Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Our programs are designed with your safety in mind – featuring a vast array of outdoor festivities. Relish old traditions and create new ones as we highlight a homemade holiday with take-home craft projects and an ornament giveaway. You’ll enjoy strolling from […]

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

SOLD OUT! Come experience a quintessential New England Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Our programs are designed with your safety in mind – featuring a vast array of outdoor festivities. Relish old traditions and create new ones as we highlight a homemade holiday with take-home craft projects and an ornament giveaway. You’ll enjoy strolling from […]

Old Sturbridge Village, New England Thanksgiving

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

The Village will closed this year on Thanksgiving Day, but we wanted to give you an opportunity to learn about how early 19th-century New Englanders celebrated Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving was the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. Just like today, feasting with family and friends was a main Thanksgiving event. The table […]

Old Sturbridge Village, Evening of Illumination

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs and computers? Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during Old Sturbridge Village’s “Evening of Illumination.”  Guided by lantern light […]