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, 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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Old Sturbridge Village

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1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(800) 733-1830 www.osv.org

Welcome to Old Sturbridge Village – a “must-see” New England attraction which depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. You can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and take part in hands-on crafts.

Old Sturbridge Village is the perfect place for a wedding – complete with multiple ceremony locations and reception spaces and nearly endless photo opportunities.

The Village is also a great place to hold a bridal or baby shower, anniversary party, reunion, or other social function.

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Old Sturbridge Village is also proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Active duty, career retired military or disabled veterans and their families (up to 6 people) receive complimentary standard daytime admission year round. Military Veterans receive 50% off adult standard daytime admission with an additional 25% discount for others in their party. Note – Military discount available with military and photo ID at the Visitor Center only; Not valid on special evening programs.

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MUSEUM GIFT SHOP & NEW ENGLAND BOOKSTORE

Great gifts available in the Museum Store! Browse online or in-store to choose from a host of unique gifts including village made redware, tinware, fudge and more! Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

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LODGING

Located adjacent to Old Sturbridge Village, the award winning Inn & Lodges offer comfort and convenience in 29 modern lodging units and a charming 10-room Inn. Be sure to check out the special money-saving packages at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges, recipient of the 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence!

Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges
369 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
OPEN EVERY DAY

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Outside view of the Reeder Family Lodges

April 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Easter

April 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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The Easter Brunch offered at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village promises an extensive buffet in a charming setting. Or step into the charming historical ambiance of the Bullard Tavern Great Room and enjoy a delicious Easter feast with your friends and family. While you enjoy your food, watch costumed interpreters prepare soup over the hearth and listen to occasional musical performances. Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. Full prepayment will be required at the time the reservation is made. Village…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Scout Day

April 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Scout Days offer Scout troops and their families the opportunity to explore Old Sturbridge Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for Scouts to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. Also available on Scout Days are scout-specific workshops designed to fulfill some but not all of the badge, patch and elective requirements. Some requirements will need to be completed outside of the visit to Old Sturbridge Village. We recommend that you…

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June 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Antique Car Rally

June 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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When Old Sturbridge Village first opened in 1946, it wasn’t just a walking Village, it was a driving Village! Every June, the Village salutes its early heritage with an annual Antique Car Rally featuring dozens of automobiles from 1946 and earlier. On June 8, see dozens of antique cars from 1946 and before as we pay homage to Old Sturbridge Village's beginnings as a drive-able museum in 1946. Friday, June 8 is the 73rd anniversary of the opening of Old…

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July 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Garden Weekends

July 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Garden Weekends return to Old Sturbridge Village this July! Each weekend will be filled with hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and tours of OSV’s heirloom gardens. Visit the gardens and chat with our expert horticulturalists to learn about a few of the 400(+) heirloom varieties cultivated at the museum. Saturdays will be dedicated to all things kitchen garden, and Sundays will center on topics related to ornamentals, herbs, and native species. Learn about the 19th-century perspectives on gardening and ways to implement…

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August 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Redcoats & Rebels

August 3, 2019 @ 5:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 am, repeating until August 4, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Redcoats & Rebels, returns to Old Sturbridge Village. Come see hundreds of costumed soldiers and experience a taste of what life (and battle) was like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Redcoats & Rebels

August 4, 2019 @ 5:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 am, repeating until August 4, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Redcoats & Rebels, returns to Old Sturbridge Village. Come see hundreds of costumed soldiers and experience a taste of what life (and battle) was like for those who fought to win America's freedoms. See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Free Fun Friday!

August 30, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Free Fun Friday- come and enjoy Old Sturbridge Village for free!! The Highland Street Foundation 11th annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, from art museums to zoos. Learn more about Free Fun Friday at www.highlandstreet.org.

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September 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Open Labor Day

September 1, 2019 - September 2, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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"Kids Free" Promotion NOW Extended Through Labor Day Did you hear the news? This August, up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission ($28 at the door or $25.50 online)! Every Village (adult) member may bring up to three non-member kids for free. Adult season pass holders may bring up to three non-member kids as well. It's a great opportunity to bring some friends to the Village before school begins! No other discounts apply.…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Speaker Series

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Finding the Lost Battalion The study of American participation in the WWI, and in particular the activities of the 1st Corps of the American 1st Army during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, has been a life-long passion of author and historian Robert Laplander. His specific research into the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division spans 20 years and is by far the most extensive ever done in their regard. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm and…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Festival of New England Makers

September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase New England trades from the 19th century. The Village’s blacksmith, potter, tinner, cooper, printer, and others will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated items not usually displayed at the Village.  From etching, to spinning, to woodworking, experience “handmade” from the past. The Village’s potters will also fire the 15,000 brick kiln outside the Pottery Shop. The 24-foot tall kiln must be heated to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit during firing, which requires…

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October 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Apple & Agriculture Days

October 6, 2019
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 14, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Weekends October 5-14 Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 – 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders. Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Apple & Agriculture Days

October 7, 2019
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 14, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Weekends October 5-14 Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 – 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders. Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Speaker Series

October 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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New England's Love Affair with Apples Joann Vieira, longtime steward of the famed Davenport Collection of heirloom apples, housed at Old Sturbridge Village and later Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will talk about the history of apples in New England, sharing the unique qualities and histories of popular cultivars, their importance in everyday life, and how New Englanders used and preserved the harvest. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm and the lecture begins at…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Apple & Agriculture Days

October 13, 2019
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 14, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Highlights for this weekend include: Taste heirloom apple varieties, such as Cox's Orange Pippin and Maiden's Blush See guest oxen (Saturday and Sunday only) and maybe even put your hand to the plow Smell the cider being pressed in the ox-powered Cider Mill and learn about the importance of cider in…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Apple & Agriculture Days

October 14, 2019
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 14, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Highlights for this weekend include: Taste heirloom apple varieties, such as Cox's Orange Pippin and Maiden's Blush See guest oxen (Saturday and Sunday only) and maybe even put your hand to the plow Smell the cider being pressed in the ox-powered Cider Mill and learn about the importance of cider in…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Apple & Agriculture Days

October 19, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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This Saturday marks the final Apple & Agriculture Day of the year! Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Highlights for this weekend include: Taste heirloom apple varieties, such as Cox's Orange Pippin and Maiden's Blush See guest oxen and maybe even put your hand to the plow Smell the cider being pressed in the ox-powered Cider Mill…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Woodworking Forum

October 19, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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The Woodworking Forum invites participants to spend a day exploring 19th-century woodworking and cabinetmaking traditions. The program will include opportunities to try different hands-on skills and techniques, observe specialized demonstrations, examine select objects from the Village’s collection of historic furniture, and study-related archival sources from the Research Library. The Woodworking Forum runs from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm. Doors open at 8:45 am. Cost: $40 per person (or $30 for Village members); Scholarships are open to graduate, undergraduate, and high school students…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Celebration of Cider & Music Festival

October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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The Celebration of Cider and Music Festival is BACK for its second year, featuring hard ciders from across New England and a variety of musical acts! Listen to Toe-Taping Music Six musical artists including Darlin' Corey Duo, Never Say Never, Lawrence Trailer, and Chuck and Mud! Enjoy Several Different Dining Options Sunday Brunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern | 10:00 am - 1:30 pm. Our brunch buffet includes made-to-order omelets, seasonal vegetables, signature salads, and chef specials such as roast turkey,…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Trick or Treat

October 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Visit the Village after hours for a family-friendly evening of trick or treating, slightly spooky tales, a bonfire, and more. Throughout the evening, children can trick-or-treat at nine stops on the Village Common. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. This is an evening event and is not included in daytime admission. GET TICKETS Cost: Members: $8/person, Non-members: $12/person, Children (Age 3 and under) FREE!  

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November 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, The Sleepy Hollow Experience

November 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Through November 3. The Sleepy Hollow Experience returns again this month! At The Sleepy Hollow Experience, guests will be ghoulishly guided through the Village’s countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman. Dates and shows are already selling out, reserve your spot today! Please note that each outdoor performance is approximately 1.5 hours long, and requires standing and walking. Performances are rain or shine. If the evening is a rainout, a modified version…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Veterans Day

November 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation’s military history. See how lead musket balls were cast. Meet a U.S.S. Constitution 1812 surgeon and the U.S.S. Constitution’s Marines, listen to fife and drum music, and watch a cannon demonstration. See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons. Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain…

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Old Sturbridge Village, New England Thanksgiving

November 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until November 24, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Weekends, November 2 - 28, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Our costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving - the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. Experience the traditions of preparing for an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot (weekends). Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the…

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Old Sturbridge Village, New England Thanksgiving

November 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until November 24, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Weekends, November 2 - 28, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Our costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving - the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. Experience the traditions of preparing for an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot (weekends). Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Thanksgiving Day

November 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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The Village will be open on Thanksgiving Day - providing you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a pre-feast stroll and to learn about how early 19th-century New Englanders celebrated Thanksgiving! Our costumed historians will be preparing for Thanksgiving - the biggest holiday of the year in early 19th-century New England. Experience the traditions of preparing for an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire.…

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December 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, Brunch with Santa

December 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 22, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event!! Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. (Please note that reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight) Brunch with Santa | Oliver Wight Tavern | December 1 Adults $26.95; Seniors (Ages 55+) $24.95; Children (4-12 years old) $13.95; Children under 3 free (Tax and gratuity…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Brunch with Santa

December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 22, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event!! Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. (Please note that reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight) Brunch with Santa | Oliver Wight Tavern | December 1 Adults $26.95; Seniors (Ages 55+) $24.95; Children (4-12 years old) $13.95; Children under 3 free (Tax and gratuity…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Brunch with Santa

December 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 22, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event!! Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. (Please note that reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight) Brunch with Santa | Oliver Wight Tavern | December 1 Adults $26.95; Seniors (Ages 55+) $24.95; Children (4-12 years old) $13.95; Children under 3 free (Tax and gratuity…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Brunch with Santa

December 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 22, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event!! Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. (Please note that reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight) Brunch with Santa | Oliver Wight Tavern | December 1 Adults $26.95; Seniors (Ages 55+) $24.95; Children (4-12 years old) $13.95; Children under 3 free (Tax and gratuity…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

December 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! This year, stroll the all-new Christmas Tree Trail to enjoy 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees through the Mill area to the Christmas Wish Bridge. Christmas by Candlelight continues December 27-29! Village is open select evenings only…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

December 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! This year, stroll the all-new Christmas Tree Trail to enjoy 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees through the Mill area to the Christmas Wish Bridge. Christmas by Candlelight continues December 27-29! Village is open select evenings only…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

December 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2019

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! This year, stroll the all-new Christmas Tree Trail to enjoy 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees through the Mill area to the Christmas Wish Bridge. Christmas by Candlelight continues December 27-29! Village is open select evenings only…

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January 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Evening of Illumination

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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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 around the Village Common, guests visit select homes and shops to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors…

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February 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Savor a 4-course Feast at the Oliver Wight Tavern with that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Also offering a full bar including beer, wine, and specialty Valentines cocktails. Cost: $55/person inclusive of tax and gratuity; OSV Members receive 10% off when they show their card. Reservations required; call 508-347-0397. Please note that this dining experience is separate from Village admission and the museum is not open during this time. Learn More Menu: First Course (choice of) New England Clam Chowder Tomato Garden Vegetable…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Families Cook

February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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“Families Cook” is a 19th-century interactive food experience that the whole family can enjoy. Children and adults alike will learn to prepare an entire hearth-cooked meal with the added benefit of being able to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Chicken will be roasted before the hearth and served crisp, juicy and “done to a turn.” Cranberries will be stewed by the fire to make a delicious sauce and home-made apple pie will be baked in our…

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Old Sturbridge Village, You’re Invited!

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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You are cordially invited to step back in time as Old Sturbridge Village presents a brand new one-of-a-kind event: Midwinter Revel. Guests will enjoy fine fare and cheer, listen to period music, and can have their silhouettes cut. After a buffet dinner, the evening culminates with guests joining the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers for fun dancing in the ballroom of the Oliver Wight Tavern. Historic costumes are encouraged but not required. If wearing modern clothing, please dress up at least a little, since this…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Winter Warmth and Cheer

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village in February will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!”  Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event.  While such occasions were relatively rare, rural…

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March 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s Day

March 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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In honor of International Women’s Day and of women and girls everywhere, Old Sturbridge Village offers FREE daytime admission to the museum to all women and girls on Sunday, March 8! See our blacksmiths, tinners, and potter at work, take a horse-drawn ride around the countryside, meet the schoolmistress, and more!

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Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s History Weekend

March 13 - March 14
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Join Old Sturbridge Village as we acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary and everyday women in the early 19th century. Our costumed historians will explore the diverse and unique roles of women through storytelling and performance. Come and learn about 19th-century midwifery, the life of an Irish immigrant, and listen to letters from the abolitionist Grimke Sisters. Visit the historic houses of OSV to learn more about how women ran their households and managed the essential work of childrearing, gardening, cooking, laundry, sewing,…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Maple Days

March 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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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 Village’s working sugar camp demonstrates maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring…

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May 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Wool Days

May 9 - May 11
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival - Wool Days - on Memorial Day Weekend. Welcome our spring lambs and see the adult sheep get their annual "haircut." There will also be guest alpacas to visit and sheep herding demonstrations. Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. Costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from…

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July 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Evening at the Village

July 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Join us next Friday, July 24, for an Evening at the Village! Enjoy being outside and spend a summer evening at the Village after our normal hours of operation! Stroll through our scenic campus, explore our gardens, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and enjoy period music. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on the Village common! Beer, wine, and limited snacks will also be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required! Learn More & Register We are excited to announce…

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August 2020

Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s History Weekend

August 1 - August 2
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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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, and discussions on the roles of women and children in gardening. Beyond the domestic sphere, we will explore issues surrounding gender, freedom, and rights occurring during…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Evening at the Village

August 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Enjoy being outside and spend a summer evening at the Village after our normal hours of operation! Stroll through our scenic campus, explore our gardens, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and enjoy period music. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on the Village common! Beer, wine, and limited snacks will also be available for purchase. Due to current capacity limits, pre-registration is required.  Register here. Non-member Adults: $10 Member Adults: $8 Kids: Up to 3 kids per adult get…

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Old Sturbridge Village, Workshops for Kids!

August 10 - August 20
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Workshops for Kids! Join Old Sturbridge Village for an in-depth exploration of the 1830s from the comfort of your own home! We've added another round of Virtual Village: Workshops for Kids for August! These sessions, designed for kids ages 6 to 12, will be taught by experienced museum educators and knowledgeable historians, live on Zoom. Participants will get to do hands-on projects like reverse glass painting, making a Jacob's ladder toy, and more. Supplies can be purchased from the Village…

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