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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Richardson’s Candy Kitchen

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500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
(413) 772-0443 www.richardsonscandy.com

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen prides itself on making and serving only the best in sweets. Our Chocolate making process begins early each morning as the solid chocolate is melted, tempered, and made ready for production right in our store in full view of our customers. We offer handmade chocolates including our Famous Dixies, nut clusters , pretzels, specialty barks,  chocolate dipped fruits ,pretzels and molded novelties. Our Founder’s Own Fudge is cooked 100 pounds at a time in an antique copper kettle. We are also proud to sell Herrell’s Ice Cream during warmer months. Richardson’s Candy Kitchen – The finest in Handmade Chocolates & Specialty Candies!

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December 2019

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Special Holiday Hours

December 3, 2019 - December 24, 2019
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Handmade in our Deerfield, Mass. kitchen, these delicious chocolates are sure to delight your family, friends and colleagues. From Deerfield Samplers and assorted nut clusters to stocking-stuffer Santas, milk chocolate Rudolph pops and more - we've got plenty of holiday magic to share with everyone on your list! A Hanukkah selection of our finest handmade chocolates wrapped in a festive holiday box! Sixteen pieces of our favorite assorted chocolates ensures there will be a little something for everyone. The perfect…

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June 2020

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Father’s Day

June 14, 2020 - June 21, 2020
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Sweet and classic... just like Dad. This 16-piece assortment is sure to satisfy Dad's sweet tooth! All of our chocolate gifts for Dad (tools, cars, boxes, and to-go kits) are available for mail-order and curbside pick-up. The fastest way to place any order is online, but you can also call us at (413) 772-0443. It's Beery Time! Hand dipped Strawberries are back! Every morning, fresh-picked strawberries from the Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm in nearby Hatfield get delivered to our kitchen. Each…

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September 2020

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Apples & Chocolate

September 23, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Unforgettable Fall Favorites! Made fresh! Local honeycrisp apples from nearby Clarkdale Fruit Farms — dipped in caramel, then milk chocolate, and drizzled with colorful fall designs. They make a great hostess gift, easily sliced with a knife to share and serve! These seasonal treats sell out so be sure to get yours soon! They're available in-store as well as for curbside pick-up — or you can have them shipped directly to your doorstep. The fastest way to place your order is…

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October 2020

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, National Chocolate Day

October 28, 2020
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Come celebrate with Richardsons!  Fall Seasonal Square A seasonal selection of our finest handmade chocolates wrapped in a festive holiday box! Sixteen pieces of our favorite assorted chocolates ensures there will be a little something for everyone. No tricks in our Halloween Gift Box — just spooktacular treats! Besides holiday classics like candy corn, jelly pumpkins and goulish ghosts wrapped in foil, this collection includes our milk chocolate pumpkin pops and festive chocolate covered oreos — delicious handmade sweets to…

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November 2020

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Give Thanks to Your Loved Ones

November 16, 2020 - November 25, 2020
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Now is the time of year when we want to tell family and friends just how much we appreciate them. "Give thanks" with this decorative box filled with our handmade seasonal chocolates — the perfect gift to show your love and gratitude! THANKSGIVING 9 PIECE ASSORTMENT $11.99 THANKSGIVING 16 PIECE ASSORTMENT $16.99 This year we encourage you to order your holiday chocolates early. Our gift boxes are available in-store as well as for curbside pick-up —or you can have them…

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December 2020

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Hanukkah

December 3, 2020 - December 10, 2020
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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A Hanukkah selection of our finest handmade chocolates wrapped in a festive holiday box! Sixteen pieces of our favorite assorted chocolates ensures there will be a little something for everyone. The perfect hostess or thank you gift. SHOP EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! IN-STORE SHOPPING - MASK REQUIRED - *PLEASE LIMIT SHOPPING GROUP TO 1-2 PEOPLE AVOID THE LINES, ORDER AHEAD ONLINE! TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10AM - 4PM SUNDAY NOON - 4PM PRE-ORDER ONLINE - FOR CURBSIDE OR IN-STORE PICKUP - ORDER 2…

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February 2021

Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, Valentine’s Day

February 11 - February 14
Richardson’s Candy Kitchen, 500 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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This year, give a bouquet of chocolate roses! Our chocolate rose bouquet is such a sweet combination — assorted milk, dark and white chocolate roses — tied together with a red ribbon and elegantly packaged for delivery. Choose between the classic one dozen rose bouquet or the simply delicious half dozen one. Either way, your Valentine will surely be delighted! Best to pre-order your chocolate bouquet online early to make sure it gets delivered before Sunday, February 14.   Chocolate Rose Bouquet…

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