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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Sonny’s Place, Harvest Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Visit Sonny's Place for Fall Fun for Everyone! Our special Harvest Happenings happening this weekend! Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds […]

Sonny’s Place, Weekend Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Join us this weekend for another great weekend of Free Live Music at Sonny's Place. Friday, Oct 22: Flannel Clad Masses Saturday, Oct 23: Cold Train Sunday, Oct 24: Alex2e Acoustic Saturday: Presz-Perry All shows are held on Pavilion Stage and moved into the Pavilion in the event of rain. Concerts are 7pm-10pm on Fridays […]

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Sonny’s Place, Zombie Laser Tag!

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Bring your friends for a new spin on a Laser Tag Elimination Game! Zombie Laser Tag starts you off as either a Human or Zombie. The object of the game is to be the last human standing.... can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? In this game, the majority of players start out as humans. As […]

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Sonny’s Place, Harvest Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Visit Sonny's Place for Fall Fun for Everyone! Our special Harvest Happenings happening this weekend! Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds […]

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Sonny’s Place, Harvest Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Visit Sonny's Place for Fall Fun for Everyone! Our special Harvest Happenings happening this weekend! Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds […]

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Sonny’s Place, Harvest Happenings

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Visit Sonny's Place for Fall Fun for Everyone! Our special Harvest Happenings happening this weekend! Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds […]

Sonny’s Place, Open Columbus Day

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Special Columbus Day Hours: Sunday, October 10th: 11:00am to 10:00pm Monday, October 11th: 11:00am to 7:00pm Enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of delicious seasonal food and drinks! Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the […]

Sonny’s Place, Wing & Beer Fest

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Join us for our first ever Beer & Wing Fest! This event will be a fun filled afternoon with beer samples, wing samples, and other activities as well! Breweries Offering Samples Broad Brook Brewing Company City Steam Brewery Stafford Cidery Firefly Hollow Thomas Hooker Brewery Powder Hollow Brewery New Park Brewing Company Stony Creek Labyrinth […]

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Sonny’s Place, Summer Beach Volleyball League

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Sonny’s is now getting teams together for our 8th Annual Summer Beach Volleyball league. The matches are played Thursday nights from June 10th to July 29th at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM under the lights with the semi finals on August 5th and the finals on August 12th. The cost is $450 per team […]

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Sonny’s Place, Summer Beach Volleyball League

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Sonny’s is now getting teams together for our 8th Annual Summer Beach Volleyball league. The matches are played Thursday nights from June 10th to July 29th at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM under the lights with the semi finals on August 5th and the finals on August 12th. The cost is $450 per team […]

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Sonny’s Place, Summer Beach Volleyball League

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Sonny’s is now getting teams together for our 8th Annual Summer Beach Volleyball league. The matches are played Thursday nights from June 10th to July 29th at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM under the lights with the semi finals on August 5th and the finals on August 12th. The cost is $450 per team […]

Sonny’s Place, Annual Lobster Bake!

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Sonny's Place's Annual Lobster Bake is back and better than ever! Join us Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 2pm-6pm for your choice of the Lobster Menu or the Ribs Menu, great music provided by Change Up, and a delicious Strawberry Shortcake dessert! Time: 2pm-6pm (Band Plays 3pm-6pm) Can't get here at 2pm? No problem! Arrive […]

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Sonny’s Place, Summer Beach Volleyball League

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Sonny’s is now getting teams together for our 8th Annual Summer Beach Volleyball league. The matches are played Thursday nights from June 10th to July 29th at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM under the lights with the semi finals on August 5th and the finals on August 12th. The cost is $450 per team […]

Sonny’s Place, Vacation Week

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Thanks to the upcoming nice weather this week, we've expanded our operating schedule! We'll be open Monday- Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with the following activities open: Mini Golf Batting Cages Go-Karts Playland Sonny's Grill & Ice Cream will be open as well so be sure to grab a delicious sundae before you leave! Beginning […]

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Sonny’s Place, Easter Bunny Breakfast

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

SOLD OUT!! Visit Sonny’s Place for a day of Easter Bunny Fun!  From a special breakfast to hunting down Easter Eggs to meeting the big bunny himself, this a great day the entire family can enjoy! Breakfast With The Easter Bunny- Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  Reservations are highly recommended, and are […]

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Sonny’s Place, Easter Bunny Breakfast

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

SOLD OUT!! Visit Sonny’s Place for a day of Easter Bunny Fun!  From a special breakfast to hunting down Easter Eggs to meeting the big bunny himself, this a great day the entire family can enjoy! Breakfast With The Easter Bunny- Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny!  Reservations are highly recommended, and are […]

Sonny’s Place, Late Night Laser Tag

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Join Sonny’s Place for an evening of exclusive Laser Tag, JUST FOR ADULTS!  You’ll have exclusive time in our Laser Tag Arena, Hologate Virtual Reality, XD Dark Ride, Arcade and our beautiful Antique Carousel, Food, and our Carousel Cantina Bar will also be open!  To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a corned beef and cabbage platter […]

Sonny’s Place, North Pole Experience

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Explore the North Pole, like never before, where the magic of the holidays is unwrapped before your eyes, as Sonny’s Place is transformed into Santa’s Place! The North Pole comes to life around you, as Santa’s elves create a winter wonderland that dazzles and dances to the sounds of the season! Our Holiday Operating Hours: […]

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Sonny’s Place, Santa Paws Days

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Looking for a picture with your furry friend and Santa? Stop by Sonny's in Santa's Candy Cane Cabin on Saturday, December 21st and Sunday, December 22nd from 2pm-4pm to get your pet's picture taken with Santa... you can join in if you'd like! No admission required, pictures are $8 for one and $12 for two […]

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Sonny’s Place, Santa Paws Days

Sonny's Place 349 Main Street (Route 190), Somers, CT

Looking for a picture with your furry friend and Santa? Stop by Sonny's in Santa's Candy Cane Cabin on Saturday, December 21st and Sunday, December 22nd from 2pm-4pm to get your pet's picture taken with Santa... you can join in if you'd like! No admission required, pictures are $8 for one and $12 for two […]