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
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.
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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Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory. If overcast, attendees will be offered a tour of the observatory. Tonight’s topic: Getting Into Astronomy with Jack Megas The Stars over Springfield program is organized by the Museums in partnership with the Springfield Stars Club. The program takes place on the first […]
Second Saturday Walking Tours: City Architecture of the World Reflected in Downtown Springfield August 14. Join Steve Shultis and Elizabeth Lawton for a walking tour that will will discuss how certain buildings in Springfield reflect the architectural styles of cities visited for their world-renowned architecture, some examples are Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam. Please buy your tickets […]
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Docent Tour: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer – Tragedy Join our art docents for an insightful tour of the special exhibition Constructing Poetry: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer and its connections to themes represented in our permanent collection. Tour begins at the entrance to the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Free! Tragedy Pat McCarthy will discuss […]
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There will be annuals, perennials, houseplants, shrubs and some small trees for sale at the Springfield Garden Club’s annual plant sale on Saturday, May 22. Annuals for sale will include both flowers and vegetables, and there will be perennials for sun and for shade with a special emphasis on New England native plants. Many of […]
There’s No Place Like Space! Astronomy Day at the Springfield Museums is FILLED with Activities! Join us for an out-of-this-world day at the Museums! Enjoy activities and demonstrations on the Quadrangle Green and in the Science Museum. Saturday, May 15, 11 am-3:30 pm. We offer in-person and virtual experiences to help all who participate know […]
Earth Week: Take Action! Join us for kid-friendly Earth Optimism fun! Follow a trail of trivia questions for an exciting new way to explore the Science Museum–you don’t need to know all the answers to play along! Try out our ecological conversation starters for kids and their caregivers as well as a daily interactive science […]
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL This year marks the 31st annual Earth Day Festival celebrated at the Springfield Museums! Due to pandemic restrictions on outdoor gathering capacities, we invite you to join us virtually to learn about Awesome Earth System Science, the environment, and fun recreational activities that demonstrate ways to enjoy the outdoors while appreciating and […]
Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Museums! Soak up the color and the fragrance while enjoying interpretive floral arrangements in the Springfield Science Museum, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Now in its eighth year, Festival of Flowers features the talent and creativity of local florists, garden clubs, […]
Examine the unique human body, complete with all the gross, crazy and amazing things your body does every day! We will map your tongue, trick your nose and your other senses as we make slime, fake vomit, and fake boogies! Dress for mess! Instructor: Debbie Naglieri-Prescod Ages 7-10 Saturday, 10 am-12:30 pm One class: March 27 Register
The Springfield Museums celebrate Women’s History Month and honor of women of all backgrounds who transcend barriers and open pathways for the betterment of all. Presentations will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. Please register in advance in order to access the programs. Women in Aerospace: Stories from the Smithsonian Collection March 17 […]
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The 4th Annual Downtown Ice Invasion will take place during the week of February 17th at the Springfield Museums! Get ready for over a dozen crafted ice sculptures all placed at the Quadrangle. This year’s theme, get ready to find a lot of Springfield Museum displays come to life through the ice. Dinosaurs, bears, Hasbro […]
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The Springfield Museums present the annual gingerbread competition and exhibit, ongoing through January 3 in the Springfield Science Museum. This year the theme is Gingerbread in Wonderland! Amazing, fully edible creations inspired by holiday fill the gallery with the wonderful smell of fresh gingerbread and sugary fondant! Created by local baking enthusiasts of all ages. […]
Skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory. Join members of the Springfield Stars Club for skygazing in the Science Museum’s observatory. If overcast, a planetarium show will be presented. Program will be held rain or shine. Cost is $3 adults, $2 children 3-17. Visit the Stars Club website for speakers and topics.
Culture & Cocktails: Candy and Cocktails Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with candy-themed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Enjoy a few treats at our candy bar (not just one bar of candy, but a bar with lots of candy treats), explore the special exhibit Sweet: A Tasty Journey, test your knowledge with candy trivia, and […]
Kick off the season with the Grinch, our Gingerbread House exhibit, art activities, the lighting of the Quad, and more. Travel from the Balloon parade to the Museums for a day filled with family-friendly, fun activities. Have a chance to meet the Grinch in person! Activities free with Museums admission. 10 am-5 pm. Hollywood & the […]