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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Three County Fairgrounds

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54 Fair Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-2237 www.threecountyfair.com

The Three County Fairgrounds is located in Northampton, Massachusetts right off Interstate 91 where the scenic Holyoke Mountain Range provides the backdrop for the fifty acres of Fairgrounds.

HOW TO GET HERE

From the South (NYC/Hartford/Springfield):
Take I- 91 North in Massachusetts to Northampton, Exit 19. Take Exit 19 and turn left onto Route 9 West (Bridge Street). Continue on straight on Route 9 West (Bridge Street) to first set of lights and turn left onto Old Ferry Road or continue to your second left onto Fair Street.
From the North (Vermont):
Take I-91 South to Exit 20 (US Route 5 South/N. King Street). Continue straight off exit ramp onto US Route 5 South and continue into downtown Northampton to Route 9 (Bridge St). Turn left onto Route 9 East (Bridge Street) and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street.

From the East (Boston):
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to Exit 4. Take Exit 4 and follow I-91 North to Northampton, Exit 19. Take Exit 19 and turn left onto Route 9 West (Bridge Street). Continue on straight on Route 9 West (Bridge Street) to first set of lights and turn left onto Old Ferry Road or continue to your second left onto Fair Street.

From the West (Albany):
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike East (Interstate 90) to Exit 4. Take Exit 4 and follow I-91 North to Northampton, Exit 19. Take Exit 19 and turn left onto Route 9 West (Bridge Street). Continue on straight on Route 9 West (Bridge Street) to first set of lights and turn left onto Old Ferry Road or continue to your second left onto Fair Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
The Three County Fair is conveniently located along the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) bus route. Take the Day Avenue stop in Northampton on a direct route from Amherst, Hadley & South Hadley or a connection from Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and surrounding communities.

If using a GPS use 54 Old Ferry Road as the street address; Route 9 is Bridge Street.

May 2021

Annual Northampton Pride Parade

May 1, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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40th Annual Northampton Pride Kick off the LGBT Pride season in New England with the Pride parade. Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Old South Street and continues down Main Street, rolls across the city's rainbow crosswalk, and makes its way to the Three County Fairgrounds, where stage events begin at 1:30 p.m. Over 40,000 people gather for dancing, eating, shopping, learning, socializing and enjoying the freedom to celebrate who we are. We also…

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Northampton, Paradise City Arts Festival

May 29, 2021 - May 31, 2021
Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Spend Memorial Day Weekend at Northampton's award-winning Annual Paradise City Arts Festival. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country. Featuring fine craft, painting, and sculpture, the fair is lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. About 260 artists from every corner of the country will show off their newest work in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art, and woodworking.…

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September 2021

Three County Fair

September 3, 2021 - September 6, 2021
Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Join us for the Three County Fair, Our 204th Consecutive Fair! One of the longest consecutive running agricultural fairs in the country – which remains true to its original constitution “to promote agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural science in the Commonwealth.” The Fair opens for four days over Labor Day weekend beginning Friday at 4 p.m. The Fair takes place annually over Labor Day Weekend featuring Livestock and Agricultural Contests & Exhibits, Top Musical Entertainment, Farm Museum, Delicious Food Vendors,…

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October 2021

Northampton, Paradise City Arts Festival

October 9, 2021 - October 11, 2021
Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street
Northampton, MA 01060
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Spend Columbus Day Weekend at Northampton's award-winning Annual Paradise City Arts Festival. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country. Featuring fine craft, painting, and sculpture, the fair is lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. About 260 artists from every corner of the country will show off their newest work in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art, and woodworking.…

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