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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UMass Amherst

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300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0306 www.umass.edu

UMass Amherst has climbed into the top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, coming in 24th among the approximately 130 public institutions ranked in the “Best Colleges 2020” guide published by U.S. News & World Report.

The Commonwealth’s flagship campus moved up two slots this year. With student success, graduation rates, and other key metrics on the rise, the university continued its ascent as one of the fastest-rising, top-tier public-research universities in the country, advancing from 52nd in 2010 to 24th in 2020.

For six years running, UMass Amherst has been ranked in the top 30 public universities. UMass Amherst also ranks 64th in the U.S. News & World Report Best National Universities category, moving up six places from last year’s rankings among 312 public and private institutions rated by U.S. News.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system.

If you are driving and choose to use GPS, the Visitor Center address is 300 Massachusetts Ave, Amherst, MA 01003.

By Car

    • From the North
      From I-91 South, take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit.
    • From the East
      Via Route 2 West to Exit 16 (Belchertown/Amherst). From Route 2 take Route 202 South for about 15 miles to a blinking yellow light at Amherst Road. (You will see signs “to Rt 9 and Rt 116”). Turn right and follow Amherst Road (becomes Pelham Road after about 4 miles) for 7 miles to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.
    • From the South
      From I-91 North, take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). The UMass exit is 1 mile up.
    • From the West
      From Route 2 East, follow to Greenfield/I-91 exit. Take I-91 South to Exit 25, Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow for 8 miles to the UMass exit.
    • From I-90 (Mass Pike)
      Take Exit 4 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). The UMass exit is 1 mile up.

W.E.B. Du Bois Library and Campus Center overlooks University of Massachusetts Amherst

September 2020

UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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October 2020

UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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UMass Music & Dance, Speaker Series

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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This fall, the UMass Department of Music and Dance is launching a new speaker series titled Music, Community Engagement & Social Action. Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music. The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour,…

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May 2021

College Commencement, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

May 14, 2021
UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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Graduate School     9:00 a.m. on campus at Mullins Center, 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA Undergraduate                 4:30 p.m. on campus at McGuirk Stadium, 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA

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July 2021

Amherst, Independence Day

July 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
UMass Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA 01003
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Fourth of July fireworks: The July 4 celebration at McGuirk Field, UMass. Fireworks are expected to begin at about 9:30 p.m. The day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the 13 former British colonies on July 4, 1776. Massachusetts became the first state to recognize the Fourth of July as a statewide holiday in 1781.

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