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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Zoar Outdoor

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7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
800-532-7483 www.zoaroutdoor.com

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, zip line canopy tours, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and kayak rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts. Based out of our convenient location in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Zoar Outdoor river trips, zip line canopy tours and instructional clinics are only 2 hours from Boston and Hartford and just 3 hours from Providence and New York City.

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We have two main locations, so before hitting the road, please verify that you’re coming to the correct address.

For whitewater rafting (except Concord River and West River trips), zipline, river kayaking, lodging, whitewater instruction, and outdoor leadership training:

Zoar Outdoor
7 Main St.
Charlemont, Massachusetts

For flatwater kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals and guided trips; bike rentals and guided trips; snowshoe and cross country ski rentals and guided trips:

Zoar Adventure Center
36 West Main St.
Wilmington, Vermont

For Google map directions to our 7 Main Street, Charlemont, Massachusetts location: (**Note, Google says your destination is on the left, but it’s actually on the right!)

August 2020

Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 15
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

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Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 16
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

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Zoar Outdoor, Whitewater

August 21
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 28, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Dryway Rafting: Combining the rush of advanced whitewater, the beauty of the northern Berkshires and the camaraderie of a paddling adventure, a Dryway rafting trip will be the highlight of your summer. Full Day: Includes refreshing riverside snack and a full post-trip barbeque back at base. All Dryway trips meet at our base in Charlemont, Massachusetts Due to the current health crisis we are offering private trips set with a minimum and maximum group size. We apologize for the inconvenience…

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Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 22
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

Find out more »

Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 23
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

Find out more »

Zoar Outdoor, Whitewater

August 28
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 28, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Dryway Rafting: Combining the rush of advanced whitewater, the beauty of the northern Berkshires and the camaraderie of a paddling adventure, a Dryway rafting trip will be the highlight of your summer. Full Day: Includes refreshing riverside snack and a full post-trip barbeque back at base. All Dryway trips meet at our base in Charlemont, Massachusetts Due to the current health crisis we are offering private trips set with a minimum and maximum group size. We apologize for the inconvenience…

Find out more »

Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 29
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

Find out more »

Zoar Outdoor, Family Float Trip

August 30
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
+ Google Map

Our half-day guided Float Trip is the perfect introduction to rafting for folks who want to dip a toe in the water before taking on our Zoar Gap trip or for groups with children as young as 5 years old. Our Family Float trip showcases the beauty of the Deerfield River as it meanders through farmland and the rolling Berkshire foothills along the historic Mohawk Trail. Our professional river guides provide insight into the natural and cultural history of the…

Find out more »

June 2021

Zoar Outdoor, Deerfield Fest

June 26, 2021
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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For more than 20 years, American Whitewater and F.L.O.W. have hosted the Deerfield Fest to celebrate the successful dam relicensing process that provides 32 annual whitewater releases on the Dryway and 106 annual whitewater releases on Fife Brook. The main festival activities take place on Saturday afternoon/evening and provide entertainment for both paddlesport and non-paddlesport enthusiasts young and old. The festival site will be bustling with activity including a whitewater marketplace, live entertainment, beer, and a silent auction with awesome…

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