Fairs & Festivals brighten the Berkshires every season of the year

In a landscape like this with so much natural beauty, history, creative and performing artists, craftsmen, food purveyors, wine and beer makers, there are lots of reasons and occasions to hold celebrations of every kind. Year-round this part of Massachusetts is filled with fairs, festivals and other events highlighting the richness found here. Each fall brings with it a special blend of activities for the whole family , as do the holidays and warmer months. Come for a family getaway to this sweet spot in New England and be delighted.

Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9 and Old Ferry Road Northampton, MA Phone:

May 27-29, 2017

More than 240 carefully selected artists and makers present three days of visual arts, eye-popping design, grdat food, live music and fun. This spring Paradise City opens three new exhibition buildings and a Sculpture Promenade. Enjoy themed exhibits, artist demonstrations and talks, a benefit art auction and this season’s jazz. Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $14; seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; three-day pass, $16; kids age 12 and younger, free.

Look Park, 300 N Main Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-862-8095

July 15, 2017

Festival activities include Highland dance competition, Highland athletic competition, pipe and drum competitions, individual pipe and drum competitions, Scottish food and vendors, two entertainment stages, and lots more. New this year: The Brigadoons, and more music by Albannach, Screaming Orphans, The Brigadoons, and Charlie Zahm. Cost: Adults, $16; children age 6-12, $5. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26) Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-341-3317

July 14-16, 2017

The Green River Festival combines a lineup of dozens of acts on three stages, local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, kids' activities and entertainment, hot air balloon rides and a balloon glow. Lineup includes: Lake Street Dive, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, The Mavericks, Houndmouth, Funky Meters, The Infamous Stringdusters, Rachael Price & Vilray, The Suitcase Junket, Amadou & Mariam, The Dustbowl Revival, Pokey Lafarge, Bridget Kearney, Darlingside, San Fermin, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Mandolin Orange, Robbie Fulks, Dan Bern, Chicano Batman, Big Al Anderson, John Brown's Body, River Whyless, Parsonsfield, Kat Wright, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Western Centuries, Tank And The Bangas, Madam Uncle, Twisted Pine, The Deslondes, Sweetback Sisters, Fulaso, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Aliya Cycon Project.

Hadley Town Common, Russell Street (Route 9) Hadley, MA Phone:

June 3, 2017

Enjoy local agriculture by visiting booths of local farmers; se work of craftsmen and –women; hear headlining bands from Signature Sounds and be prepared to dance. Craft beer will be curated by State Street Wines & Spirits. Taste asparagus ice cream, fried potatoes, Spoletos, asparagus pizza, and barbecue. Cost: Admission is free. Suggested donation is $5. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.