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.

89 Wisdom Way Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-774-4282

September 8-11, 2016

Live entertainment, demolition derby, Firemen's Parade & Muster, midway, draft horse show, agricultural competitions and exhibits, fair museum, kids area, and more. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $7; youth (age 9-17) $8; children age 8 and under free. Pre-fair tickets (discount) available in August. Thursday special, everyone $5. Hours: Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Heath Fair 2016

Heath Fairgrounds, 9 W Hosmer Rd Heath, MA Phone: 413-337-5716

August 19-21, 2016

Adult cattle show, sheep show, adult, youth rabbit show, exhibit hall, horse draw, chicken barbecue, children's games, midway, entertainment, square dance. Blueberry pancake breakfast, youth sheep show, youth cattle show, adult and youth poultry show, parade Sunday, oxen draw, horse show 4 classes, truck pull, antique tractor pull, kid garden tractor pull, gymkhana and much more. Hours: Friday, 5-11 p.m., with fireworks at dark; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; seniors, $6; children age 10 and younger, free; free parking.

137 Russellville Road Westfield, MA Phone: 413-562-3001

August 19-21, 2016

Set on 20 acres of picturesque property, the Westfield Fair features agricultural and livestock exhibits, amusement rides, games, entertainment, and more. Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8, seniors, $5; children under age 12 free with a paying adult admission. $2 parking, overnight camping, $10.

10 North Street Blandford, MA Phone: 413-848-0995

September 2-5, 2016

Horse, ox and pony draws; stage shows; art show; truck pulls; hall exhibits; horse, cattle, sheep, and goat shows; rabbit and poultry show, midway/rides; demolition derby; fiddle contest. Hours: Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $5; children age 6-12, $5; parking, $5.

41 Fair Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-584-2237

September 2-5, 2016

Highlights this year include the demolition derby, Bryson Lang "The Cure for the Common Show", royal Bengal tigers, Flippin' Acrobatics and Grannie's Racing Pigs. Check out the truck and oxen pulls, too. Fans of agriculture, late summer, or nature, and people of all ages can have a blast here. Admission: Adults, $10 (online price) or $12; seniors or veterans, $8 (online price) or $10; kids below age 11, free! Ride-all-day wristbands, $20. Demolition derby tickets, $5.

97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone: 413-634-5091

August 25-28, 2016

This family-oriented and farm-themed fair features live country music, horse events and rides, a demolition derby, and antique truck displays. Some of the events of the day: a comedian-magician, funnyman Matt Episcopo; Ditsy, the glamorous clown; the Marvelous Mutts; bicycle and prize raffles, a family buffet dinner, craft barn, and non-stop livestock judging events. No pets or alcohol allowed.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8 on Sunday; kids ages 10-15, $5; parking, $5; multi-day passes are available.

7 Bell Road Middlefield, MA Phone: 413-623-6027

August 12-14, 2016

Live music and fiddling contest; truck, tractor and horse and oxen pulls, and much more Admission: Adults $6; seniors over age 50, $5; children under age 12, free. Information: http://middlefieldfair.org/

Court Square Springfield, MA Phone:

August 6, 2016

The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival is family-friendly event designed to bring people of many different walks of life together to share their love and passion for music and art. Sweet, sensual, energetic, and infectious musical sounds from a wide range of genres, including jazz, Latin jazz, gospel, blues, funk and more will fill the air in Court Square. Food will be provided by many vendors, including Blackjack Steakhouse, Neville’s Creole Cuisine n’ Catering, Nadim’s, La Veracruzana, Elegant Affairs, Queenie’s Island Cuisine and others. Festival is held rain or shine. Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Featured musicians are Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, the Eric Krasno Band, Heshima Moja and Ofrecimiento with guest Rayvon Owen, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Terri Lyne Carrington Group, and Taj Mahal.

Bowe Field off Old Columbia Street (Route 8) Adams, MA Phone: 413-743-2148

August 5-7, 2016

This fair has everything an agricultural fair should; a demo derby, agricultural and horticultural competitions, a midway, live music, a petting zoo, and more. Time: Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $5; children ages 6-12, $1; 3-Day pass, $10; under 6, free.