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
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.
41 Fair Street
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.
10 North Street
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.
Camp Kinderland, 1543 Colebrook River Road
September 3-4, 2016
The festival will bring together musicians, artists, and dancers, with activists and organizers for a celebration of art as an agent of peace. Featuring Dar Williams and Guy Davis, and 15 more bands, artists, and organizations, plus local food and drink, this event promises to be fun for the whole family!
Come for the day on Saturday or or come for both days. Tent camping and shared-cabin stays are available. Children 17 and younger admitted free on Saturday and Sunday.
Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Admission: one-day and two-day passes are $60 to $110. Higher when camping is included.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Mile Hill Road
September 10-11, 2016
In addition to great music by the Darren Bessette Band, Annie Brobst, Lance Carpenter, Jay Taylor, and Kristen Melrin, there will be a mountainside barbecue and many food stations, a traditional Beer-Fest-Of-Ale, local craft vendors and a scenic summit SkyRide. A classic car show will take place throughout the day on Sunday. The event is held rain or shine.
Time: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Music noon to 6 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs! Admission: Adults, $20-$30; youth age 6 to 12, $6 to $9. Extra cost for SkyRide.
10 Memorial Street
September 17-18, 2016
This fair features more than 180 juried exhibitors from 16 states displaying and selling crafts of all media in the picturesque setting of the historic village of Old Deerfield. Highlights include a free museum tour, craft displays & demonstrations, music, food court and specialty food sampling. Admission: Adults, $7; children under 12, $1. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 24-25, 2016
Handmade crafts, sculptures, and original art works will fill the streets along with handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and hand woven clothing. Enjoy foods, wines, beers and local autumn dishes. Apples and all imaginable apple recipes abound as you stroll through the Historic Village of Lenox where hay rides, children activities, and entertainment create a cornucopia of harvest-time family fun. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9 and Old Ferry Road
October 8-10, 2016
Artists from 30 states show and sell their unique work. Festival is loved for its live performances by acclaimed musicians, flowering sculpture garden, special exhibits, demonstrations and activities. Admission: Adults, $13; seniors, $12; students, $8; children under age 12, free. Free parking
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA
September 16-October 2, 2016
Fair-goers will enjoy free top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village, rides, crafts, shopping, foods from around the world and more.
Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Cost: Adults, $15; children ages 6-12, $10; children under age 5, free. Admission is $6 after 5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. Seniors at 60 and older, $12 Monday-Thursday.
Beacon Field, Beacon Street
October 8-9, 2016
Set in rural Greenfield, this is a festival full of blues music, smoked and grilled barbecue, and beer tastings. Also: friendly competitions, activities for kids, vendors and a New England BBQ Society Competition and a Kansas City BBQ Society Competition.
Admission: Festival Admission, $5 above at 10; B BQ Samplin', $5; BrewFest Beer Samplin' Saloon on Saturday, $25; Lefty's Beer Saloon on Sunday, $10. Cash only for festival entrance and sampling fees. ATM Not Available On Site. Parking at 48 Sanderson Street and at the Greenfield Middle School. The Greenfield Trolley will provide shuttle service from these locations to Beacon Field.
Time: noon-6 p.m.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road
September 10 and 11, 2016
Headliners Darren Bessette Band, Annie Brobst, Lance Carpenter, Jay Taylor and Kristen Melrin top the summer day-long mix of country music, food and fun featuring a total of five bands and two stages. There will also be a barbecue and several food stations, a traditional Beer-Fest-Of-Ale, local craft vendors and the scenic summit SkyRide. A classic car show will take place throughout the day on Sunday. The event is held rain or shine.
Time: Noon- 6 p.m.
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.
Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road
October 8-9, 2016
This celebration showcases local crafters & artists, non-stop entertainment, artisan food producers and food trucks. It also features a silent auction, giant tag sales of all kinds, a farmers market, educational workshops and plenty of kids activities, including a haunted house. Visit the Botanical Garden’s Farm Camp, Hall of Pumpkins and much more. Tickets sold at the door.
Admission: Adults, $5; children under age 12 admitted free. Free parking. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.