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
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.
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
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,
The Brigadoons, and
Cost: Adults, $16; children age 6-12, $5. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26)
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 Infamous Stringdusters,
Rachael Price & Vilray,
The Suitcase Junket,
Amadou & Mariam,
The Dustbowl Revival,
Big Sam's Funky Nation,
Big Al Anderson,
John Brown's Body,
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams,
Tank And The Bangas,
Pedrito Martinez Group, and
Aliya Cycon Project.
Hadley Town Common, Russell Street (Route 9)
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.