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Fairs and Festivals

soapboxderbyTo say that there are numerous choices any given day or weekend is no exaggeration. Summer and fall, of course, are the most active with ethnic and music festivals, notably the Green River Festival in July, and craft fairs and fall foliage celebrations well into October and November.  Several communities have monthly celebrations such as Third Thursday Turners Falls and First Fridays in Greenfield. Whatever your pleasure, you will find extraordinary experiences that celebrate the rivers, hills and valleys and towns that typify New England as you’d hoped to find it.


January/February

Greenfield Winter Carnival
Held at Highland Pond, Beacon Field and other locations in town, it features an ice sculpture contest, ice skating, XC skiing, sledding and other winter activities. Greenfield Recreation Commission. 772-1553

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River Rat Race
Zany antics characterize this Athol to Orange race with over 300 canoes. www.riverratrace.com

Third Thursday Turners Falls
Themed exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and performances scheduled throughout downtown Turners Falls from 5-9pm. For a full schedule of activities, business and restaurant specials please visit http://www.turnersfallsriverculture.org/

Franklin County Better Living Show -  Home Show/Green Fair
Home, garden and recreation activities, and environmentally friendly products and services.  More info here.

Franklin County Spring Parade

Organized by the same folks who organize the Franklin County Fair Parade and Pumpkinfest! The  parade is held in Turners Falls each April  details here. https://www.facebook.com/montagueparade

May

Crabapple Blossom Festival
First two weeks. Events celebrating spring for children and adults throughout downtown Turners Falls. www.turnersfallsriverculture.org

Fish Ladder
Operated by FirstLight Power. Viewing facility for watching anadromous fish such as shad and the occasional Atlantic salmon as they make their way up the Connecticut River to spawn. Open from mid-May through June. Located behind the Town Hall in Turners Falls. 659-3714

Giant Flea Market, Craft & Engine Show
Held over Memorial Day weekend in Bernardston, events include a display of gas engines, antique auto and truck display, food booths, old tractor displays, crafts & more.


June

Annual Relay For Life of Franklin County
Join Relay For Life and communities across the globe to fight back against cancer. Two entertainment stages with live music and shows, Basket Drawings, Relay Team fundraisers and Rotary Club of Franklin County will be selling food and beverages throughout the event. 
www.relayforlife.org/franklincountyma, www.facebook.com/RFLofFranklinCountyMa

Shelburne Falls Riverfest

Held annually, it is a celebration of life along the Deerfield River. It features a parade, crafts, music, boat or raft excursions and educational programs. Second Saturday. 625-2526

 

Family Fishing Day - Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls
This annual event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A) This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the pubic – Contact Laurel Carpenter at 413-863-3221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Third Thursday Turners Falls

Themed exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and performances scheduled throughout downtown Turners Falls from 5-9pm. For a full schedule of activities, business and restaurant specials please visit http://www.turnersfallsriverculture.org/

 

 

COOP Concert Summer Series
Local musicians give free concerts on Thursday evenings in June from 6 - 8 pm at the Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a chair or blanket, www.coopconcerts.org. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music at the Station at the Greenfield Energy Park
All kinds of entertainment, from the Greenfield Military Band to folk music to movie nights. Bring a chair or blanket. http://www.townofgreenfield.org/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/energypark


greenriverfest12jacobsenJuly

Greenfield Fourth of July Celebration
Music, food, vendors and fireworks display (fired from Poet’s Seat Tower). Fourth of July weekend.  Held at Beacon Field in Greenfield. 772-1553

Green River Festival
Held the second or third weekend on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, the festival features nationally known musicians on three stages, artisan craft vendors, local food and hot air balloon launches. Info at 773-5463, www.greenriverfestival.com

Yankee Doodle Days
Held in July at the fairgrounds, Charlemont’s hometown fair features horse and ox draws,
crafts and food. www.yankeedoodledays.com

COOP Concert Summer Series
Local musicians give free concerts on Thursday evenings in June from 6 - 8 pm at the Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a chair or blanket, www.coopconcerts.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music at the Station at the Greenfield Energy Park
All kinds of entertainment, from the Greenfield Military Band to folk music to movie nights. Bring a chair or blanket. http://www.townofgreenfield.org/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/energypark


August

Annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon
Bike, swim and run event. Sprint, international, and team divisions. First Saturday 772-1553

Annual Reggae Fest
Charlemont Fairgrounds, Route 8A North, Charlemont. www.charlemontreggaefest.com

The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
A collaboration with the Nolumbeka Project at Unity Park waterfront on First Street in Turners Falls, 10am-7pm, Free! Outstanding Native American crafts including baskets, pottery, jewelry and demonstrations of primitive skills. Sample Native American food. Live music by Grammy and Nammy award-winning flute player Joseph Firecrow on the solar powered stage with breathtaking views of The Connecticut River! Something for all ages. For schedule of day long musical performances visit nolumbekaproject.org or turnersfallsriverculture.org.

bridgeofflowersroadraceShelburne Falls 10K Road Race
This 10K race attracts Olympic caliber runners. Second Saturday. 625-9411,
www.bridgeofflowers10k.com

Annual Iron Bridge Dinner
Unique dinner for 400 at table spanning the Iron Bridge between Buckland and Shelburne.
Benefit dinner provided by local restaurants. Third Sunday. 625-2526, www.shelburnefalls.com

Montague Old Home Days
Held third weekend of August in the village of Montague Center, the festival features games,
an auction, food, music, parade and a 5.5-mile foot race.

Heath Agricultural Society Fair
eld two weekends before Labor Day, this fair offers music, arts, crafts, needlework, baked goods and flowers. Featured events include the horse and oxen draws, fireworks and barbeque. www.heathfair.org

Shelburne Grange Fair
Held annually on the fourth Saturday, this agricultural fair features crafts, food exhibits, flea market and a chicken barbeque (get there early, it sells out!). Fellowship Hall on Little Mohawk Road just off Route 2. 625-6592, www.shelburnegrange.org

COOP Concert Summer Series
Local musicians give free concerts on Thursday evenings in June from 6 - 8 pm at the Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a chair or blanket, www.coopconcerts.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music at the Station at the Greenfield Energy Park
All kinds of entertainment, from the Greenfield Military Band to folk music to movie nights. Bring a chair or blanket. http://www.townofgreenfield.org/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/energypark


September

roundhouseFranklin County Fair
Opens on the Thursday after Labor Day, runs for four days. It is a large agricultural fair featuring livestock, exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, music, a midway, demolition derby and lots of food. www.fcas.com, 774-4282

Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair
The third weekend on the grounds of Memorial Hall, this show features over 200 juried exhibitors. 774-2739

Northfield ArtsFest
Annual outdoor art show featuring a range of artists and crafts, food, live music and more. Behind Green Trees Gallery on Main Street, www.northfieldartsfest.com


October

Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
The first weekend in Orange. “The Festival That Stinks” includes crafts & arts, garlic cuisine, regional agriculture, music, renewable energy exhibits and more. (978) 544-9023, www.garlicandarts.org

Franklin County Pumpkinfest
4th Saturday, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Everything from pumpkin fried dough to pumpkin fries. Music, crafts and, of course, lots of pumpkins! A full array of local crafts, retailers, restaurants and more. 522-0712.


November

ciderdaysmarketplaceFranklin County CiderDays
Held on the first weekend, this self-guided tour takes you to orchards, wineries and great restaurants for demonstrations, tastings, food and crafts, all celebrating the apple harvest. Marketplace and harvest supper in Shelburne Falls, and two sessions of the world's largest cider tasting salon. 773-5463.
www.ciderday.org

Annual Crafts of Colrain - Artisans Studio Tour
Enjoy Hilltown beauty and discover the talented artisans of Colrain. Tour starts at Pine Hill Orchard located at 248 Greenfield Road in Colrain. Second weekend, 624-1200, www.craftsofcolrain.com

Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic
Held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, beginning at dusk when thousands of luminaries are lit along Bridge Street, there are sales in the stores, music and fun. 625-2526


December

A Special Day in Northfield Holiday Celebration
Annual day of traditional crafts, horse-drawn surrey rides, holiday foods and shopping on historic Main Street and artist studios. Contact Centennial House B&B, 498-5921.

It's a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls
Annual holiday shopping and cultural outing features festive storefront art installations, roving musicians, hayrides, in store performances, art shows, caroling, tree lighting with Santa, specials at local shops with many staying open until 9pm, and numerous after-parties. The evening will culminate with a showing of the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, at the historic Shea Theater.

 

Midnight Madness in Athol/Orange!

 

Shop til you drop! The towns of Athol and Orange get together for this annual holiday shopping extravaganza featuring specials until midnight at participating businesses, a visit from Santa, live entertainment, food, carolers, prizes and more! Free bus transportation between towns. More at the event's facebook page.

Greenfield's Home for the Holidays

T this annual celebration, you'll find Santa, caroling, hot chocolate, artful holiday windows display contest and more! Info here.

Year Round

Contradances
Most Fridays and Saturdays. The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts live callers and musicians. 772-6840.

farmersmarketFarmers’ Markets
Get the best quality and the most nutritional value when you buy foods that are locally grown and in season. Held in many towns throughout Franklin County during the summer months. Check the Farm Products Guide on www.buylocalfood.org for locations.

Foliage Fairs
During the foliage season many festivals celebrate the country life with art shows, craft fairs, food, games and entertainment including The Ashfield Fall Festival (Columbus Day weekend) and The Conway Festival of the Hills (last Sunday in September).

Full Moon Coffee House
Monthly concerts held on the Saturday night closest to the full moon in the Town Hall in Wendell. (978) 544-2086

Hands On History Series in Historic Deerfield
Monthly family programs with subjects ranging from open hearth cooking demonstrations to sheep shearing. 775-7214, www.historic-deerfield.org

Mohawk Trail Concerts
Summer and fall at the air-conditioned Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont. The programs feature chamber music, theater and contemporary works. 625-9511, www.mohawktrailconcerts.org

Music in Deerfield
A series of chamber music concerts featuring nationally and internationally known artists. Held in the Brick Church in Deerfield and in Northampton. 774-4200, www.musicindeerfield.org

Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus
Orchestral and choral concerts from October through May since 1939. 773-3664, www.pvso.org

Pothole Pictures
A series of classic fi lms held in the Memorial Hall Theater in Shelburne. 625-2896

Shea Theater
71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Community performing arts center with plays and musicals presented by resident companies, plus music, dance, comedy and special events. 863-2281, www.theshea.org

sugarhouseSugaring
Late February through early April. Franklin County takes to the woods to gather sap from sugar maple trees, boiling it down to pure maple syrup. Sugar houses are open to the public during the season, but check for hours and boiling schedules. In season, the Massachusetts Maple Phone is updated
regularly. 628-3912, www.massmaple.org

 

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