The Berkshires offers many opportunities to explore the great outdoors and take part in various outdoor activities. While exploring, you will also want to take advantage of the Berkshires’ thriving food and art scene. Here are a few upcoming events in the Berkshires that we recommend.
21st Annual WinterFest
On February 17th from 10am to 4pm, the 21st annual WinterFest will take place and feature fun for everyone. The festival will include ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, a winter farmers and crafters market, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and lots of other winter fun in the snow.
REI Western Mass Nordic Adventure
Take part in an adventure traversing the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA on February 24th. You’ll have the opportunity to explore part of Notchview’s 3,000 acres of forest and meadow.
Come out with the whole family to Adams Visitor Center on February 25th for a day of food, live music, and vendors. Fun children’s activities will provide young ones with age-appropriate entertainment.
High Mud Comedy Fest with Mike Birbiglia
On March 16th to 17th, come out to MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival, which is the museum’s annual mud-themed event. Enjoy comedy-club acts, funny films, beer tastings, and museum tours.
For even suggestions about local events to attend in the next few months, call us at Haddad Nissan; we’ll be glad to recommend a few of our favorite festivities.
Here at Haddad Nissan, we think it’s important for us to stay involved with community here in the Berkshires, whether its sponsoring charitable events or just enjoying all the great activities our area has to offer. With Fall rapidly approaching, the list of things to do in and around our area is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here are a few of the amazing events you can take part in.
Walk A Mile March
Our very own Big Bill and our GM Mike Coggins carried the Elizabeth Freeman Center banner at last year’s event. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Freeman Center
The first event we have on our calendar is the 7th annual Walk a Mile March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Join the Elizabeth Freeman Center, our team, and hundreds of your fellow citizens at Third Thursday on September 21st in Pittsfield and take part in this amazing event. The objective is simple- put on a fresh pair of high heels and walk through Downtown Pittsfield to raise money for survivors of abuse. Together, your contributions support women across the country. September 21st is the date, so be sure to mark your calendar and take a stand with us! Check out the Facebook Event page here.
The Apple Squeeze
Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company
Later in September, Lenox will be holding their 38th annual Apple Squeeze. Main Street in Lenox will be lined with artists and vendors selling everything from local honey to quilts along with food for purchase and a jam-packed lineup of music and performers in addition to all of the local shops and restaurants. The Lenox Apple Squeeze will be happening Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. For more information, check out their Facebook Event.
Fall Foliage Parade: Magic in the Berkshires
Photo Credit: Visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Next up, there is the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade in North Adams. Now in its 62nd year, this wonderful celebration of Fall features countless businesses, organizations, and Berkshire community members marching along Route 8, and features a wide variety of events such as a road race and craft fair. The Fall Foliage Festival is family fun, and a part of history here in The Berkshires. This year’s festival and parade will be happening on Sunday, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. For complete event details, visit the events Facebook page.
Then, on Columbus Day weekend, Berkshire Botanical Garden will be holding it’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in our area, and for good reason: this festival has something for everyone: delicious food offerings, lots of kid friendly activities, live entertainment all weekend long, as well as a slew of local artists and vendors selling their wares. Oh, and did we mention the Haunted House? What’s even better- all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden’s education program. So be sure to mark Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th on your calendar. The festival hours are 10am to 5pm: Admission is $7 for adults; Children under 12 are FREE.
There is no shortage of fun to be had in the Berkshires- even after Labor Day! Have some suggestions about fun things to do in and around the Berkshires this fall? Share with us in the comments below or on Social Media! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The last bell’s been rung, the lockers have been cleaned out, the teachers have said good riddance, and the kids are bored—but not for long! If your one of Haddad Nissan’s wonderful neighbors, you’re lucky, because you live with us right here in the Berkshires, a hotspot of summer fun for the family. Make the most of the season by visiting one (or all) of our region’s incredible attractions.
- The Berkshire Museum
Sneak a little more learning into your family’s summer vacation with a trip to the Berkshire Museum, the region’s premiere art, history, and natural sciences museum. From dinosaurs to a live aquarium, this place has something for everybody.
- Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
Turn your summer fun for the family into summer THRILLS for the family at Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours. Join the three-hour long guided trek through the wild Berkshires, zip-lining across the canopy, taking in the incredible mountain views at top-speed.
- Hancock Shaker Village
Turn back the hands of time and spend an afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village. See the beautiful gardens, engage in history with live demonstrations, and enjoy a tasty meal at the Harvest Cafe. The best part? Entry is free for all!
And don’t forget our list of great Massachusetts Summer road trips as well! Stuck in the office, or inside all day? No worries! Join in on our Sock Game! We love all aspects of Summer, especially the fun, so we hope you enjoy yours!
Spring and summer weather inspires everyone to get out of their house and enjoy the outdoors. If you’d like to hit the road, here are some great ideas for Massachusetts road trips.
Go to a Garden Show – With spring and warm weather finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere. Make a point to head to your nearest botanical garden, maybe even for a garden show or other floral event!
Celebrate Your Parents – Late spring and early summer celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day, so be sure to respect your parents with some gifts and festivities just for them.
Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t waste the mild spring temperatures. Hit the local hiking trail or go for a stroll in a countryside vineyard to enjoy the scenic beauty of Massachusetts. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe challenge yourself on one of the state’s mountain trails.
Memorial Day Weekend – Honor American troops all across the country by attending Memorial Day festivities, including local parades and other festivals.
Other Local Events – This guide from Massachusetts’ tourism website lists tons of great events in the state, so make sure you mark your calendars in advance!
Plan summertime Massachusetts road trips using these suggestions and looking up events and attractions in the state! We at Haddad Nissan guarantee you’ll have a great time exploring our home state.
Downtown and Park Square, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Photo By Protophobic
Pittsfield, Massachusetts is a great town with many fantastic events. One of the upcoming events is the Fifth Annual Festival. This festival will be held February 11th-21st in the city’s Upstreet Culture District.
Last year’s festival drew over 7200 patrons to downtown Pittsfield to experience more than 75 performances, art exhibits, and events and even more events and people are expected at this year’s festival.
Berkshire Gas will be sponsoring Pittsfield’s Upstreet Arts Festival, which will feature programming such as the 10X10 New Play Festival at the Barrington Stage Company; Ten Days of Play at Berkshire Museum; the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; a Best of BIFF Shorts at the Beacon Cinema; and several varied performances of music and theater at the Whitney Center for the Arts.
The upcoming 2016 festival will also feature the return of the Dance Ten performance, as well as being the second year with fireworks filling the winter night skill over the First Street Common. The festival has been spearheaded by the Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield.
Dan Bianchi, the Pittsfield Mayor states, “The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is another great opportunity to enjoy the winter in the Berkshires. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts residents and tourists alike to Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, which showcases the amazing talents of our local artists, performers and arts organizations.”
Haddad Nissan is looking forward to enjoying the variety of creative talent that will be displayed at the festival.