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.
Winter is just getting started and the Berkshires are looking more and more welcoming every day. The scenic views and relaxing setting create an ambiance that few places in the world can match, so without further ado here are a few reasons to visit the Berkshires this winter from us here at Haddad Nissan.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Hitting the slopes is a common occurrence at the Berkshires, which is home to six of our state’s 12 skiing areas. Powder production is already in full swing at many of the larger resorts, and more is sure to follow. That leaves plenty of options for skiers and snowboarders looking for some early winter action.
The Notchview Reservation consists of more than 3,000 acres of land, making it a perfect location for cross-country skiing. Long trails and snowshoeing locations make for an all-encompassing winter wonderland for those looking to stay active, even if it means heading out into the cold.
If you’re looking to get a good look at art housed in some of the world’s best museums, you’re in luck. The Berkshires is home to the Clark and Norman Rockwell Museums, or those looking for something new will likely find it in the Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge.
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.