Annual Events

Mutton and Mead Festival photo by The Recorder/Peter MacDonald

To say that there are numerous choices any given day or weekend is no exaggeration. Summer and fall, of course, are the most active with music festivals, craft fairs, and fall foliage celebrations well into October and November. 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.


Greenfield Winter Carnival

Held at Beacon Field and other locations in town, it features a downtown ice sculpture contest, ice skating, XC skiing, cardboard sled contest, and other winter activities. Greenfield Recreation Department. 772-1553,


Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

Annual run, ride, paddle, ski sporting event in Charlemont.


Asparagus Pottery Trail Tour

A self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts.

Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade

Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard round the world.” Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster. 413-774-5581

River Rat Race

Zany antics characterize this Athol to Orange race with over 300 canoes.

River Rat Race Start Photo by Paul Franz


Fish Ladder

Operated by First Light 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 early May through the middle of June. It is located behind the Town Hall in Turners Falls. 659-3714

Strange Creek Campout

Three nights of wooded camping and music on the grounds of Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield,


Lavender Festival

Lavender, labyrinth, local crafts, workshops and demonstrations. Buckland. 

Green River Festival

Held at the end of June at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, the festival features nationally known musicians, craft vendors, local food and family fun.

Green River Festival Photo by Paul Franz


Deerfield Lions Club Antique Car Show at Yankee Candle

Enjoy the beautiful old-fashioned cars, vendors, & food. South Deerfield, 877-636-7707

Greenfield Fourth of July Celebration

Music, food, vendors and fireworks display (fired from Poet’s Seat Tower). Held at Beacon Field in Greenfield. 413-772-1553,


Bridge of Flowers 8K Road Race

This 8K race attracts Olympic caliber runners. 413-834-3477,

Bridge of Flowers 8K Road Race

Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2)

Seven dirt-road bike courses ranging in length from a 12 mile Family Ride to the 180K challenging course. All routes begin at Old Deerfield and thread through agricultural land and forests. The short course has a flat run up the Green River valley, whereas the long course is regarded as perhaps the hardest century ride in the world. Benefits Franklin Land Trust. 413-625-9151,

Annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon

Bike, swim and run event. Sprint, international, and team divisions. 413-772-1553,

Heath Agricultural Society Fair

Held in Heath, this fair offers music, arts, crafts, needlework, baked goods and flowers. Featured events include the horse and oxen draws, fireworks and barbeque.

Annual Iron Bridge Dinner

Unique dinner for 400 at table spanning the Iron Bridge between Buckland and Shelburne. Benefit dinner provided by local restaurants. 413-625-2526,

Montague Old Home Days

In the village of Montague Center, the festival features games, an auction, food, music, parade and a 5.5-mile foot race.

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

Waterfront at Unity Park, 1st Street, in Turners Falls,  All day celebration of Native American culture and history featuring Native American artists, musicians, vendors, and educators.

Annual Reggae Fest

Charlemont Fairgrounds, Route 8A North, Charlemont.

Shelburne Grange Fair

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. 413-625-6592,


Franklin 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., 413-774-4282

Racing Pigs at the Franklin County Fair Photo: Peter MacDonald

Mike's Maze

Visitor's to Mike's Maze will encounter activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Located on a working farm at the foot of Mount Sugarloaf, visitors enjoy gorgeous views of the New England foliage. Runs through the fall.

Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

“The Festival That Stinks” includes crafts & arts, garlic cuisine, regional agriculture, music, renewable energy exhibits, and more. Orange, 978-544-9023,

Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair

The third weekend on the grounds of Memorial Hall, this show features over 200 juried exhibitors. 413-774-2739,


Ashfield Fall Festival

Crafts, art exhibits, locally grown food, live music, dance, and more.  Ashfield,

Celebrate the Harvest

Saturday of Columbus Day weekend in Orange. A family-friendly event celebration including a Car Show, Craft Fair, and Parade.

Festival of the Hills

First Sunday — Live music, crafts and arts exhibits, 10K road race, skillet toss, parade and more. Conway, 413-522-7374,

Great Falls Festival

Glowing carved pumpkins light up the village of Turners Falls. A full array of local crafters, retailers, restaurants, nonprofit groups, farmers, artists, and musicians gather together with thousands of county residents to celebrate community.  522-0712,

Great River Challenge

Off-Road Triathalon includes running, biking, paddling, obstacle course, and skiing,  Northfield Mountain Environmental and Recreational Center.

Riverside Blues & BBQ

Hear great blues bands while enjoying a New England BBQ Society & Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned grilling contest. Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield, 413-772-1553,


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, 413-624-1200,

Franklin County CiderDays

The first weekend in November, with over 30 venues across he county, this self-guided tour takes you to orchards, wineries and great restaurants for demonstrations, tastings, food and crafts, all celebrating the apple harvest. Featuring the longest-running cider salon in the country, 413-773-5463,

West County Cider

Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic

Held on the Friday after Thanksgiving beginning at dusk when thousands of luminaries are lit along Bridge Street. Sales in the stores, craft vendors, music and fun. 413-625-2526,


Greenfield Holiday Celebration

Downtown Greenfield shows off with First Friday shopping & eating plus luminaries, Santa, caroling, and lots more holiday fun.

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, 413-498-5921.

It's A Wonderful Night

Downtown holiday art celebration including window displays, performances, and holiday cheer. Turners Falls,

Starry Starry Night New Year’s Eve

Performers as well as hayrides, ice sculptures, a puppet parade, and fireworks. Orange.

Year Round & Seasonal Events

Art Walks in Downtown Shelburne Falls

Mingle with local artists, view demonstrations, enjoy live music, participate in community art projects, and ride Trolley No.10.  413-625-2526,


Most Fridays and Saturdays. The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts live callers and musicians. 413-772-6840.

COOP Concert Summer Series

Local musicians give free concerts on Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 pm at the Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a chair or blanket,

Farmers’ 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 for locations.

Greenfield Farmers Market Photo: K. Hunter

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

Great Falls Coffeehouse

Monthly live music performances at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls.  413-863-3221,

Hands On Learning Series in Historic Deerfield

Monthly family programs with subjects ranging from open hearth cooking demonstrations to sheep shearing. 413-775-7214,

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

Year round calendar of music, theater, and art located in Downtown Greenfield,

Mike’s Maze

Amazing works of art cut into the cornfield at Warner Farm. Family fun including horse drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkins, petting zoo. August 31st through the end of the season. 413-665-8331,

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. 413-625-9511,

Music at the Station at the Greenfield Energy Park

All kinds of entertainment, from music and yoga to the circus! Bring a chair or blanket.

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. 413-774-4200,

Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus

Orchestral and choral concerts from October through May since 1939. 413-773-3664,

Pothole Pictures

A series of classic films held in the Memorial Hall Theater in Shelburne. 413-625-2896,

Shea Theater

Performing arts center featuring theater, dance, comedy, music, and special events. Downtown Turners Falls. 413-863-2281,

Silverthorne Theater

An independent professional theater serving the Connecticut River Valley. Greenfield,


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,