Annual City Events
North Adams has a great way to shake those winter blues! Head downtown to WinterFest on the third weekend in February for hot chocolate, a chowder competition, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, large winter farmers & crafters market, ice skating, roasted marshmallows at a community campfire, and winter fun in the snow. 2020 WinterFest Farmer & Artisan Market Application 2020 Application for the WinterFest Chowder Cook-off *NOTICE* To participate in the chowder cook-off your group or organization MUST follow all Board of Health rules/regulations. For details on this years event check the event calendar. WinterFest is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, The Green and First Hartford Realty.
Party in the Park is an annual summer concert series that is free and open the public. The shows run every Thursday night starting at 6:00pm and ending at 8:00pm at the Noel Field behind the Steeplecats baseball diamond. With ample seating and plenty of food vendors, this is a great opportunity to unwind at the end of the day with some rock n’ roll and good company. This concert series is presented by local radio stations WNAW 1230AM and WUPE 100.1FM. For details on this years event check the event calendar.
Join us on a lovely summer evening in August for the annual North Adams’ Downtown Celebration. The Downtown Celebration takes place on the second or third Wednesday evening of August. For details on this years event check the event calendar. The 2021 Downtown Celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 18th, with a rain date of Thursday, August 19th. Vendor applications can be found here:2021 Application for Downtown Celebration The heart of downtown is closed to all but pedestrian traffic. Groups, businesses and organizations distribute information, hold contests and giveaways, while bands play everything from Dixieland to Rock and Roll. The streets are filled with delicious aromas as our local restaurants and vendors provide all kinds of wonderful food. This event is fun for all ages.
The annual Motorama event happens at the end of August each year. For this year’s Motorama dates please check the event calendar. To download an application to apply for nonprofit funding from the proceeds of the 2019 Motorama event please click the link below. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 2019. Motorama Request for Proposals Motorama returns for its 7th year in North Adams. Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with hundreds of cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles and tractors. This vehicle show offers fun for everyone. Attendees can enjoy music, 50/50 raffles, food, shopping and more! Click here for photos from Motorama 2013.Click here for photos from Motorama 2012. For more information about exhibiting your vehicle: www.northadamsmotorama.com For more information about attending the show call 413-664-6180 or email: [email protected]
We don’t need an ocean to have a beach! Visit North Adams in mid-July as more than 250,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered by the City of North Adams, is spread – curb to curb – the entire length of Eagle Street. The family-friendly beach party runs from 3:30 – 6:30 and the adult-oriented fiesta, complete with margaritas served on the beach, takes place from 7-10pm. For details on this year’s event visit the event calendar.
Solid Sound returns to North Adams in 2017! The Solid Sound Festival is a three-day celebration of community, art and music that perfectly captures the essence of North Adams. Hosted at MASS MoCA, this weekend is headlined by the indie rock band, Wilco. The festival is complete with a comedy cabaret programmed by John Hodgman and additional Wilco-related bands performing on four additional stages. Past non-Wilco performers include Mavis Staples, Levon Helm, Thurston Moore, The Books, Syl Johnson, The Handsome Family, The Baseball Project, Here We Go Magic and more. The weekend has also seen public speakers, workshops, theatrical performers, food and drink, camping, shuttle buses, pop-up stores, a live falconry demonstration and Jeff Tweedy in a dunk tank! For more information regarding dates, hours, tickets prices, location and phone number please visit the Solid Sound website.
Fireworks are an integral part of America’s Fourth of July celebrations all over the country, and our local show in North Adams is one of the most prestigious in Western Massachusetts. Our celebration draws thousands of viewers from the Capital region of New York State, Southern Vermont, and Berkshire County. For an evening of all-American fun, grab some tickets to the annual 4th of July SteepleCats game, and stick around for the fireworks, which start immediately afterward, at approximately 9:30pm.
On the evening before Thanksgiving join hundreds of festive faces as North Adams gears up for the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holidays kick-off event! A crowd will gather around the tree at Monument Square on Main Street (between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches), and count down the seconds until the switch is thrown and thousands of twinkling lights adorn the downtown. After the ceremony, Santa always makes a special visit with free goodie bags for the little ones. For details on this years event check the event calendar.
Since 1955, North Adams has held a special week of events showcasing the beauty of autumn in North Adams. Complete with a children’s fair, road race, craft fair and performances, the Fall Foliage Festival is fun for the whole family. The highlight of the Fall Foliage Festival is the Fall Foliage Parade that takes place on the first Sunday of October and marches from the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot on Route 8 through downtown North Adams. Dozens of businesses and organizations take part in the parade, forming a collection of people who showcase the heart of the Berkshires. To learn more about participating in the 1Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade For this year’s events, dates and parade details please check the event calendar.
The market is located in the St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot at the intersection of Marshall St. and St. Anthony Drive, from June through October, every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The 2021 outdoor season is scheduled to begin June 5, 2021 and will run through October 16, 2021. Applications to be a vendor for the 2021 season can be downloaded here: _2021-Summer-Fall-Farmers-Market-Application (2) Market Rules can be viewed and downloaded here: NAFM-Guide-and-Rules 2021 Check out the market’s Facebook page here. The City of North Adams Farmers Market takes place outdoors for 20 weeks from early June through late October. Starting in November of 2016 the market expands to offer a monthly winter market. The market is dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally produced foods and supporting area farms and food producers. The market proudly accepts SNAP benefits and doubles them through the market’s Market Match Program when funds are available. We also accept HIP, as well as, WIC & Senior Coupons. The Farmers Market is proudly sponsored by Adams Community Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Mass in Motion, MountainOne, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Hardman Fund and Green Pastures Grants, and the City of North Adams. […]
Each summer from late June to mid-October, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events, including exhibitions, video screenings, and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams. The last Thursday of each month, all DownStreet Art galleries and venues stay open late along with local stores, restaurants, and businesses. For more information regarding dates, hours, location and phone number please visit the DSA website.
Each summer from June through August the City hosts a free weekly concert series up at Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets). These concerts take place every Wednesday at 6:30pm. These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food.Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancelations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd. If you have a band that would like to play at Windsor Lake, please contact the Office of Tourism & Community Events at: [email protected] All concerts begin at 6:30pm.
The Northampton Cycling Club returns to North Adams every year for the Greylock Hillclimb Time Trial race. The course runs for 9.1 miles to the summit of Mount Greylock which is 3,489 feet high. After light refreshments provided at the top, an afterparty is hosted at the Freight Yard Pub. The race happens annually on the Sunday after Labor Day and attracts over 250 cyclists from the Northeast and Canada.
Organized by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Festival is an annual music festival that turns the entire museum into a sprawling bluegrass amusement park. There will be performances inside the museum and out, as well as great food, fantastic film screenings, banjo workshops, instrument-making for kids, and more. The FreshGrass Festival usually takes place in mid-September. Please check with the festival website for this year’s dates: FRESHGRASS.COM