Memorial Day Feature: Paradise City Arts Festival

Come visit the famous Paradise City Arts Festival this Memorial Day weekend. Located in Northampton, MA, this annual arts festival draws artists and art lovers to a fun-filled extravaganza each year. With hands-on exhibits, breath-taking visual art, delectable food samplings and lively music, there is plenty to see and do during this exciting three-day festival.

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Come for the Art

The main attraction that draws thousands of visitors each year is the plethora of visual art on display at the Paradise City Arts Festival. From showcase paintings to handmade artwork, every type of visual art will be represented by 260 selected artists. Meet the artists and ask them directly about their work. Visit this year’s Directors’ Picks to take a closer look at many of the featured artists. Enjoy hands-on exhibits or take in a lecture at a “smARTtalk” presentation. Whether you prefer to purchase a painting for your home, create your own masterpiece or enjoy the positive vibe of watching artists at work, the Paradise City Arts Festival has it all.

Stay for the Food

Culinary arts are in full display at the Festival Dining Tent. Sample the best of Northampton’s exquisite restaurants as the local chefs do their best to outdo each other. Some of the featured food items include gourmet pizza, mouth-watering curries, pad thai, pulled pork sliders, delicious lobster rolls, dim sum, fresh salmon salads, spicy burritos, garden-fresh strawberry shortcake and homemade ice cream.

Dance to the Music

After strolling through the fantastic art exhibits and sampling some amazing food, it’s time to sit down and enjoy some music from the local bands or kick off your shoes and dance a while. The Paradise City Soundstage offers live music on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4pm and Monday from 11:30am to 3:30pm. Some of the featured musical groups include the Paradise Jazz Group with New Orleans-style swing, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with a variety of blues music and the O-Tones playing everything from Motown to Big Band Swing music.
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What You Need to Know Before You Go

The Paradise City Arts Festival is held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA. This year, the dates of the festival are May 28th, 29th and 30th. Saturday and Sunday hours will be from 10am to 6pm while Monday’s festivities are from 10am – 4pm. General admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 years and older, $8 for students and free for children 12 years old and under. If you’re planning to attend all three days of the festival, invest in the three-day pass for only $16.

For more information on things to do or places to stay in Northampton and all over the Greater Springfield area, visit Valley Visitor. Whether you come for a day or stay for the weekend, the Paradise City Arts Festival provides a fantastic artistic experience.

Spring Activities in Western Massachusetts

Fun for the Whole Family

If you’ve recently moved to the Western Massachusetts area or you’re visiting New England for the first time, there are a few must-see attractions you simply can’t miss. Listed below are three popular destinations that offer something for every member of your family. The vacation season has just started, so plan your adventures today.

Visit Six Flags New England for an Adrenaline-Filled Day

With more than 100 rides and New England’s largest water park, Six Flags New England is a place where fun is all around. Last year, the park added the intense, breathtaking Wicked Cyclone roller coaster, giving it a total of 11 coasters. The New England SkyScreamer is the tallest coaster of its kind on the planet. If you’re not afraid to brave a ride that climbs 400 feet above the park, come and give your lungs a workout today. Your little ones can play in the four kiddie areas filled with less intense rides, and family members who want to skip the adrenaline rush can enjoy the fun atmosphere and the great shows.

Celebrate Your Favorite Sport at the Basketball Hall of Fame

The 80,000-square-foot Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a piece of heaven for those who love the sport. Even if you don’t play the game itself, the rare artifacts, interactive exhibits and fascinating history will keep you entertained for hours. Those who prefer to celebrate in a more physical way can shoot baskets or play virtual reality games. The inquisitive can test their trivia knowledge, and extroverted fans can try their hand at being a sportscaster.

Find a Treasure at the Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows

In May, July and September, the area is home to the Brimfield Outdoor Antique Shows. Antique experts and collectors from everywhere come to see the world’s biggest and best outdoor exhibit of rare and valuable vintage goods. The event takes place on a stretch of land along Route 20. Items from every era and in every price range are available for your discerning eyes. Plan for a long and productive day of enjoying history through its treasures and trinkets.

Discover More Exciting Opportunities at the Visitors Bureau

With access to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, you’ll never struggle to find a fun and exciting way to spend your day. In addition to highlighting the area’s most exhilarating tourist attractions, we maintain up-to-date info about shopping, transportation, accommodations, education, outdoor activities and more. Whether you’re a local or you’re just stopping by, visit us online to learn about everything Pioneer Valley has to offer.

Spring into Action in the Pioneer Valley

Fun Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family

Whether you live in New England or you’re preparing to visit Western Massachusetts, you’re probably ready for winter to pass and welcome the warm spring climate. It’s time to crawl out of hibernation and enjoy the best outdoor activities with family, friends and loved ones. Check out a few of our favorite activities in Springfield, MA and nearby communities.

Fun on the Farm

For wholesome fun for the family, visit McCray’s Farm, located in South Hadley. Enjoy a game on our 18-hold mini golf course or feed the animals at the free petting farm. Make sure to visit the creamery where you can find lunch, and for dessert a cone of homemade ice cream, and a jug of fresh farm milk to take home with you, from their own cows. Featuring seasonal events like hayrides, harvest picks, and plenty of surprises, you’ll surely find something to enjoy.

Divine Wine

For a taste of refinement, try a romantic and relaxing tour of the Connecticut wine region, one of the most exciting and fastest growing wine regions in the United States. Set in an stunning scenic backdrop, an impressive variety of wine styles may be enjoyed as you discover the beautiful region. throughout our beautiful state. The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association’s blue wine trail signs will help guide you to the 25 wineries that comprise the Connecticut Wine Trail.

Scenic Byways Riverboat Cruise

If you’re looking for a relaxing activity among beautiful natural features, enjoy a day time excursion or a beautiful sunset cruise on the Connecticut River. The Lady Bea is a locally famous 49-passenger river boat docked at Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley. This 53-foot climate controlled cruiser offers guided river tours as well as private parties with their stereo, video system, full bar, indoor and sun deck seating. Birthdays, weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, retirement celebrations, baby and bridal showers, and corporate events are always a great time out on the Lady Bea. They’ll help you plan and organize the event and decorate for the occasion to make your event as stress-free as possible. The Lady Bea’s regular schedule runs from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

Are you looking for even more great ideas to get out and about and enjoy activities in Western Massachusetts this spring? Visit our website to learn more.

Ski Season Hotspots in Western Massachusetts

As you wind along a rural highway, meandering among the trees, what’s better than seeing a snow-capped mountain looming in the distance? Pulling out your ski gear and hitting the slopes, of course. Western Massachusetts isn’t far from big city life, but it provides a rustic retreat and plenty of adventure. Even better, the ski resorts in this area are located close to each other, so you can try out more than one on your next ski vacation. No matter where you’re skiing or snowboarding, check out conditions before you strap on your boots at On the Snow.

Berkshire East

If you’re looking for lots of excitement in one place, head to Berkshire East. This family-run resort provides 45 trails for skiers and snowboarders as well as zipline tours, tubing and a mountain coaster that will take you on a roaring ride, twisting and turning around beautiful forests, sheer drops and incredible vistas. The resort is as friendly to the environment as it is to guests; all of its electricity is produced by an on-site wind turbine.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

This four-season resort offers skiing and snowboarding for the whole family. If you’re not into soaring down a mountain on your own two feet, ride Jiminy Peak’s mountain coaster, which reaches speeds of 23mph as gravity pulls you down the winding track, the crisp air whipping around your head. The resort also has multiple loops of snowshoe trails that provide a more serene way to enjoy the winter wonderland. Jiminy Peak offers seven dining options, from donuts and waffles to burritos and gourmet salads, to satisfy your hunger after a long day on the mountain.

Mount Snow Resort

Just a couple of hours from Boston, Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont, is still a popular option for skiing near Western Massachusetts. In addition to the well-groomed skiing and snowboarding trails, Mount Snow offers tubing, snowmobile tours, cross country skiing and sleigh rides. You can even try your hand at mushing as you’re pulled by a team of sled dogs through the frozen countryside. When you’re ready to take a break, Mount Snow offers its very own spa and wellness center, complete with massages, facial treatments and holistic health therapy.

Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation on your next outing, check out the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau for comprehensive information on where your journey can take you.

Autumn Fun in the Pioneer Valley

Looking for some fun and adventure this fall in Western Massachusetts?

Whether you prefer roaming through nature or revisiting history, there’s plenty to enjoy before the winter sets in. Check out these fun activities while you’re visiting the Pioneer Valley.

Mike’s Maze – Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon by exploring this 8-acre corn maze with your friends and family. Solve the puzzles to make your way safely around the unique design in the cornfield before enjoying a satisfying lunch at their Corn Café.

Art in the Orchard at Park Hill Orchard – Grab an apple and stroll through the orchard as you gaze upon twenty-eight new and interesting sculptures made by local artists. Bring your furry friend since leashed pets are allowed.

Historic Deerfield – Step back in time at Historic Deerfield’s Trade demonstrations and Open Hearth Cooking. Visitors can observe local craftspeople act as colonial printers, joiners or blacksmiths with period-style tools.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site – For some authentic Civil War history, check out Springfield Armory’s firearms Exhibit. Running through to the end of March, this historic collection showcases weapons and other Civil War items that were returned to the Armory at the end of the Civil War.
CiderDays in Franklin County – Get a real taste of fall with Ciderdays. From fresh apples to hard cider, many of the local orchards offer tours, workshops and tastings from their specific orchards. For two days in November, this event is perfect for an outing with friends or family.

Basketball Hall of Fame’s Elks Hoop Shoot –With basketball season fresh in the air, you can jump into this weekly shooting contest sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Held every Sunday at 2pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, you can grab a basketball and give the hoops your best shot!

Norman Rockwell Museum – The museum is showcasing a new exhibit called “Harvey Dunn and His Students”. Harvey Dunn was a Golden Age illustrator who studied under another renowned artist, Howard Pyle. If you’d like to attend the opening of the exhibit, stop by the museum on November 7th between 6 and 8pm.

Yankee Candle Company – For scintillating smells from over 160 candle scents, stop by the Sampler Emporium at the famous Yankee Candle store. They also offer several activities where you can make your own jar candle, create a wax sculpture or discover your own custom wax blend.

The cool, crisp air and the stunning, colorful leaves bring thousands of visitors to New England each fall. Be sure to plan ahead to create your own memorable adventure in Pioneer Valley. When you’re making your schedule, check out our events calendar. For further information on visiting Massachusetts, click here. With so much to see and do, autumn is an ideal time to enjoy Pioneer Valley.

Top 5 Family Destinations in Pioneer Valley

Talk, walk and roll through Springfield

Pioneer Valley and family fun go together like sunshine and blue skies, peanut butter and jelly, or even Dr. Seuss cats and hats. There’s so much to explore and plenty to enjoy when you talk, walk, and roll with these five family-friendly things to do in the Greater Springfield area.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden1. Explore Your Favorite Museum

If you can’t decide between science, history, or art, head for the heart of downtown Springfield. Everyone can agree on a favorite when you explore the five world-class museums that comprise the city’s renowned Museum Quad. In between exhibits, visit with that famous cat in the hat at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

2. Enjoy a Riverbank Picnic

Ask the friendly locals about their favorite outside things to do in Springfield, MA, and they’ll suggest everything along the beautiful Connecticut River Walk. This winding promenade features more than three miles of scenic biking paths, lovely foot trails, and panoramic overlooks. Pack a lunch basket, choose your picnic table, and enjoy casual dining outdoors along the rolling riverbanks.

The Forrest Park Zoo is one of the most popular family destinations3. Talk to the Animals

Wallabies, bobcats, and ring-tailed lemurs all speak a universal language. Camels, pythons, and macaws are ready to start a conversation. You don’t need a translator to talk to the animals at the 735-acre Zoo in Forrest Park. Visit cougars, leopards, and porcupines in an incredible woodland setting, and marvel at the wonderful diversity that makes this one of the best zoos in the country.

4. Walk Through Massachusetts History

Storrowtown Village MuseumImagine a living portal to the past where you walk back in time, stroll down historic streets, and explore 19th-century Springfield. Make that fantasy come true at the Storrowton Village Museum complex where nine buildings grace an authentic New England green. Watch blacksmiths at work, visit with folks in period dress, and dine on delicious Yankee fare at the Storrowton Tavern.

5. Roll a Wild Coaster

Most amusement parks boast two or three roller coasters. At Six Flags New England, the count roars in at 10, and each one rolls with a different wild ride. Test your courage flying over Gotham on the Batman Dark Knight. Treat the little ones to kid-sized thrills on the Great Chase. Don’t stop with the coasters. This fantastic park covers more than 230 acres with rides, slides, and family fun.

Please accept our cordial invitation to visit, play, and relax in the City of Firsts. If you’d like more information about great family destinations here in Pioneer Valley, just contact the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. We look forward to seeing you soon.