After the seemingly endless, brutal winter, we and our visitors are more ready for summer shorts and Chacos than ever before.
Luckily there are loads of fun summer events around here in Western Massachusetts, from various town fairs to the Eastern States Exposition. Thank you to masslive.com for the useful listing below.
There is a lot to do with horses in our neck of the woods, as well as arts and crafts and music. We are 20 minutes north of Northampton, and close to the I-91 corridor, so the Deerfield Inn is a good middle spot to stay. Not only family-friendly, but dog-friendly, too! Please call ahead to see if one of our dog rooms is available for you. The walks around here in our state forests are a marvel of streams, lakes, interesting geology and rare flora and fauna. All good stuff for dogs and dogparents.
Glasgow Scottish Festival: Celebration of Scottish and Celtic Culture; Look Park, Northampton; July 19; $16. (413) 862-8095
Northampton Sidewalk Sale Days: Downtown Northampton, July 24-27 (413) 582-0723
Western Massachusetts Apaloosa Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 25-27. Free. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese
Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; July 31-Aug 2. 413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese
East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 8-10. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival: Aug. 9, Court Square, Springfield springfieldjazzfest.com
Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 12-16. (413) 737-2443 thebige.com/ese
Westfield Fair: Russellville Road, Westfield, Aug. 15-17.
Dog Shows: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; Aug. 20-24. Free. (413) 737-2443thebige.com/ese
Cummington Fair: 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, Aug. 21-24.
Springfield Indie Soul, Books, and Art Festival – Riverfront Park, Aug. 22-24; (413) 200-8870
Northampton Arts Council Transperformance: All-day rock concert to benefit Northampton Schools. Pines Theatre, Look Park, Northampton. 4-9:30 p.m., Aug. 26; (413) 587-1269
Three County Fair: Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, Aug. 29-Sept. 1; (413) 584-2237 www.threecountyfair.com