There is only one outdoor festival in Western Massachusetts celebrating First Night and that of course is in Northampton. This 12 hour family friendly festival kicks off at noon at the Academy of Music with a presentation of SHOW Circus Studio's eye-popping Holiday Party.
There are literally hundreds of performers at 20 various venues in an astounding array of entertainment throughout the night. For a list of performances, click here.
One of the things I love about this festival is that the fireworks take place at 6:15pm. Plenty of time for the little ones to enjoy various performances, check out the fireworks, and then either stay for more fun, or head home just in time for bed.
Later, event goers will gather at the Hotel Northampton for the raising of the ball. D.J. Johnny Memphis pays homage to the New Year by spinning tunes that will have you dancing in the streets by midnight.
Of course you can enjoy some of the activities, such as the fireworks free of charge, but to get the most of the evening, purchase A single bargain-priced button which opens the doors to every event at every venue.
For more information, check out First Night Northampton.
Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.