The Berkshires have wonderful group friendly events happening throughout the year, but summer in the Berkshires is something else entirely. If you can, add a Berkshire itinerary to the mix this year, you will not be disappointed, but if you can’t make it this year take a read through and be inspired and come visit us in 2015. Berkshire summers never disappoint.
In Pittsfield, there are a couple of noteworthy events that take place along the North Street corridor. One is the monthly event, Third Thursdays, which has fun for people of all ages. There is live music, food vendors, and arts and crafts for sale. Third Thursdays sister event, First Fridays Artswalk, hosts several art shows that are set up in galleries, restaurants, and other venues along North Street. These are both highly popular events, well attended by locals and tourists alike.
The Annual Berkshire Arts Festival, held at Butternut Ski Area, is a juried event with over 285 artists, featuring such things as jewelry, textiles and more, along with live music. The event takes place rain or shine, on July 4, 5, and 6th annually.
On varied dates from June 11th – July 12th, The Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, will host its rendition of the musical comedy, “Kiss Me, Kate”, showcasing music and songs from the legendary, Cole Porter (who maintained a home in the Berkshires).
Also beginning on July 3rd and 4th, James Taylor returns as a guest artist to Tanglewood . These performances, along with many other exciting events, make this venue one of the most highly visited in the Berkshires.
The Berkshire Crafts Fair returns to Monument Mountain High School and features master artisans from around the country, with fine arts including, ceramics and furniture, this fair is a traditional favorite for many, and proceeds benefit the high school’s many programs.
On August 9th and 10th, The 9th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum American Indian Pow Wow comes to North County. This lively event features song, dance and drumming from Native Americans, young and old. There will also be vendors presenting arts and crafts, traditional Native American foods( such as fry bread and Indian corn soup), and information on social and political issues. This event is open to all and features a different Native American theme each year.
Chesterwood, a National Historic Trust Site, opens for the season on May 24th, hosts fabulous events and programs throughout the summer. With its newly renovated studio, and beautiful grounds, it is a pleasure to visit anytime, but on September 6th, will be open to the public with free admission for its annual Free Family Day.
Other highlights for events in the area include:
– Berkshire Jewish Film Festival: On Mondays in July and August, in Lenox, features several films centered around the Jewish culture.
– “Opera Nights” at the Whitney Center for the Arts: Continuing its successful introduction, this event will return to The Whit for performances throughout the summer, featuring arias from ‘various popular operas in a ‘cafe setting’.
Phew, the list goes on and on, but don’t take my word for it, check out the complete Event Calendar here. When summer rolls around, there are boundless opportunities for group tours to enjoy unique Berkshire fun. Whether your group is looking for something casual or fancy, laid back or adventurous, you will easily find something that is the perfect fit for any itinerary.