To say that there are numerous choices any given day or weekend is no exaggeration. Summer and fall, of course, are the most active with ethnic and music festivals, notably the Green River Festival in July, and craft fairs and fall foliage celebrations well into October and November. Several communities have monthly celebrations such as Third Thursday Turners Falls and First Fridays in Greenfield. Whatever your pleasure, you will find extraordinary experiences that celebrate the rivers, hills and valleys and towns that typify New England as you’d hoped to find it.
Franklin County's natural resources are extensive and provide opportunities for canopy tours zip-lining down the hillsides of West County, hiking Audubon trails, biking routes as fine as anywhere in New England, canoeing and kayaking on a myriad of rivers, bountiful fishing, X-country skiing in season, almost anything you want to do in the great out-of-doors in any season of the year.
Golf/Pitch and Putt
Ashfield Golf Club - 9 holes
Norton Hill Road
Edge Hill Golf Course - 9 holes
298 Barnes Road, carts available, 413-628-4413, 413-625-6018 www.edgehillgolfcourse.com
Crumpin-Fox Club - 18 holes
Parmenter Road, carts available, 413-648-9101, 800-943-1901 golfthefox.com/crumpin-fox
Oak Ridge Country Club - 9 holes
231 West Gill Road, carts available, 413-863-9693 oakridgegolfclub.net
Country Club of Greenfield - 18 holes
244 Country Club Road, carts available, 413-773-7530 countryclubofgreenfield.net/
The Meadows - 9 holes
Deerfield Street at Cheapside, carts available, 413-774-3965, 413-774-4444, 413-773-9047 www.meadowsgolfcountryclub.com
Northfield Country Club - 9 holes
31 Holton Street, carts available, 413-498-2432 northfieldgolfcourse.com
Goodnow's Chip & Putt - 18 holes
Route 2, Mohawk Trail, 413-625-6107 www.facebook.com/Goodnows-Chip-and-Putt-412440240672
Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club - 9 holes
29 Country Club Lane, carts available, 413-863-8003 www.thomasmem.com/
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Four seasons of adventure: three zip line canopy tours, whitewater rafting on one of the three sections of the Deerfield River, cruising the world class flow trails of Thunder Mountain Bike Park, riding the rails of North America’s longest mountain coaster, skiing from beginner to expert. 413-339-6617 berkshireeast.com
Crab Apple Whitewater
Five different whitewater rafting and inflatable kayak trips. Easy, intermediate and advanced trips - full or half-day. Ages 5 and up. Family operated since 1983. (800) 553-RAFT (7238) www.crabapplewhitewater.com
Zoar Outdoor and Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
Whitewater rafting, canoe and kayak instruction and rock climbing adventures. Sit-on-top kayak rentals, rafting float trips, bike rentals. Onsite lodging and camping. Try Zoar Outdoor’s newest adventure — the 3-hour-long zip line canopy tour is an aerial trek through the woods by means of 9 zip lines, 2 sky bridges and 3 rappels suspended in the trees and connected through platforms that sit high above the forest floor. (800) 532-7483 www.zoaroutdoor.com
State Forests (www.mass.gov/dcr)
Catamount State Forest
(413) 339-5504. Located between Colrain and Charlemont, it can be accessed by Four Mile Square Road in Colrain. There is a 27-acre lake and several streams that are stocked with trout, along with hiking, horseback riding and XC trails.
Conway State Forest
(413) 268-7098. In southern Conway, it is reached from West Whately Road off Route 116 just east of the Village. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and winter activities are available as well as four miles of streams for trout fishing.
H.O. Cook State Forest
(413) 339-5504. In Colrain, it is located one mile east of Route 8A on State Farm Road just south of the Vermont State line. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and winter activities are available on this 1620-acre site.
Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest
(413) 268-7098. A 1,000 acre forest in Ashfield and Goshen. There are two lakes, picnic and camping area, swimming, bath houses, boat ramp, fishing, hunting, hiking, XC skiing and snowmobiling. Reached by taking Cape Street, about one mile from the Route 112/Spruce Corner intersection.
Erving State Forest
(978) 544-3939. 4,479 acres of hiking, XC skiing, snowmobiling and hunting. Laurel Lake is open for swimming, boating and fishing. There are 29 campsites for tents or trailers and a picnic area and swimming. Reached by taking North Street from the center of town or from Route 2A on Wendell Depot Road where there is an administration building.
Kenneth Dubuque State Forest
(413) 339-5504. 7,822 acres in Hawley offering fishing, hiking, four shelters with fireplaces and tables, horseback riding and snowmobiling. It is reached either from Route 8A off Route 2 in Charlemont or from Route 116 in Plainfield to Route 8A in Charlemont.
Leyden State Forest
(413) 545-5993. Hiking, hunting and nature observing on 61 acres between County and Beaver Meadow Roads in Leyden.
Mohawk Trail State Forest
(413) 339-5504. 6,457 acres located in the towns of Charlemont, Savoy, Florida and Hawley offer fishing, hunting, nature study, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and XC skiing. The main entrance on Route 2 in Charlemont has a scenic picnic area, 56 campsites and swimming.
Monroe State Forest
(413) 339-5504. A 4,321-acre forest that is in southern and central Monroe and extends into Florida. It includes a lookout platform at the side of Hunt Hill and more than five miles of native trout streams. Also, there are several miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding and hunting and winter activities are also available. It is
reached off Route 2, east on Monroe Road.
Mount Grace State Forest
(978) 544-6536. In Warwick, encompassing 1,689 acres. Hiking, horseback riding, XC skiing, snowmobiling, fishing , picnic area with tables/fireplaces, hunting. Fire tower at the summit. An administration building is located on Route 78 near the New Hampshire border.
Mount Toby Reservation
(413) 545-5993. In Sunderland, on Reservation Road off Route 47 at the Montague town line. The hike to the observation tower and panoramic view of the valley takes about an hour.
Northfield State Forest
(413) 545-5993. Hunting, fishing and hiking on 2,223 acres. This forest can be reached on Wendell Depot Road north, off Route 2.
South River State Forest
(413) 339-5504. 500 acres in Conway. Accessed from Shelburne Falls and Bardswell Ferry Roads north of Route 116. Fishing available in the South, Bear and Deerfield Rivers. Picnic tables along the South River, primitive tent sites available.
Shutesbury State Forest
(413) 659-3797. 845-acre forest that has fishing, hunting and hiking. Located off Cooleyville Road.
Warwick State Forest
(413) 545-5993. Reached on Route 78 and Athol Road there is a 31-acre trout
stocked lake. Power boats are not allowed.
Wendell State Forest
(413) 659-3797. 7,900 acres in Wendell. Hiking, horseback riding, groomed XC ski trails and snowmobiling trails. Several ponds and streams. Hunting is allowed. Ruggles Pond is a popular swimming & recreation area with a picnic area & ball fields. Wendell Depot Road off Route 2A or Cooleyville Road from Route 202.
Ashfield Lake — Right in the center of town off Rte 112.
Highland Lake — in the DAR forest has a swimming and picnic area. Reached by taking Cape Street, about one mile from the Route 112/Spruce Corner intersection.
Buckland Recreational Area — Off Route 112, this 21-acre site has pool swimming, picnic area and playing fields. Day and season passes are available.
Mohawk State Park — Located on Route 2 in Charlemont, there is swimming in the Deerfield River and a scenic picnic area.
Tri-Town Beach — Located on Old State Road in South Deerfield. Swimming and kayaking.
Laurel Lake — Reached by taking North Street from the center of town or from Route 2A on Wendell Depot Road where there is an administration building. (978) 544-3939
Green River Municipal Pool — Located on Nash’s Mill Road between Colrain and Leyden Roads, it is a popular swimming, picnicking and recreation area with a playground for children. Lifeguards and a concession stand in summer. Fee required. (413) 772-1553 for information.
Lake Mattawa — A popular swimming area that has a beach located on Holtshire Road.
Lake Wyola — The beach is located on Lakeview Road. From Route 63 take North Leverett Road in Montague or from Route 202 take Prescott Road to Wendell Road and follow the signs.
Ruggles Pond — A popular swimming area. From the center of Millers Falls take Montague Road, from Route 2A in Orange take Wendell Depot Road or from Route 202 in Shutesbury take Cooleyville Road.
Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams abound in Franklin County for the serious or recreational fishing enthusiast. Many are stocked with trout and other native species. A Massachusetts fishing license is required and can be obtained from any Town Clerk or from area sporting goods stores. This section features fishing spots and also some places to visit when you’ve caught your limit. Hunting areas are abundant in the county and are often found in the many state forests. A Massachusetts hunting license is required. Massachusetts Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Licenses can be purchased at authorized License Agent locations including the following:
- Retail Stores
- City/Town Clerk Offices
- Division of Marine Fisheries Offices
- Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Offices
See this link for license agent locations.
Barton Cove Boat Ramp
Offers access to the Connecticut River on Route 2 in Gill about a half mile from the Gill Montague Bridge.
Bitzer Fish Hatchery
This facility on Hatchery Road between Montague and Greenfield Roads in Montague is operated by the State Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, raising trout for stocking throughout the state. 9AM-3PM. (413) 367-2477
Sunderland between Rtes. 63 & 47 on Reservation Road. Boat ramp for non-motorized boats. Trout stocked.
Cronin National Salmon Station
US Fish and Wildlife Service facility has some 600 salmon. Part of the Atlantic salmon restoration to the Connecticut River and its tributaries. Open to the public, in Sunderland on East Plumtree Road near Amherst town line. (413) 548-9010
Fishing, canoeing, whitewater rafting and swimming. Catch and release fishing from Fife Brook Dam to the Hoosac Tunnel railroad bridge in Monroe and from the mouth of Pelham Brook to Mohawk Campground in
Charlemont. Good fly-fishing.
Bernardston, from Vermont to the Connecticut River. Annually stocked with trout.
Runs along Green River Road from Greenfield, borders Leyden and Colrain. Stocked with trout and has several deep pools.
Located in the center of town. There is a boat launching area on the side neaest the town hall.
Boat, canoe and kayaking launching area for the Connecticut River located on Routes 63 and 10 beyond Northfield Center.
Bennett Meadow Wildlife Management Area
Off the Route 10 Bennett Meadow River Bridge, offers small game hunting and is stocked with pheasant. Camp overnight or picnic at the FLP Munn’s Ferry campground.
39 square mile reservoir is the drinking source for almost half of MA, but restricted fishing is allowed from mid-April to mid-October. Limited motorized boating & fishing, boat launch at Gate 31 in New Salem off Route 122. Access subject to regulations strictly enforced by the Metropolitan District Commission. Route 202 in Belchertown. (413) 323-7221
Franklin County offers attractions for singles and couples, families, history buffs, visitors of all ages and an experience that will bring you back for greater exploration next time. Everything is “nearby"... no sitting in traffic jams... with scenic country roads to take you from east to west and north to south at a comfortable pace The "Must" List
When visiting Franklin County, these attractions are a "must see."
Crumpin-Fox Club (seasonal)
Parmenter Road. Premier 18-hole golf course, open to the public. 648-9101, golfthefox.com/crumpin-fox
Kringle Candle Company
220 South Street. All white, scented candles designed to mesh with virtually any decor. 648-3077, www.kringlecandle.com
Deerfield & South Deerfield
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
281 Greenfield Road. Open daily year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Live butterflies and gardens, available for parties and functions. 665-2805, www.magicwings.com
Yankee Candle Village
Just north of Exit 24 from I-91 on Routes 5 & 10. Flagship store. Bavarian Christmas Village, Candle Museum and Emporium, Santa’s Toy Factory and Home Goods Store. Groups welcome. 877-636-7707. www.yankeecandle.com
Memorial Hall Museum
Memorial Street. Built in 1798, opened in 1880 as museum to preserve and display collections as “direct memorial of the inhabitants of this valley, both Indian and Puritan.” 19 exhibition rooms. Open May 1 – Oct. 31 daily 9:30 – 4:30. 774-3768 or 774-7476. www.deerfield-ma.org
Off Routes 5 & 10. Museum complex of 14 preserved 18th & 19th-century houses. Fine collection of decorative and useful objects made from 1650 to 1850. Guided tours daily 9:30 – 4:30. Meadow Walk, special events, lectures, forums. 774-5581, www.historicdeerfield.org
Greenfield Energy Park
50 Miles Street. Over an acre of green space with exhibits on sustainable energy. 1944 Caboose Museum of transportation innovations, native arboretum, demonstration gardens, public artwork, and a civic pavilion. Managed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Open dawn to dusk. 774-6051, ext. 14. facebook.com/greenfieldenergypark
Greenfield Garden Cinemas
359 Main Street. Downtown. Multi-screen film complex, open daily. 773-9260 www.gardencinemas.net
Old Greenfield Village
386 Mohawk Trail. Reconstructed village shops of 1895 and early 20th century. Open weekends, holidays and by appointment, mid-May – mid-Oct. Call for hours. Groups welcome. 774-7138
Route 63. Quinnetukut II Riverboat cruises on the Connecticut River, scenic views of The French King Gorge. Winter XC skiing, tent camping, canoes/kayak rentals at Barton Cove. 800-859-2960, facebook.com/pages/Northfield-Mountain-Recreation-and-Environmental-Center/224531920912692
North Quabbin Woods
94 acres in conservation, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, birding or animal tracking. www.northquabbinwoods.org
Featured in the book “The 100 Best Small Art Towns of America.” Home of the famous Bridge of Flowers, Artists’ studios, galleries, restaurants, bookstores and the Glacial Potholes of Salmon Falls. 625-2544 www.shelburnefalls.com
Warner Farm and Mike’s Maze (seasonal)
23 South Main Street. Open in the fall, an amazing themed cornfield maze of intricate design. Bring a team! 665-8331, www.mikesmaze.com
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Interpretive museum of the Connecticut River. Natural, cultural, and industrial history. Call for hours. 863-3221, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org
New England Wild Flower Society at Nasami Farm
128 North Street. 75 acres open Spring and Fall showcasing native plants and flowers, 397-9922, www.newfs.org/visit/nasami-farm
Daily except Sunday, news, sports, features, 14 Hope Street, Greenfield, 772-0261, www.recorder.com
Daily Hampshire Gazette
115 Conz Street, Northampton, 584-2840, www.gazettenet.com
115 Conz Street, Northampton, 529-2840 www.valleyadvocate.com
Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
Bi-weekly, 12 Main Street, Shelburne Falls. MA, 625-8397 facebook.com/Shelburne-Falls-West-County-Independent-310015397096/
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Franklin County Landmarks
Dwight L. Moody Birthplace
Moody Street Northfield. The home of the 19th century evangelist is open by appointment. Contact Northfield Mount Hermon School, (413) 498-3000.
Located in Shelburne Falls just off Bridge Street on Deerfield Avenue, the waterfall has three cataracts with over 50 potholes created by erosion since the last ice age over 14,000 years ago.
Hail to the Sunrise Monument
A 900-pound bronze casting erected on a 9-ton boulder as a monument to the Five Indian Nations of the Mohawk Trail. The statue depicts a Mohawk Indian looking across the Deerfield River with arms uplifted to the Great Spirit. It is located on Route 2 just west of the Indian Bridge in Charlemont.
A spectacular rock formation is located north of Stevens Swamp and north of the Old South Road to Warwick in Northfield. There is a tunnel where you can crawl about 30 feet to a 12-foot square opening with a 3-foot thick granite roof.
New England National Scenic Trail
Formerly the Metacomet and Monadnock (“M and M”) Trail, runs from Erving to the New Hampshire border.
Old Charcoal Kilns
Located in Leverett, this is the site where charcoal was produced 200 years ago. Take Route 63 to North Leverett Road, right on Old Coke Kiln Road.
Poet’s Seat Tower
Located on Rocky Mountain near the center of Greenfield. Named for Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, a little-known poet who used to sit on the mountain and write, the Tower has become the symbol for Greenfield. From Main Street, turn left onto High Street and turn right at Maple Street. At the end, bear right to the top of the hill. There is a parking area on the left and you can walk up to the Tower. Views from the top of the tower can be spectacular, especially on a clear fall day. The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail begins at Poet’s Seat.
Rattlesnake Gutter Road
Located in Leverett, Rattlesnack Gutter Road is a deep glacial ravine with scenic rock formations. From Route 63, take Montague Road to Rattlesnake Gutter Road.
Schell Memorial Bridge
Ornate historic bridge once linked both halves of Northfield across the Connecticut River and is now a popular subject for painters and photographers. Viewing from the Pauchaug Brook boat ramp or points below the bridge off Glen and Mill roads.
A huge glacial boulder on Hastings Pond Road behind the fire station at the south end of the Warwick Common.
Covered bridges have scenic appeal and are generally considered old-fashioned and similar to barns. The original purpose was twofold: it was easier to transport cattle across them without startling them, and the roof structure offered weather protection over the working part of the bridge.
A bridge built entirely out of wood, without any protective coating, may last 10 to 15 years. Builders discovered that if the bridge’s underpinnings were protected with a roof, the bridge could stand for 70, or even 80 years. The existing covered bridges have been renovated using concrete footings and steel trusses to hold additional weight and to replace the original support timbers. Some covered bridges also feature an integrated covered walkway.
60’ span built in 1951 over Mill Brook. Take Route 2 to Charlemont. Turn onto Route 8A North. The bridge is 600’ from Route. 2. The bridge has been recently restored.
Arthur A. Smith Bridge
100’ span built in 1886 over the North River. It has been restored and is open to pedestrians. Take Route 2 to Shelburne and Route 112 North to Colrain.
107’ span over the South River, built in 1870. From Greenfield, take Route 91 South to exit 25 and Route 116 North to Conway. From the center of Conway go north on 116 toward Ashfield, about one mile. The bridge is on the left, open to pedestrian traffic only.
Pumping Station Bridge
Built in 1870 and destroyed by fire in 1969. In 1972 a group of townspeople raised funds and volunteered time and materials to rebuild. It is a 95’ span over the Green River. From the rotary in Greenfield, take Route 2 West to the first light. Go right onto Colrain Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Nash's Mill Road. At the road's end, take a left onto Leyden Road. A 5-minute drive will take you to Eunice Williams Drive on the left. Parking and historical marker are there at the bottom. This bridge was heavily damaged during Hurricane Irene, but re-opened in 2014.
Starting at Greenfield's west end at the I-91 Rotary, this well-traveled highway marks a 10,000 year-old-trading highway by Native Americans and early settlers transporting goods from the Albany, NY area to the Connecticut River Valley and later from the Atlantic Ocean to the Midwest.
In the 1920's, the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) was built especially as a "scenic highway." It traverses the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains which draw a steady stream of visitors especially during the gorgeous foliage season. Its twists and turns provide continual views of the odd conical hills around it and remnants from the 1950's motel and souvenir shop boom still can be seen along the trail today.
To say that there are numerous choices any given day or weekend is no exaggeration. Summer and fall, of course, are the most active with ethnic and music festivals, notably the Green River Festival in July, and craft fairs and fall foliage celebrations well into October and November. Whatever your pleasure, you will find extraordinary experiences that celebrate the rivers, hills and valleys and towns that typify New England as you’d hoped to find it.
Greenfield Winter Carnival
Held at Beacon Field and other locations in town, it features a downtown ice sculpture contest, ice skating, XC skiing, cardboard sled contest, and other winter activities. Greenfield Recreation Department. 772-1553, greenfieldrecreation.com
River Rat Race
Zany antics characterize this Athol to Orange race with over 300 canoes. riverratrace.com
Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade
Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard round the world.” Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster. 774-5581 historic-deerfield.org
Franklin County Better (Greener) Living Show
Showcases home, garden and recreation activities, and environmentally friendly products and services. fcbetterlivingshow.org
Asparagus Pottery Trail Tour
A self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts. asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com
Operated by First Light Power. Viewing facility for watching anadromous fish such as shad and the occasional Atlantic salmon as they make their way up the Connecticut River to spawn. Open from early May through the middle of June. It is located behind the Town Hall in Turners Falls. 659-3714 http://www.gdfsuezna.com/fishway/
Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival
Fun, food and entertainment with a medieval flair. Held in Montague. muttonandmead.com
Lavender, labyrinth, local crafts, workshops and demonstrations. Buckland. 413-522-9068, lavenderland.com
Greenfield Fourth of July Celebration
Music, food, vendors and fireworks display (fired from Poet’s Seat Tower). Held at Beacon Field in Greenfield. 772-1553, greenfieldrecreation.com
Green River Festival
Held the second weekend on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, the festival features nationally known musicians, craft vendors, local food and hot air balloon launches. www.greenriverfestival.com
Yankee Doodle Days
Held in July at the fairgrounds, Charlemont’s hometown fair features activities for children of all ages, fireworks, demolition derby, vendors, exhibits, food and entertainment. www.yankeedoodledays.com
Deerfield Lions Club Antique Car Show at Yankee Candle
Enjoy the beautiful old-fashioned cars, vendors, & food. South Deerfield, 877-636-7707
Shop local merchants and visiting vendors at sidewalk sales for two days; Saturday visit the big block party on Main Street — dunking booth, pie-eating contests, face painting, bike parade, bands, dance & zumba demonstrations, and more. Greenfield, 774-2791 greenfieldbusiness.org
Annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon
Bike, swim and run event. Sprint, international, and team divisions. First Saturday 772-1553, greenfield-triathlon.com
Annual Reggae Fest
Charlemont Fairgrounds, Route 8A North, Charlemont. charlemontreggaefest.com
Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Waterfront at Unity Park, 1st Street, in Turners Falls, http://nolumbekaproject.blogspot.com/
All day celebration of Native American culture and history featuring Native American artists, musicians, vendors, and educators.
Bridge of Flowers 10K Road Race
This 10K race attracts Olympic caliber runners. Second Saturday. 834-3477,
Annual Iron Bridge Dinner
Unique dinner for 400 at table spanning the Iron Bridge between Buckland and Shelburne.
Benefit dinner provided by local restaurants. Third Sunday. 625-2526, shelburnefalls.com
Montague Old Home Days
Held third weekend of August in the village of Montague Center, the festival features games,
an auction, food, music, parade and a 5.5-mile foot race.
Heath Agricultural Society Fair
Held two weekends before Labor Day, this fair offers music, arts, crafts, needlework, baked goods and flowers. Featured events include the horse and oxen draws, fireworks and barbeque. heathfair.org
Shelburne Grange Fair
Held annually on the fourth Saturday, this agricultural fair features crafts, food exhibits, flea market and a chicken barbeque (get there early, it sells out!). Fellowship Hall on Little Mohawk Road just off Route 2. 625-6592, www.shelburnegrange.org
Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee
The courses use the narrowest and most scenic roads for riders. 625-9151, http://www.franklinlandtrust.org/d2r2
Franklin County Fair
Opens on the Thursday after Labor Day, runs for four days. It is a large agricultural fair featuring livestock, exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, music, a midway, demolition derby and lots of food. fcas.com, 774-4282
Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair
The third weekend on the grounds of Memorial Hall, this show features over 200 juried exhibitors. 774-2739
Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
The last weekend in Orange. “The Festival That Stinks” includes crafts & arts, garlic cuisine, regional agriculture, music, renewable energy exhibits, and more. (978) 544-9023, garlicandarts.org
Ashfield Fall Festival
Crafts, art exhibits, locally grown food, live music, dance, and more. Ashfield, ashfieldfallfestival.org
Celebrate the Harvest
Saturday of Columbus Day weekend in Orange. A family-friendly event celebration including a Car Show, Craft Fair, and Parade. orangebusinessassoc.org
Festival of the Hills
First Sunday — Live music, crafts and arts exhibits, 10K road race, skillet toss, parade and more. Conway, 522-7374, festivalofthehills.com
Franklin County Pumpkinfest
Thousands of glowing carved pumpkins light up the village of Turners Falls. A full array of local crafters, retailers, restaurants, nonprofit groups, farmers, artists, and musicians gather together with thousands of county residents to celebrate community. October 24. 522-0712, facebook.com/pumpkinfest
Franklin County CiderDays
Held on the first weekend, this self-guided tour takes you to orchards, wineries and great restaurants for demonstrations, tastings, food and crafts, all celebrating the apple harvest. Talks during the day Saturday in Shelburne Falls; activities at orchards throughout the county all weekend; two sessions of the world's largest cider tasting salon Saturday at Berkshire East Mountain Resort; dinner Saturday night in Charlemont; Sunday tastings in Old Deerfield. 773-5463.
Annual Crafts of Colrain - Artisans Studio Tour
Enjoy Hilltown beauty and discover the talented artisans of Colrain. Tour starts at Pine Hill Orchard located at 248 Greenfield Road in Colrain. Second weekend, 624-1200, craftsofcolrain.com
Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic
Held on the Friday after Thanksgiving beginning at dusk when thousands of luminaries are lit along Bridge Street. Sales in the stores, craft vendors, music and fun. 625-2526, shelburnefalls.com
A Special Day in Northfield Holiday Celebration
Annual day of traditional crafts, horse-drawn surrey rides, holiday foods and shopping on historic Main Street and artist studios. Contact Centennial House B&B, 498-5921.
Downtown Greenfield shows off with First Friday shopping & eating plus luminaries, Santa, caroling, and lots more holiday fun. greenfieldbusiness.org
Starry Starry Night New Year’s Eve
Performers as well as hayrides, ice sculptures, a puppet parade, and fireworks. Orange. starrystarrynight.org
YEAR-ROUND & SEASONAL EVENTS
Art Walks in Downtown Shelburne Falls
Mingle with local artists, view demonstrations, enjoy live music, participate in community art projects, and ride Trolley No.10. First weekends of May and November, 625-2526, shelburnefalls.com
Most Fridays and Saturdays. The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts live callers and musicians. 772-6840. guidingstargrange.org
COOP Concert Summer Series
Get the best quality and the most nutritional value when you buy foods that are locally grown and in season. Held in many towns throughout Franklin County during the summer months. Check http://www.farmfresh.org/?sortby=&zip=01301 for locations.
First Fridays Greenfield
From May to December, downtown shops & restaurants stay open late and from 5-8 p.m. offer specials, sales, and giveaways. Enjoy live music, special workshops, art openings, & more. 774-2791, greenfieldbusiness.org
During the foliage season many festivals celebrate the country life with art shows, craft fairs, food, games and entertainment including The Ashfield Fall Festival (Columbus Day weekend) and The Conway Festival of the Hills (last Sunday in September).
Full Moon Coffee House
Monthly concerts held on the Saturday night closest to the full moon in the Town Hall in Wendell. (978) 544-2086 http://www.wendellfullmoon.org/
Great Falls Coffeehouse
Monthly live music performances in the summer months. Turners Falls. 863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org
Hands On Learning Series in Historic Deerfield
Monthly family programs with subjects ranging from open hearth cooking demonstrations to sheep shearing. 775-7214, historic-deerfield.org
Amazing works of art cut into the cornfield at Warner Farm. Family fun including horse drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkins, petting zoo. August 31st through the end of the season. 665-8331, mikesmaze.com
Mohawk Trail Concerts
Summer and fall at the air-conditioned Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont. The programs feature chamber music, theater and contemporary works. 625-9511, mohawktrailconcerts.org
Music at the Station at the Greenfield Energy Park
All kinds of entertainment, from music and yoga to the circus! Bring a chair or blanket. greenfieldrecreation.com
Music in Deerfield
A series of chamber music concerts featuring nationally and internationally known artists. Held in the Brick Church in Deerfield and in Northampton. 774-4200, www.musicindeerfield.org
Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus
Orchestral and choral concerts from October through May since 1939. 773-3664, www.pvso.org
A series of classic films held in the Memorial Hall Theater in Shelburne. 625-2896, shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org/pothole-pictures
Community performing arts center with plays and musicals presented by resident companies, plus music, dance, comedy and special events. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 863-2281, sheatheater.org
Late February through early April. Franklin County takes to the woods to gather sap from sugar maple trees, boiling it down to pure maple syrup. Sugar houses are open to the public during the season, but check for hours and boiling schedules. In season, the Massachusetts Maple Phone is updated regularly. 628-3912, www.massmaple.org
Third Thursday Turners Falls
A monthly arts, culture and downtown business night featuring art exhibits, open studios, musical performances, walking tours, theater and invited artisans as well as extended open hours at participating venues. Turners Falls. 835-1390, turnersfallsriverculture.org