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Category Archives: Berkshire Festivals

3 Days of Fun at Lee Founders Weekend 2017

August 18, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee Founders Weekend 2017Come out and help celebrate the town of Lee’s annual birthday! Lee Founders Weekend 2017 is scheduled for September 14th through the 17th and promises three days of fabulous food, music, and fun in the Berkshires.

Lee, MA turns 240 this year and Lee Founders Day Weekend is the town’s annual birthday bash. Founders Weekend not only celebrates our hometown and all those who have helped to make it the great place but also its bright future! Come out and help us celebrate in small town Berkshires style with our Founders Day Parade, Duck Derby, Taste Of Lee, live music, arts and crafts, and so much more.

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Take Your Seat for the 2017 Berkshire Jewish Film Festival!

July 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2017

The 2017 Berkshire Jewish Film Festival season has begun! 12 films spread over 6 consecutive Mondays, July 10th through August 14 in the Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School.

The 31st annual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is one of the longest running events of its kind in the country. While it started out as a much smaller affair, held at the Knesset Israel sanctuary, the festival has grown every year to its current venue at the 500-seat, up-to-date, Duffin Theatre at Lenox Memorial High School.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Berkshires Arts Festival!

June 5, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Arts Festival 2017Come out to the Berkshires July 1st through the 3rd, 2017 for the Berkshires Arts Festival! The annual festival attracts top artists and art fans from across the US and Canada for a weekend of art and crafts, live music, food, drink, and much more.

The Berkshires Arts Festival is much more than just some open-air arts and crafts show.

In the 16 years since its inception, the Berkshires Arts Festival has become one of the most respected annual summer art events in the country. It’s certainly one of the most prominent annual events in the Berkshires! 200 artists come from around the country to showcase their newest and best works.

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Get Set for the 85th Annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

May 19, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2017A Berkshires tradition turns 85 this year! Don’t miss out on any of the excitement: come celebrate Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 85th anniversary season. June 17th through August 27th, 2017.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running international dance festival. The Pillow Dance festival has filled Berkshire summers with a wealth of dance performances, workshops, and more since 1932.

The 85th anniversary Pillow Dance Festival promises even more excitement. More than 200 free performances are on the schedule, along with numerous special and members-only events.

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Experience the 2017 Berkshire International Film Festival!

May 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Berkshire International Film FestivalThe 12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is set to be the biggest one ever with over 8 films to screen in four days. Plus this year’s festival is honoring Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer. This is one BIFF you won’t want to miss! June 1st through June 4th, 2017 in Great Barrington, MA!

The Berkshire International Film Festival is always a wonderful diversion but this year’s event is truly shaping up to be something else! 30 documentary films, 29 narrative features, and 21 short films are on the schedule. True to the festival name, the 80 films hail from 23 different countries. These include Afghanistan, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Russia, and Syria.

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Attend the 22nd Annual Lee Founders Weekend!

September 5, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee Founders Weekend 2016It’s time once again to roll out for the annual Lee Founders Weekend in Lee, MA! Scheduled for September 16th through the 18th, 2016, this free, 3-day, Berkshires festival is a very popular event.

Lee Founders Weekend is a full weekend of fun for everyone. Come out and enjoy what is shaping up to be yet another three days of perfect weather, fabulous food, amazing music, and fun activities!

A traditional, hometown celebration, you wont want to miss the annual parade, arts & crafts vendors, Duck Derby, vintage tennis tournament, sidewalk sales, and more!

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The 15th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival 2016

June 6, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Arts Festival 2016The upcoming, 15th annual Berkshires Arts Festival – July 1st through the 3rd – is a summertime tradition that attracts artists and art-lovers alike to the Berkshires every year.

The Berkshires Arts Festival is a great way to celebrate the start of summer and as well as give you just one more excuse to visit the Berkshires! Thousands of art lovers attend each year, soaking up not just the Berkshires Arts Festival but also the theater, dance, music, and other expressions of culture that the Berkshires are known for.

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Attend the 2016 Berkshire International Film Festival

May 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

 Berkshire International Film Festival 2016Get set for the 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival – June 2nd through June 5th, 2016 – featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, and Jake Paltrow!

Every year, the Berkshire International Film Festival brings the best in independent films and filmmakers to the Berkshires to showcase their work to an engaged audience that any cinephile would be excited to be a part of!

Growing in popularity with each year, this year’s Festival was included in the 2016 TOP 10 Summer Events for Massachusetts, along with such major events as Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Tanglewood. It has also attracted an unprecedented collection of celebrities, attesting to its increased stature in the industry.

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Don’t Miss the Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival!

September 18, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival 2015Fall is upon us, if one can trust the signs: cooler temps, brightly colored leaves on the ground, and the arrival of celebrations like the upcoming 36th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, in Lenox, MA!

It is community celebrations like the annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival that make the passing of summer into fall not a bittersweet change but a happy and fun one. Something people from around the region – and even the country – look forward to all summer long. Who isn’t relieved to have another reason to leave the stifling confines of the city to relish the natural beauty of the Berkshires?

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Celebrate Lee Founders Weekend 2015!

September 4, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee Founders Day ParadeIt’s the town of Lee’s annual birthday celebration – Lee Founders Weekend, scheduled for Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Don’t miss this popular, annual Berkshires event!

Lee Founders Weekend is 3 days of fun in the Berkshires with food, live music, arts and crafts, contests, a parade, sidewalk sales and street vendors, duck derby, community block dance, and much more. Best of all, out-of-towners are not just allowed to attend but are encouraged to join in the fun – the more the merrier!

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Chesterwood Presents Chesterfest 2015!

June 19, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2015Chesterwood’s Chesterfest 2015 – a series of live concerts billed as a New Americana Music Festival – is coming! This year’s concerts are scheduled for Sundays in July and August.

Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, was the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French, who sculpted, among other things, the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that resides so majestically in the Lincoln Memorial, is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments.

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Get Set for the 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!

May 16, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Season 2015

One of the first signs of summer, the annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, is almost upon us and the Berkshires are already a-buzz with what promises to be another standout season!

The annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, having been started in the 1930’s by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn. Jacob’s Pillow Farm has been designated a National Historic Landmark and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

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Attend the Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

April 18, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food FestivalThe 3rd Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival is almost here – May 23 – 24, 2015 – promising a gathering of some of the best, regional food and drink producers, as well as special guests, seminars, and demonstrations that any self-respecting foodie would not want to miss!

An outgrowth of the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail, the Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival has proven to be a very successful showcase not only for the beverage trail members but also the other vendors and producers who will be on hand – not to mention the attendees!

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Chesterfest – The New Americana Music Festival 2014

July 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterfest, The New Americana Music FestivalChesterfest, The New Americana Music Festival, is a series of concerts at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA, every Friday, July 11 through August 29, 2014.

When people hear “Americana” attached to a music festival, the first thing that leaps to their minds is folk or bluegrass: banjos, fiddles, and a wash-tub bass performing old-timey tunes. While Chesterfest certainly has no injunction against said instruments or forms, the key term in the title is “new” and the acts on the festival roster reflect just what Americana can be: contemporary folk, alternative country, rockabilly, garage, punk, and psych-folk.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014

May 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2014The New York Times calls the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “the dance center of the nation” and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that.

Started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930’s, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Farm, named after a large, pillow shaped rock on the property of this rural Massachusetts acreage (the zig zag road leading to the farm was referred to as “Jacob’s Ladder” so … ), was purchased by Ted Shawn in 1931 as a retreat for the first US, male dance company. Ted Shawn hoped to help expand the role of men in modern dance and ended up not only doing so but also establishing a far greater appreciation and awareness of modern dance in the US in general.

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The 2014 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival

February 3, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is promising to be just the thing to wipe away those winter blues!

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Founders’ Day Weekend Is Coming!
Sept 20 – 22, 2013

August 29, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Founders' Day Parade

Lee’s 19th annual heritage celebration, the Founders’ Day Weekend, is three days of family fun with a parade, live music, food tastings, sidewalk sales, crafts and much, much more.

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