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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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The Fall Foliage Parade - a week early this year - will step off at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.


Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's Races and Family Fair will be held at Houghton Street Park (adjacent to UNO Park and the Porches Inn). Details on Facebook. The northern Berkshire United Way, Youth Center Inc. and City of North Adams present this annual foot race and family fair. This event is open to all ages, with categories for various age groups, and awards for group winners. The fair includes obstacle courses, games, give-a-ways, and live music by Terry A La Berry And Friends! Children’s Fair booths are hosted by local community organizations.  Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.


Thursday, Sept. 27

4-7 p.m.: The annual Fall Foliage Ziti Supper will be held at Saint Elizabeth’s of Hungary at 70 Marshall St.  Dinner includes ziti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. Desserts will also be available. The cost is $10 per person, $7 for kids 12 and under.


Friday, Sept. 28

5:30 p.m.: The annual Children's Parade takes place on Main Street. Children from throughout the Northern Berkshire's are encouraged to make costumes and enter the parade with the theme of "Year of the Dog”. Participants must arrive at the corner of Main and Eagle streets by 5 p.m. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and will proceed west on Main Street to City Hall. Ribbons will be given to all participants. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, Sept. 30. Please note that groups should be 10 or less children, as there are only 10 medals that will be awarded per category/prize. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Details on Facebook.


Saturday, Sept. 29

9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Dogs welcome at the North Adams Farmers Market at the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot to help celebrate the dog days of fall. As always, patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, and meat.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The annual Fall Bazaar will be held at VFW Post 996 on the Mohawk Trail, featuring Chinese auction, fish bowl, raffles, baked goods, fried dough and hot dogs.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: The eighth annual Dog parade will step off from Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Eagle Street and Route 2. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The parade is free but donations to local animal rescues accepted. Owners are encouraged to make costumes and enter their dogs into this parade with the theme "Year of the Dog." Categories are: funniest, best duo (owner and dog), best group (dogs), best small dog, best medium-sized dog, and best large dog. Prizes will be awarded following the parade and ribbons will be given to all participants. Dog parade winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Details on Facebook.

Noon-5 p.m.: Fall Foliage Brew N' Chew (w/ Craft Fair) and Miner Combat's Dancing in the Street will be held on Main Street between American Legion Drive & Eagle Street. Details on Facebook. There will be local artisan and crafter booths, a local beer tent featuring Bright Ideas Brewing and Berkshire Breu-Hous, a hot dog eating competition to benefit PopCares (3 p.m., $30 a team) and Miner Combat's Dancing in the Street Fundraiser (12:30 p.m., $20 a person) to benefit PopCares, supporting local families battling cancer.

10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.: Hoosac Valley Fall Foliage train rides will depart from and return to the Train Depot in Adams. Tickets are $14/adults, $12/seniors & armed forces w/ID and $10 for children 4-14 and are available online. Fall Foliage Train Rides run on weekends through Oct. 28.


Sunday, Sept. 30

Noon: The Fall Classic 5k Race starts at top of Main Street. Call 413-496-6347 for registration and event Information.

1 p.m.: The 63rd annual Fall Foliage Parade, with the theme "The Year of the Dog," begins at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot and concludes on Ashland Street after passing though downtown via Main Street. Details on Facebook.



Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt: Clues will be announced starting Saturday, Sept. 22; look for them on and in the Berkshire Eagle.

Sept. 22-29: Passport to Fall Fun on Eagle Street. Visit Eagle Street during Fall Foliage Festival Week for special promotions at Eagle Street businesses. Pick up your passport and collect stamps from one of these locations: Birdsong Gallery, Desperado's, Kim's Kuts, Klipper Kingz, Martha Flood Fabric & Design and Persnickety Toys. Stamped passports must be returned to one of these locations before Oct. 2. Winner will be drawn at the Eagle Street Parklet Coffee Date on Friday, Oct. 5, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The bike is on view in Roots Teen Center window.

Other events happening in North Adams during the week of the Fall Foliage Festival include:

The North Adams Library Book Sale is one of the many other city events that coincide with the Fall Foliage Festival events.

* The Friends of North Adams Public Library Book Sale at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. The event features a selection of paper and hardback books, books on CD, DVDs, children's books, and more, all moderately priced, including some free VHS tapes.

* The Northern Berkshire Community Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding Event will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Steeple City Plaza Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church and Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District, disposal fees (in support of All Saints) are $5-10 for most items, with LED/Flat Screen TVs $15 -50 and CRT TVs/CRT monitors $15-50. No large appliances accepted (refrigerators, stoves, etc). No charge for paper shredding. Open to all residents, businesses and schools in Berkshire County and Southern VT. Collect your old computers, laptops, monitors, TVs, air conditioners and more and bring them down. Also, watch your outdated sensitive documents shredded on site.

* The Voices for Recovery Walk, Rally, and Vigil will be held at Colegrove Park on North Church Street from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Satrurday, Sept. 22. Details on Facebook. This community event aims to help raise awareness for recovery from substance abuse. Registration, activities and Vigil of Recovery & Remembrance begin at 1 p.m., with the Recovery Walk followed by rally and speakers beginning at 2 p.m.

* DownStreet Art will be held throughout Downtown North Adams from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Details on Facebook. This is the final DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2018, with art openings and exhibits throughout downtown. In conjunction with DownStreet Art, Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park presents Disney's "Bolt!" at Colegrove Park on North Church St. at dusk. Details on Facebook.

* The third annual Concert of Hope and Healing will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the First Congregational Church, 134 Main St., featuring the North County Chorale. A freewill offering will be collected to support Roots Teen Center.

* The AYJ Fund Corn Hole Tournament will be held at Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland St. The cost is $20 a team; details on Facebook. The tournament benefits children's cancer and research at Dana-Farber. Advance registration online. Players must be registered by noon to be included in tournament.

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