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Weekend Outlook: Lee Founders Day, Live Music & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:31PM / Friday, September 15, 2023
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There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including a founders day weekend, live music, hikes, and more. 
Editors' Picks
Lee Founders Day Weekend
Various locations, Lee 
Celebrate the town's 246th birthday this Friday through Sunday. The festivities will include live music, local art, a hometown parade, fireworks, crafts, magic show, face painting, and more. 
Founders Day Weekend Schedule here
Fireworks will be visible from Main Street on Friday around 8 p.m. 
The Hometown Parade will take place on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will be aired on Community Television for the Southern Berkshires. The street will be closed to traffic during the parade. 
The Big E
Eastern States Exposition, Springfield
Time: Sept. 15 to Oct. 1
New England's biggest fair kicks off Friday at 8 a.m. and runs through the end of the month. The fair features goods from all six New England states, specialty days, crafts, demonstrations, activities, agriculture, horse shows, giant pumpkins, beer gardens, a parade, carnival rides, so much food, and performances including John Fogerty, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Molly Hatchet, Gaelic Storm and Third Eye Blind.
Tickets range from $20 and $12 a day to full passes and group admissions. Special performances priced separately. 
More information here
Emo Night
Hot Plate Brewing Co., Pittsfield 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Local and regional bands and performers will be performing at the brewery. There will be a $10 cover charge. 
The lineup includes emo and rock bands Sinking, Arms Like Roses,Every Branch, and Velveteen. There will also be a spoken word poetry performance by Chris Hantman. 
Information here
Weekly Friday Night Jazz 
Methuselah Bar & Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 7 until 10 p.m.
Recharge from the week with some jazz and drinks at the bar for its weekly Friday jazz night. More information here
Band of Heathens Performance
The Stationery Factory, Dalton 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
There will be a performance by rock 'n' rollers Band of Heathens. The band hails from Austin, Texas. More information here
Live Music at Bousquet
Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. 
There will be a free performance by local musician and teacher Dave Brown. More information here
Motor City Fever
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
This celebration concert features more than a dozen of Motown hits by performers who have shared the stage with famous Motown artists including the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and more. 
More information here
Canna Provisions Live Music
Locker Room Sports Pub, Lee
Time: 7 p.m. 
There will be a live performance by local musician Brian Benlein. The show is presented by Canna Provisions.
More information here
Food Truck Pete-Za and Live Music
Big Elm Brewing, Sheffield 
Time: noon to 7 p.m. 
The Pete-za Mobile will be at the brewery. Starting at 4:30, there will be a performance by Appalachian Americana and folk-rock musician Trae Sheehan. 
Information here
Hike To Flag Rock Vista
Monument Mountain, Great Barrington 
Time: 10 a.m. 
Author and photographer Christy Butler will lead a three-hour hike to Flag Rock Vista alongside Western Mass Hilltown Hikers Elizabeth Massa and Karen McTaggart. 
The hike will pass through the mountain's lower boulder field that will require short side-trips off the main trail. 
More information and registration here
History Walk 
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 
Village staff will lead an easy to moderate hike of the museum's Farm & Forest Trail to explore the history of land, landscape, indigenous presence, and the Shakers' time there. The route will also include a stop at the South Family. 
More information here
Bright Ideas Brewing, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. 
Stop by the brewery to taste its fresh batch of the brewery's Munich-styled festbier Brightoberfest then swing by Bigg Daddy's for live music and a special menu featuring brats, sauerkraut, and potato salad. 
More information here.
Harvest Handmade Craft Fair
3 West, Norad Mill, North Adams
Time: 9 to 3 
Annual fall craft fair with dozens of local vendors. Admission $3. 
Live Music at Bousquet
Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
There will be a performance by musician Micah Stone. Information here
Housatonic Heritage Hike 
Wahconah Falls, Dalton
Time: 10 to noon
Naturalist and Tamarack Hollow Director Aimee Gelinas will lead a free hike and talk about the trail's flora, fauna and cultural history. 
More information here
Jazz Brunch with Chad McLoughlin
The Stagecoach Tavern, Sheffield
Time: 11 to 3 p.m. 
New York jazz guitarist Chad McLoughlin will be performing alongside bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel. 
Brunch starts at 11 and the live music kicks off at 12:30. There is a $10 cover charge. There is not a cover charge for brunch in another part of the restaurant. More information here
Taproom Music
Bright Ideas Brewing, Pittsfield 
Time: 4 to 6 p.m. 
There will be a free performance by folk and punk singer Nate Goyette. More information here
Multiple Days
Lenox Jazz Stroll
Various locations, Lenox 
There will be jazz performances this Friday and Saturday throughout the town. The event includes performances by Ted Rosenthal Trio, Wanda Houston, The Lucky 5, Michael Junkins Group, Scott Robinson Quartet, Peggy Stern Trio, and Benny Kohn Trio. 
Locations and lineup here.
Outside the County 
Fall Festival Opening Weekend
Liberty Ridge Farm, Schaghticoke, N.Y.
Kick off the fall season a little early this weekend with more than 30 hands-on attractions, live shows, animals, and more. 
Tickets range from $16.95 to $39.95. More information here
Farmers' Markets
North Adams Farmers Market
St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot
Time: 9 to 1
The North Adams market is open every Saturday and offers produce and baked goods from local retailers including Red Shirt Farm, Fahey Family Farm, Bohemian Nouveaux Bakery, Mon Artistic Pets, and more. More information here
Pittsfield Farmers Market
The Common, Pittsfield
Time: 9 to 1. 
Powered by Roots Rising, the market is open every Saturday rain or shine. 
Each week the market will have fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods by local vendors. Participants can shop for flowers, and artisan goods while listening to music and participate in family activities. For more information, visit the website
Great Barrington Farmers Market
18 Church St.
Time: 9 to 1. 
The market is open every Saturday.  Every week there will be locally grown food, flowers, and plants along with other local vendors. More information here
Berkshire Area Farmers Market
Berkshire Mall parking lot, Lanesborough
Time: 8 to 2
The market is open every Saturday and features produce and products from Western Mass farms. More information here.
Lenox Farmers Market
80 Church St., Lenox
Time: 11 to 3. 
This market is open every Friday and features fresh produce, breads, artisanal & specialty foods and crafts, and more. The market accepts SNAP. More information here


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