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Weekend Outlook: A Festival, Fairs, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Friday, September 22, 2023
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There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including community days, apple squeeze, live musical performances, and more. 
Editors' Picks
Lenox Apple Squeeze
Various venues, Lenox 
The annual Apple Squeeze is taking over Lenox streets this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event features family activities, live music and performances, over 75 artisan crafts vendors, and more. 
This year, Antimony Brewing with Mama Lo's BBQ will be hosting a beer garden at the 67 Church St. parking lot. 
More information here
Annual Country Fair
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
The village will be hosting its annual county fair this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event will feature local food, vendors, music, animals, craft beer and cider, dancing, an antique tractor exhibit, and more. 
More information here
German Dinner
Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield
Time: 5 to 7 p.m. 
The church will be serving beef rouladen on egg noodles, red cabbage, and peas and carrots, and chocolate cherry cake. 
Can't stay for dinner, no worries takeout is available. Beer and wine is available for purchase for those who choose to dine in. 
Adult meals are $20, children 12 and younger are $10. Purchase tickets online or by calling 413-442-3525. 
More information here
Author Talk
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Time: 5:30 p.m. 
Writer Tom Piazza will discuss his new historical novel "the Auburn Conference" at Arrowhead.
The novel depicts notable figures including Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe in a fictionalized tiny upstate New York college in 1883.
Tickets cost $10 for Berkshire County Historical Society members, and $15 for non-members. More information here
Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center
Whitney's Farm, Cheshire
It's pumpkin season! Whitney's Farm brings back its local favorite, Pumpkin Fest, this Saturday,
Sept. 23, until Oct. 29. 
Pick pumpkins, ride on a hay wagon, get glitter tattoos, walk through a corn maze, and more every weekend through Halloween. 
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. 
More information here
Springside Community Day 
Springside, Pittsfield
Time: 1 p.m. 
The nonprofit Springside Park Conservancy will be celebrating its 10 years of volunteerism and advocacy with a community gathering. 
The event is following the annual fall Cleanup and will include food, and music. More information here
Hot Plate Brewing, Pittsfield
Time: 3 p.m. 
There will be a performance by a funk band followed by a watch party for the Penn State and Iowa game at 7:30 p.m. More information here
Autumnal Equinox Social Ride
Pittsfield High School
Time: 4 p.m. 
Celebrate the first day of fall with a 10-mile social ride around the Allendale, Springside, Lakewood, and Parkside neighborhoods of Pittsfield. The ride will start at PHS and finish at Crust Pizza.
More information here
Mediation Gathering
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
Time: 5 p.m. 
Mindfulness facilitator Sandrine Harris will lead a meditation through a mix of outdoor walking, quiet sitting and guided moments for reflection. 
Tickets range from $20 to $25. More information here.
Charming Disaster
The Foundry, West Stockbridge
Time: 7 p.m. 
Brooklyn, N.Y., based goth-folk musical duo Charming Disaster will perform. They write playfully dark songs that tell stories about death, crime, myth, magic, folklore, science, and the occult.
Tickets cost $15. More information here.
Revel in Recovery
The Common, Pittsfield
Time: 3 to 7 p.m.
This family friendly event to celebrate National Recovery Month features a Doobie Brothers tribute band, games, bouncy house, food truck and Operation Copsicle. 
Free and open to the public. 
Multiple Days
Freshgrass Festival 2022
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Time: Friday-Sunday
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting its annual Fresh Grass Festival this Friday through Sunday. Thousands are expected to be in the city during the three-day event.
There will be live music throughout the grounds and at Joe's Field including performances by the Dropkick Murphys, Lucas Nelson, Berkshire County's very own CJ Field, and many more. 
There will also be plenty of vendors on site selling merchandise, food, and drinks. A three-day adult pass is $184; see more on ticket prices and performance lineup here. 
More information here.
Outside the County 
The Big E
Eastern States Exposition, Springfield
Time: Sept. 15 to Oct. 1
New England's biggest fair 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, and more. 
Tickets range from $20 and $12 a day to full passes and group admissions. Special performances priced separately. 
More information here
Farmer's 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.
NOTE: This Saturday's market will be on Main Street because of the Fresh Grass Festival. 
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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