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Weekend Outlook: Ringing in the New Year
11:57AM / Friday, December 29, 2023
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Ring in the New Year with activities and events around Berkshire County this weekend. 
Friday, Dec. 29
Kwanzaa Celebration
Tyler Street Lab, Pittsfield
Time: 6 p.m.
The Women of Color Given Circle hosts this annaul Kwanzaa event celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa and African American culture. Well-known singer and lead vocalist Wanda Houston will be this year's special guest.
Saturday, Dec. 30
Nearly New Year Karoke at the Mountain Club
6 Anthony St., Adams
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
A wide variety of songs to choose from, so everyone can find something to sing their heart out to with DJ Seth P. Fun, friendly and supportive environment. Admission is free; more information here.
Not New Year's Party
Berkshire East, Charlemont
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Whiskey Treat Road Show performs in the Main Lodge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 
Concert tickets are $15 per person; quantities are limited. They can be purchased here
'The Magic Flute' in HD
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Time: 12:55 p.m.
An encore presentation of the Metropolitan Opera's family-friendly production of Mozart's fairytale, sung in English and running under two hours.
Tickets range from $5 to $25; advance registration encouraged as capacity is limited. No refunds. Purchase tickets here
Magic by George
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
An afternoon of magic, comedy, and family entertainment with multi-award-winning magician Magic By George. Included with museum admission. 
Sunday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Ball Drop
Center Street, North Adams
Time: 8 p.m.
This family friendly event will be held 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve so people of all ages can enjoy it. Gather in the Center Street parking lot behind 85 Main St. to help count down the drop. 
The event is hosted by the North Adams Office of Tourism and the ball was created by North Adams Sheet Metal.
Take some time to view all the holiday windows and Christmas displays around the downtown before LumiNAMA Lights ends. 
New Year's Eve Party
Bounti-Fare, Adams
Time: 8 p.m.
The Northern Berkshire Events Committee hosts this party with live music to ring in the New Year. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast.
Purchase tickets here
New Year's Eve Dance Party
Methuselah Bar & Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 9 p.m.
DJ Pup Daddy will be counting down his top 20 dance tracks of 2023 as well as spinning party favorites from the past throughout the night. Free admission. More information here.
New Year's Eve at Bousquet
Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield
Time: 9 p.m.
The party starts at 9 in the lodge but skiing and riding will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with music from 6 to 9. Kitchen closes at 7 but hors d'oeuvres will be served all night. Tickets are from $25 to $35 and can be purchased here.
Sensory Nature Walk
Margaret Lindley Park, Williamstown
Time: 10 a.m.
Enjoy nature during this one-mile walk and explore Hemlock Brook through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell. Geared toward families with children; dress appropriately. 
More information and registration link here
Kids Noon Year's Eve Party
Bennington (Vt.) Museum
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Put on your party clothes to welcome in the "Noon" Year with music, party hats, noisemakers, sparkling grape juice, and the countdown to noon.
Admission is $5 per child. More information here.
New Year's Eve with Max Creek
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Time: 8 p.m.
Special performance by the multigenerational and multigenre band Max Creek. 
More information and tickets here
New Year's Party 2024
Proprietor's Lodge, Pittsfield
Time: 7 p.m.
Dinner, dancing, late-night snacks and midnight toast with music by DJ BFG. With pre fixe dinner at 7, $75 per person; after 8 p.m., dance party is $25. 
More information here
Monday, Jan. 1
First Day Hike
Mount Greylock State Reservation 
Time: 10 a.m. 
The First Day Hikes initiative launched in 1992, when 400 hikers gathered to welcome the new year at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton. The program aims to encourage year-round outdoor recreation and to inspire the public to discover the beauty of the Massachusetts State Parks system. 
Meet at the Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, for an open house, two-mile self-guided hike and then come back to the center for hot chocolate. 
Call ahead at 413-499-4262 in case of inclement weather. 
For Something Different 
First Annual Florence Lighted Tractor Parade
Trinity Row, Florence
Time: 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29
The parade starts at Smith Vocational High School and spectators are encouraged to line Main Street starting at Trinity Row. The parade will step off at 6  and head to Look Park. Announcements will be made near MurDuff's Jewelry. Route and more information can be found here
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