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Weekend Outlook: First Fridays, a Festival, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:08PM / Friday, July 05, 2024
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There are a variety of events this weekend, including a festival, ice cream train rides, First Fridays, and more. 
Editor's Pick 
Common Ground Festival 
The Common, Pittsfield
Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. 
The Mill Town Foundation will be having a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, dance, art-making, over 40 vendors, a bounce house, and more. 
More information here
Multiple Days
Ice Cream Train Rides
4 Hoosac St., Adams
July 5 and 6, Departure times: 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Take a journey on a train and have ice cream. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $15 for children 3 to 13 years of age, and are free for infants and toddlers two and under. 
More information here
Alchemy: An Exhibit of Transformations Exhibit 
Lenox Library 
Friday to Saturday, July 27
Seven Berkshire artists from a variety of mediums, including cold wax, painting, fiber art, photography, and more, will come together in the Welles Gallery to display their individual perspectives and creative processes in expressing light and color.
More information here
First Friday: Play in the Street
Downtown North Adams
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. 
Holden Street will be closed to traffic to accommodate a variety of activities, including live music, food trucks, and vendors. 
There will be giant blocks, cornhole, and other street activities. Businesses in downtown North Adams will have extended hours, and many will have galleries or will be hosting openings, closings, and other special events focused on starting fresh. 
More information here
First Friday at Five
Downtown Pittsfield
Time: 5 p.m. 
Downtown Pittsfield will be alive with activities, including live music, art, dance, family fun, shopping, food, a makers market, a family fun zone, and more. 
There will also be live entertainment at several eateries and an art walk. More information here.
Karaoke Night
Dalton American Legion
Time: 7 to midnight
Sing your heart out to your favorite tunes and have a drink. More information here.  
David Grover Tribute Concert 
334 Main St, Great Barrington
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Local musician Eric Reinhardt will be performing a special set in honor of Berkshire County musician David Grover, known for being the former lead guitarist for Arlo Guthrie. 
The performance will include many of the songs that David performed for over 30 years at the gazebo, which is named after him. 
More information here
Antiques Sale, Crafts, Flea Market, Barn, and Book Sale
Great Barrington Historical Society and Museum
Time: 9 a.m. 
There will be a variety of goods for sale including, vintage and antique items, collectibles, jewelry, man-cave and she-shed stuff, art, prints, glass, china, toys, ephemera, tools, furniture, country, clothing, and more
More information here
West 250 Stockbridge Town Celebration
Various Locations in West Stockbridge 
Time: 10 a.m.
The town will be celebrating its 250th birthday with a day-long celebration featuring a parade, barbeque, scavenger hunt, Troy's Garage display, music, a history walk and talk, and more. 
More information here
BAAMS Presents
Porches' Studio 9, North Adams
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Berkshire Academy for Advanced Musical Studies presents Grammy Award-winner trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker and saxophonist Ada Rovatti and the Faculty Band live at Studio 9. Part of the BAAMS monthly series at Studio 9. 
Back Porch Concert
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield 
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
Massachusetts folk band The Nields, featuring sisters Nerissa and Katryna, will be performing its blend of pop craftsmanship, folk sensibility, and influences of '60s classic rock and '90s alternative. 
More information here
Happy Together Band Barbecue
Dalton Veterans of Foreign Wars
Time: 1 to 4:30 p.m. 
The VFW will be having a barbecue featuring burgers, sausages, hot dogs, baked beans, pasta, potato salad, and dessert. Tickets at $25. More information here
Fireflies and Twilight Wildlife 
Greylock Glen, Adams
Time: 8 p.m. 
Learn about fireflies and how to view them at Greylock Glen with a naturalist while taking a walk on the Glen Meadow Loop trail to spot fireflies. Tickets range from $5 to $15. More information here.
Taproom Music 
Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams
Time: 4 p.m. 
Folk, Americana-inspired singer RJ McCarty will perform alongside drummer Chris Van Rooyen and bassist Matt Mondell during this free concert. More information is available here
Q-MoB-Queer Men Coffee Klatch 
Dotties Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield 
Time: 10 a.m. 
The coffee lounge is inviting queer men of all ages to meet new people or get together with old friends over great coffee, tea, brunch, and conversation. More information here
Sunday Concert
The Store at Five Corners, Williamstown
Time: 1:30 p.m.
David Nachmanoff, an American folk rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will be playing a free Sunday afternoon concert on the back deck of the historic store. Picnic tables available or bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The concert is free, but tips are appreciated.
Sing for Your Slumber: Eureka Shoes
Tourists Welcome, North Adams
Time: 8 p.m.
Brooklyn's Eureka Shoes, consisting of longtime friends and collaborators Charlie Burnham, Jean Rohe, and Skye Soto Steele, along with Rashaan Carter, offer a sound described as "one part string quartet, two parts jazz combo, and soulful all the way down."
Admission is free and seating first come, first served; donations to the artists encouraged. More information here.


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