Arts, Entertainment & Events

Northampton is renowned as an arts and entertainment destination in Western Massachusetts, named “#1 Best Small Arts Town in America” by author John Villani and one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” in the nation by AmericanStyle magazine. Northampton is home to internationally known musicians, artists, writers, and performers presenting their work in local theaters and galleries. There are virtually unlimited options for arts, entertainment and events in and around Northampton.

Annual Events 

First Night Northampton
The greatest New Year's Eve party in the universe. The Northampton Arts Council presents the city's most popular community event, a festival of arts and entertainment that brings families and friends together in the heart of downtown from noon until after midnight. Catering to both the young and the young at heart, we welcome everyone to share our celebration.

Memorial Day Parade

Paradise City Arts Festival
Award-winning shows of contemporary craft and fine art showcase the works of some of America's most prominent craftspeople and artists. Two shows a year in Northampton - spring and fall. 

Pride Day
Annual LGBT parade and festival, held at the beginning of May.

Cinema Northampton

Summer Concert Series

Held through July and August 

Transperformance is the end of summer musical bash jointly presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the PTOs of Northampton's public schools, with proceeds going to support art enrichment programs in those schools. Held every August, this event creates the opportunity for local performers to assume the persona of well-known musicians. Transperformance is a humorous musical celebration of the diversity of our population and an acknowledgment of the profound influences various artists have had on each other. 

Pulaski Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

Northampton Libraries Events Calendars

Check Northampton's two public libraries for book readings, children's events, exhibits and other happenings. Each library has its own calendar page on its external website, which you can get to from the link above.