NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — It's time to pack away the flip flops and herald in the start of fall by officially kicking it off with the North Adams, Mass., Fall Foliage Festival. The annual event spans the next two weekends with family fun events sure to make you ready for the leaves to change and a pumpkin-spice beverage in your hand. The fall fun starts Friday, Sept. 23, with the Friends of North Adams Public Library Book Sale at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then on Saturday, Sept. 24, stop by the Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair at the Noel Field Athletic Complex on State Street. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Events to look forward to the following weekend include the favorite ziti supper, and the annual fall foliage parade on Sunday, Oct. 2.
For more information, visit explorenorthadams.com/city-events
Upcoming Events (as seen on Explore North Adams):
Thursday, Sept. 29
Fall Foliage Ziti Supper
Saint Elizabeth’s of Hungary
70 Marshall Street
4 - 7 p.m.
$10/person, $6/seniors and kids 12 & under
St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary will hold its annual ziti supper at the Parish Center. Dinner includes ziti and meatballs, garden salad, bread and butter, a beverage and choice of assorted desserts . Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the church rectory.
Downtown North Adams
5 – 8 PM
This is the final DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2016 season, from 5 to 8 p.m. More info. TBA.
Friday, Sept. 30
Annual Children’s Parade
Main Street North Adams
Lineup: 5 PM / Parade: 5:30 PM
Children from throughout the Northern Berkshire’s are encouraged to make costumes and enter the parade. This year’s theme is “Salute to National Parks and Monuments”. Participants must arrive at the corner of Main and Eagle streets at 5pm. Parade begins at 5:30 PM and will proceed west on Main St. to City Hall. Ribbons will be given to all participants. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 2. Please note that groups should be 10 or less children, as there are only 10 medals that will be awarded per category/prize. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
Concert of Hope & Healing -A community Response to Violence at Home & Abroad
First Congregational Church
Dessert to follow concert and goodwill offering to support local nonprofits.
Saturday, Oct. 1
North Adams Farmers Market: Bring Your Dog to the Market
St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot
9 - 1 p.m.
The Farmers Market is one of the most pet-friendly places in the city! Help us celebrate the Dog Day of Fall by bringing your dog to the market. Special market vendors will include animal rescue agencies and animal-themed products. As always, patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, and meat. For more information or a schedule of events, call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Foliage Craft Fair
Downtown North Adams
Main Street between Holden & Eagle
9 to 3 p.m.
VRW Post No. 996 Fall Bazaar
VFW Post 996 – Mohawk Trail
9 - 3 p.m.
Something for everyone: Chinese Auction, Fish Bowl, Raffles, Baked Goods,
Fried Dough & Hot Dogs. Contact: Mary Risch, 743-5040
6th Annual Dog Parade
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Corner of Eagle Street and Route 2
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (registration at 10)
FREE but donations to local animal rescues accepted
All dogs are encouraged to participate. Owners are encouraged to make costumes and enter their dogs into this parade. This year’s parade theme is “Salute to National Parks and Monuments”. Categories are: funniest, best duo (owner and dog), best group (dogs), best small dog, best medium-sized dog, and best large dog. Prizes will be awarded following the parade and ribbons will be given to all participants. Dog parade winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
Sundasy, Oct. 2
Eagles host All You Can Eat Breakfast
515 Curran Highway
7 – 11 AM
Cost: To be Announced
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially on Parade Day! What better way to start your day than with an all you can eat breakfast!
Fall Classic 5k Race
Begins at Noon
You can register on the day of the event at 85 Main Street, Suite 200 where the Transcript used to be.
61st annual Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade
Parade begins at 1 p.m. In honor of its 61st year, all past grand marshals are welcome to join in and lead the parade.
The parade will commence at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot, and conclude on Ashland Street after passing through the downtown via Main Street.
Levitt AMP North Adams Presents Caitlin Canty
North Church Street
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Caitlin Canty performs as part of the Levitt AMP North Adams concert series. Local food available from Grazie and local brews available from Bright Ideas Brewing. This series is presented by MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center in collaboration with the City of North Adams, supported by the Levitt Foundation, MCLA, Greylock Federal Credit Union, MASS MoCA, nbCC, Excelsior Printing, GVH Studio Inc., Bright Ideas Brewing and Grazie.