The Berkshire Dream Center will be throwing a Back to School Bash from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Common Park, First Street, Pittsfield.

This event is completely free of cost and open to the public. There will be free food, water, raffles, crafts, the Berkshire Health Care Systems van, face painting, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, bounce house, and a backpack giveaway.

Over 125 backpacks will be given to children in kindergarten through 12th grade on a first come first served basis. Children must be present to receive a backpack

The Dream Center is also partnering with Zumba in the Berkshires and local hair salons for a back to school event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at 69 Union St., North Adams.

School-aged children who attend can receive a free haircut and a backpack.

Information: Dream Center at 413-522-3495, or

For the North Adams event, contact Zumba in the Berkshires on Facebook.