NORTH ADAMS — Though the current forecast indicates several days of rain, the city is charging ahead with a full slate of events for the second half of its annual Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival this weekend.

But as always, rain or shine, the main event will be the Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday. The parade, now in its 61st year, begins at 1 p.m. will be a salute to the National Park system. State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for reelection this fall after serving five terms, will serve as the parade's Grand Marshal.

The parade begins at the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot and will travel north on State Street, across Main Street, and down Ashland Street to reach its concluding point.

The weekend kicks off with the annual children's parade on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., with this year's event's theme as a "Salute to National Parks and Monuments." Participants will eat at the corner of Eagle and Main streets at 5 p.m. and are encouraged to dress in costumes, with prizes awarded to the best groups. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the First Baptist Church.

On Saturday morning, the 6th annual dog parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m., with the route beginning at Veteran's Memorial Park at the corner of Eagle Street and Route 2 and the same national parks theme. Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in costume and awards will be given for funniest dog, best duo of owner and dog, best group of dogs, best small dog, best medium-sized dog, and best large dog. The winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday.


The North Adams Farmers Market is also asking residents to bring their dogs to the market, and special vendors will include rescue organizations and animal-themed products in addition to the usual array of produce and good.

Nearby the farmer's market on Main Street will be a special Fall Foliage Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the craft fair will be held at the armory building on Ashland Street.

On Sunday, the Fall Classic 5k Race will kick off at noon, and racers can register the morning of the event at 85 Main St. in the former North Adams Transcript office. The race will begin near the North Adams Public Library.

The weekend will conclude with another installment of the city and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center's Levitt Amp Concert Series. The artist this week, Caitlin Canty, will begin at 1:30 p.m., with food provided by Grazie and beer by Bright Ideas Brewing. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the armory building on Ashland Street.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376