Things to do in the Berkshires


art festival

Join the kickoff for the seventh annual DownStreet Art free summer public arts festival from 4 to 9 tonight.

Check out the opening of nine new exhibitions; the unveiling of Alaa Awad’s new 60-foot-long mural; enjoy pop-up performances and other happenings throughout downtown North Adams.

The work of dozens of artists will be featured throughout this season, including John Michael Byrd, Julia Forrest, Leah Grimaldi O’Ryan, Doug Paisley and Angela McQuillan, as well as graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Collective, and members of ArtDORM.

DownStreet Art will present a second public mural by artist Corwin Levi, as well as window installations by Michael Chapman and Brandon Graving, and a new wall drawing by Jarvis Rockwell. DownStreet Art 2014 will run through Sept. 30.

For more information, visit or, or call (413) 663-5253. artists wanted

Want to make and share your own art? The Berkshire Art Association seeks original, contemporary art that explores practices and themes within an industrial context -- historic, modern or imaginary -- for a juried exhibition, "BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest," which will be exhibited in August at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

Artists in the Northeast are invited to submit their work by Monday.

The exhibition will open on Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk, to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, and will run through the end of the month. An artist reception with cash awards presentation will be held Aug. 2.

A registration fee of $25 covers three works for review per artist, which can be submitted here: Artists will be notified by email July 11 of the decision of the jury.

For more information, visit

live music

Music in Common will host another singer-songwriter showcase from 7:30 to 9:30 Friday night as part of its MiC Youth Concert Series held at Dewey Memorial Hall on Main Street in Sheffield. Performers include Victoria Aldam and Olivia Stein. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $25 per family, and will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit or call (413) 229-2357.

picnic party

The Meat Market in Great Barrington is hosting a Summer Sausage Fest from noon to 9 p.m. this Saturday, at 389 Stockbridge Road.

This will be a picnic style party with community tables and hay bale couches for socializing. Admission, $15, includes tastings and your pick of one from 12 different kinds of sausages, cooked over a wood fire, and served as a sandwich. There will also be music and a full cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here: For more information about the menu and event, call (413) 528-2022 or visit

rock on

Also happening on Saturday, in neighboring Bennington, Vt., JC’s Tavern will host Berkshire rock band WYKYD at 135 Depot St. Learn more at


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