October is just around the corner and fall is in full swing, and that means there are plenty of festive happenings to fill your social calendar with. Here are just some of the events planned for this weekend and the coming days:
• Firefly, 71 Church St. in Lenox, has music tonight and Friday night in their lounge, no cover. Mary Ann Palermo and First Take (Stephen Dietemann, Steve Elling, and Jereme Vinette), will play originals and covers from the blues, jazz and funk genres starting tonight at 7:30. The BTUs return on Friday at 8 p.m., led by lead guitarist Steve Ide, the group includes Bob McVeety on guitar and vocals, Rob Putnam on bass, and Andy Crawford on drums.
•"13 Nights," a live haunted thriller experience, returns to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock. Opening night is this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; last tour leaves at 10:30. The Soaring Eagle and Giant Swing rides will be open during these times. The attraction will continue to be held during same hours, every Friday and Saturday night through October, with additional dates of Sunday, Oct. 9; Thursday, Oct. 27; and Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30 and 31. Tours last approximately 40 minutes, and are recommended for ages 10 and up. Tour and ride packages range from $25 to $37. Info: 13nightsatjiminy.com
• The final DownStreet Art festival of the season will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., offering entertainment and art to the public for free, throughout downtown North Adams. Highlights include new exhibition openings, live music, participatory art projects and the Holden Street Night Market, as well as a social media scavenger hunt, an international art collective and live podcasting.
Stop by the DownStreet Art table on Holden Street to pick up scavenger hunt clues, Instagram their progress, and be entered to win a prize at the end of the evening.
Creative business incubators Butterfly Effect and Thin Walls Studio will host "Zentangle," a community art project, at 85 Main St., from 5:30 to 7:30. Joshua Ostraff also invites the public to leave their creative mark on "Ofa Atu," a collaborative silk-screening project at 87 Main St.
Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song, along with members of the community, will share a collaborative music/dance/spoken word interpretation of Alaa Awad's Mural "Justice," in front of the Center Street mural.
Common Folk Artist Collective invite the public to participate in an open mic — bring an instrument, share a story or perform a poem — at the Berkshire Bank Stage, 33 Main St., from 5 to 8. The group will also host an after party, starting at 8, at exPRESS Gallery, 49 Main St. Tickets for this special concert with folk outfit, The Coteries, and singer-songwriter, Luke Tobin, are available at the door for $5.
• The last "Naumkeag at Night" of the season will be held from 5 to 8, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. The evening will feature music by The Berkshire Bateria samba troupe, along with a cash bar. The cost is $10 general admission; $5 for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• The "Fire on the Hill" series at Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, concludes with "Pipes on the Hill" from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be bagpipe players, a roaring fire, and all are invited to bring their favorite refreshments. Cost is $10 general admission; $5 for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email@example.com
• After sellout performances of Parts I and II, Ron Ramsay and Samantha Talora are back with the third and final installment of "A Sondheim Trilogy: Master of the Contemporary Musical Theater," at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; show starts at 7:30.
In this installment, Ramsay and Talora will explore the nuances of some of Stephen Sondheim's lesser known works: "Saturday Night," "The Frogs," and a retrospective on classics such as, "Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "Company," "A Little Night Music" and "West Side Story." Joining them will be Michael Gillespie on woodwinds and vocalists Jessica A. Passetto, Nick Donahue and Lelia Gillespie.
Beer, wine soft drinks and light fare will be available for purchase before and during the show. Tickets are $20 and reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 413-212-4459 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: samandron.com
• The ninth annual Berktoberfest will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. (VIP admission begins at noon), at the McKay Street parking lot in downtown Pittsfield. General admission tickets are $30 at the gate; discounts for designated drivers and advance purchase. In addition to beer sampling, there will be live music with Rev Tor & Friends, games, food vendors and more. Info: https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/berktoberfest
• The "Latin Night Out" dance party series, hosted by Alan Franco at The Tavern at The A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, continues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Franco will teach a salsa lesson at 9. DJ TJ MIXX and Jhoel Manon will be spinning music for dancing salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha, kizomba, and more. Admission is $10 cash at the door; $8 for students with school ID. Info: Call Franco at 413-347-2801, or find the event on Facebook