Summer guide 2022: Plenty to enjoy in the months ahead

It promises to be the first lively summer of events in Western Massachusetts in two years.

While last year saw some resuscitation of events after the ghost town of 2020, this year sees even more activity.

Here are some of the major ones worth checking out:

Paradise City Arts Festival: May 28-30; Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, paradisecityartsfestivals.com

Arabian Horse Show of New England: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 2-4. Free. (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Stampercon: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 3-4. Free. (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Connecticut Morgan Horse Show: June 8-11, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Asparagus Festival: Hadley Town Common; June 4; nepm.org

Easthampton City Arts Festival: June 11, noon to 5 pm, Cottage Street; easthamptoncityarts.com/culturalchaos

Granby Charter Days: Dufresne Park Recreation, Route 202. June 10-12; granbycharterdays.com

Worthy Craft Brew Showcase: June 18, noon to 4 pm; Worthington Street, Springfield, $35-$50. theworthybrewfest.com

Holyoke Independence Day Fireworks: June 24, 6 pm; Holyoke Community College

Monson fireworks: June 25, 4 pm; Quarry Hill School.

Northampton Family Fourth Celebration: Look Park; June 25; 5 pm

All-American Junior Sheep Show: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; June 29-July 3. (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

South Hadley fireworks: Michael Smith Middle School, July 2. (413) 538-5017.

Independence Day fireworks: July 1, events begin at 5 pm with fireworks at 9 pm McGuirk Field, UMass, Amherst. amherstma.gov/432/LSSE

Independence Day Fireworks: July 1, 4-10:30 pm; Beacon Field, Greenfield. greenfield-ma.gov/

Monson Summerfest: Parade, July 4, 10 am; Main Street. Activities, booths, music and beer garden at Veterans Field on State Street until 6 pm

Star-Spangled Springfield: July 4; fireworks at 9:30 pm, Riverfront Park, Springfield. (413) 733-3800. spiritofspringfield.org/

Yankee Classic Cluster of Dogs: July 6-10, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Northeast Youth Sheep Show & Used Equipment Auction: July 8-10; Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show: Route 20, Brimfield; July 15-16; (413) 283-2418. brimfieldshow.org

Green River Festival: Music, crafts, food; Franklin County Fairgrounds; June 24-26; See website for various prices: greenriverfestival.com

Glasgow Scottish Festival: Celebration of Scottish and Celtic Culture; Look Park, Northampton; July 16; (413) 862-8095.

Region 6 Championship Show: July 19-24, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Garden Brothers Nuclear Circus: July 21-31, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Great Barrington Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival: Jul 23, noon to 5 pm;

Butternut Ski Area and Tubing Center, Great Barrington

Hampden County 4-H Fair: July 23, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Northampton Sidewalk Sale Days: Downtown Northampton, July 28-31. (413) 584-1900.

Hot Tub & Swim Spa Expo: July 29-31, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Middlefield Fair: Aug. 12-14, 7 Bell Road. middlefieldfair.org

East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show: Aug. 12-14, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show: Aug. 17-20, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Westfield Fair: Russellville Road, Westfield, Aug. 19-21; thewestfieldfair.com

Northampton Arts Council Performance 32: All-day rock concert to benefit Northampton Schools. Pines Theatre, Look Park, Northampton. 4-9 pm, Aug. 23; (413) 587-1269.

Newtown Kennel Club Dog Show: Aug. 25, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Cummington Fair: 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, Aug. 25-28. cummingtonfair.com

Ox Ridge Kennel Club All Breed Show: Aug. 26, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Elm City Kennel Club Dog Show: Aug. 27-28, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield; (413) 737-2443. easternstatesexposition.com

Three County Fair: Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, Sept. 2-5; (413) 584-2237. threecountyfair.com

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show: Route 20, Brimfield; Sept. 9-10; (413) 283-2418. brimfieldshow.org

Franklin County Fair: Franklin County Fairgrounds. Sept. 8-11; (413) 774-4282.

Glendi: Greek Cultural Center, 22 St. George Road, Springfield; Sept. 9-11; (413) 737-1496 stgeorgecath.org/glendi/

Mattoon Street Arts Festival: Mattoon Street, Springfield. Sept. 10-11; (413) 736-0629. mattoonfestival.org

The Big E: Eastern States Exposition grounds, West Springfield. Sept. 16-Oct 2. thebige.com

Old Deerfield Craft Fair: Old Deerfield Village; Sept. 17-18. (413) 774-7476. deerfield-craft.org

Puerto Rican Parade: Downtown Springfield, Sept. 18, 11 am

Belchertown Fair: Sept. 23-25. Town Common; free admission. belchertownfair.com

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