Arts & Entertainment

Photo By Lynne Graves

Northampton has always been synonymous with arts & entertainment here in western Massachusetts. It is a cultural hub where artists, musicians, and entertainers of all kinds have gathered and collaborated to create one-of-a-kind experiences. Check out what's happening below.

Upcoming Events

Chie Yoshii and El Gato Chimney Solo Art Exhibitions

William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (Northampton, MA 01060)

William Baczek Fine Arts, in Northampton, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the opening of two …

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Canary In the Coal Mine: an exhibition by Zea Mays Printmaking

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton (20 West St, Northampton MA 01060)

Did you know that North America has lost 30% of its bird species since the 1970s?  That 2/3 of …

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Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair

Northampton Center for the Arts (33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060)

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair, our …

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Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair

Northampton Center for the Arts (33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060)

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair, our …

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Hot Chocolate Run

Downtown Northampton (Northampton, MA 01060)

The Hot Chocolate Run returns to Downtown Northampton on Sunday, December 5th. It's on track to sell …

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Beat Stress, Build Community: Drumming with Ellen Clegg

St. John's Episcopal Church (48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060)

Ellen Clegg invites you to join weekly to discover the impressive and inspiring healing power of …

Entertainment + Music

FUNKTIONLUST IMPROV TROUPE: ARTS NIGHT OUT

Click Workspace (9 1/2 Market St, Northampton MA 01060)

The NHS Improv troupe, Funktionlust, will perform their unpredictable show combining family-friendly …

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Albino Mbie: BOMBYX Barrio Night

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity: 130 Pine Street, Northampton, MA 01062 (Northampton, MA 01060)

Join us for BOMBYX Barrio Night, a monthly tradition where we invite the neighborhood to discover …

Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Beat Stress, Build Community: Drumming with Ellen Clegg

St. John's Episcopal Church (48 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060)

Ellen Clegg invites you to join weekly to discover the impressive and inspiring healing power of …

Entertainment + Music

Music at The Crossroads "Becoming Sanctuary for Each Other"

Edwards Church 297 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060 (297 Main St, Northampton MA 01060)

Music at The Crossroads  December 17, 2012 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm   This year our Advent …

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Yemen Blues + Midwood

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity (130 Pine Street, Florence MA)

In March of 2020, Yemen Blues almost canceled one of their last pre-COVID performances in Zurich. …

Art + Entertainment + Music + Music

Bob Marley Comedian

Academy of Music Theatre (274 Main St, Northampton MA 01060)

The Academy will hold all shows at full capacity.  Click here to read our health and safety …

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Robert Cray Band

Academy of Music Theatre (274 Main St, Northampton MA 01060)

“Funky, cool and bad,” is how Robert Cray describes his latest album, That’s What I Heard, out …

Entertainment + Music

Local Entertainment & Arts Organizations

William Baczek Fine Arts

Founded in 1996, William Baczek Fine Arts, in Northampton, Massachusetts represents artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpting, photography, video and printmaking in both representational and abstract styles.

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K and E Theater Group

K and E Theater Group is a non-profit performing arts organization whose mission is to bring unique, exciting and professional theatrical experiences to Western Massachusetts.

Entertainment

A.P.E. Gallery

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. supports contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work.

Art + Entertainment + Music

93.9 The River

WRSI, the River, is a radio station playing a genuine mix of roots, rock, folk, soul and everything in between. Different is Good!

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Lilly Library

Lilly Library is located in the heart of downtown Florence and has been serving the community since 1890.

Entertainment + Other

The Cotton Gallery

The Cotton Gallery is located in the center of Northampton and offers a large selection of funny Tshirts, novelty items, and souvenirs.

Art + Shopping

The Botanic Garden of Smith College

The Botanic Garden of Smith College fosters environmental and social justice through teaching and learning about plants, people, and place

Entertainment + Other

Signature Sounds

Signature Sounds was formed by Jim Olsen and Mark Thayer in 1995 to promote the burgeoning acoustic music scene in and around Northampton, MA. Since our inception, we've released over 150 albums of singer-songwriter, Americana, modern folk and rock music. Signature Sounds Recordings are distributed exclusively worldwide by Redeye Worldwide.

Signature Sounds moved into new offices in downtown Northampton in 2012 and opened The Parlor Room, an intimate 95 seat live performance venue presenting concerts several nights per week. In 2015 Signature started an artist development and management wing to work with talented new artists.  

Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Noho Pottery

Get in touch with your inner potter at Noho Pottery!

Art + Shopping

Sattva Center for Archery

Sattva Center for Archery Training (formerly Amherst Archery Academy) is a full range and retail shop in Western Massachusetts, focusing on target archery.

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WEIB-106.3 Smooth FM, Cutting Edge Broadcasting, Inc.

We are the only locally owned commercial FM radio station in the Greater Springfield, MA Metro Market. Broadcasting for more than sixteen years, we have built a reputation as a station that is concerned and committed to the communities that we reach. It is also a top priority to give our corporate clients as well as sole proprietors and start-up businesses the same excellent service we believe they deserve. Our station's owner takes a hands-on approach and our entire staff is readily available to provide the personal attention, business flexibility, and overall efficiency expected from an independently owned station.

Entertainment + Music

The Majestic Saloon

A craft beer & wine bar in downtown Northampton. Gluten free and non-alcoholic options. Offering live music & entertainment. Home of the pop-up gay bar.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Music + Nightlife

Lucky's Tattoo and Piercing

Lucky's is a custom tattoo and piercing shop located in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. We have been open since 1999, starting with piercing and then expanding ourselves to tattooing once it became legal in Massachusetts. We pride ourselves on providing high quality tattoos and piercings in a comfortable and clean environment.

Art + Beauty/Wellness

All Out Adventures

All Out Adventures provides outdoor recreation programs to people with disabilities and their loved ones, seniors, and Veterans. We provide our programs in parks throughout Massachusetts at either no charge or just a nominal charge. We serve people of all abilities and all ages at our programs.

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Florence Civic Center

Our Hall & Kitchen are always available for rent at a very reasonable rate. Please Contact Mike Flynn for availability at 413-584-5048 or stop in at the Barber Shop at 9 N. Maple St.

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Bang Bang Body Arts

Offering body piercing, tooth gems, & tattooing- including cosmetic & medical tattooing. The studio will be ever full of incredible fine art from local, national and international artists..paintings, prints, posters, sculpture & installation. We also offer a diverse array of jewelry & clothing as well as a full line of CBD products.

Art + Beauty/Wellness + Online Gift Cards + Other + Shopping

Northampton Radio Group

Northampton Radio Group, a Broadcasting & Media Production Company.

 
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Forbes Library

Forbes Library, the public library for Northampton, Massachusetts, provides a wide range of information, materials and services to all of the people of Northampton and Massachusetts.

The library’s magnificent building offers a friendly, welcoming physical environment which encourages the civic, intellectual, and cultural pursuits of the public. Forbes serves as a community meeting place in which curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning are supported and nurtured. The library is open 56 hours per week, and many resources are available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Look Park

Come play at Look Park! With over 150 acres of land you're sure to find something to do. Take a walk, stop by the grill or sweet shoppe for a snack or go for a ride on our steamer train. Look Park is a living memorial to Frank Newhall Look and was first opened to the public in 1930. Mr. Look was the chief executive of the Prophylactic Brush Company, Florence, from 1877 to 1911.  The park was a gift to Northampton from Mrs. Fannie Burr Look. She provided the land, funds for its development and a trust fund to help with upkeep. Additionally, operation and maintenance funds are dependent upon visitor fees, grants, and gifts. No funds are received from tax sources.

Look Park has always been a place for families to enjoy. Be sure to create some memories of your own by visiting any day of the week or for one of our special events and concerts.  The park is open 365 days a year. If you have been a visitor to the park before then you know how amazing the park is, if you have not visited us be sure visit us soon. We know you’ll have a great time!

Entertainment + Music

American Legion Post 28

American Legion Post 28 is located at 63 Riverside Drive, Florence MA. We are a nonprofit organization and bar, and have space to hold events for your special occasions.

Food/Drink + Entertainment

Aligned Events LLC

Aligned Events is a full service wedding and event planning company based out of Northampton, MA.  Our services include customized event planning, management and design services and we serve New England, New York and destination clients.

Entertainment + Other

R. Michelson Galleries

R. Michelson Galleries is the largest commercial art gallery in western Massachusetts. Art originally exhibited at R. Michelson Galleries now hangs in many of the most prestigious museums in America, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art + Entertainment + Shopping

Pulaski Park

Pulaski Park is centrally located on Main Street in downtown Northampton. The one acre municipal park provides a natural space for all to enjoy including shade trees, walkways, benches and a play structure. It hosts many events throughout the year, including music, food tastings, and dancing, and is just a great place to people watch anytime.

Art + Entertainment

Downtown Northampton Association

We are a group of business owners, property owners, local residents and fans of Downtown Northampton, who have joined forces to keep downtown vibrant, engaging, eclectic and inclusive.  We love Northampton, and hope you do too!

Want to pitch in and help?  Looking for things to do downtown?  Wondering where to eat tonight?  Itching to do some shopping?  Explore our website and learn more!  We can't wait to welcome you home to Northampton.

Art + Entertainment + Food/Drink + Shopping

Helen Hills Chapel

The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life has offices at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, located on Elm Street across from the Office of Admission. The chapel has a large space on the main floor for formal gatherings, concerts and quiet contemplation. You will find staff offices on the lower level, along with social spaces and a kitchen. In addition to the spaces in Helen Hills Hills Chapel, there is a prayer space in Wright Hall and a Kosher Kitchen in the Quad (see Spaces).

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Pioneer Valley Ballet

At Pioneer Valley Ballet, we are cultivating an appreciation of dance on a regional level, and supporting our local arts community by training and educating the next generation of dancers and future arts leaders.

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Spare Time Northampton and City Sports Grille

Spare Time Entertainment is the Northeast’s largest private, family-owned bowling enterprise. We pride ourselves on customer service and on providing our bowlers with the latest state-of-the-art facilities.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Music

Calvin Theatre

The historic Calvin Theatre in downtown Northampton, Mass. operates as a concert venue hosting national acts from all genres including Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Alice Cooper, Mavis Staples, Ani DiFranco, Ira Glass, Garrison Keillor and more.

Entertainment + Music

Tiffany Chapman Photography

My focus as your photographer is for you to have fun, laugh, smile and remember me for all of your memory making. I would love the opportunity to create portraits that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Art + Other

NiteOwl Tattoo

NiteOwl Tattoo is dedicated to bringing you award winning tattoos at a first class experience. Our resident team of tattoo artists are extremely passionate about all things art and are available to accommodate you for all of our tattoo needs! Open six days a week with a wide variety of talented resident artists - as well as an array of guest artists from around the globe. We are devoted to providing you a custom tattoo in a comfortable and clean environment with the absolute best artistry and customer experience available.

Feel free to swing by and look at our portfolios, chat with an artist, or just to check out the shop!

Art + Beauty/Wellness + Shopping

Groundings

Groundings is a Artisan Gallery, Gift Shop & Healing Center all rolled into one amazing space! We offer locally made gifts & goods along with gemstones, jewelry, books, herbs, occasion cards, Tibetan healing bowls, bells, Himalayan salt lamps and much much more! We offer massage, Reiki, Sound healing, Readings, Ionic foot cleanses and workshops of all sorts! So stop on by to check us out, enjoy local art in our gallery space or glance through our gemstone collection.
Please call for more information.

Art + Online Gift Cards + Shopping

Bishop's Lounge

Bishop’s Lounge offers nightly music with a relaxed atmosphere. Music genres range from reggae to dance, and rock to funk; with open mic takeover and DJ on site you will not be disappointed. Bishop’s also features a robust local selection of craft and micro brews, along with an endless cocktail and drink menu that will satisfy .

Located within walking distance of Northampton's many restaurants, and the vibrant retail center, Bishops Lounge is the entertainment "place to be" after a great evening dining out with friends or shopping.

Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Sweeney Concert Hall

Sweeney Concert Hall is one of the most sought–after concert halls in the northeast. This beautiful performance space seats more than 600, and its broad stage can readily accommodate the needs of a diverse range of performances, from solo recitals to large choral and orchestral ensembles. Sweeney's excellent acoustics are suitable for both vocal and instrumental performances. For information about reserving this space, please contact the department office staff.

Art + Entertainment + Music

United Way of Hampshire County

United Way of Hampshire County engages and inspires the people, employers, and organizations of Hampshire County to give, advocate, and volunteer on behalf of our community. Our vision is that all individuals and families have the tools and resources to reach their full potential through education, economic security, and wellness. Lifting together, we build strong, vibrant, and inclusive communities.

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Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice (as well as other grants on a rolling basis) each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton, Northampton Summer Park Series, Transperformance and Silver Chord Bowl, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Art + Entertainment + Music

The Basement

Across from the Iron Horse between the police station parking garage and the First Church in Northampton. Live music. Dance nights. See schedule.
Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Ye Ol' Watering Hole

In 1975, former owner and collector Al Drew decided to  put on display his sizeable beer can collection within the bar, and his original setup of the can shelves, (especially the ones suspended from the ceilings in the pool room), remains the same today as it was when the museum began.  There are more than 4,000 cans on display that are an interesting and historic wallpaper of this legendary local bar.     

In 1989, the Ye Ol' Watering Hole and its can collection was sold to Gary Kelly, and, subsequently, in 1992, to its current owners, Jim and Colleen McGorry.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Nightlife

Smith College

Founded in 1871, Smith College opened in 1875 with 14 students. Today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with students from 48 states and 68 countries. An independent, nondenominational college, Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.

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Thornes Marketplace

Today Thornes, under its familiar green awning, teems with traffic exploring the sights, sounds and smells of a contemporary bazaar. Locals and visitors alike are attracted to the vibrant colors and unique merchandise while helpful independent store owners enjoy being able to provide you with the highest quality service.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Shopping
Entertainment + Food/Drink + Outdoor Dining + Temporarily Closed

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity

BOMBYX is a non-profit organization established to steward the property at 130 Pine Street, in Florence, Massachusetts - a historic gathering place founded by abolitionists who championed anti-slavery, gender equity, and religious tolerance. Carrying these values forward, we serve our community as a venue for transformative arts experiences, spiritual growth, and challenging conversations.

The name Bombyx references the silk moth (bombyx mori) imported to the region in the first half of the 19th century - a profound rejection of southern cotton and the global economic power of slavery.

Many local residents are unaware of the town's activist history. Fredrick Douglas gave speeches under that original pine, as did William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillps. Sojourner Truth and David Ruggles lived within walking distance and were active in the region for many years.

We are excited to knit together our global music offerings with the town's deep history, creating an incubator for challenging conversations, spiritual growth, and transformative arts experiences. Issues of equity span time and geography. Our work is the next chapter in an already long history of bold, creative thinking.

Art + Entertainment + Music

Sarah Clay Voice & Flute

Vocal Coaching: Frustrated with your voice? Want to sing with more power, emotion, range, and less fatigue? I can help. I'm a compassionate teacher dedicated to helping singers find their true voice. Sing with joy and presence! Novice singers to touring professionals. Adults & children (aged 9+). Singer-songwriters especially welcome. Free your voice!

Live Music Performance: My jazz trio, Sarah Clay & the StarCats would be delighted to play at your restaurant, bar, taproom, business event or private celebration. Our tasty blend of Swing, Blues, Pop and Latin tunes will set a sophisticated mood and liven up the party!



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Brushworks Arts & Industry

The Brushworks Art & Industry Building is a unique multi-use Light Industrial complex, that has become the area’s premier location for local artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and the greater creative community. This sprawling converted factory, has a total of over 160,000 square-feet of space, and is comprised of studios, workshops, and galleries of varying size that are available for lease.

The historic structure has expanded several times from the original structure, which was first built in the 1860’s. Once home to the Pro Brush company, which manufactured toothbrushes and other plastic items, it now offers tenants an inspiring and convenient environment with which to work.

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Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA)

From its beginnings in the 1870s, the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) has been guided by the understanding that original works of art can be a powerful component of the liberal arts education, embodying aesthetic rewards and a wealth of information about history and human culture. The commitment to forming an art collection that would be a vital part of educational experiences was articulated as one of the founding goals of Smith College. The museum that has grown from that early vision has evolved in concert with the academic program it exists to support. Today SCMA is widely recognized as one of the leading academic museums in the nation, contributing meaningfully to Smith College’s mission to educate women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose.

Art + Entertainment + Shopping

SieberDesigns

Aviva Sieber of SieberDesigns lives and works in Northampton, MA. She has been designing and quilting for over twenty years, creating one-of-a-kind quilts, purses, home décor items, gifts and accessories that have become recognizable for the color combinations she uses as well as her style.

Art + Shopping

Anchor House of Artists

The Anchor House of Artists was founded in 1997 with the mission to support and expand the creative careers of artists living with mental illness, fight the social stigma that they face, and contribute to the cultural enrichment of Western Massachusetts and beyond.

At the center of our effort is our subsidized studio. Here our artists can redefine their lives for who they truly are. In January 2017, we launched  New England Visionary Artists Museum wing to conserve the legacies of artists we have served who have passed, to educate the public on their lives lived, and to research contemporary pursuits in visionary artmaking.

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Northampton Community Arts Trust

The Northampton Community Arts Trust’s mission is to protect and ensure the long-term vitality of the Northampton community through the acquisition and preservation of affordable and accessible space for creative work. We are a recognized 501(c)3 organization.

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John M. Greene Hall

John M. Greene Hall is an event venue located at Smith College in Northampton. It has hosted many prominent performers such as Bob Weir, Indigo Girls, The Pixies, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, and more.

Entertainment + Music

Click Workspace

CLICK Workspace offers a comfortable office environment in which creative professionals can work, create, collaborate, and share resources. We provide an atmosphere that values diversity and growth. Your future colleagues are here.

Art + Other

Photobooth

A black and white machine on the second floor of Thornes, this fun photobooth is located in the hallway between impish and Jackson & Connor, and across from Noteworthy. The booth has been in Thornes for over 25 years.

Entertainment + Shopping

The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds

The Parlor Room is right in downtown Northampton at 32 Masonic Street, next door to the Woodstar Cafe. You can’t miss it; it looks like an old brick one-room schoolhouse, but, like a clown car, holds a lot more than it seems like it should. The record label offices are in the back, but the shows are out front (kind of like a reverse mullet! All business in the back, party out in the front).

Entertainment + Music

WHMP

WHMP is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Northampton, Massachusetts, it serves the Pioneer Valley.

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A.P.E. Flex Space

A.P.E. AT HAWLEY STREET continues its core mission to support contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work.

Art + Entertainment + Music
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MAPS

Dispelling cultural isolationism in 7th-12th graders through a cross collaboration of two diverse public schools creating poetry, songwriting and art.
 
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Three County Fairgrounds

Location for the yearly fair as well as other cultural and music events.

Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Haven Body Arts Inc.

Haven Body Arts is a female owned & operated body art studio located in Northampton, MA. HBA brings you the most progressive body art, tattoos, and piercings in the valley.  We offer a large selection of implant-grade body jewelry made from titanium, steel, & handcrafted designs in white, yellow and rose gold. Both of our piercers are proud members of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) with over 35 years of shop experience between them. We are active members of the MALGBTCC and do our best to participate and contribute to our community. Our all female team of custom tattoo artists will gladly work with you to help make your dreams a reality on skin while offering a gentle and patient bedside manner. We are always available for consultations and would love to meet you and help you on your individual body art journey!    

Art + Beauty/Wellness + Shopping

Valley Ghost Tours

A fun and creepy way to explore the dark side of Northampton!

Entertainment

Ascendance Inner World Arts

Ascendance is a studio where the individual expressive voice can be explored, where the art of dance is practiced and trained, and where we celebrate the confluence of individuality and community.

Art + Entertainment

13th Floor Music Lounge

Intimate, laid-back atmosphere. Full bar. Full PA. Stage/lights/walk-out deck. Hosting music, arts, theater, comedy, and more. Local music nightly!

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Music

Edwards Church of Northampton

Situated at the crossroads of State, Main, and South Streets in downtown Northampton, Edwards Church serves as a home for all who seek the Holy Spirit in the midst of a too busy, often glorious, and sometimes challenging world. In addition to serving as a place of worship that features prayer, music, and the Word, Edwards Church hosts many other functions that combine spiritual striving and worldly service such as a soup kitchen, a fellowship hall, a mindfulness center, a Buddhist sangha, and a parents’ center. Led by a senior pastor, a minister of faith formation, and a minister of music, we nurture our faith, support one another, and find the strength to help make peace in the world.  You are welcome to join us anytime.

Entertainment + Other

The Pines Theater

The Pines Theater is an outdoor amphitheater located within the park. The theater holds the annual "Transperformance" concert, a music festival hosted by The Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of the Northampton Public Schools. Famous artists to perform at the venue include Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Entertainment + Music

Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden

Grow Food Northampton’s mission is to promote food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

We own a 120-acre community farm that provides access to land and markets for local farmers using sustainable practices and selling to local markets. We also manage a large community garden, the vibrant downtown Tuesday Market, and many programs providing food access to low-income families and educational opportunities for young people.

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CyclePottery

A welcoming ceramics gallery and studio to inspire, create, collaborate, and find community.  Offering studio memberships, private lessons and small group lessons.

Gallery is open for sales as well as by appointment. Shop online for curbside pick up too! (Link on the website).

Art + Online Gift Cards + Shopping

Academy of Music Theatre

In the late 19th century, Edward H.R. Lyman, a philanthropist and Northampton native, had a vision for a new venue for culture and theater in his hometown.  On May 23, 1891, the then 1000-seat Academy of Music Theatre opened its doors to the public for the first time. One year later, Lyman deeded the Academy to the Citizens of Northampton, making it the first municipally owned theater in the nation.

The theater quickly became a favorite stop on tours of leading troupes and big-name performers: legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt, film star Mae West, and illusionist Harry Houdini all performed at the Academy in the early 20th century.

The Academy evolved over time. With the introduction of film in the 1930s, the Academy screened the latest in silent film, soon followed by talkies, as well as presenting live entertainment. By the 1970s with 800 seats, the theater was regularly screening first-run films.  And in the late 1980s, with the introduction of the multiplex, the Academy was faced with creating a new business model.

Today, the Academy of Music has been reclaimed as a venue for live theater, as well as for dance, film, music, and arts education. The Academy is home to resident companies and partners: the Pioneer Valley Ballet, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, Valley Light Opera, Eggtooth Productions, Signature Sounds, Starlight’s Youth Theatre, and WGBY57.  We are host to the Northampton Arts Council’s Four Sunday’s in February performances, co-present KidsBestFest and Youth Film, and act as anchor site of First Night Northampton. The Academy continues to present national and international artists and stands proudly as one of the most iconic building in downtown Northampton.

Art + Entertainment + Music + Nightlife

Northampton Center for the Arts

The Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA) provides affordable space for artists, performers, and educators while developing programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections.

Art + Entertainment

Paradise City

Paradise City, founded in 1995, produces award-winning shows of contemporary craft and fine art. Welcome to a world overflowing with fresh ideas for home decorating, personal adornment, one-of-a-kind gifts and building a collection. Discover original works in furniture, jewelry, art glass, garden sculpture, ceramics, fashion design, painting and more, all made by Paradise City artists in their studios just for you.

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Progression Brewing Co.

While creating an artisanal craft brewery that facilitates the balanced values of business, family, community and humankind, we at Progression Brewing are always brewing towards “A Higher State of Beer”. Whether that be through our blend of quality ingredients and experimental batches, or through a brand engaged in quality, positivity, creativity, exploration, conservation, our mission statement will, ultimately and always be, to move forward.

 

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Music + Nightlife

Iconica Social Club

A platform for the modern social animal. Curated coffee menu from rotating roasters; cold pressed juice via our brand Minim Juicery; a creative, healthy and seasonal breakfast and lunch menu; weekend brunch featuring our "Breakfast Around the World" concept; a diverse and engaging public events space; and private event booking with in-house catering.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Music + Online Gift Cards + Outdoor Dining

Historic Northampton

Historic Northampton focuses on local history and the local community. We preserve objects and documents that illuminate the lives of past residents while creating structures through which contemporary residents can preserve and celebrate their own histories in ways that honor both tradition and change.

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The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT)

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The goal of SCDT is to serve as a hub by maintaining space for the local community and curating performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale. SCDT showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. Central to the school’s mission is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of re invention and a directive to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT offers adult and youth programming in dance training that includes modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary Indian dance, and improvisational techniques. The school creates a space for the creative process by regularly curating performances and workshops with established international performance practitioners. SCDT works collaboratively with Stephanie Maher and the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival outside of Berlin, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Alternativa in SanFrancisco, Jared Williams and The New Movement Collaborative in Boston and the Northampton Community Arts Trust. SCDT is affiliated with the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is working to maintain the space at 25 Main in Northampton as a vibrant community arts space for the greater pioneer valley.

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Valley Advocate

Your alternative source for news, arts and entertainment in the Pioneer Valley for over 40 years.

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Northampton Country Club

Founded in 1898, The Northampton Country Club combines a challenging golf course with a pleasing array of modern amenities – including a custom designed pool, updated clubhouse with a full restaurant, pro shop, and  a banquet and Wedding Venue. All this, just minutes from Northampton.

Entertainment + Food/Drink + Outdoor Dining