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Weekend Outlook: Pride Walks, Classic Cars, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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This cloudy weekend features a variety of indoor and outdoor events including Pride walks, festivals, car shows, comedy nights, Art Walks, treasure hunts, and Farmers Markets. 
 
1st Annual BFAIR Summer Kick-Off Festival
Paterson Field House, Pittsfield
 
Berkshire Family And Individual Resources (BFAIR) will host its first Summer Kick-Off Festival this Saturday at the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College, located at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield.
 
The event will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will offer a mini-golf tournament, live music, games, activities, raffles, prizes, food trucks and more.
 
Reach out to Tara Jacobsen, fundraising and grants manager, at tjacobsen@bfair.org, with any questions.
 
Evening Nature Walk 
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary 
 
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a guided nature walk to celebrate pride month this Friday at 5 p.m. 
 
This free event gives participants a chance to explore the woods and wetlands that the sanctuary has to offer. Hikers will come across a variety of different fauna, flora, and amphibians during the journey. 
 
More information here
 
Lenox Spring Art Walk 2022
Main Street, Lenox
 
The Lenox Spring Art Walk returns this weekend on Main Street featuring works of art from more than 60 artists downtown on Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Participants will get a chance to view paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more while enjoying good food and music. 
 
The event will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. 
 
Information can be found here
 
Comedy with Mike Hanley
Flat Burger Society, Pittsfield
 
Mike Hanley will be performing his high energy comedy routine, which has 22 million views on YouTube, at the Flat Burger Society, located at 75 North St, this Saturday night starting at 8. 
 
Hanley has opened for performers Tom Arnold, Jay Mohr, David Alan Grier, David Koechner, and Jim Breuer and appeared on CBS Boston's Best Comedians Special, Good Morning America, People Magazine, and many more media outlets. 
 
Attendees must be 18 years of age; dinner available up to an hour before showtime. 
 
Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. All tickets are non-refundable unless canceled by the venue. 
 
Information can be found here
 
8th Annual PopCares Cruise-In for Cancer Car Show
Southside Sales and Service, North Adams
 
The 8th annual PopCares Cruise-In for Cancer Car Show returns this Sunday at Southside Sales and Service, located at 546 Curran Highway as a fundraising event for PopCares Inc. 
 
PopCares Inc is a local cancer charity that will be donating all the proceeds from this event to cancer patients from towns in the Northern Berkshires and bordering Southern Vermont. 
 
The event runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and admission is free. 
 
There will be vendors, food, and music by the Hotshot Hillbillies as well as chance for prizes and a 50/50 raffle,
 
This event is open to all vehicles, vendors, and cars. Car and vendor registration is from 6 until 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. Show vehicles require a $10 donation and vendors a $20 donation. 
 
More information here
 
Lenox Loves Music
Lilac Park, Lenox 
 
The Lenox Loves Music series continues this weekend at the new location, Lilac Park, this Sunday at 3:30. 
 
This week's performance will be by classical guitarist, music teacher, and grad student Julia Shippee.. 
 
This award-winning music teacher has been noted for her interactive classroom and kept students involved during the pandemic by having them make podcasts. 
 
She has been a teacher for 24 years and Chalkbeat reported that she was driven to become a teacher after an interaction she had with a young boy with autism. 
 
Information on the event can be found here.
 
Local Biz Treasure Hunt
The Common, Pittsfield
 
The Pittsfield Farmers Market is jam-packed this weekend bringing the Local Biz Treasure Hunt to the weekly market. 
 
The CozQuest Treasure Hunts starts at the Common where participants search for hidden treasures among the vendors and will move on to downtown Pittsfield for a chance to win a $250 Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Gift Card. 
 
Information on the CozQuest Treasure Hunts can be found here
 
At 8:30 a.m., the market will be having a fun run in which participants can join Berkshire Running Center to run the Downtown Loop and return to the market. 
 
More information on the Fun Run can be found here
 
The New Orleans Jazz Ambassadors will play from 10 to noon.  
 
Also at 10 a.m., families can join a yoga class led by Maya or visit the "Chef Demo" table to watch and taste food prepared by chefs Jeremy Berlin and James Burden of Mission Gastropub.
 
Coach Joe will also be hosting a speed and agility challenge for all ages and abilities.
 
The markets is having its first-ever Cupcake throwdown at 11 a.m. Get 10 cupcakes for $10 at Dottie's Coffee Lounge (cash only).
 
Farmers Market 
 
Lenox Farmers Market
80 Church St., Lenox
 
The market will be open in its new location 80 Church Street, formerly the Cafe Lucia, this Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
 
Participants can peruse local vendors while enjoying food and listening to music. 
 
For more information visit Lenox's Chamber of Commerce page.
 
Sheffield Farmers' Market
125 Main Street, Sheffield
 
The Sheffield Farmers' Market is open Friday from 3 until 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church located at 125 Main St. 
 
The market will feature healthy food and products from a variety of local vendors in an attempt to nourish the community by protecting "local small farms, land, bees, and economy."
 
For more information visit the market's website.
 
Great Barrington Farmers Market
18 Church St. 
 
The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. until the end of October.  
 
Every week there will be locally grown food, flowers, and plants along with other local vendors. 
 
For more information, visit their website
 
Williamstown Farmers Market
Spring Street Parking Lot
 
The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. into October in the parking lot at the bottom of Spring Street. 
 
This year the market will feature returning and new vendors, including a fish monger, knife sharpener, baker, chef, and much more. 
 
More information here
 
North Adams Farmers Market
St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot
 
Market runs from 9 to 1 with local vendors, music and more.

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