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Weekend Outlook For Aug. 11-14

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County has a variety of events this warm sunny weekend including festivals, guided meditation, tag sales, and more. 

 

Naumkeag at Night

Naumkeag, Stockbridge

Start your weekend off early with a night of live music Thursday at the beautiful Naumkeag, starting at 5 p.m. 

Enjoy light refreshments from the outdoor snack shack while listening to music by Afropop group Kina Zoré. 

Check in starts at 5 p.m. and the concert at 6. Admittance will not be permitted before or after these times. 

Tickets cost $9 for adult members and are free for child members. Adult non-members will be charged $15 and tickets for children without membership cost $5. 

More information here.

 

Mindfulness Meditation at Naumkeag

Naumkeag, Stockbridge 

Continue your weekend at Naumkeag with its guided meditation led by local meditation teacher Sandrine Harris this Friday.

Participants are required to wear comfortable clothes and need to bring their own yoga mat, blanket, or chair. 

Tickets are $12 for members or $20 for non-members. Registration is required. The class starts at 4 p.m. so participants have to arrive early to park and walk to the gardens. Admittance will not be permitted after 4. 

More information here

 

Here And There

Mass MoCA, North Adams 

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a boutique touring festival with a rotating line-up curated by Barnett this Saturday on Joe's Field. 

Gates to food trucks and the concert field will open at 1 p.m. and the music will commence at 1:30. 

Tickets cost $60.50 in advance or $75 the day of the festival. 

More information and performer lineup here

 

'Dracula'

The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Berkshire Theatre Group is opening its production of "Dracula" this weekend at the Colonial Theatre. 

The preview event will be this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. for $50. 

Opening night is this Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $65; ages 12 to 17 get a discounted price of $25, and premium seats cost $80. 

More information here

 

Berkshire Busk

Downtown Great Barrington

Great Barrington continues its music on the street series, Berkshire Busk, featuring outdoor performances by musicians from a variety of genres around downtown Great Barrington. 

In an effort to improve economic development and community engagement during the summer local and visiting artists perform every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 3 starting at 2:30 p.m.

More information here

 

Comedy @ Bright Ideas Brewing

Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams

Bright Ideas Brewing on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art campus holds its monthly comedy night at this Saturday start at 8.

The 90-minute event is produced by Iconix Productions in collaboration with Bright Ideas Brewing. Tickets are $10 to $15 and can be purchased here.

 

Movies Under the Stars

Colegrove Park, North Adams 

Disney's "Cruella" will be screened at Colegrove Park this Friday starting at 7:15 p.m. as part of the city's free Movies Under the Stars.

People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to watch the origin story 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil as she turns from inspiring fashion designer into revenge bent villain. 

More information here

 

22nd Annual Craft Fair & Festival in the Park

Lee Congregational Church, Lee

Lee Congregational Church, located at 25 Park Plaza, is hosting its annual craft fair and festival this Saturday.

This rain or shine event will start at 9 a.m. featuring food, music, and vendors. More information here

 

Townwide Tag Sale

Across Town, Adams 

The town of Adams will be having its annual townwide tag sale this Saturday from 8 to 4.

This is a rain or shine event. Tag sale map can be downloaded here

 

Moonlit Meander

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown 

The Clark will be hosting an evening-long celebration featuring art, food, live music, and more.

The event begins at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and is presented in conjunction with Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander. 

The galleries will be open until 11 p.m. to provide an after-hours experience of Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, and outdoors, the Afro-Brazilian Samba Trio will perform on the Moltz Terrace, with beer and wine available for purchase.

This event is free. Check the website on the day of the event in case of a weather-related cancellation. More information here

 

Farmers' Markets

Lenox Farmer's 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 pursue 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 this 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

Pittsfield Farmers Market

The Common, Pittsfield

Powered by Roots Rising, the market is open every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through Oct. 8.

Each week the market will have fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods by local vendors. Participants can shop for flowers, and artisan goods while listening to music and participate in family activities. 

For more information, visit the website

Great Barrington Farmers Market

18 Church St., Great Barrington 

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

Lee Farmers Market

Town Park, Main and West Park Streets, Lee

This market is open every Saturday from 10 until 2 p.m. It accepts SNAP/HIP, Senior Coupons, WIC coupons, and offer market match. 

More information here.

North Adams Farmers Market

St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot

The market is open every Saturday from 9 until 1 p.m. into October in the parking lot across from St. Elizabeth's Church.

More information here

Williamstown Farmers Market

Spring Street, Williamstown

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 fishmonger, knife sharpener, baker, chef, and much more. 

More information here.


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