Northfield, Massachusetts and neighboring towns of Gill and Bernardston lie at the intersection of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire on both sides of the majestic Connecticut River.
Across the wide flood plain, the land rises on the east and west to form miles and miles of rolling hills and state forest. In the 17th century, the area was one of the earliest places English settlers explored after arriving here from Europe. The grand homes they built in Northfield create one of the most dramatic and classic streetscapes found anywhere in New England. The area's considerable natural and man-made beauty foster numerous outdoor activities, local agriculture and a lively and growing arts community that offers special events throughout the year. Centrally located literally in the heart of New England, our three towns comprise an ideal base from which to experience the lively and scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
Whether you begin your own exploration of our area from points north, from Boston and Albany via Route 2, or up from Connecticut, New York and points south on Interstate 91, you will know immediately that you have entered a special place. The strikingly beautiful landscape, the range of recreational activities available and the area's rich culture, artistry and history, coupled with a slower pace and country charm, are here to savor and enjoy again and again.
River's Song Celebration
Saturday, May 16
The excitement is building as we plan to celebrate the vital waters of the Connecticut River flowing through Massachusetts and other New England States. The River's Song Project is conceived as an innovative year-long study combining the arts and the environment to give voice to a diverse constituency along the Connecticut River basin and highlighting its ecology.
The UMASS Asian Arts and Culture Program worked with Turners Falls RiverCulture, regional partners, local artists, businesses and scientific communities to raise awareness about key issues of the Connecticut River watershed. Participation across diverse communities was encouraged by holding workshops on water related issues, creating new forms of sustainable art, and underwriting new music and dances by local composers and choreographers to be performed by both children and adults.More Info
Green River Music Festival
July 10th thru 12th
The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts' signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer & wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. We top it all off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow.