Passport Holyoke Events

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Upcoming Events

Butterworth Farm

Historical Lecture Series
Where the Heart Is: What it means to be home

Allen Young is the sole surviving founder of a community known as Butterworth Farm, launched in 1973 in Royalston by a group of gay men as part of the back-to-the-land movement. The community, consisting of four houses, sits on one hundred acres includes gay and non-gay residents redefining what it means to be a family.

(Please note: This multimedia presentation includes some images of nudity)

when: Monday October 5, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
price: Admission is $7 general or $5 for members.
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Artists/Artisans 2015

Paper City Studios/PCS80 presents "Artists/Artisans 2015," a group show of 9 exciting art makers from throughout the Pioneer Valley.  A variety of media are featured to create intriguing functional and non-functional objects. From simple suede hand made footwear to intricate Afro inspired polymer clay jewelry, large dynamic paintings on old recycled doors, small black and white electro-induced photos of plant life, detailed scratchboard prints, and unique leather hangings and unusual garments are among the works to stimulate your imagination and delight your senses.

In collaboration with The UMASS Arts Extension Service, the show opens on Friday October 9 with a reception from 6 to 9 pm. Free to the public.

The show runs to October 31 on Saturdays 1-4pm and by appointment. "Thursday Evenings with the Artists" at the Gallery are an opportunity to meet the artists, hear their ideas and discuss their work: Oct. 15, 22, and 29 from 7 to 9pm.

This event is part of Next Stop: Holyoke.

when: Opening reception:
Friday, October 9, 2015
where: Paper City Studios
80 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE
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Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival

The Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival will present inexpensive live Latin jazz music as part of PassportHolyoke's Next Stop Holyoke. The festival will showcase local and regional musicians along with world-class performers from the region performing a fiery mix of Latin jazz and traditional salsa including beats from Cuba and Puerto Rico and other styles such as Mambo.

when: Friday, October 9, 2015
where: Gateway City Live
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: $5-$10 sliding scale
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Next Stop: Holyoke

Join PassportHolyoke and its collaborating partners in celebrating Holyoke’s community with a weekend of art, sport, food, history, music, and culture on October 9, 10, and 11. Next Stop: Holyoke encourages residents and visitors to explore the exciting revitalization of Holyoke’s arts and entertainment district. Guests will discover a host of enriching activities that include tours of historic buildings, an artist marketplace, live music, performances, community meals, and much more. Events are located throughout the city and include both free and paid activities.

Next Stop: Holyoke offers three days of fun for the whole family. Make Holyoke your next stop on Columbus Day weekend and experience the best of the Paper City! The full schedule of the weekend’s events will be available on and the Next Stop: Holyoke Facebook page by late September.

when: Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11, 2015
where: venues throughout Holyoke
price: paid and free events
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The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round at Next Stop: Holyoke

Take a ride on the carousel, check out the Mountain Park picture display, and enjoy craft activities for kids.

This event is part of Next Stop: Holyoke.

when: Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11
where: The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
Heritage State Park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE crafts; PAID rides; $2 or 6 for $10
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Next Stop Holyoke 2014

Event spotlight

Tours of Parked Pioneer Valley Railroad Cars

Climb on board and look around the Pioneer Valley Railroad’s locomotive and train cars, which will be parked near the Merry-Go-Round at Holyoke Heritage State Park.

This event is part of Next Stop: Holyoke.

when: Saturday, October 10, 2015
where: Holyoke Heritage State park
221 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: FREE



Funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology/Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

This project was made possible by a grant administered by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.