Theatre

Williamstown Theatre Festival

'62 Center for Theatre and Dance

From June through August, WTF brings Tony awardwinning actors and veterans of television and film to perform in a series of plays — comedies, dramas, musicals, classics and new work.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Williams College ’62 Center

Williams College

The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — summer home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival — hosts theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.

WordxWord

WordxWord

Spoken word poets run mentoring programs and writing workshops in Berkshire schools and hold events year-round, from National Poetry Month to an annual week-long summer festival in Pittsfield.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 19 - July 22, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

Artney Jackson

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 17 - July 22, 2018

Artney Jackson is a mentor and a respected employee at the local cable company. On the edge of promotion, he faces chaos as his son plans to move out and his employers and co-workers test his resolve.

New play readings

Oldcastle Theatre Company

July 24, 2018 7:00 PM - July 24, 2018

Oldcastle’s new play reading series: Nathan Stith will direct Stripped, a play by his Trinity University colleague Rachel Joseph —following two analysts and their patients.

Late-Night Cabaret

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 26 - July 28, 2018

WTF’s actors show off their talents in an informal evening with Jessica Hecht and Ann Harada, stage and screen and up-and-coming members of WTF’s Non-Equity and Apprentice companies. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 24 - July 29, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

Seared

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 25 - July 29, 2018

In a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Chef Harry (Steven Pasquale) is a genius in the kitchen. His business partner wants to expand their restaurant, but Harry sees that as selling out.

Lempicka

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 31 - August 1, 2018

A new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin, follows two Russian aristocrats fleeing to Paris after the revolution.

The Hot Spot: Ophira Eisenberg

Goodrich Hall

August 4, 2018

Known for her unique ability to seamlessly blend sharp standup with powerful storytelling, and even throw in an audience interactive game in her new show, Playing The Odds.

Seared

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 31 - August 4, 2018

In a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Chef Harry (Steven Pasquale) is a genius in the kitchen. His business partner wants to expand their restaurant, but Harry sees that as selling out.

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 5, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

Late-Night Cabaret

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 9 - August 11, 2018

WTF’s actors show off their talents in an informal evening with Jessica Hecht and Ann Harada, stage and screen and up-and-coming members of WTF’s Non-Equity and Apprentice companies. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Dangerous House

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 8 - August 12, 2018

Noxolo is an aspiring footballer from Cape Town who moved to London for a fresh start, but with the World Cup coming to South Africa and the mounting sense that her ex-lover is in peril, she is pulled back.

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 7 - August 12, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

Studio Projects: Damsels

Williamtown Theatre Festival

August 13 - August 14, 2018

The Directing Studio hosts for productions developed by members of WTF’s Non-Equity Company: Jason McDowell- Green, Director of WTF’s Professional Training Program, will direct A Man’s World by Rachel Crothers.

Taiga in the Berkshires

'62 Center for Theatre and Dance

August 12 - August 15, 2018

At a town hall in Western Massachusetts, a community fights to keep its land and forge its future.  Can they overcome a monster who threatens their mountain home?

The Member of the Wedding

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 14 - August 19, 2018

On the eve of a wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown is struggling to protect 12-year-old Frankie (Tavi Gevinson) from harsh racially motivated injustices outside their Southern home.

Dangerous House

Williamstown Theatre Festival

August 15 - August 19, 2018

Noxolo is an aspiring footballer from Cape Town who moved to London for a fresh start, but with the World Cup coming to South Africa and the mounting sense that her ex-lover is in peril, she is pulled back.

Barrington Stage Company

Barrington Stage

Twenty miles south in Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company fills two stages from June to August and with musicals, comedy and drama, including new works.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Berkshire Theatre Group

With stages in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, the Berkshires’ oldest theatre company is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2018.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Co.

Founded in 1977, Lenox’s well-established troupe performs Shakespearean classics, contemporary works, adaptations of Edith Wharton’s short stories and more from May to September.

Fridays@3 free play reading series

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Many Festival productions started in Fridays@3 readings. Spend the afternoon with a play in development: Saying Goodbye to the People I Love From My Bathtub by Halley Feiffer.

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Music

The Hot Spot: Betty

Goodrich Hall

August 2, 2018

The original activist pop band BETTY, fronted by Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff, are known for their clever lyrics and infectious energy. Grab a drink, laugh, and rock out with top Festival talent.

The Hot Spot: Pig Pen

Goodrich Hall

August 3, 2018

After their critically acclaimed run of The Old Man and the Old Moon, PigPen Theatre Co. returns to the Festival for a concert of their unique brand of contemporary folk rock music.

The Clark Art Institute

Williamstown Cultural District

With a permanent collection of Impressionist art, 19th-century artists and decorative arts across more than five centuries, the Clark Art Institute has become respected across the world.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Solid Sound Festival

MASS MoCA

Wilco takes over Mass MoCA with this festivalcurated by Wilco and showcasing bandmembers new work, emerging bands, art and comedy.

FreshGrass Festival

Mass MoCA

September 14 - September 16, 2018

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

Mass MoCA jam

Lickety Split at MASS MoCA

Enjoy coffee or breakfast while listening to some impromptu tunes at this weekly Saturday morning gathering.

Williams College music

Williams College

The college music department hosts a series of free concerts in the spring and fall semesters with faculty and visiting performers from across the country and across the world.

Tanglewood

Lenox

Symphony on the lawn, with crystal and silver picnics.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Quincey

North Adams

July 18, 2018 6:30 PM - July 18, 2018

A six piece band based out of North Adams combining the styles of five songwriters: Tim Martin, Dylan Girouard, Luke Tobin and Dan O’Connell on guitar and vocals, Matt Shiebler on bass and vocals and Tim Shiebler on drums and vocals.

Live music at The Chalet

Mass MoCA

July 19, 2018

Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden brings live music on Thursdays through Aug. 30, with Eavesdrop tonight.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Mass MoCA

July 21, 2018 8:00 PM - July 21, 2018

The  voices of Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, an examination of the coal-mining industry so musically and socially provocative that it won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Shaker Barn Music: Double Header

Hancock Shaker Village

July 21, 2018 7:30 PM - July 21, 2018

The Autumn Defense — longtime Wilco multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansone — and singer-songwriters Heather Maloney and Johnny Irion team up for a night of music. 

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

July 23, 2018 12:00 PM - July 23, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a free performance by guitarist Gef Fisher. The one-hour program includes music by Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and John Dowland.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Bang on a Can

North Adams

July 25, 2018 7:00 PM - July 25, 2018

Contemporary musicians with Bang on a Can — an annual summer residency bringing composers and performers to Mass MoCA — give a free concert on the shore.

Bang on a Can Festival 2018

Mass MoCA

July 12 - July 28, 2018

For most of the month of July, for 17 years now, Bang on a Can has brought new music and contemporry musicians in dozens of concerts in the courtyards and galleries and on the museum’s stages.

Bang on a Can Marathon with Steve Reich

Mass MoCA

July 28, 2018 4:00 PM - July 28, 2018 10:00 PM

More than 60 performers in more than 20 performances make up six hours of magical music incuding works by guest composer Steve Reich. Come and go freely — the courtyard is full of friends and food.

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

July 30, 2018 12:00 PM - July 30, 2018 1:00 PM

A free performance by Gerald Lanoue, bassoon, pianist Cynthia Huard, and William Safford, bassoon: works by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Elgar, Massenet, Rossini, and Bernstein.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Eagles Band

North Adams

August 1, 2018 6:30 PM - August 1, 2018

The Eagles Community Band, with members from 13 to 100 years old, performs big-band classics on the shore in the free weekly series. Picnic at dusk, dip into the warm water and listen to the trumpets swing. 

Blondie

Mass MoCA

August 3, 2018 7:00 PM - August 3, 2018

Blondie emerged out of nascent MTV as punk and new wave hit popular music. The band’s most recent album, Pollinator, was named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017.

Didgeridoo Down Under

Milne Public Library

August 4, 2018 2:30 PM - August 4, 2018 3:30 PM

A high-energy Australian show combines music, culture, science, comedy and character building with the didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 6, 2018 12:00 PM - August 6, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series continues with a free performance by duo pianists Scott Bailey and Jane Jenkins, a one-hour program includeing music by Brahms, Schubert, and Dvorak.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Honey Talk

North Adams

August 8, 2018 6:30 PM - August 8, 2018

A quartet of experienced players in the Boston music scene blends vocal harmonies, honest musicianship and songwriting in the free weekly series on the lake shore.

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 13, 2018 12:00 PM - August 13, 2018 1:00 PM

Duo violists Michael Strauss and James Bergin present a free performance, a one-hour program includes music by Bartok, Bridge, Bergin, and new pieces written for them by Gary Philo and Amy Reich.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

Mass MoCA

August 18, 2018 8:00 PM - August 18, 2018

With Christ Sholar and Jaleel Shaw, musician Jaimeo Brown and his ensemble, Transcendence, fuse jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Presented in confluence with Allison Janae Hamilton’s exhibition, Pitch.

Shakerfest

Hancock Shaker Village

August 18, 2018

Anna and Elizabeth create a day of music, ballads, storytelling, harmony workshops and dance, musicians blend with the audience — with no backstage and a green room in a vast field for picnicking.  

Summer Noontime Concert Series

St. John's Episcopal Church

August 20, 2018 12:00 PM - August 20, 2018 1:00 PM

The 15th annual Summer Noontime concert series concludes with a free performance by clarinetist Paul Green and pianist Doris Stevenson. The one-hour program includes music by Brahms, Debussy, and Poulenc.

Concert at Windsor Lake: JP Murphy

North Adams

August 22, 2018 6:30 PM - August 22, 2018

A regional pand plays traditional Celtic tunes on the shore at dusk. The weekly free concert series runs on Wednesday evenings through August with live music on warm nights.

Concert at Windsor Lake: Rev Tor

North Adams

August 22, 2018 6:30 PM - August 22, 2018

The Berkshire musician brings his band — celebrating its 20th summer — for an evening of rock and rhythm.The weekly free concert series runs on Wednesday evenings through August with live music on warm nights.

Roomful of Teeth

Mass MoCA

August 24, 2018 8:00 PM - August 24, 2018

Roomful of Teeth, the ensemble of Grammy Award-winning vocal titans led by Williams College professor Brad Wells, returns to its summer home, creating new works and honing techniques.

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

Mass MoCA

September 1, 2018 8:00 PM - September 1, 2018

As a member of jazz-R&B collective Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry has won three Grammy Awards. His newest endeavor is a blend of funk, gospel, and jazz. Dancing in the courtyard if the weather allows.

Angel Olsen with Julianna Barwick

Mass MoCA

September 29, 2018 8:00 PM - September 29, 2018

From the sparse folk-melancholy of Strange Cacti to the electrified rock of My Woman, Angel Olsen blends Dolly Parton and Patti Smith.

The Decemberists

Mass MoCA

October 4, 2018 8:00 PM - October 4, 2018

Lead vocalist and guitarist Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range.

Party in the Park

North Adams

Annual summer concert series that is free and open the public.

BarN

Concert Venue

An intimate setting for acoustic music.

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Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Since Ted Shawn established a revolutionary company for men on a mountaintop more than 85 years ago, Jacob’s Pillow has become a force in the international world of dance. …

Williams College ’62 Center

Williams College

The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — summer home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival — hosts theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

An ever-growing online collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today is available free to all.

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Film

Son of the Sheik

Mass MoCA

August 11, 2018 8:00 PM - August 11, 2018

Starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Bánky, this last of Valentino’s films (he died suddenly just as it was released in 1926) solidified his reputation on the silver screen. Alloy Orchestra’s score amplifies the action.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

Mass MoCA

August 17, 2018 8:00 PM - August 17, 2018

Beam up to the North Adams airport for a screening of this 1982 sci-fi classic, while Captain Kirk faces off against his genetically engineered nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh , in a battle for the future of humanity.

Images Cinema

Images Cinema

Images Cinema is a year-round community film house, showing contemporary movies, documentaries, art and international films and more.

The Greatest Generation Podcast

Mass MoCA

This self-proclaimed “Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast” focuses its phasers on  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Family Programs

Rock On!

Pittsfield

Explore rock, blues, and jazz with a great faculty. All levels welcome from Beginners to Advanced players.

Starlight Stage Youth Theater

Williamstown

Since being founded in 1976, hundreds of young people from the Berkshire County, southern Vermont and eastern New York state area have participated in the programs.

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Classes & Workshops

Assets for Artists

Assets for Artists, a project of Mass MoCA, helps artists in many disciplines to find and build financial and business resources and supports artists in moving to the area. Resources can include a matched savings grant program for individual artists,  professional development workshops and one-on-one coaching, a residency program at Mass MoCA and more.

FreshGrass Festival

Mass MoCA

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum.

Rock On!

Pittsfield

Explore rock, blues, and jazz with a great faculty. All levels welcome from Beginners to Advanced players.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Since Ted Shawn established a revolutionary company for men on a mountaintop more than 85 years ago, Jacob’s Pillow has become a force in the international world of dance. …

Starlight Stage Youth Theater

Williamstown

Since being founded in 1976, hundreds of young people from the Berkshire County, southern Vermont and eastern New York state area have participated in the programs.

Sonatina Piano Camps

Bennington, VT

Immersive piano camps for adults and children of all level. 10- and 5-day piano camps for adults and 4 week piano camps for children in the summer.

Williamstown Theatre Festival internships

Williamstown Theatre Festival

WTF has developed a range of programs to support developing actors, playwrights and directors, including a Playwright in residence, writing residencies and a weekly reading series for works in progress.

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