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.

Williamstown Theatre Festival season preview

Clark Art Institute

June 7, 2018 7:00 PM - June 7, 2018

Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield for a sneak peek at the 2018 season and the reading of a new play with a cast of veteran actors.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 26 - July 1, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

The Sound Inside

Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 27 - July 1, 2018

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awardwinner Mary-Louise Parker stars in a world premiere: Under pressure, Bella Baird, a professor at an Ivy League university, allies herself with a brilliant student.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 3 - July 8, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

The Sound Inside

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 3 - July 8, 2018

Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awardwinner Mary-Louise Parker stars in a world premiere: Under pressure, Bella Baird, a professor at an Ivy League university, allies herself with a brilliant student.

The Closet

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 10 - July 14, 2018

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Mark Brokaw, brings Brooks Ashmanskas and Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick together in a satire inspired by the French film Le Placard.

Artney Jackson

Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 11 - July 15, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

The Soul Rebels

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 8:00 PM - May 26, 2018

The New Orleans brass ensemble brings an evening of horns and hip-hop with adventurous covers from Daft Punk to the Eurythmics to Bruno Mars.

Shaker Barn Music: The Sweetback Sisters

Hancock Shaker Village

June 2, 2018 7:30 PM - June 2, 2018

A modern take on country music, pushing country’s golden age into more adventurous territory with powerful rhythms and playful lyrics. 

Paul de Jong with Matthew Gold

Mass MoCA

June 9, 2018 8:00 PM - June 9, 2018

As co-founder and cellist of the beloved collage-pop duo The Books, Paul de Jong is known for catchy and daringly experimental work infused with visual drama.

Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention

Hancock Shaker Village

June 9, 2018

Oldtone and Hancock Shaker Village present an old-time music gathering with workshops led by Bill & the Belles, Tara Linhardt, and Nils Fredland, an open jam in the Round Stone Barn and more.

The Decemberists

Mass MoCA

June 15, 2018 8:00 PM - June 15, 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.

Grizzly Bear

Mass MoCA

June 16, 2018 8:00 PM - June 16, 2018

Celebrated indie rock act Grizzly Bear’s prog-rock-meets-chamber-pop sound won acclaim and helped to define a new wave of psychedelic-leaning sound. After a notable hiatus, the quartet is back touring.

An Evening with Sally Taylor and Friends

Mass MoCA

June 23, 2018 7:00 PM - June 23, 2018

The summer show ‘Come to Your Senses’ — music, art, dance, poetry, scents, flavors and more — opens in Kidspace with an intimate one-night-only concert of acoustic performances from musicians involved in the show.

Ray LaMontagne

Mass MoCA

June 29, 2018 7:00 PM - June 29, 2018

Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, the start to a Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career. He performs tonight with pop icon Neko Case.

LADAMA

Mass MoCA

July 7, 2018 8:00 PM - July 7, 2018

An ensemble of women who hail from every corner of the Americas, LADAMA performs a Pan-Latin blend of original music and traditional songs, with Cuban music to open the show.

Shaker Barn Music: Pi Power Trio

Hancock Shaker Village

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

Pat Irwin, Sasha Dobson and Daria Grace draw on instrumental rock ‘n roll. Irwin was a founding member of the No Wave bands The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy and a long time member of the B-52s.

Courtney Barnett with Vagabon

Mass MoCA

July 12, 2018 8:00 PM - July 12, 2018

Courtney Barnett broke into the music scene and propelled herself from slinging drinks at a Melbourne bar to become an indie-rock  global sensation. She infuses her lyrics with a wit and wisdom and a driving guitar.

Josh Sharp Sings Live

Mass MoCA

July 14, 2018 8:00 PM - July 14, 2018

Josh Sharp, a NYC-based comedian best known for his role as a citizen journalist in Comedy Central’s “The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper,” brings a music-and-comedy performance within one long cover of a D’Angelo song.

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 Hitter

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Party in the Park

North Adams

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

Live music at The Chalet

Mass MoCA

Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden brings live music on Thursdays, June 28 to Aug. 30.

BarN

Concert Venue

An intimate setting for acoustic music.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

North Adams

These concerts combine live music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket and let the sounds of music and water carry you away on a summer night.

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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.

Janis Claxton Dance

Clark Art Institute

June 17, 2018 2:00 PM - June 17, 2018

Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance makes its US debut with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love). A series of five-minute, site-specific contemporary dance duets, POP-UP Duets is based around the theme of love and designed public spaces.

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

Paddington 2 (special showing)

Images Cinema

May 26 - May 27, 2018

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington Bear he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop as present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington sets out to unmask the culprit.

The Rider

Images Cinema

May 25 - May 31, 2018

Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushes his skull at a rodeo.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Images Cinema

June 1 - June 7, 2018

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary.

Lu over the Wall

Images Cinema

June 23 - June 24, 2018

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid — one who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Images Cinema

June 29 - July 5, 2018

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, his radically kind ideas and his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

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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