Cultural Attractions and Calendar Worthy Annual Events

Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls
The Great Falls Discovery Center is a Massachusetts State Park on four acres of rolling lawns and gardens. The Discovery Center interprets the Connecticut River, watershed and wildlife. Free and wheelchair accessible.

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On stage at the Shea Theater Arts Center

Shea Theater Arts Center
71 Avenue A, Turners Falls
In the heart of the Turners Falls Cultural District, this 330 seat non-profit theater offers diverse local, regional and national performances.

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Montague Bookmill, Montague Massachusetts

Montague Bookmill
440 Greenfield Rd., Montague
“Books You Don’t Need in a Place You Can’t Find”
The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, set on the banks of the Sawmill River. The mill is also home to Sawmill River Arts and Turn It Up! music and movie empire. There is great food and drink all day at the Lady Killigrew Café and Alvah Stone, voted 2019 best restaurant in Western Massachusetts.

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Sawmill River Art Gallery
440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center
Celebrating its 11th year as an artist’s collective, the Sawmill River Art Gallery gallery currently includes 15 member artists and 18 guest artists who are all exclusively local to the Western Massachusetts. Shop our collection of work that includes jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery, gourds, collage, note cards, hooked rugs, wearable fiber art, as well as creations in wood and metal.

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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Unity Park Riverfront, Turners Falls
August 7-8, 2021
A celebration of Native American art, music, and history held on the banks of the Connecticut River the first weekend in August. Video: Mishoon burning 2019. Mishoon launch 2020. Event produced by the Nolumbeka Project.

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Barbes in the Woods
Bartlett Farm, 27 Center St., Montague
August 21, 2021
Barbès in the Woods is an eclectic world music festival in homage to the bar/performance space/musical incubator of the same name in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Video: Kaleta and Super Yamba. Event produced by Laudable Productions.

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Ja'Duke tap dancing lessons

Ja’Duke Performing Arts Center
110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls
JCPA seeks to inspire and educate people of all ages in aspects of the performing arts including singing, dancing, and acting. Performances are scheduled in their 550 seat theater, the largest in Franklin County.

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Dance troupe Great Falls Festival-Pumpkinfest

Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)
Avenue A, Turners Falls
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Bring a carved pumpkin to the Great Falls Festival, one of the largest fall festivals in Western Massachusetts. This free family event features street food, craft vendors, a 21+ beer tent and live entertainment on three stages.

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Montague Soap Box Races
Unity Park Hill, Turners Falls
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Come join us and race for fun and the glory of gravity powered cars! Build a car, race in the event, and possibly win in one of three age categories, Kids (8-12), Teens (13-19), and Adults (20+). There will also be prizes given for car creativity and design. The Montague Soap Box Races is a fund raising event for Montague Parks and Recreation.

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The Turners Falls Cultural District

The boundaries of the Cultural District extend along Avenue A from the Great Falls Discovery Center to the Carnegie Library, a grand Georgian building built in 1906 by Andrew Carnegie. Designated by the Mass Cultural Council in May, 2017.

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