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Ringing in the Year of the Earth Pig! Chinese New Year (also referred to as the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival) takes place this year on February 5, 2019.  By...

Food is a delectable lens through which to explore local history and culture: not only is it delicious, but it's something that is a part of everyone's life, no matter age...

It may be business as usual here in New England, but way down south in New Orleans they are having a huge party! Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) has arrived,...

Celebrated in Spanish-speaking cultures around the world (and in many communities in western Massachusetts), Three King's Day celebrates the biblical arrival of the kings in Jerusalem, bearing gifts for the baby...

Do you about phenology? It's the study of cyclic and/or seasonal phenomena in plants and animals. Citizen scientist opportunities and phenology-based community celebrations can offer a lens into nature science and...

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration features the Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia day this year. Delightful music, dance, songs and stories celebrating the return of the light. 29th anniversary show for...

During Labor Day weekend, Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires is offering music and dance workshops! Bringing West African traditions to the peak, Marafanyi Drum, Dance, and Song presents...

Beginning next week, "Islam Contemporary", a contemporary exhibit of Islamic art, opens in Pittsfield. This exhibit is just one of several featured events in the Berkshires that celebrate Islamic art...

Native American Pow Wow this Weekend in Lanesborough, MA Celebrate Native American culture in the Berkshires this weekend at the 7th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow! The celebration takes...

El Diá de los Muertos Honored at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA Between October 22nd-November 10th, community members are invited to join in the celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday, El...

Cultural Survival Bazaars in Western MA Festivals of Native Art, Music, & Cultures Bring Together Public Support for Indigenous Communities Worldwide The Cultural Survival Bazaar happens this weekend, May 29th &...

El Diá de los Muertos Celebrated at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA Hilltown Families and ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA have partnered up and joined the Meekins Library‘s Day of the...

The culinary experience of exploring food customs from around the world can bring families an integrated course of study on cultural traditions and arts! Check out our archived DIY post...

The Biggest and Best Little Fair in the Country! New this year: Fireworks and Firemen’s Muster! Go to CummingtonFair.org for vendor booth information, buy tickets online, entry forms, directions, contact information,...

Mettawee River Theater Company to Perform New Outdoor Production in Western Massachusetts Beyond the High Valley: A Quechua Story Beyond the High Valley: A Quechua Story is a Peruvian folk tale...

Passover 2009 In 2009, Passover is observed from sundown April 8 to sundown April 15. Annually, Passover starts at sundown on the 15th day of the Jewish lunar month Nissan, which...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Web site: teacher.scholastic.com. Scholastic presents a collection of material for homeschooling families, school teachers and students in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. WEB SITE FEATURES:...

61st Annual Independence Day Parade The Spirit of Chesterfield will be the theme for the 61st annual Independence Day parade. Since 1947, the town has hosted this event that has grown...

We’re frying turkeys (first you inject them with the Cajun Injector, then you fry them, whole in the big rig Gus is bringing with him!) Cajuns like to cook and when...

Libraries Celebrate Día As the nation’s population continues to become more diverse, hundreds of libraries will showcase their multicultural programs and services this April 30th during the National El Día de...

Centuries before Christ, the pagan tribes of Europe worshipped a beautiful goddess of spring named Eostre (EE-ah-tra). Festivals celebrating the end of winter and the birth of spring were held...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, responsible, we are told, for converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. He used the shamrock to illustrate how three...

CELEBRATE GIRLS DAY IN SHELBURNE FALLS at the Children’s Art Museum Hilltown Families and CAM present a special Mother/Daughter Tea this Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National...

"Celebrate the Chinese New Year holiday with great kids' activities and crafts." Crafts include making red envelopes, a Chinese orange tray, and paper plum blossoms. Also includes Chinese-style recipes and a...

DISCOVERING WORLD CULTURES AT CAM Families wanting to broaden their children’s global awareness through fun activities like traditional folks arts, folktales and ceremonies, should check out the following series of three...

Not only can this traditional Russian icon be used to educate your kids about fertility and motherhood, it can also be used to teach them about world culture and customs too.

Read about Tony and Zoe's (age 4) adventures while they travel across Europe, here on Hilltown Families.

FIRST NIGHT NOHO This year’s First Night festivities in Northampton, MA, will begin on New Year’s Eve at noon. There will be a special 25th (Silver) Anniversary Show at the Northampton...