Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. presents the 1st Annual Festive Frolic in downtown Pittsfield on December 7th from 4 to 8 pm. The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season. Enjoy 16 art shows, crafts and cookie decorating, the Park Square tree lighting, reduced admission to the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum, a free Salsa lesson, and more. Downtown shops will be open late with great deals perfect for early holiday shopping and restaurants will be serving up specials for those attending the Festive Frolic. Be on the lookout for our Caroling Flash Mob and surprises throughout the evening.
The Frolic is partnering with the December 7th First Fridays Artswalk to bring you sixteen art shows featuring over three dozen accomplished regional artists. There will be opening receptions and artists present throughout the “walk” from 5 to 8 pm, and a free guided walking tour will kick-off at 5 pm at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.
Park Square tree lighting ceremony
Get in the holiday spirit at the Park Square tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy carols performed by the Taconic High School Chorus and hot chocolate provided by Patrick’s Pub. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive after the tree is lit.
Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry.
Crafts, Pop-Up Market and more at Framework, Pittsfield Coworking
437 North Street
Framework is hosting a pop-up market in their co-working space from 4 to 8 pm.
There will be vendors for your holiday shopping or personal indulgences (we would never judge), free ornament making for the young and young-at-heart, hot beverages to warm your hands and heart, on-site massage to untangle your holiday tension, music to get you into the spirit of the season, and more! Plus, enter a raffle for day passes to Framework.
The (growing) list of vendors includes:
Luna Faun Massage
Ty Allan Jackson with his Read Or Else Hoodies
Nancy’s Chocolates and More
Carrie Jean Converse, bookbinder and artist
Caroline Kelley, visual artist
Sea Skye Knits
Wendy Darling Jewelry
Cookie ornament decorating at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
444 North Street
4 to 8 pm. $5 for one ornament and snacks.
Buy your cookie ornament at the counter and head to the decorating tables. Self-serve hot chocolate and cinnamon & sugar donut holes included with ornament purchase. Ornaments will come with string for hanging.
Free Salsa lesson at Berkshire Salsa Dance Studio
307 North Street
Salsa lesson is from 7 to 8 pm.
Free hot cider at The Marketplace Cafe
53 North Street
Free hot cider from 4 to 8 pm!
Outdoor Eats at a pop-up location at Persip Park on North Street from 6 to 8 pm!
Lucia’s Latin Kitchen will serve authentic Ecuadorian dishes and other “Lucia-style” combinations and Grampie’s Dog House and our friend Ernie will be serving his famous hot dogs.
Free Live Music after 8!
at the Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, 8 to 10 pm.
at Hotel on North
297 North Street, 8 to 11 pm.
Blue Light Trio
at the Rainbow Restaurant
109 First Street. 7:30 pm til close.