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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.

Artswalk Highlights include:

5 to 8 pm

Festival of Trees 2018: Often Heard

at the Berkshire Museum

39 South Street

Special Artswalk admission price: $5,

Museum members: $3


Holiday Show and Sale

at NUarts Gallery & Studios

311 North Street

Hands-on Holiday Tree Fiber-arts Weave and Cookie Decorating Contest


“The Sixth Annual Whimsy”

at the Whitney Center for the Arts

42 Wendell Avenue


5:30 to 7:30 pm

“Berkshire Flower Show”

at The Colonial Theatre

111 South Street

5:45 to 6 pm: Performance by the Berkshire Theatre Group Carolers


4 to 8 pm

Drop-in Creative Recycling Ornament Workshop

at The Funky Phoenix

441 North Street

$10 for 2 ornaments.


On December 7th, beginning at 5 pm, visit the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Avenue to purchase your HANDMADE holiday wreath, kissing ball, or centerpiece at the 4th Annual Wreath Art Auction. All items are handmade by local artists. The wreaths will be on display during a $10 ticketed event with a preview from 5 to 6:30 pm. The live auction will begin at 6:30 pm. Grab and go items will also be available for purchase. Music will be provided by Kaz Smith. All proceeds will benefit the food pantry at the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield.


Look for an Artswalk flyer or visit to see all 16 venues.

Park Square tree lighting ceremony

6 pm

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
MVB Printmaker
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.

These restaurants will be offering specials during the Festive Frolic:

BIGG Daddy’s Philly Steak House

137 North Street

10 free wings with any $25 order. (Cannot be combined with gift card purchase or any other specials.)


Eat on North @ Hotel on North

297 North Street

Eat on North will feature a special holiday cocktail on December 7th.


Golden Phoenix

445 North Street

Enjoy Rudolph’s Crab Rangoon – 10 for $5.25


Hot Harry’s

37 North Street

$2 off any Kids Meal with the purchase of any regular size burrito and fountain drink.  (Not valid with other offers.)


Methuselah Bar & Lounge

391 North Street

10% of all food items, 5 to 11 pm. Methuselah will be offering a special holiday chocolate peppermint martini.


Panchos Mexican Restaurant

156 North Street

Free dessert for all children. $5 house or flavored margaritas.


Patrick’s Pub

26 Bank Row

Complimentary cup of soup or $1 French Onion soup with $10 food purchase.  Limit one per customer. Offer valid 4:30 to 9 pm.

Enjoy extended hours at these local retailers. Open until 8 pm and beyond!

Berkshire General Store

75 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


Berkshire Paint and Sip

305 North Street

Berkshire Paint and Sip will be open from 2 to 8 pm in honor of Downtown Pittsfield’s Festive Frolic and will offer a 20% off studio-wide discount which can be used on anything including gift certificates, original paintings, prints, and classes.


Brits R U.S.

80 North Street

Brits R U.S. will be open until 8 pm with all of their Christmas stock available.


Clark Vintage Lighting LLC

342 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


Deidre’s Special Day, Social Butterfly & Prom Central

2 South Street

Holiday Gifts for under $25. Scarves, jewelry, handmade fleece and hand-crocheted accessories, and more! Open until 8 pm.

Free refreshments (Christmas cookies and hot mulled cider) will be served!


Dory & Ginger

299 North Street

Drawing for a $100 gift card to Dory & Ginger. Entry with purchase. Open until 8 pm and later!


Radiance Yoga

401 North Street

Frolic & Flow at Radiance to win a FREE Massage
From 4-8 pm
-Shop their Holiday Single Class Pass Sale
-Purchase Gift Cards OR
-Join them for 6:30 pm Intermediate Flow with Jane
And be entered to win 1 FREE Relaxation Massage!


RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

137 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


Rond De Jambe Dancewear

116 Fenn Street

15% off purchases made during the Festive Frolic from 4 to 8 pm.


Steven Valenti’s Clothing

157 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


The Funky Phoenix

441 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


The Garden

148 North Street

Open until 8 pm.


TOWNSHIP FOUR | Floristry & Home

419 North Street

Township Four is offering 20% off all Christmas centerpieces ordered and paid for during the Festive Frolic, 4 to 8 pm, and 10% off everything else. In store only.



436 North Street

Circa will be open until 7 pm!

Free Live Music after 8!


Ryder Cooley

at the Whitney Center for the Arts

42 Wendell Avenue, 8 to 10 pm.


Jim Witherell

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.