Things to Do in Downtown Pittsfield MA

Things are happening in downtown Pittsfield!

Upcoming events and things to do in Pittsfield, MA.   Looking to plan your next “staycation”? Pittsfield, MA offers plenty to do from theatre to recreation to dining out, while keeping in mind important safety measures at this very critical time.   Our downtown theatres have made history with the Actors Equity union approving IN…

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Downtown Pittsfield MA Cleanup 2020

Downtown Pittsfield Summer Cleanup!

On a Friday afternoon in July, 10 teams from downtown Pittsfield businesses joined forces to clean up downtown Pittsfield, sweeping sidewalks, picking up trash, and re-painting the bike racks a new green color. Downtown Pittsfield Inc. (DPI)’s Annual Downtown Pittsfield Cleanups are good-natured competitions between local companies supporting an important part of DPI’s Quality of…

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COVID-19 Resources

We’ve created a new COVID-19 TOOLKIT to promote masks and social distancing with images you can post to social media as well as 8.5” x 11” posters you can print. There is one for retailers and one for restaurants. We’ve also included our Heart of The Berkshires “masked” badge with a transparent background so you…

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Downtown Pittsfield Stories MSBDC

Downtown Stories: Info from the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (includes video)

“The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network’s Berkshire Regional Office provides free and confidential one-to-one business assistance to prospective and existing small businesses. Services are available to Massachusetts start-ups and existing businesses located in Berkshire County. Areas of assistance include business plan development, pre-venture feasibility, conventional and non-conventional financing, cash flow analysis, organizational and personnel issues and marketing.”…

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Downtown Pittsfield MA Gift Card Store

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.’s Gift Card Store!

On March 24, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) launched an online store where the public can purchase gift cards in the amount of $25, $50 or $100 to local restaurants, retailers, and cultural organizations. So far, there are more than 50 businesses selling gift cards through the new online store, which you can find at…

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Thank you to our 2019 Downtown Pittsfield Ambassadors! Program Recap:

For 10 weeks this summer, pairs of “walking concierges” took to the streets of downtown Pittsfield to serve as Downtown Pittsfield Ambassadors. Seven Berkshire residents answered the call to be an approachable source of directions, information, and assistance for visitors and residents alike who visited our bustling downtown for theatre performances, dining, shopping, First Fridays…

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Show your Library Card and Score Great Deals during the month of September!

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and to celebrate, local businesses will be offering special discounts and giveaways exclusive to library card holders. The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, has joined forces with Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. to coordinate these deals in downtown businesses for the month of September 2019. We have listed participating venues and…

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The Downtown Pittsfield Ambassador Program

Starting June 26, pairs of friendly faces will be taking to the streets of downtown Pittsfield to be an approachable source of directions, information, and assistance for residents, visitors, business owners, and the general public during the busiest time in the Berkshires. This year, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the program by the City…

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DPI members come together to “Idea Jam” future framework for Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. membership

WEDNESDAY,  OCTOBER 10TH @ FRAMEWORK, PITTSFIELD COWORKING.   Immediate Idea Jam Takeaway: Pittsfield business owners and community members are not short on ideas to Grow the DPI membership base and advance the ongoing growth of downtown.     In partnership with R3SET Enterprises, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) facilitated a membership centric Idea Jam to understand…

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Community Spotlight: Kate Lauzon

Kate Lauzon, the current, passionate chair of the Morningside Initiative in Pittsfield, is volunteering her time to help bring community programming and a light to the Tyler Street area, an area she calls home. With the help of other dedicated volunteers, the Morningside Initiative has been able to host family-friendly events such as a Game…

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Public Art, Paintboxes, Pianos, Pride! Pittsfield’s Artscape brings the 4Ps!

Artscape is an energetic, volunteer-led committee responsible for the fun, accessible, and professional public art in various outdoor locations throughout the City of Pittsfield. One of their most visible contributions are the beautifully painted electrical load boxes in downtown Pittsfield. This summer, in partnership with Berkshire Music School, Artscape has helped bring a unique type…

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Community Spotlight: The Pittsfielder

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.’s newest Board Member is Nicholas Russo, but you may have heard of him by another name, or alias really, “The Pittsfielder”. Russo has been provoking thought and inspiring conversation about our hometown, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, through his “The Pittsfielder” website and Facebook page. “The Pittsfielder is about seeing the city from a new…

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Flower Talk with Garden Blossoms Florist!

Garden Blossoms Florist is a hidden gem in downtown Pittsfield. Located across from the Common Park at 97 First Street, Garden Blossoms Florist is a full-service florist featuring unique floral designs for all occasions. Owner, Brenda Gold, recently celebrated her eleventh year in business in March, and is proud of the ties she has built…

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Berkshire Lightscapes. Downtown Pittsfield, MA.

Berkshire Lightscapes secures a $50,000 matching grant opportunity to implement artistic LED lighting in downtown Pittsfield!

Berkshire Lightscapes, a steering committee exploring light applications for the arts and public safety in Pittsfield, has taken another huge step towards creating permanent, dynamic and artistic LED lightscapes on buildings and public spaces in downtown Pittsfield. After a successful and beautiful proof of concept on the First Agricultural Bank building this winter, Berkshire Lightscapes has…

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Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market's Double Value Program in Downtown Pittsfield, MA.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market needs your help to support local families and farmers!

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, a program of Alchemy Initiative, is asking for the help of the community to raise funds for their Double Value Program. In 2015, the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market launched this money-matching program for low-income residents using SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits, allowing them to spend twice as much…

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The Whitney Center for the Arts in Downtown Pittsfield, MA.

The Whitney Center for the Arts to produce a full 2018 performance season for the whole family!

The Whitney Center for the Arts, located in the historic 1865 Thomas Colt House on Wendell Avenue, is adding a new element to its already highly-successful arts programming. “The Whit”, as it is lovingly referred to by those who visit its high caliber art shows during Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk, is adding performing arts producer to its…

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Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Season. Downtown Pittsfield, MA

Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Season

A bustling North Street in downtown Pittsfield was the backdrop for today’s 2018 Season Announcement for Barrington Stage Company. Interested parties gathered round the table at BSC’s beautiful, newly renovated Wolfson Center as Artistic Director Julianne Boyd divulged one by one the exciting plays, musicals, and performances to compose this year’s line-up. The 2018 line-up will include three…

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Ty Allan Jackson. Big Head Books. Downtown Pittsfield, MA

Community Spotlight: Ty Allan Jackson

For Pittsfield resident Ty Allan Jackson, no passion burns brighter than to instill the value of reading in children. Jackson, the author of four children’s books, is also an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and leader of a social media movement, #ReadOrElse. Since writing his first book, “Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire-The Lemonade Escapade”, in 2009, Jackson has tirelessly…

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Downtown Pittsfield Comes Alive After Dark!

Downtown Pittsfield Comes Alive After Dark!

Our Downtown restaurants serve food late into the evening, and feature bar specials and live music! Meet up with friends or stop by after a movie or a show in Downtown Pittsfield!   Patrick’s Pub 26 Bank Row. Downtown Pittsfield. Phone: 413-499-1994   Since 1985, Patrick’s Pub has been a staple of Downtown Pittsfield’s dining scene serving fantastic…

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Berkshire Theatre Group's _A Christmas Carol_ in Downtown Pittsfield, MA

“A Christmas Carol” : A Holiday Tradition in Downtown Pittsfield!

Revisiting Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” has been a family holiday tradition for decades. Berkshire Theatre Group has created a Berkshire Holiday Tradition over the past twelve years with its annual community production of this holiday tale adapted by Eric Hill. The first production of Hill’s “A Christmas Carol” took place at Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre…

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Welcome Cheryl Mirer, new Executive Director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Welcomes New Executive Director, Cheryl Mirer!

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. has officially named their new Executive Director. Cheryl Mirer has taken over the role vacated by Kristine Hurley in June of 2017. After a thorough hiring process, Cheryl is now the new driving force behind the implementation of the 2016-2020 Downtown Pittsfield Strategic Plan and will work with Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.’s Board of Directors to tackle…

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Community Spotlight- Officer Darren Derby, Downtown Pittsfield, MA

Community Spotlight: Officer Darren Derby

The Berkshires are best known for their beautiful views and their vibrant visual and performing arts scene, but they are also home to some of the most dedicated and caring professionals and volunteers who are making a tremendous impact in their communities. One such person is Officer Darren Derby of the Pittsfield Police Department. Officer…

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In the “Company” of the Berkshires: Actor James Ludwig talks Company and Arts as an Economic Engine

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, has a huge hit on its hands this season with Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The cast of Company features Aaron Tveit (Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), as well as a cast of incredible actors that form, for lack of a better word… a “company”…

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Michael McKay - The Mastheads

Quotation posters in Downtown Pittsfield highlight Pittsfield’s Literary Past

What is the meaning behind the posters?   The posters in Downtown Pittsfield are artwork commissioned by The Mastheads, a new writers’ residency program in Pittsfield, MA. To celebrate the launch of their inaugural season, The Mastheads commissioned artist Michael McKay of Empty Set Projects (150 South St. Pittsfield, MA) to create ten posters adorned with quotations from five mid-19th century…

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