the Beautiful Berkshires
- Historic Sites & Estates
- Performing Arts Venues
- Museums & Galleries
- Culinary & Agrarian Attractions
- Outdoor Recreation & Sports
- Annual Events of Note
Unicorn Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group
This smaller, more intimate theater, with nary a bad seat in the house – as well as the modern convenience of air conditioning – shares the same campus, and much of the same talent, as the Fitzpatrick Main Stage.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, established in the 1930s, is widely viewed as a premier destination for classical music performed by the world’s finest musicians and orchestras, led by esteemed conductors. Reserve sheltered seating in the Koussevitsky Shed or Seiji Ozawa Hall, or bring a picnic and enjoy music under the stars. Annual events such as the live recording of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Movie Night with John Williams, and Tanglewood on Parade, along with regular appearances by James Taylor and other popular music acts, draw enthusiastic crowds.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
This beautifully restored Gilded-Age hall presents a wide variety of entertainments, including dance, music of all genres, classic films, author events, and “Live in HD” screenings from the Metropolitan Opera House and London’s National Theatre and other special events. It is home to Berkshire Playwrights Lab, presenting theater works-in-progress throughout the summer, and Close Encounters with Music, presenting thematic chamber music recitals with top musicians from around the world.
Aston Magna Music Festival
Aston Magna, the longest continuously operating series of music performed on period instruments or historically accurate reproductions, focuses on work composed in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, ranging from the Renaissance to early Baroque periods. Most local performances are held in Great Barrington at the Daniel Arts Center.
South Mountain Concerts
Chamber music recitals performed by some of the world’s finest ensembles fills this historic concert hall, which was built in 1918 of re-purposed timber from an old textile mill. The hall seats 440 and boasts magnificent acoustics.
The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group
Audiences will find everything from family fare to adults-only comedians to stunningly staged classic musicals, plus all types of music, at this resplendent Gilded-Age jewel-box theatre. “The Garage,” a small stage in the lobby, hosts up-and-coming pop and folk music acts.
Tannery Pond Concerts
A historic Shaker tannery re-purposed as a concert hall provides an intimate, resonant performance space for this series of recitals by internationally acclaimed musicians.
Music & More in the Meeting House
A seasonal series of chamber music recitals, author discussions and readings, films, and other performances, held in a historic, quintessential New England meetinghouse.
A summer series of everyone’s favorite musicals, presented in the round.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Enjoy theater, film, music, children’s programs, and dance – including participatory dance such as swing, salsa, and R&B – under an intimate clam shell tent, set amid an apple orchard.
Infinity Music Hall
Enjoy live performances of popular music by contemporary artists, reunited rock bands, and tribute groups, as well as other genres in an intimate, lovingly renovated 1883 performance hall with onsite, casual dining available at the Bistro.
The oldest continuous summer festival of chamber music presents world-famous artists and ensembles each weekend, plus Saturday twilight concerts featuring an array of popular music genres, including jazz, big band, cabaret, musical theater, country, and folk.
A sprawling historic mill and factory is home to the nation’s largest museum of contemporary art.MASS MoCA regularly presents cutting-edge film, music, dance, and theatrical performances in the expansive Hunter Center and the cabaret-like setting of Club B-10. A courtyard stage permits audiences to enjoy events outdoors in clement weather.