Spring Northampton Around the Show

The art event you’ve been waiting for is here! Spend your holiday weekend at New England’s premier show of contemporary craft & fine art; featuring handmade home decor, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, and more.

We’ve assembled 220 expertly curated artists from across the country. Peruse our special exhibition The Art in Gathering, which explores how objects displayed together become greater than the sum of their individual parts, sparking conversation and fostering community.

The Dining Tent:

Rest your feet under our 12,000 square foot Festival Dining Tent. Offering a fresh music lineup each day and a variety of dining options from Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene. 

This holiday weekend Paradise City Arts presents original music, jazz, Blues, and Rock by three of the region’s favorite bands, from noon – 4pm Saturday & Sunday and 11:30 – 3:30 Monday:

  • Saturday, May 25: The Green Street Trio, and introducing Avery Joi, a young up-and-coming guest vocalist from New York City. George Kaye on bass, Paul Arslanian on piano, and Jon Fisher on drums show off their jazz chops with style and verve.
  • Sunday, May 26: Buddy McEarns Band: Blue Roots Rock n’ Roll. The blues rock style here is infectiously enjoyable. The easy comparison is someone like the Allman Brothers Band and we’re glad to hear someone is keeping this musical tradition alive.
  • Monday, May 27: Cafe Society with Barbara Ween: Vocalist Barbara Ween’s roots are in classic jazz standards, tempered by her upbringing in Tennessee. Known here as the Jazz Diva, she is accompanied by a stellar ensemble of musicians.

Enjoy a beverage from the Craft Cocktail Bar and sample menus that span the globe. From all-American burgers & fries to southeast Asian street food, you can sip and graze your way through the weekend. Hot Tip: Make sure to save room for local ice cream, churned right here in the Valley!

Welcome to The Paradise Pavilion!

Our latest addition to the Festival features 1500 square feet of delicious snacks, lively demonstrations, a second wine bar, and creative activity stations for the whole family to enjoy!

Demonstrations & Activities:

Let’s Go Monumental: Ceramic sculptor Stephen Procter demonstrates and shares his process for making colossal human-sized vessels. Watch as he throws, stacks and fires clay, inviting you to participate in his decisions about form, proportion, and decoration. Booth 4, Sculpture Promenade

Play with Clay: Roll up your sleeves and explore the world of clay with Alan & Rosemary Bennett. Hand-sculpt your favorite marine creature or imaginary critter from stoneware or porcelain. A spellbinding teacher, Bennett especially loves working with children, but all ages can exercise their creativity with clay. Booth 901, Building 3.

Crafting with Color: Natasha Colón Ortíz, of Paper City Art Kids, hosts fun and creative activities for all ages across the region. From birthday Paint Parties to adult Sip & Clips, Natasha brings the color and inspiration to every event. Get hands on and spark your creativity with her in the NEW Paradise Pavilion.

Say Cheese! As a lifelong lover of snack time, Jill (Fed by Foley) has made it her mission to eat ALL of the cheese, and is excited to share her passion with Paradise City Arts. Indulge in her creations and dont miss her special demonstration of arranging the perfect charcuterie board to serve at your next gathering. The Paradise Pavilion.

Benefit Silent Art Auction:

Bienvenido! 歡迎! Willkommen! Welcome! Our Silent Art Auction benefits the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI). This organization provides free English classes for new arrivals from all over the world so they can successfully integrate into the local community. An array of donations by Paradise City Arts exhibitors will be available for open bidding each day at the Silent Auction Tables, with 100% of the proceeds directly supporting ILI programming. 

Enter to Win a Shopping Spree!

There’s always a winner, and it could be you. Visitors may stop by the shopping spree tables at any time during the show to place their entry for a drawing in one of the big baskets. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a $250 shopping spree that may be redeemed at an exhibitor’s booth at any Paradise City Arts Festival over the next year.

Paradise is Closer Than You Think:

Destination Northampton! Situated on Interstate-91 and only 15 minutes north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Northampton is less than an hour drive from Hartford, the Berkshires, and southern Vermont. We are under two hours from Boston, Albany and southern Connecticut and less than three hours from New York City.

After a full day at the Festival, take in the region’s marvelous museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and performance spaces. Stay in a country inn, ride the rail trail, and admire the gorgeous countryside. Get a weekend pass to Paradise City Arts and come back every day so you don’t miss a thing.

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