NEPM Asparagus Festival

NEPM Asparagus Festival
Saturday, Jun 3, 2023 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Hadley Town Common
Route 9 Russell Street

Known as “the asparagus capital of the world,” western Massachusetts is still home to hundreds of working farms and many more locally-owned restaurants and breweries. Now in its ninth year, the NEPM Asparagus Festival returns to the Hadley Town Common on Saturday, June 3 to celebrate the region’s legacy of agriculture and community.

Preregister now and get a free ice cream from Flayvors of Cook Farm at the festival! Or, volunteer and be a part of the NEPM Asparagus Festival.


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.    Fun and games for the whole family!

Take a break with PBS Kids and Stand Out Truck

Asparagus Valley Pick Game

Jurassic Roadshow

Farmers & Makers Market

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.    Food trucks

10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Meet Curious George and Molly of Denali*

10:30 a.m.    MISTER G and the Global Citizen Ensemble with Marcos Carreras

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.    Beer, wine and cider in the Beers & Spears tent

12:00 p.m.    The Fabulous 413 Live!

1:30 p.m.    Wally Hibbard Memorial Asparagus Bunching Contest

2:30 p.m.    Poor Monroe on the Rooted in the Valley Stage

4 p.m.    The Wolff Sisters on the Rooted in the Valley Stage

5:30 p.m.    Soul Magnets on the Rooted in the Valley Stage

Please note, appearances by PBS Kids characters will be staggered and are subject to change.

Valley Grass & Family Fun

Kid-friendly performers include award-winning bilingual artist MISTER G and the Global Citizen Ensemble with Marcos Carreras, director of music at the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts Magnet School.

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's Jurassic Roadshow will teach kids about the geologic history of the region.

And, there will be appearances by PBS Kids characters like Curious George and Molly of Denali!

Beers & Spears

Our Beers & Spears tent will feature local beers, ciders and wines from New City Brewery, White Lion Brewing, Building 8 Brewing, Element Brewing & Distilling, Abandoned Building Brewery, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Black Birch Vineyard, Loophole Brewing, Forestopia, and Four Fantoms Brewing Company.

And, we'll have all the asparagus you can eat and more from local food trucks and restaurants, including Holyoke Hummus Company, The Wing Man, Esselon Café, Vibesman's **** Shack, Dean's Beans, Crooked Stick Pops, Maple Valley Creamery, Jaju Pierogi, Sun Kim Bop, Cocina Lupita, Vegan Pizza Land, Thai Chili Food Truck and Ginger Love Cafe.

Live Music

The Rooted in the Valley Stage, curated by Signature Sounds, will feature a selection of great musical acts, including gritty and raw folk-rock outfit The Wolff Sisters, New England Music Award-nominated bluegrass act Poor Monroe, and local old school funk and neo-soul band Soul Magnets.
Farmer & Makers Market

Meet over 100 local food, crafts, cultural, non-profit and agricultural vendors at the Farmers & Makers Market.

Bicycle Valet

The Hadley Town Common is on the Norwottuck Rail Trail and attendees are encouraged to ride bikes to the festival and take advantage of MassBike’s free bicycle valet service.

Suggested Donation

The NEPM Asparagus Festival is a free event for all to enjoy with a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family to support public media in western Massachusetts. Preregister for the festival to skip the line at the gate — and get a free ice cream from Flayvors of Cook Farm!

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