Adams is Columbus Day Weekend!
Held during the peak of the Fall Foliage season, RambleFest combines an awesome street festival with the 49th Annual Greylock Ramble, a hike to the summit of Mount Greylock. Plus something new this year: The RambleFest Half Marathon.
Sunday, October 9
RambleFest Half Marathon/8K
Organized by the Berkshire Running Center, the first annual RambleFest Half Marathon will be held along the beautiful Ashuwillticook Trail from Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, to the Visitors Center in Adams. Starting time is 9:30 am for the half marathon and 10 am for the 8K. Full details and registration available at this link.
RambleFest - Noon to 5 - Free Admission
Held outdoors at the Adams Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac Street, admission is free to a day of music, food and fun in celebration of autumn in the Berkshires. The details change every year, but you can count on at least two musical acts, craft beer and local wine, great food, produce and merchandise. Activities usually include cooking demonstrations from local chefs, horse-drawn trolley tours of historic Adams, a toasty campfire, pumpkin decorating for the kids. Leashed pets are welcome, so it's fun for the whole family!
CJ Field - 11 am to 2 pm - From Nashville to the Berkshires, CJ brings originals and covers to life with his powerful voice and terrific guitar work.
Whiskey City - 2 pm to 5 pm - Whiskey City is a high-energy country rock band consisting of some of the best musicians from Berkshire County. Voted Best Band in the Berkshires five years in a row.
Monday, October 10
The 49th Greylock Ramble
With a round of applause to the great Adams Events Committee, who ran the Greylock Ramble for decades until retiring in 2015, ProAdams will hold the 49th annual hike to the top of Mount Greylock. Each Columbus Day, thousands of people make the trek to the highest spot in Massachusetts. Free shuttles take hikers from downtown Adams to and from the base of the Cheshire Harbor Trail from 8 am to 4 pm. Using the shuttle is strongly recommended, as parking near the trail is very limited.
Magical fans of JK Rowling and Harry Potter will want to make the hike to Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, also located at the summit of Mount Greylock. Sorry, non-magical people (no-majs and muggles) won't be able to see Ilvermorny, it's hidden by powerful spells and enchantments. However, they can read all about it at Pottermore.com. Our friends from the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival will be on hand with some magic of their own. And hikers who make the top will be able to enter a free drawing for an official Harry Potter or Hermione Granger wand.
The Greylock Ramble takes place on the Cheshire Harbor Trail which is the quickest and gentlest path to the summit. However, the round trip is 6.6 miles, moderately strenuous and takes four to five hours. There are refreshments and souvenirs available for purchase at the top, but the hike itself and the spectacular views are free!