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March 7, 2020

A Celebration of Winter in the Berkshires

Adams has been a center of winter recreation at least since the 1930s when the races down the Thunderbolt Ski Run began to attract top skiers from the United States and Europe. All are welcome to celebrate that tradition at ThunderFest 2020!

Although details might change, here's an overview of what available for you, your family and your friends:

The Fest - Noon to 5

Adams Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA 01220

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The Berkshires' biggest and best winter street fest! ThunderFest is held outdoors at the Adams Visitor Center regardless of the weather! That's why people started to say it's "Where the hardy come to party!"  Enjoy live music, great food, local beers and wine, family fun, and outdoor recreation and craft vendors. It's a great cure for your late winter cabin fever. Free admission.

  • Popular local food vendors include Bounti-Fare's Burrito Revolution, Cliff's Barbecue and Lion's Club.
  • Cast your vote in the annual Chowder Competition as we welcome several new restaurants to the challenge this year! Starts at 1:30. Only $3. Held inside the Visitor Center, so it's a chance to warm up.
  • A wide variety of local craft beers and wines from Berkshire Brewing Co., Wandering Star, Balderdash Cellars and DeMarsico's Wine Cellar.


  • Welcome The BTUs  to ThunderFest! They're bringing their funky blues and R&B dance music as our headline act started around 2. These "Four Guys Jammin" include (from l to r) Bobby MacVeety on guitar and vocals, Rob Putnam on guitar, bass and vocals, Conor Meehan on drums and Steve Ide on guitar, bass and vocals. 

The BTUs are the headline act for Thunderfest 2020

  • Jack Waldheim, "The One Man Dance Band" will kick off the music at noon. 


  • Fun for the kids provided by the Adams Youth Center.
  • Free entry into the Thunderbolt Ski Museum.
  • Warm up around the toasty campfire!
  • Local retail and recreational vendors share their wares, information, and passion for their work.
  • Old school social networking!

Ride The Snow Train! 


For the second year running, Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is recreating the Snow Trains that used to run from New York City to Adams in the 1930s and 40s! They'll be offering rides from Adams Station to North Adams and back on a specially decorated train at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Included will be a presentation on the history of the Snow Train phenomenon of that era. The trains will depart from Adams Station at 3 Hoosac Street, directly across the street from ThunderFest. Tickets not available in advance. More information on facebook.

Thunderbolt Ski Race

The Thunderbolt Ski Runners are taking a well deserved year off from holding the downhill race down the Thunderbolt from the summit of Mount Greylock. In recent years, only half of the planned races have actually been held due to lack of snow.

"The 'Bolt" - February 22

Instead of the downhill race this year,  “The ‘Bolt,” a rando style race held by NE Rando Race Series will be held on the Thunderbolt Ski Trail on Mount Greylock. In short, the very demanding rando format requires that skiers start at Greylock Glen, get to the summit of the tallest mountain in the state under their own power, ski down and repeat TWO MORE TIMES! That adds up to a total of 5,000 vertical feet. Spectators are welcome at Greylock Glen. Race starts around 10 am. 

Details for experienced skiers interested in competing in this race are available NE Rando Series website.


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