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Green River Festival

by Metroland Staff on July 18, 2013



Hot-air balloons, local food, crafts, and three stages of music, all located in Massachusettes’ beautiful Pioneer Valley. The weekend-long festival began in 1986 as a balloon festival but has grown into so much more. This year the musical acts include Gogol Bordello, kings of  gypsy punk caberet, Brandi Carlile, whose music walks the line between rock and Americana, and the Skatalites, the Jamacian ska and rocksteady band who’ve been playing since 1964. The festival also includes a host of other Americana and roots acts, way too many to list. Cross you fingers for nice weather, because rides in hot air ballons are available. (July 20-21, $65-$90, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass., 413-773-5463)