NEPM Events

New England Public Media fosters connection through its community events. We invite you to join us to discuss important issues, celebrate nationally renowned artists and engage with  speakers and performers from our region and beyond.  See a list of upcoming events below.

Do you love to read? So do we! That’s why we’ve launched the NEPM Book Club —  a new quarterly meet-up dedicated to bringing NEPM friends together to chat about new, diverse and interesting fiction.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. We'll be talking about “This is How You Lose the Time War,” by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. It’s an epistolary novel about two time-traveling secret agents playing tit-for-tat across multiple timelines.

True stories told without notes by your friends and neighbors.

Come out and hear some outrageous, funny and heartwarming stories all told in under 5 minutes, live on stage! The audience chooses the winner and a storytelling star is born! The winners of each slam go on to compete in The Best of Valley Voices at the Academy of Music in January.

Now or Never
Thursday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield MA
Auditions open: August 9–27

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Saturday August 14, 1 p.m.–10 p.m.
Stearns Square, between Worthington and Bridge Streets
Springfield, MA

This festival is produced by Blues to Green, a nonprofit organization that harnesses music and the arts to celebrate community and culture, build shared purpose, and catalyze social and environmental change. While you’re at the Festival, join NEPM and Blue to Green for a related lecture series at Valley Venture Mentors — right around the block from the outdoor performance space.

A Conversation with Author Lisa Napoli and NEPM’s Maya Shwayder
Presented by the Springfield Public Forum
Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business, a backwater of male chauvinism where a woman might be lucky to get a foothold on the “women’s pages.”

An NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the highly-anticipated PBS series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change. PLUS!  NEPM and the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival present an online discussion about "The Black Church" with series producers Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris hosted by Amilcar Shabazz of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst.


In January, 2021, New England Public Media and the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts Victory Theatre (MIFA) joined forces to present El Puerto Rico 3: Identity Duets — a virtual chamber concert event that featured the work of contemporary Puerto Rican composers performed by The Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Music Director Tianhui Ng.

A Conversation with NPR’s Michel Martin & Domenico Montanaro
Presented by New England Public Media and the Springfield Public Forum

This much we know — Joe Biden is President-elect and Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and the first person of color to be Vice President-elect. But questions abound.

Watch & Learn with New England Public Media: A Sneak Peek of PBS’s The Age of Nature and Live Conversation with Regional Environmental Experts

New England Public Media Wine & Food Lovers Weekend
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For over 30 years, supporters of public television have put their palates to work to help raise funds for the public television programs they trust and love. The Wine Lovers’ Weekend is generally held in Springfield in early March and features the Friday evening Wine, Beer & Food Tasting and the Saturday Wine Lovers’ Dinner.

Friday Wine, Beer & Food Tasting

The New England Public Media Asparagus Festival is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We look forward to celebrating asparagus season with you in 2022! In the meantime, please visit your local farmers, restaurants and music venues for the best of the spring season in western New England! 

Celebrate All Things Local & Agricultural

This annual family event is like a comic book convention for PBS Kids, with everything from PBS KIDS-themed costumes and activities to live music, children’s books, and art. Proceeds benefit educational public media programming in western New England.

Kids can meet, hug, and take photos with PBS KIDS characters like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.  They can play and learn with PBS Kids-themed activity stations hosted by education-focused community partners.

Event Information

First Show:
Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Second Show:
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

The Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Tickets for April 5, 2021

Tickets for April 7, 2021

The Paula Poundstone show scheduled for Saturday, October 9th at John M Greene Hall at Smith College in Northampton has been relocated to Bromery Center for the Arts Concert Hall at UMass Amherst. All tickets for the show at Smith College will be honored at UMass and you will be contacted by the FAC Box Office with information about your relocated tickets on Monday, 9/20.