The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is in town, and Pittsfield is at play. You can blow giant bubbles. You can listen to young songwriters and spoken word poets dreaming of new futures, or move with a choreographer from the Bay Area and talk about strength in a changing world.

Every year in late February, the city holds a weeklong celebration with art and music, theater and independent film. Barrington Stage Company started the idea more than 10 years ago, and it has grown. It’s that time of year when winter has hung on and spring is barely on the horizon, and people want color and energy.

For 10 days, the city will hold a sculpture show and a new play festival. Hancock Shaker Village will get involved, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, naturalists from Mass Audubon, artists and museums.

2020 events will take place around town, at theaters and coffee shops, parks and museums. You can find the full schedule in the 10×10 events calendar.

Downtown Pittsfield lights up with winter fireworks at the annual 10x10 Festival.
10x10 Festival

10x10 Festival 2020 full schedule

An informal art party, a story slam at a coffee shop, fireworks on the Common … midwinter is lively downtown. For a searchable calendar of events you can follow the link in the story above, and for a day-by-day overview, look below.

February 13

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show
3 p.m. — Bosquet’s Tubing Night @ Bousquet
4 p.m. — A Sunset Stroll: Looking for animal tracks @ Fred Garner Park
4 p.m. — Introduction to Wildlife Tracking @ Fred Garner Park
4 p.m. — Such is our soul presented by Jacob’s Pillow @ Boy’s & Girl’s club
5 p.m. — Ten Spot Opening Reception @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
6 p.m. — The Mastheads Lit Party @ Methuselah, 391 North St.
7 p.m. — A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant a Prayer @ Whitney Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. — 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company

February 14

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
3:30 to 5 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
7:30 p.m. — 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Company

February 15

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
8 a.m. — Berkshire Running Center’s Run Ten @ Berkshire Running Center
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer @ Berkshire Museum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
2 p.m. — A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer @ Whitney Center
3 p.m. — New Play Festival at Barrington Stage
3:30 p.m. — Free Skating @ Boys & Girls Club
4 p.m. — Such Is Our Soul @ Boy’s & Girl’s Club
7:30 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage
7:30 p.m. — New Branches on Ten Old Trees @ Berkshire Museum
7:30 p.m. — Music in Common’s Amplify Berkshires @ Dottie’s Coffee Lounge

February 16

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Fishing derby at Burbank Park
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show @ Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — The Big Chill at Hancock Shaker Village
Noon to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
3 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage

February 17

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Cartesian diver workshop with Darrow School
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Records and Burpee Zoo Show
7 p.m. — WordxWord: I Have Something to Say

February 18

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
1 to 2:30 p.m. — Ice skating free at the Boys and Girls Club
7 p.m. — Berkshire International Film Festival at Beacon Cinema

February 19

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show

February 20

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
4 p.m. — Winter Woodland Botany
5 p.m. — Real Art Party at Berkshire Museum
7:30 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage

February 21

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
10 a.m. — Invasive hardy kiwi vine cleanup at Burbank Park
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Berkshire Children’s Theatre presents Winnie the Pooh
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show
7 p.m. — Gypsy Lane at Hotel on North
7 p.m. — WordxWord story slam at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge
7:30 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage

February 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Getting to Yes: Women’s Suffrage exhibit @ Berkshire Athenaeum
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 10 Spot Sculpture Show
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
1 p.m. — Magic Treehouse at the Colonial Theatre
3 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage
3:30 p.m. — Berkshire United Way: 10x the Fun at Zion Lutheran Church
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Curling: games on ice at the Boys and Girls Club
6 p.m. — 10 minutes of fireworks
7 p.m. — Gypsy Lane at Hotel on North
7:30 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage

February 23

Noon to 3 p.m. — Daily play at the Berkshire Museum
2 p.m. — Berkshire International Film Festival at Beacon Cinema
3 p.m. — New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage

10×10 Festival: Ten Spot Sculpture Show

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will present the Ten Spot Sculpture Show, highlighting Berkshire artists, as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

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