FREE Basketball Clinics


Lace up and join us on the court at the MassMutual center from 12-2 PM on the day of the festival for an exciting afternoon of workshops with area coaches. Then, join us just down the block at Court Square to enjoy the festival! Registration opens at 11AM and participants will be entered into a raffle to win a free ticket to the Basketball Hall of Fame!

Hoopla is made possible through the generous support of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, YMCA of Greater Springfield, South End Community Center, and the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, Inc.

Arts & Activies Tent


The art and music tents will be open throughout the day during the festival. The art tent will have several local arts-based organizations leading crafts, painting, and other art activities throughout the day. Leading up to the second line parade, participants will have the opportunity to create a lantern with which to join in the fun of the parade. Stop in at the nearby music activity tent to try out instruments, participate in fun activities led by staff from the Community Music School of Springfield, and learn more about programs at the school.

Ride Your Bike

In order to encourage green travel to the festival, MassBike will be providing fully supervised bike valet service on-site at the festival. RadSpringfield will be providing free tune-ups at the festival valet station. ValleyBike share stations are available at both ends of the journey.  Free parking is also available at North Riverfront Park in Springfield’s North End.

Valley Bikes will also be present to share information about their bike share program and to demonstrate the use of the bikes.

Composting & Recycling

As part of our effort to promote eco-friendly practices and make this a Green event, we support our food vendors in using compostable serve ware, and set up waste sorting stations to educate the public and reduce the festival’s waste by composting and recycling as much as we can.

Urban Roots Tent

Stop by to learn more about the food justice issues confronting Springfield and the many exciting efforts taking place to create a more sustainable, healthy and equitable local food system.  Sample peach and corn salsa made by Gardening the Community staff and youth, learn about Springfield’s Walnut Street Community Farm Store and Go Fresh! Mobile Market, and discover how families can use their SNAP dollars to get free fruits and vegetables!  There will be interactive learning activities from 1 – 4 pm for adults and children alike, including growing your own bean sprouts and making herbal remedies.