Events

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers a variety of events and public programs throughout the year. Some programs celebrate poetry—the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk in May and the Poetry Marathon in September. Others, like the Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus in July, bring the past into sharper focus.

Upcoming Events 

Spring and Summer 2018

'a mighty room': Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson's Bedroom

A rare opportunity to seek inspiration in the Poet's own creative space! DETAILS>>

2018 Gardener-In-Residence Programs

Garden historian and author Marta McDowell leads volunteer opportunities and public programs across three seasons at the Museum. DETAILS>>

May 12 Annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Commemorate the death of Emily Dickinson in 1886 with a celebratory walk from the Museum grounds to the West Cemetary where the poet is buried. At stops along the way poems and stories are shared. DETAILS>>

May 18 Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion group meets monthly  for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. DETAILS>>

 

May 29 - June 30 UMASS Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology

Students will learn and practice the fundamental skills of archaeological field and laboratory research on the grounds of the Museum, under the direction of both academically oriented archaeologists and experienced cultural resource management professionals. DETAILS>>

June 7 Amherst Arts Night at the Emily Dickinson Museum

On first Thursdays of each month, see a pop-up art exhibition in the Homestead, participate in an open mic in Emily Dickinson's parlor, and listen to featured readers share their written work. DETAILS>>

 

June 8 Native Plants for New England Gardens: A Talk by Mark Richardson

In celebration of those most effective landscaping toolsnative plantswe're pleased to host horticultural expert Mark Richardson, Botanic Garden Director of the New England Wildflower Society, for a talk based on his new, co-authored book Native Plants for New England Gardens. DETAILS>>

June 9 Gardener's Workshop: Propating from Cuttings and Durfee Field Trip

First, on a private conservatory tour, encounter UMass Amherst's Durfee Conservatory's stunningly diverse collection. Then, return to the Museum and join Marta McDowell, the Museum's 2018 Gardener-in-Residence, for a hands-on workshop. DETAILS>>

June 14-16 Hands-On Archaeology at the Museum

In conjunction with the 2018 UMass Field School conducted at the Museum, try your hand at archaeology! DETAILS>>

July 5 Amherst Arts Night

On first Thursdays of each month, see a pop-up art exhibition in the Homestead, participate in an open mic in Emily Dickinson's parlor, and listen to featured readers share their written work. DETAILS>>

July 9-13 Writing with Miss Emily: A Summer Workshop for Young Authors

In this workshop for ages 9 - 12, led by children's author and Emily Dickisnon Museum tour guide Burleigh Muten, participants will experience Emily Dickinson's world from a writer's point of view. DETAILS>>

 

July 14 'Creatures of Bliss and Mystery' A Children's Circus

Let your imagination run wild at this homespun celebration that is inspired by a circus the poet created with her niece and nephews. DETAILS>>

August 2 Amherst Arts Night

On first Thursdays of each month, see a pop-up art exhibition in the Homestead, participate in an open mic in Emily Dickinson's parlor, and listen to featured readers share their written work. DETAILS>>

August 3-5 Emily Dickinson International Society's Annual Meeting

The EDIS returns to Amherst for their annual meeting, including a critical institute, pedagogy sessions for educators, performances, picnics and more! DETAILS>>

August 5 "Buccaneers of Buzz" Pollinator Fair

Celebrate the bees, butterflies, and birds that help Emily Dickinson's gardens grow! There is fun for the whole family at this pollinator fair on the Museum grounds. DETAILS>>

August 24 Free Fun Friday

Visit the Museum for free for special programs, tours, crafts and more! DETAILS>>

September 21-23 Amherst Poetry Festival

Now in its sixth year, the Amherst Poetry Festival returns featuring the Emily Dickinson Marathon, Ocean Vuong, and more. DETAILS>>

October 4-6 Before You Became Improbable

This popular immersive theater production returns after sold-out runs in 2014 and 2015. Explore the correspondence between Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson in this theatrical journey through Amherst. DETAILS>>

Past Events