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>>

April 19 Recasting Emily: A Panel Discussion for Educators

Theater makers and museum professionals discuss processes and practices from two theater productions at the Emily Dickinson Museum. A Five College Inc. Arts Integration Faculty Seminar. DETAILS>>

April 20 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>>

 

April 26 Poem in your Pocket Day

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to the Museum for crafts and tours. Recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory and your tour is free! DETAILS>>

April 26 Common Threads Poetry Discussion

Discuss works by Massachusetts poets in the Dickinson parlors in this facilitated conversation using the Common Threads publication by Mass Poetry. DETAILS>>

May 3 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>>

 

May 4 Gardener-in-Residence Volunteer Meet and Greet

Interested in volunteering in the Museum's garden this season? Swing by to meet garderner-in-residence Marta McDowell and museum staff, to learn about opportunities and events, and to register. DETAILS>>

May 5 Curves, Carpets, and Color: Olmsted, the Dickinsons, and 19th Century Landscapes

In this illustrated talk, author and garden historian Marta McDowell explores the world of nineteenth century landscape design including the work of tastemaker Frederick Law Olmsted, friend of the Amherst Dickinsons. DETAILS>>

 

May 6 "Dear to the moss:" Emily Dickinson Wildflower Walk

With botanist Connie Parks, explore Amherst's fields and woods and encounter wildflowers Dickinson pressed in her herbarium and preserved in her poetry. 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 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