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 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 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 6-7 Garden Volunteer Days

Sink a spade into Emily Dickinson's garden on garden volunteer days with gardener-in-residence Marta McDowell. DETAILS>>

August 24 Free Fun Friday

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

September 6 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>>

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 1 Digging at the Dickinsons': Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historic Archaeology

For Massachusetts Archaeology Month hear from the professional archaeologists about the evidence found within the grounds of the Museum during the summer 2018 Field School. 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>>

November 4 Dickinson's Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble

Join us for an autumnal musical program with the Red Skies Ensemble. This program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s musical engagements in home music making with her sister Vinnie and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape bridging her musical, poetic and natural worlds.  DETAILS>>

Past Events