The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

8th annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest

Thousands expected to flock to 8th annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest

Three stages of Grammy-winning musicians, award-winning authors, puppets and storytellers. A dance club. Petting farm and exotic animals. Bounce house, circus, food court, vendors and so much more.

Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest returns to Smith Vocational High School this Saturday, March 26th from 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

“Meltdown has become the unofficial end-of-winter celebration for families with young children,” says Mark Lattanzi, Event Director. “We offer world class family musicians and authors, like Latin Grammy winner Mister G, bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Nick Jr. and PBS Kids illustrator and animator Bob Shea.” Each year over 3,000 adults and kids attend.

“Kids love Meltdown, whether it’s bouncing in one of the two bounce houses, petting the farm animals, meeting an armadillo, watching circus performers, playing with the giant Matchbox car track, dancing to the music, or catching a story or puppet show. And despite the name, there are very few actual meltdowns at Meltdown – it’s all fun!” says Lattanzi.

Meltdown also offers a food court filled with local restaurants, a digital photo booth, three stages and plenty of room to roam for families with young children. Kids aged toddler through elementary school age will find plenty to enjoy at Meltdown.

Meltdown is the creation of the Northampton Radio Group: WRSI 93.9 the River; WHMP; and Hits 94.3. It’s supported by Yankee Candle Village and several other local sponsors.

Full event schedule and information can be found at

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