FAC For Families

Bring your family to the FAC for fun, meaningful, and unforgettable arts experiences at an affordable price! We offer discounted youth tickets ($7–30) and a flexible subscription package to fit your family’s budget and busy schedule. And this season, we’re offering special events with an earlier-than-usual curtain time, pre-show lobby activities for children, and special family-friendly pricing for some *performances including a $50 family pack (2 adults/2 youth tickets, ranges A & B).
 
Of course, your family is welcome at all of our events, but this guide can assist you in deciding which will be most rewarding. If, after reading it, you have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 413-545-2511.
 
 

*Special Family-Friendly Shows

 
THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW
Special effects, cirque, and theatrical magic
Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
AIR PLAY
A circus-style adventure
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
Air Play is recommended for ages 5 and up
 

Recommended for all ages

 
FAB FAUX
The world’s premier Beatles tribute band re-creates Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Saturday, September 23, 8 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
HEALING THE EARTH: MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET SAND MANDALA
Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery
Tuesday through Friday, April 17–20, 1–6 p.m., UMass Old Chapel
Opening Ceremony, Tuesday, April 17, 9 a.m.
Closing Ceremony, Friday, April 20, 5 p.m.
Free but reservations required for the ceremonies. Call the box office: 4134-545-2511
 
SACRED DANCES AND LEGENDS OF HAWAI’I: “WHEN GODS MINGLED WITH MORTALS”
Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No’eau Ensemble
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Recommended for ages 10 and up
 
MACHINE DE CIRQUE
Part circus, part slapstick, part rock concert
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
(Note: In the “towel” scene, performers are partially nude and swap towels—instantaneously.)
 

Recommended for ages 10 and up

 
FESTIVAL OF SOUTH AFRICAN DANCE
Featuring The Pantsula Dance Company and Gumboots “Stimela”—The Musical
A high-energy performance of two grass-roots dance genres from South Africa
Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
KIRAN AHLUWALIA ENSEMBLE
Sufi soul from India, Pakistan, Africa, and more
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
 
BROOKLYN RIDER
A string quartet known for their innovative musical programs
Sunday, October 29, 7 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
JESSICA LANG DANCE
Classical ballet with a contemporary edge
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
QYRQ QYZ: MUSIC & FILM FROM CENTRAL ASIA
A modern rendition of an ancient myth
Sunday, March 4, 4 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
BALLETX
A dance company of athleticism, emotion, and grace
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 

Recommended for ages 14 and up

 
MOONFISH THEATRE’S “STAR OF THE SEA”
A dramatic tale of Irish emigrants fleeing famine, presented in English and Irish
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
 
TANGO BUENOS AIRES: “The Spirit of Argentina”
Drama and dazzling dance moves come together in this concert by tango’s foremost ensemble
Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
JORGE CABALLERO
¡Guitarra! Classical Guitar Series
One of the finest guitarists of his generation
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art, Amherst
 
THEO CROKER QUINTET
Up-and-coming trumpeter, composer, and singer Theo Croker’s band plays jazz with elements of bop, soul, funk, R&B, and more
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
 
SLAVIC SOUL PARTY!
A musical mashup of jazz, funk, and Slavic brass
Thursday, November 16, 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
 
THE MESSAGE
Iconic jazz from master musicians
Donald Harrison, Billy Pierce, Brian Lynch,Sullivan Fortner, Carl Allen, and Essiet Essiet
Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.,Bowker Auditorium
 
VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
The VBO plays Vivaldi and other early music with originality, style, and virtuosity
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
CHRIS POTTER QUARTET
Saxophonist Potter’s quartet takes a fresh approach to jazz
Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE
An international collective of musicians plays classical, traditional, and new music
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., FAC Concert Hall
 
CAMERON CARPENTER
International Touring Organ
Extraordinary talent plus a unique musical instrument bring Bach, film scores, and Carpenter’s original music to life
Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., FAC Concert Hall