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The Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID) invests its resources to improve downtown Amherst’s vibrancy, sustainability, and economic health.

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The BID’s downtown events calendar aims to connect visitors and residents to the many events in Amherst that highlight the downtown businesses and enhance your experience in downtown.

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This downtown directory  helps connect you to Amherst’s unique blend of restaurants, shops, and cultural destination that make downtown Amherst a great place to live, work and play.


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If you’d like more information about the BID, events, or downtown Amherst in general, please contact the BID office. 413-345-2945. Stop by 35 South Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002.

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Get writing! Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket day. Free admission at the Emily Dickinson Museum!Recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory and tour the Museum free during Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26!

Family events such as making a "poem catcher," decorating flowerpots and planting them with seeds from Dickinson's garden, and a story walk will also be offered throughout the day!

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Get writing! Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket day. Free admission at the Emily Dickinson Museum!


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The Sammy Awards are less than 2 weeks away, but tickets are still available. Get yours now at:
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A fun sunny day in downtown amherst with chalk art and artists, coordinated with Amherst College student Helena Burgueno and hundreds of people on the Dessert Crawl, a benefit for the nonprofit global literacy organization, Reader to Reader. ... See MoreSee Less

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