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Monster Arts Project II Opening Gala • Saturday

Staff Picks Jen Do you like monsters? Do you like art? Do you like the era of the 1920s? Well this may be the place to spend a nice fall evening. Professor S.N. Tomlinson is back at it for another year of bringing you an array of beautifying art pieces specializing in Monsterology. This exhibit features 18 talented artists and will be going on until Oct. 29, but this Saturday will be the opening gala featuring live music by Butterfly Swing and catered food from Captain Jack’s. 5-8 p.m., Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St.,Easthampton.  — Jennifer Levesque

Paradise City Arts Festival • Saturday-Monday

Staff Picks Kristin The Paradise City Arts Festival showcases some of the most stunning art in New England. Browsing unique fine and funky art in  barns and under tents at the fairground is a great way to spend an afternoon. I’m excited to see what ironworker Bob Compton, jeweler Donna Veverka, and painter Abu Mwenye have been up to. Bands and munchies, too. Oct. 8-10, 10 a.m. $8-$13. Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton. — Kristin Palpini

Czechtoberfest • Saturday

Staff Picks Hunter StylesGateway City Arts co-owner Vitek Kruta hails from the Czech Republic, and he’s bringing Bohemia to us this weekend. Kruta will present traditional Czech cuisine  including meats, cheeses, pastry, drinks, and desserts, plus German, Czech, and craft beers. Stick around for music and a video tour of the Czech Republic. 2 p.m. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. (413) 650-2670, gatewaycityarts.com. — Hunter Styles

Flywheel Record Fair • SundayStaff Picks Peter Vancini

I’m not knocking MP3s: they’re great for listening to a perfect version of an album. But if you want to feel your music complete with skips, scratches, liner notes, and cover art, then the digital thumbnails that pop up on your playlist aren’t going to cut it.  Feel the music Oct. 9, at the Flywheel Record Fair. The fair, a fundraiser for the arts space, will feature more than 25 vendors selling LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes, 78s, and music memorabilia. 10 a.m., Flywheel on Main Street, Easthampton. — Peter Vancini