EVENTS

What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.

There’s always something happening in New Bedford. Check back for dates and information about The Taste of Southcoast, Jazz Festival, Folk Festival, International Wine Festival, Working Waterfront Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Summer Sound Series, which includes Lunchtime Jazz and Friday concerts overlooking the harbor. (Whew! Did you catch all of that?!)

You can download a printable sample of New Bedford’s 2018 Events and Festivals here.

 

 

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Calendar of Events
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm
Frozen Asset: Ice Making & the New Bedford Fishing Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Join us on February 8th at 6:00 p.m. during AHA for the opening of our latest exhibit Frozen Asset: Ice Making & the New Bedford Fishing Industry. This exhibit explores how ice contributed to the... Read more »
Apr 15 – Apr 21 all-day
April School "Staycation" Week @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Put the COOL in school vacation week with great programs for kids of all ages throughout the city! Buttonwood Park Zoo Spring ZooCrew Tuesday,-Friday, 9am-4pm Join us as we discover some of the most extreme... Read more »
Spring Vacation at the Whaling Museum @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Apr 16 – Apr 20 all-day
Spring Vacation at the Whaling Museum @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Family learning and fun are in the spotlight during school vacation week, Monday through Friday. You can even climb inside a life-sized inflatable whale! Each day is different, so be sure to check the full... Read more »
Dock-U-Mentaries: Counting Fish @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dock-U-Mentaries: Counting Fish @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Counting Fish, a film by Don Cuddy. New England groundfishermen are in trouble. The annual catch limits are now set so low that many boats remain tied to the dock. But controversy abounds. The fishing... Read more »
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
New Bedford Living History Workshop @ Friends Meeting House | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:30 am
Join us for a fun day of storytelling with Tammy Denease, performance artist and historian. Tammy will teach her craft and share her secrets for researching and developing historical characters. Local historians will be on... Read more »
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Buttonwood Park Zoo's Party for the Planet @ Buttonwood Park Zoo | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
Party for the Planet is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! More than 100 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the country celebrate with activities, giveaways, and special events. Join us at... Read more »
Printmaking Activity @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Printmaking Activity @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Looking for a FREE kid-friendly, tactile activity that lets your kids create? Come on down to the MakerSpace at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Join Artist-in-Resident Andy Tedesco, who will host a printmaking activity... Read more »
The Second Half: Into the Deep Screening @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Apr 26 @ 2:30 pm
The Second Half: Into the Deep Screening @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:30 pm
Into the Deep is sixth in a series of movies about the sea, sea creatures, and seafaring adventurers on Thursday afternoons. For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world illuminating and powering the start... Read more »
The Greg Abate Quartet – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
The Greg Abate Quartet - Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Our Stage Door Live series brings you up close and personal with amazing artists in an intimate, cafe-style setting, all on our historic stage! Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductee Greg Abate has dazzled... Read more »
ArtWeek MA in New Bedford @ Downtown New Bedford
Apr 27 @ 12:00 am – May 6 @ 11:45 pm
ArtWeek MA in New Bedford @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become a state-wide, annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access... Read more »
Always & Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross' Music feat. Ruben Studdard @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Imagine having a second chance to see a Luther Vandross concert. Imagine the vocals, the music, the stage. Imagine how you would feel hearing a night of his timeless hits, like “Endless Love,” “Dance with... Read more »
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm
Exercise Tiger Service @ Fort Rodman | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
The City of New Bedford Veterans’ Advisory Board and the Fort Rodman – Fort Taber Historical Association will honor the 749 United States sailors and soldiers who lost their lives during the devastating April 28,... Read more »
Pinkalicious – The Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm
Pinkalicious - The Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Based on the beloved best-selling books by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious The Musical follows Pinkalicious who has overindulged in pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. She lands in the doctor’s office with Pinkititis,... Read more »
May 3 @ 2:30 pm
The Second Half: Two Years Before the Mast screening @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:30 pm
Two Years Before the Mast is seventh in a series of classic movies about the sea, sea creatures, and seafaring adventurers on Thursday afternoons. The hardships of life at sea transform the sheltered scion of... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
Stop by the New Bedford Farmers Market to purchase fresh, local produce, grass-fed beef and meats, honey, jams, baked goods, pet treats, body care products, and more! The Market accepts credit, debit, and SNAP. SNAP... Read more »
May 4 – May 6 all-day
SAVE the DATE: 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
With over 5,000 items of scrimshaw in the collection, the Whaling Museum is the ideal venue for the annual Scrimshaw Weekend – the world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during... Read more »
SAVE the DATE: Nautical Antiques Show @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SAVE the DATE: Nautical Antiques Show @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 pm
Browse hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers. As part of the 30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend, the Nautical Antiques Show features high quality marine antiques including scrimshaw, nautical instruments and tools,... Read more »
Pat Donohue in Concert @ Wamsutta Club
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Pat Donohue in Concert @ Wamsutta Club | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Grammy winner Pat Donohue brings his legendary guitar playing, old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes.to the Music in the Gallery concert series. Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard,... Read more »
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
The third annual Viva Portugal! festa harnesses the power of The Z and 12 local Portuguese-American organizations for an event that lauds the culture and heritage of so many in our community. Four downtown New... Read more »
Adrift & In Stillness - Closing Reception, Photography by Deb Ehrens at S&G Project Gallery @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Deb Ehrens Adrift & In Stillness Botanical Explorations What began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on my grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. With Adrift I have created... Read more »
May 10 @ 2:30 pm
The Second Half: The Old Man and the Sea screening @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:30 pm
The Old Man and the Sea is the final film in a series of classic movies about the sea, sea creatures, and seafaring adventurers on Thursday afternoons. Alone in a small skiff, an aging Cuban... Read more »
May AHA! Night – We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May AHA! Night - We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford | Woodbridge Township | New Jersey | United States
5:00 pm
AHA! (Art-History-Architecture) Night is New Bedford’s Free arts and culture event which takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in downtown New Bedford. Each month has a different theme, so check out the activities... Read more »
May 10 @ 6:00 pm
Sailors' Series: Recalling Photographer Norman Fortier @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Louie, Charlie, Kin, and Ed Howland recall Norman Fortier, Padanaram’s beloved marine painter and photographer. Each has special memories and particular favorites among the nearly 60,000 maritime photographs Fortier took during his wonderfully productive career.The... Read more »
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Through the Lens: Our Fishing Heritage Opening Reception @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:30 pm
Join us for the opening of our latest exhibit Through the Lens: Our Fishing Heritage during AHA Night. Photographers allow us to look at life through their lens and capture moments we might otherwise miss.... Read more »
Dori Rubbico – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Dori Rubbico - Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Our Stage Door Live series brings you up close and personal with amazing artists in an intimate, cafe-style setting, all on our historic stage! Jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter Dori Rubbicco returns to Stage Door LIVE... Read more »
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – May 20 @ 2:30 pm
Your Theatre Inc. presents God Of Carnage @ Your Theatre, Inc. | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
God Of Carnage Winner of the 2009 Tony Award A rollicking comedy By Yamina Reza, Translation by Christopher Hampton Directed By Edward J. Maguire May 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19, 2018 —At 7:30... Read more »
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host Scanning Day, an opportunity for the public to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations. The... Read more »
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Norwegian Rosemaling Demonstration with Master Artist Linda Miller @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 pm
Rosemåling is the traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Rosemåling is a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, predominantly primary and... Read more »
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adrift & In Stillness - Closing Reception @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Deb Ehrens Adrift & In Stillness Botanical Explorations What began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on my grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. With Adrift I have created... Read more »
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Norwegian Rosemaling Demonstration with Master Artist Linda Miller @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 pm
Rosemåling is the traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Rosemåling is a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, predominantly primary and... Read more »