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, Blues Festival, 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?!)

Download a printable list of 2017 Events and Festivals.

Calendar of Events
Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 13 – May 28 all-day
Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
From the days of manila and hemp to the synthetic fibers in use on today’s boats, rope has been central to the workings of the commercial fishing industry. While nets and knots can be utilitarian,... Read more »
A Day in the Life with Captain Lou Lagace @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Day in the Life with Captain Lou Lagace @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s A Day in the Life speaker series continues on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. with Captain Lou Lagace, owner of the deep sea clammer F/V Mariette. Lou Lagace... Read more »
May 27 – May 28 all-day
Spring Revolutionary War Encampment @ Fort Phoenix
12:00 am
The Fairhaven Village Militia, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism and guests present a two-day historical encampment at Fort Phoenix. Talk to period costumed men and women about the fort’s history and life in the 1770s.... Read more »
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
An Evening of Maritime Music with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | Wilkes-Barre | Pennsylvania | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for An Evening of Maritime Music with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante! Chesapeake maven Janie Meneely and traditional balladeer Rob van Sante join forces for an evening of maritime music from the... Read more »
Opening of the Bay @ Fort Taber Park
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Opening of the Bay @ Fort Taber Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Please join us for a night of dining and dancing while helping to make a difference in the lives of local children. Last summer 80% of the children attending our program were from economically disadvantaged... Read more »
B-52’s LIVE! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm
B-52's LIVE! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
The B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band! And nearly 40 years and over 20 million albums into their career, there’s no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and... Read more »
Pete The Cat: Live Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm
Pete The Cat: Live Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Acclaimed Theatreworks USA brings wildly popular Pete the Cat to stage in a thrilling musical adventure. Based on James Dean’s best-selling children’s books, this tale follows Pete after he gets caught rocking out after bedtime... Read more »
George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
With more than 40 years of touring and recording, 15 million albums sold, and 8,000 live shows, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless classic rock acts on tour today. The band... Read more »
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! Launch: New Spaces, New Places @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) is New Bedford’s free Downtown Cultural Night and collaborative cultural organization with over 60 downtown venue partners. Held on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 9:00 PM,... Read more »
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Opening- Out There: Peter Pereira, Photojournalist @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
See the world through the camera lens of Peter Pereira, internationally acclaimed photojournalist at The Standard-Times since 2000. The exhibition Out There: Peter Pereira Photojournalist opens on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6 pm at... Read more »
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Out There: Peter Pereira - Opening Reception @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Twinned with a companion opening in the Standard Times building in New Bedford, this exhibition highlights the extraordinary work of New Bedford’s award-winning photojournalist and artist Peter Pereira.
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Schooner Ernestina 35th Anniversary Celebration @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Come celebrate the return of Ernestina thirty-five years ago to Massachusetts, her first port, in 1894. On August 29, 1982, Ernestina was returned as a gift from the newly-independent Republic of Cabo Verde. We will... Read more »
Jun 10 – Jun 11 all-day
10th Annual WWII Living History Encampment @ Fort Rodman
12:00 am
The Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc. presents the 10th Annual WWII Living History Encampment at historic Fort Rodman and surrounding gun batteries. World War II proved to be the most devastating international conflict in... Read more »
New Bedford Ballet Performs Cinderella @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet Performs Cinderella @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet once again brings magic to the Zeiterion Theatre with its performance of Cinderella on June 10 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, dancers of all ages... Read more »
New Bedford JazzFest @ Pier 3 New Bedford
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
New Bedford JazzFest @ Pier 3 New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
LINE UP INCLUDES: Southcoast Jazz Orchestra (17 piece big band) The Dino Govoni Quartet featuring vocalist Cassandre McKinley Gerry Gibbs Trio (#1 album 3 weeks Jazz Charts) Matthew Hartnett & The Gumbo All-Stars (New Orleans... Read more »
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Junkstaposition - Closing Reception @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Junkstaposition Upcycling Found Objects to Art May 3 – June 10 2017 Join us for the free closing reception for this amazing show! Holly Carruthers is a multi-media assemblage artist seeking to make sense of... Read more »
Jun 14 – Jun 18 all-day
505 North American Championship @ Fort Taber Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
The 2017 505 North Americans will be run out of New Bedford’s Fort Taber June 14-18, 2017. The event is expected to attract 60 teams to enjoy the legendary fresh breeze of Buzzards Bay. CBC... Read more »
Dock-U-Mentaries: Hudson Shad @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dock-U-Mentaries: Hudson Shad @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for Dock-U-Mentaries at the National Park theater for the screening of Hudson Shad. This documentary chronicles the work of Peter Seeger (yep, the folk singer) and the River Keepers who cleaned up the... Read more »
Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years On the Road @ Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm
Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years On the Road @ Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Popular singer-songwriter Ellis Paul celebrates 25 years on the road in a special Music in the Gallery concert. Though some may refer to Ellis Paul as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a... Read more »
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm
Lecture on the Lawn: Manjiro & Whitfield @ Old Stone Schoolhouse | Fairhaven | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle under the tree next to the one-room schoolhouse for a talk by Tourism Director Chris Richard. The lecture will focus on the story of the first Japanese... Read more »
24th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim @ East Beach (next to The Edge Seafood and Lounge)
Jun 24 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am
24th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim @ East Beach (next to The Edge Seafood and Lounge) | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 am
Just 50 miles south of Boston, the Buzzards Bay Swim features a one-of-a-kind scenic point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor. Assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol, swimmers navigate 1.2... Read more »
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach Summer Series @ West Beach Pavilion | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
After drawing more than 250 people to the West Beach Pavilion for an inaugural event last September, Reggae on West Beach is proudly announcing its first summer series, with four laid-back DJ and dance events... Read more »
Free Fun Friday 2017 @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Fun Friday 2017 @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 am
Fun family activities fill the Whaling Museum for this annual event, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, which was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer... Read more »
New Bedford Folk Festival @ New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park and Zeiterion Theater
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm
New Bedford Folk Festival @ New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park and Zeiterion Theater | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
The New Bedford Folk Festival and The Z present two full days of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. More than 50 artists will perform on seven stages throughout historic... Read more »
Dave Mason: All Together Tour @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Mason: All Together Tour @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason returns to The Z to ignite audiences with his beloved rock masterpiece Alone Together – featuring fan favorites like “All Along the Watchtower” and “Feelin’ Alright.” He’ll... Read more »
AHA! Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) is New Bedford’s free Downtown Cultural Night and collaborative cultural organization with over 60 downtown venue partners. Held on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 9:00 PM,... Read more »
Party for the Ocean @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Party for the Ocean @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Enjoy hands-on fun activities as you learn about whales and their ocean environment. Discover how whales stay warm, hear, see, float and eat. All activities are free with regular Museum admission.
Jul 30 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach Summer Series @ West Beach Pavilion | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
After drawing more than 250 people to the West Beach Pavilion for an inaugural event last September, Reggae on West Beach is proudly announcing its first summer series, with four laid-back DJ and dance events... Read more »
Amos Lee @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Amos Lee @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
This Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss, and Zac Brown Band. He’s just released his new single “Vaporize” which... Read more »
Aug 3 – Aug 6 all-day
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2017 @ Madeira Field | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Continuing a 103 year tradition, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will celebrate with 4 days of free entertainment, traditional food and wine and much more. Often referred to as the “largest Portuguese feast In... Read more »