EVENTS

What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.

There’s always something happening in New Bedford! Check back for dates and information about Viva Portugal, The Taste of Southcoast, Jazz Festival, Folk Festival, Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Seaport Chowder Festival, WHALE International Wine Festival, Working Waterfront Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Summer Sound Series, Friday evening concerts overlooking the working waterfront. (Whew! Did you catch all of that?!)

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

Calendar of Events
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blue Collars Book Launch Party @ Inner Bay Cafe | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Spinner Publications celebrates its new book, BLUE COLLARS, a novel written by local author, Catherine McLaughlin. On Thursday, June 21 a book launch party will be held at Inner Bay Cafe, 1339 Cove Rd, New... Read more »
Opening Reception: Seaport Art Walk @ Moby Dicks Brewing CO.
Jun 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception: Seaport Art Walk @ Moby Dicks Brewing CO. | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:30 pm
Celebrate the Opening of the 2018 Seaport Art Walk! The New Bedford Art Walk unites two of the city’s nationally recognized cultural and commercial assets, its working artists and its working waterfront. Known for being... Read more »
Meeting Street Hosts 8th Annual Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Seaside Dinner @ Pope's Island Marina | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
The 8th Annual Meeting Street Fishing for a Cause Tournament returns to local waters June 22nd and 23rd. This event is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers of the year, is presented by Clarke Distribution... Read more »
Sharks Come Cruisin Album Release Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharks Come Cruisin Album Release Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Love sea shanties, Irish and folk music with a bit of a punk twist? Then you will love this concert! Come hear Sharks Come Cruisin’ as they celebrate the release of their newest album, When... Read more »
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang @ Gallery X | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
“I might just be trying to reach out and touch someone” says Bruce, to which Prudence answers “That’s the slogan of Coke or Dr. Pepper, I think”. “The telephone company actually” Bruce retorts happily and... Read more »
The Z’s Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob’s Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 12:00 am
The Z's Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob's Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 am
Join fellow dance lovers on a day-long trip to Jacob’s Pillow Dance, lauded world-wide as a “hub and mecca of dance” (TIME). We’ll take a motor coach from The Z, leaving at 9:00 a.m., to... Read more »
Maritime Crafts Mini-Festival @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maritime Crafts Mini-Festival @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
During the time of whaling, people purchased products that were hand-made, one at a time, not mass produced. Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on Saturday, June 23, for the park’s first-ever Maritime Mini-Festival.... Read more »
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Resident Artist Barbara Merry - The Marlinspike Artist @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Come see Barbara demonstrate the art of marlinspike work. She will have a make and take craft for you to try your hand at knot making. Free admission!
Cosy Sheridan in Concert @ S&G Project Gallery
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm
Cosy Sheridan in Concert @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Cosy Sheridan in Concert with Charlie Koch 7:30pm Songwriter and guitarist Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.” Her CD, Pretty Bird, was listed among Sing Out Magazine’s... Read more »
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang @ Gallery X | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
“I might just be trying to reach out and touch someone” says Bruce, to which Prudence answers “That’s the slogan of Coke or Dr. Pepper, I think”. “The telephone company actually” Bruce retorts happily and... Read more »
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 3-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, ska, and dancehall. Last Sunday of each month 3pm-7pm. Family-friendly and FREE! The kick... Read more »
Airport Cruise Nights @ New Bedford Regional Airport - Long Term Lot
Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Airport Cruise Nights @ New Bedford Regional Airport - Long Term Lot | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
4:00 pm
Spectators: This event is FREE and open to the general public. Bring the family down to check out some cool cars, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy our Observation Deck & Playground. Kid &... Read more »
Ana Vinagre in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ana Vinagre in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of beautiful Portuguese fado music with Ana Vinagre and her ensemble as we celebrate Portuguese heritage. Ana Vinagre is one of the area’s best known, and most respected Fadistas. Born... Read more »
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm
Film Screening & Discussion: John Huston's "Moby-Dick" (1956) @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
See the famous 1956 John Huston film “Moby-Dick,” restored in wide-screen Blue-ray to mark the film’s 60th anniversary. A 3-day extravaganza leading up to the New Bedford premiere of “Moby Dick” on June 27, 1956... Read more »
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Labia Series: A Fresh Look at the Feminine – Closing Reception @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Kate Frazer Rego Labia Series A Fresh Look at the Feminine I started the Labia Series in 2015 after attending Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The series has progressed over the years both in size,... Read more »
25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim @ New Bedford, MA and Fairhaven, MA
Jun 30 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am
25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim @ New Bedford, MA and Fairhaven, MA | Fairhaven | 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 »
City of New Bedford Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament with Max Perfmance Volleyball @ East Beach
9:00 am
Beach Volleyball Tournament open to boys & girls ages 14-18 at East Beach. Compete in a 2-v-2 format. Girls vs Girls, Boys vs Boys. Non-Residents will also have to become a member of the McCoy... Read more »
Resident Artist Manny Catulo @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Resident Artist Manny Catulo @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Come see resident artist Manny Catulo demonstrate the art of model boat making. He recreates the traditional fishing boats that plied the waters of Portugal prior to World War II. These wooden boats predate the... Read more »
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading Douglass in the age of Trump @ Seamen's Bethel  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
A community reading of the speech given by Douglass in 1852 questioning the U.S. commitment to freedom for all people . The event commemorates the bicentennial of the life of Frederick Douglass.
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
4th of July with Frederick Douglass @ Custom House Square | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Meet Frederick Douglass and other people who lived in New Bedford during the 1800s. At 12:00 Frederick Douglass will give a speech in which he discusses slavery, independence, justice, and what it means to be... Read more »
Jul 4 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular 2018! @ City of New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display over New Bedford Harbor! Presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford the Fireworks Spectacular will take place overlooking State Pier on Wednsday, July... Read more »
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day
SloGrass Debuts at Garden Concert Series @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Friday, July 6 at 7pm, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum presents SloGrass, a band from Central Massachusetts, that has been entertaining New England audiences for over 25 years. Its unique brand of Acoustic Americana Bluegrass... Read more »
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Front & Center
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On July 6th, one of the finest live performance bands in New England, Front & Center, takes... Read more »
Larry Kaplan in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Larry Kaplan in Concert @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for an intimate house concert with Larry Kaplan! Kaplan’s music is known widely in both the US and abroad for its strong storytelling and for its simple and beautiful melody lines, and has... Read more »
Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble @ First Unitarian Church sanctuary
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble @ First Unitarian Church sanctuary | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
A Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble returns to New Bedford on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 pm in the First Unitarian Church sanctuary on Union Street. Twenty-five brilliant, teen singers from nine states plus... Read more »
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – Jul 8 @ 9:00 pm
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
The Zeiterion Theater presents the 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival from Saturday July 7 through Sunday July 8, 2018 with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk... Read more »
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – Jul 8 @ 9:00 pm
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
The Z presents the 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival with another impressive line-up of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music! Last year’s festival presented more than 100 performers on... Read more »
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade @ Starts at Buttonwood Park
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade @ Starts at Buttonwood Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
SAVE THE DATE for the 46th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 7th, 2018. Stay tuned for further details.
July AHA! Night – Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July AHA! Night - Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | 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; two weeks before each AHA!... Read more »
New Bedford Preservation Society Summer Walking Tour Series Neighborhoods of the Textile Era @ Grinnell Mansion | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Neighborhoods of the Textile Era, July 12 Gather at 6pm at the Grinnell Mansion, 379 County Street. New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry’s peak in the... Read more »