What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.

There’s always something happening in New Bedford! 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?!)

Need some inspiration? Check out our list of the Top 10 Things to do in New Bedford!

You can download a printable sample of New Bedford’s 2019 Events and Festivals.

Highland Street Summer Free Fun Fridays 2019

Calendar of Events
Jun 23 @ 4:11 pm – Jul 31 @ 4:11 pm
4:11 pm
Group exhibit of regional artists, paintings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculptures, pottery,jewelry and woodwork. Opening reception Sunday 6/23, 4-7pm , Aha night Reception 7/11, 5-8pm
Art Exhibit
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – Sep 30 @ 11:30 am
10:30 am
What makes New Bedford, “The City That Lit The World?” Park Rangers will lead an interactive discussion about a compelling aspect of New Bedford’s story. It will make you question what you know (or think... Read more »
National Park Visitor Center
Jun 29 @ 2:30 pm – Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Many call New Bedford home. Join a Park Ranger as we think about what makes a town, city, state, or country ​”​home.​”​ And we’ll discuss why people leave home, return home, or ​make a new... Read more »
National Park Visitor Center
Jul 1 – Sep 30 all-day
12:00 am
To mark the launch of The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting museum and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “Summer Winds” from July 1 to September 30,... Read more »
Custom House Square
Jul 19 – Jul 28 all-day
12:00 am
The award winning Festival Theatre presents the world-wide musical sensation MAMMA MIA! live on stage at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center for 8 performances July 19-28 with full cast, orchestra, extravagant sets and costumes.
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
1:00 am
Take a musical dive into sea science with stand-up chameleon Jackson Gillman. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
5:00 pm
Penina Gal Asylum Opening Reception Friday, July 26, 5 to 8 pm Join us in welcoming Penina Gal to S&G Project Gallery Penina is working on a large project exploring the stories of their family’s... Read more »
S&G Project Gallery
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell Presents The Summer Sound Series! The Summer Sound Series is a annual all Summer long Music Series of Free Concerts on the pier from 6-8pm. The fourth Concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
10:00 am
Don’t miss this free family event inviting both first time flyers and the best stunt kite flyers to New Bedford’s historic Fort Taber for a day of soaring on the sea. Special guests include; ConnectiKITERS,... Read more »
Fort Tabor Park
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 4-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. The event will run on May 26, June 30, July 28,... Read more »
West Beach Pavilion
7:00 pm
ALL ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE Z’S PRE-SHOW COMMUNITY SING AT 6:30PM. GROOVY ATTIRE ENCOURAGED! With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval... Read more »
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
10:00 am
Learn how to harness the power of wind and waves, investigate how marine animals adapt to windy, wavy habitats, and meet people who are working to protect marine and coastal environments. Taking inspiration from the... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
7:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell Presents the Summer Movie Series! The Summer Movie Series is an annual, all summer long series of classic movies on the Zeiterion’s big-screen from 7-9:30pm. The first movie of the series presents... Read more »
Zeiterion Theatre
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
12:00 am
FREE-FREE-FREE….Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become... Read more »
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
10:30 am
Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of women who fought to make the world a better place on this free one-hour guided tour. Hear stories of inspiring, civically-engaged SouthCoast women such... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5:30 pm
YahZoo is a first for the Buttonwood Park Zoo, combining all the fun of live country music, BBQ, beer, and games in an adults only party. With performances by local and Nashville artists, guest can... Read more »
Buttonwood Park Zoo