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?!)

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Calendar of Events
The Photography of John “Choo Choo” Ryan @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Nov 9 2017 – Jan 28 2018 all-day
The Photography of John "Choo Choo" Ryan @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Join us for the opening reception for The Photography of John “Choo Choo” Ryan during AHA night Thursday November 11th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. John “Choo Choo” Ryan began photographing the New Bedford waterfront after... Read more »
Dec 14 all-day
Festival of Lights @ Art Scapes | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Festival of Lights – Celebrate and learn about Hanukkah and Jewish celebrations and traditions. Crisp potato pancakes and other sweet and savory fare. Learn to play the dreidel game and search for hidden gelt.
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Dec 14 @ 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 »
AHA! City Sidewalks @ Downtown New Bedford
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! City Sidewalks @ 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 »
Winter on the Waterfront Exhibit @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter on the Waterfront Exhibit @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Join us during AHA night! See Phil Mello’s photos of Winter on the Waterfront while enjoying free hot cocoa and cookies. Shop in our gift shop and save 10% off your purchase! Find that unique,... Read more »
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dead in the Water Documentary New Bedford Premiere @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
7:00 pm
Join us for the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower, when the Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on December 15th at 7:00 p.m.... Read more »
Holiday Happenings 2017 @ Custom House Square
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holiday Happenings 2017 @ Custom House Square
12:00 pm
Downtown will be full of holiday spirit and all decked out for the holiday season! Enjoy an afternoon of free horse drawn carriage rides around Custom House Square, pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on... Read more »
Family Holiday Pops Concerts 3:30 and 7:00PM @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Dec 16 @ 3:30 pm
Family Holiday Pops Concerts 3:30 and 7:00PM @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:30 pm
A Family Holiday Treat: Join the NBSO for the best holiday concert in town! Conductor: Yaniv Dinur Featuring: The New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Showstoppers Come celebrate the holiday season with us in... Read more »
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Spirit of Song Ensemble Cantata - Honor, Glory and Praise @ st anthony of padua church  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
4:00 pm
Former New Bedford teacher and local composer, Russell Campoli, completed a Christmas Cantata called ‘Honor, Glory and Praise’. The Spirit of Song Ensemble, under the direction of Cassandra Morgan, will premier this beautiful new work... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Dec 28 @ 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 »
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
City Celebrates! New Year's Eve 2017 @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
New Bedford area residents and visitors are invited to enjoy an evening full of free family-friendly programming on New Year’s Eve in Downtown New Bedford’s Seaport Cultural District to bid farewell to 2017 and ring... Read more »
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
New Year's Eve Bash at the Whaling Museum @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
The New Year’s Eve Bash is an after dinner celebration complete with a spectacular fireworks display, desserts and savory treats, dancing, and cocktails! See New Bedford’s fireworks display from the warm comforts of the Harbor... Read more »
New Year’s Eve Dance Under the Moonlight @ Cape Verdean Veteran's Hall
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve Dance Under the Moonlight @ Cape Verdean Veteran's Hall | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 pm
This New Year’s Eve Dance is going to be a celebration under the stars and moonlight. Come dance the night away as we ring in 2018. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and party favors. Music... Read more »
22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Jan 5 – Jan 7 all-day
22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
One of the world’s best known readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel “Moby-Dick” returns to the New Bedford Whaling Museum January 5-7, 2018. The 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon attracts thousands of people each year... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Jan 11 @ 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 »
Susan Werner – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
Susan Werner - 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! Celebrated as a charismatic performer, Susan Werner is known for conquering... Read more »
The Yamato Drummers @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm
The Yamato Drummers @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
4:00 pm
Named for ‘the land of Yamato,” the birthplace of Japanese culture, the Yamato Drummers travel all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting their very souls into the unusual instruments. These sounds evoke... Read more »
Dance Barre – FREE Dance Discussion/Lecture @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm
Dance Barre - FREE Dance Discussion/Lecture @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
DANCE DECONSTRUCTED: HOW BALLETS COME TOGETHER & FALL APART Guest Speaker: Sydney Skybeter Ballet has a reputation for being pristine and prim, but many dances are overly improvisational, chaotic and over-the-top, and the choreographic processes... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Jan 25 @ 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 »
Patti Smith @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm
Patti Smith @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, iconic artist, and author Patti Smith reads from her latest book, Devotion, a deeply personal look at her creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. All attendees will receive... Read more »
The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner & Kate Burton @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner & Kate Burton @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
More than a half century after WWII, at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor (played by Ed Asner), a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Against the... Read more »
The Moth Mainstage @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
The Moth Mainstage @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
The wildly popular stage show returns once again with stories that honor the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its inception, The Moth Mainstage has presented more than 26,000 true stories, crafted with assistance... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Feb 8 @ 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 »
GlobalFest: The Golden Age of Latin Music @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
GlobalFest: The Golden Age of Latin Music @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
The New Golden Age of Latin Music is being shaped right here in North America! globalFEST presents two of today’s most exciting bands, Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras, whose merging styles reflect the changing borders... Read more »
Jessica Lange Dance @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Jessica Lange Dance @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Experience the beauty of movement and music as only Jessica Lang Dance can deliver. Rapidly gaining recognition, the company has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, John F. Kennedy Center... Read more »
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
18th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon @ First Unitarian Church  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
A community reading of Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave celebrating the connections between Douglass and New Bedford. 2018 is the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.
Masters of Illusion @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Masters of Illusion @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
As seen on CW television network! The time-honored art from master illusionists meets the modern design of the 21st century in this spectacular performance: grand illusions, levitation, appearances and vanishes, comedy magic, sleight of hand…everything... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Feb 22 @ 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 »
Judy Gold – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm
Judy Gold - Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Comedian/Actor/Writer/Host/Big Mouth Judy Gold has an extensive resume that includes appearances on some of the funniest television (I’m Dying Up Here, Broad City, among others) and stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central. These credentials... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Mar 8 @ 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 »