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
Little Black Dress Exhibit: The Long and Short of It @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Jun 30 – Oct 31 all-day
Little Black Dress Exhibit: The Long and Short of It @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
A staple in every woman’s wardrobe today, the history of little black dress (LBD) is one of fashion, fabric and fortune. Coco Chanel is widely credited with its creation – and she did give it... Read more »
Aug 10 – Oct 29 all-day
Nautical Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them: Portraits by Phil Mello @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit – Nautical Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them: Portraits by Phil Mello. At the 2015 Working Waterfront Festival’s Nautical Tattoo Contest, contestants and others were photographed... Read more »
Mark Freedman: Urban Sounds @ University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth
Sep 22 – Nov 16 all-day
Mark Freedman: Urban Sounds @ University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Mark Freedman: Urban Sounds Sept 22 – Nov 16 Mark Freedman: Urban Sounds Exhibition featuring paintings of the urban environments with their unique ability to capture and hold light. Reception: Thursday Oct 12, 5:30 –... Read more »
Thou Shalt Knot Symposium @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thou Shalt Knot Symposium @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 am
Join experts from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT), and the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP) for “Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters.” The symposium at the... Read more »
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Clasky Common | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Stop by the farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally made lotions and soaps! Now accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, SNAP, and cash!
BOO AT THE ZOO @ Buttonwood Park Zoo
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm
BOO AT THE ZOO @ Buttonwood Park Zoo | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
BOO AT THE ZOO Spooktaculuar Fun for the Whole Family! Grab your favorite costume and join us at BOO AT THE ZOO for an evening of Halloween fun! There’s enough thrills and chills for all... Read more »
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm
Scotland's Archie Fisher in Concert @ Wamsutta Club | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Legendary Scottish folk troubadour Archie Fisher makes a rare appearance and brings his songs, stories and the very best of Scottish folk music to the Music in the Gallery concert series. Archie Fisher has been... Read more »
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
Music at St. Anthonys - Tribute to Michel Labens @ St. Anthony of Padua  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
4:00 pm
Michel Labens was organist at St. Anthony of Padua church in New Bedford from 1953 to 1999. As choirmaster, he directed liturgical and festival programs with SATB adult choirs, and children’s choruses from the second... Read more »
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Brooklawn Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Stop by the farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, jams, honey, baked goods, and more! Now accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, SNAP, and cash!
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm
Seeing Deeper Into the World of the White Shark @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Cape Cod is now the only known aggregating site for white sharks in the North Atlantic. Join Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Scientist, Massachusetts Marine Fisheries as he discusses research on the biology and abundance... Read more »
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Custom House Square
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Custom House Square | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Stop by the farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, fish, jams, honey, baked goods, and more! Now accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, SNAP, and cash!
Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Second Half Lecture: Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:30 pm
Join Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer to explore rarely seen paintings, drawings, and representations of the Yankee whale hunt that have been buried deep within the logbooks, journals, and manuscripts of America’s whaling... Read more »
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Labyrinth of Desire - Closing Reception @ S&G Project Gallery | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Labyrinth of Desire by Micheal Walden October 6 to October 28, 2017 Join us Friday October 27, 5 to 8 pm for an closing reception This body of work explores a journey of emancipation from... Read more »
Haunted Whaleship @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Haunted Whaleship @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:30 pm
Join the fun at our 5th Annual Haunted Whale Ship: A family-friendly Halloween event geared toward children 12 and under Meet ghosts from New Bedford’s seafaring past and head out on a scavenger hunt while... Read more »
BOO AT THE ZOO @ Buttonwood Park Zoo
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 9:00 pm
BOO AT THE ZOO @ Buttonwood Park Zoo | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
BOO AT THE ZOO Spooktaculuar Fun for the Whole Family! Grab your favorite costume and join us at BOO AT THE ZOO for an evening of Halloween fun! There’s enough thrills and chills for all... Read more »
Opening Reception Scapes: Placemaking in the 21st Century
6:00 pm
SCAPES: PLACEMAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY 10/25/2017 – 3/11/2018 SCAPES: Placemaking in the 21st Century is an exhibit of contemporary painters, photographers, digital media artists and sculptors who have flipped the Modernist focus on the... Read more »
A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
A Gentleman's Guide To Love & Murder @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Broadway audiences have embraced the uproariously funny Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Now the national tour of the dark musical comedy arrives in New Bedford to... Read more »
Mountainfilm on Tour – New Bedford, MA @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mountainfilm on Tour - New Bedford, MA @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Marching Forward / Mass. is proud to host Mountainfilm on Tour at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. See a selection of 18 documentary shorts including thought-provoking explorations of climate change and the environment; immigrant struggles;... Read more »
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Clasky Common | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Stop by the farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally made lotions and soaps! Now accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, SNAP, and cash!
Wedding of the Century @ James Arnold Mansion, Inc
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
Wedding of the Century @ James Arnold Mansion, Inc | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Wedding of the Century Fundraiser James Arnold Mansion, Inc. will hold a reenactment of the wedding between James Arnold and Sarah Roach on October 28th at the James Arnold Mansion 427 County Street. Excellent food,... Read more »
Halloween Movie Spookathon! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am
Halloween Movie Spookathon! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
It’s double the trouble when The Z presents a pair of spooky movies back-to-back to honor the frightful holiday. First, The Addams Family (1991) follows Gomez (Raul Julia), Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and their ghoulish household... Read more »
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Silent Film! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Silent Film! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
4:00 pm
Victor Hugo’s novel comes alive in the 1923 silent movie, with a live soundtrack from organist Bernie Anderson and our Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Set in 15th-century Paris, The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the evil... Read more »
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Bedford Farmers Market @ Brooklawn Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Stop by the farmers market for locally grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, jams, honey, baked goods, and more! Now accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, SNAP, and cash!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – LIVE Shadowcast! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - LIVE Shadowcast! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
The cult classic with a twist returns! RKO Army performs the must-see flick of the season, while the movie starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick rolls on screen. Whether you’ve seen The Rocky... Read more »
Adam Ezra Group- Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm
Adam Ezra Group- 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! The Adam Ezra Group has exploded out of their Boston-area origins... Read more »
AHA! Made in NB @ Downtown New Bedford
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! Made in NB @ 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 »
Wildlife Education Series - Understanding Our Changing Oceans:  Innovations in Marine Science at UMass Dartmouth @ Buttonwood Park Zoo | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Speaker: Steven Lohrenz, Dean and Professor – School for Marine Science & Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (SMAST) Description: Ocean environments are undergoing accelerating rates of change from both natural and human-related drivers. Climatic change is... Read more »
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 19 @ 2:30 pm
Your Theatre Presents Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike @ Your Theatre, Inc. | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Your Theatre, Inc.’s 2nd major attraction of its 71st Season is scheduled for an eight performance run opening on November 9.... Read more »
Zerui Depina – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm
Zerui Depina - 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! Originally from Cape Verde, Zérui Depina immigrated to the U.S. where... Read more »
TEDXNew Bedford: Begin @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Nov 11 all-day
TEDXNew Bedford: Begin @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
The TEDx NewBedford team returns with the inspiring theme of beginning, whether it’s launching a business, starting a new lifestyle or sparking an idea. Renown homegrown and international speakers, such as Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Bernie Swain,... Read more »