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?!)

Put the COOL in School Vacation with this list of April Staycation Week activities!

Download a printable list of 2017 Events and Festivals.

Calendar of Events
Quaker Clothing: Fashioned for Friends @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – May 15 @ 4:00 pm
Quaker Clothing: Fashioned for Friends @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
The Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum invites the public to the opening reception of an exhibit Quaker clothing in the Upstairs Galleries on Thursday, March 9th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The objects are part... Read more »
Mar 29 – Apr 30 all-day
Fool's Gold Exhibition @ Gallery X | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Fool’s Gold Gallery X’s April exhibition theme is satire, caricature, whimsy, and anything with a touch of humor added to the creative spark. Some works are intrinsically funny to look at; others make people chuckle... Read more »
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 »
April Vacation Week Activities @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
April Vacation Week Activities @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Visit the Center for FREE activities! Budding artists can decorate a scallop shell in the make and take craft area while learning more about scallops. A scavenger hunt will provide an opportunity for all to... Read more »
NBSO April Concert @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm
NBSO April Concert @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS: Join the NBSO for an unforgettable concert that will transport you to the many worlds of John Williams! Guest Conductor: Ken-David Masur No composer has done more to bring the... Read more »
Annie Sing-Along Movie! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm
Annie Sing-Along Movie! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to sing along as little orphan Annie escapes the mean Miss Hannigan and into Daddy Warbucks’ arms in this sing-along version of the 1982 movie starring Albert... Read more »
PIPPIN @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 4 @ 8:00 pm
PIPPIN @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Full of dazzling acrobatics, sizzling choreography and soaring songs, this unforgettable performance of Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. Straight from Broadway, where it won four 2013 Tony® Awards including Best Musical... Read more »
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Come shop for locally grown winter vegetables and other local items, including baked goods, chicken, grass-fed beef, jams, jellies, honey, lotions, dog treats, and more! We accept debit/credit and SNAP!
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
The family-friendly downtown festa returns! Full of music, history, food and fun, this street fair showcases the richness of Southcoast’s vibrant Portuguese-American culture. The Zeiterion is proud to work alongside New Bedford’s finest Portuguese cultural... Read more »
Carlos Do Carmo @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Carlos Do Carmo @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
The Z offers the best in World Music, and fado super star Carlos do Carmo’s arrival for a one-night-only performance is proof! Possibly the finest in the “Lisbon Song,” do Carmo dominates the stage with... Read more »
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cherry Blossom Festival (O-hanami) @ Cooke Memorial Park | Fairhaven | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
A cultural festival to observe the cherry blossoms and appreciate the arrival of spring in the traditional Japanese manner
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival @ Cooke Memorial Park | Fairhaven | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
This traditional festival celebrates cherry blossoms and our friendship with Japan. Free outdoor activities include names written in Japanese, origami (paper folding) instructions and demo, Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts demonstration, raffle, Japanese &... Read more »
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Matthew Byrne: An Evening of Traditional Newfoundland Music @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for an intimate evening of traditional Newfoundland Music featuring Matthew Byrne. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on... Read more »
AHA! We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! We Art 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 »
Keigwin & Company @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Keigwin & Company @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, KEIGWIN + COMPANY engages audiences with a dynamic repertory program that showcases two of Bernstein’s most iconic works: “On The Waterfront” and “On the Town – Suite.” With... Read more »
KEIGWIN + COMPANY @ Zeiterion Preforming Arts Center
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
KEIGWIN + COMPANY @ Zeiterion Preforming Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, KEIGWIN + COMPANY engages audiences with a dynamic repertory program that showcases two of Bernstein’s most iconic works: “On The Waterfront” and “On the Town – Suite.” With... Read more »
Poetry Night @ The Sawmill
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Poetry Night @ The Sawmill  | Acushnet | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for an evening outdoor poetry workshop at The Sawmill in Acushnet led by Pat Gomes of Greater New Bedford Writer’s Block. You’ll be inspired by The Sawmill’s serene natural scenery... Read more »
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dock-U-Mentaries: Fishing for Knowledge - Cooperative Research for Sustainable Fisheries in New England @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Researchers from the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology’s Department of Fisheries Oceanography will present ongoing cooperative fisheries research. Join us to learn about these exciting projects and collaborations between the local fishing... Read more »
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Bluesman David Jacobs-Strain in Concert @ Wamsutta Club | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
David Jacobs-Strain, known for his mastery of traditional blues, roots music and a fierce blues guitar style presents a Music in the Gallery concert on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the beautiful... Read more »
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Come shop for locally grown winter vegetables and other local items, including baked goods, chicken, grass-fed beef, jams, jellies, honey, lotions, dog treats, and more! We accept debit/credit and SNAP!
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Taste Of SouthCoast @ Pier 3 | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 pm
The 11th Annual “Taste of SouthCoast” Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 12 Noon until 5pm on Pier 3 in New Bedford’s Historic Waterfront. The “Taste of SouthCoast” is hosted by New... 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 »
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 »
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 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Schooner Ernestina 35th Anniversary Celebration @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
SAVE-THE-DATE The Schooner Ernestina-Morrisey Association, Inc. invites you to attend an evening of Cape Verdean music, food, dance and awards. Come celebrate the 35th anniversary of this generous gift from Cape Verde. Ticket information and... 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 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 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 »