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, International 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
200 Narratives for 200 years: The Power of Literacy @ New Bedford Public Library - All branches
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
200 Narratives for 200 years: The Power of Literacy @ New Bedford Public Library - All branches | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
To honor the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass, the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Public Library will give out free copies of the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American... Read more »
Black History Month Exhibit @ City Hall, Ashley Room
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Black History Month Exhibit @ City Hall, Ashley Room | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Mayor Jon Mitchell, City of New Bedford presents an exhibit celebrating Black History Month, by artist and curator Alison Wells. Opening Reception Thursday, February 8th 6p-8p, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments in the Ashley... Read more »
Feb 7 – Mar 7 all-day
Frederick Douglass Travelling Exhibit @ New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
This exhibition, on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Among the highlights are a broadside... Read more »
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm
Frozen Asset: Ice Making & the New Bedford Fishing Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Join us on February 8th at 6:00 p.m. during AHA for the opening of our latest exhibit Frozen Asset: Ice Making & the New Bedford Fishing Industry. This exhibit explores how ice contributed to the... Read more »
Feb 17 – Feb 25 all-day
February School "Staycation" Week @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Put the COOL in school vacation week with great programs for kids of all ages throughout the city! Buttonwood Park Zoo www.BPZoo.org Toe Jam Puppet Band Monday, 10am & 11:30am Sing, dance and play the... Read more »
Feb 19 – Feb 23 all-day
February Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Get ready for some fun and adventure at the Whaling Museum during February Vacation Week! Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will captivate you with engaging stories and folktales on Monday. Pose... Read more »
Whales, Tales, & Sails @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Whales, Tales, & Sails @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Foxes are found in many parts of the world, and in our National Parks, too! Join us for Whales, Tales, & Sails, the park’s free weekly story hour. Storyteller Jackson Gillman offers songs, stories and... Read more »
Family Concert with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Concert with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Family Fun Night with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante! Join them on Friday 2/23 at 6:00 pm for a family friendly concert. Janie and Rob will entertain the crowd with maritime music from the... Read more »
African Children's Choir, South Coast Children's Chorus, NBPS Carney Academy Select Chorus @ Keith Middle School | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Experience an unforgettable Cultural Connections Concert as The African Children’s Choir unites with our local talented voices from the South Coast Children’s Chorus and NBPS Carney Academy Select Chorus! This concert is presented by the... 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 »
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Pottery, fossils, bottles, old tools? Don’t know what it is? Most fishermen have pulled up an unusual catch in their net or dredge and want to learn more about the piece. We invite the public... Read more »
March AHA! Night - I Am New Bedford: Herstory, History, Ourstory @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
AHA! (Art-History-Architecture) Night is New Bedford’s Free Arts and Culture event which takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month. Each month has a different theme; two weeks before each AHA! Night, a detailed listed... 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 »
AHA! Mothers and Daughters @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AHA! Mothers and Daughters @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
At New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, rangers and volunteers will reenact a lively discussion about the lives of famous mother and daughter​,​ Anna and Rosetta Douglass​ at 6:30​. ​And first, the life and times... Read more »
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet performs The Manjiro Story at AHA Night @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet Celebrates Local Ties to Japan Travel in time to 1841 as the New Bedford Youth Ballet performs “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story,” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for AHA... Read more »
Candace Dalton – Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm
Candace Dalton - Stage Door Live! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Candace Dalton is a medium whose precise validations have comforted thousands. The 26-year-old Bostonian is passionate about helping the living connect with the ‘Other Side,’ and she will communicate with deceased loved ones attempting to... Read more »
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm
Grammy Nominee Seth Glier in Concert @ Wamsutta Club | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Seth Glier brings his passionate songs, extraordinary singing and powerful command of both piano and guitar to the Music in the Gallery concert series. Seth Glier is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over... Read more »
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host Scanning Day, an opportunity for the public to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations. The... Read more »
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Courage, Perseverance, and Trust:  The Manjiro Story @ New Bedford Ballet | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Travel in time to 1841 as New Bedford Youth Ballet performs “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story” based on the extraordinary life of Manjiro Nakahama. A poor, uneducated, shipwrecked Japanese boy, rescued by the... Read more »
Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
7:00 pm
This four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning ensemble has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide for more than 50 years! With joyous and uplifting musical voices in a cappella style, Ladysmith Black Mambazo combine the complex rhythms and... Read more »
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History (A Musical) @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
The buoyant musical “We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History” tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. With catchy musical numbers and... Read more »
A Day in the Life of Fisheries Scientist Crista Bank @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Day in the Life of Fisheries Scientist Crista Bank @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for A Day in the Life of Crista Bank, a fisheries scientist at SMAST. She collaborates with the commercial fishing industry, state and federal agencies, and other research institutions to study commercially important... Read more »
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 2:30 pm
Your Theatre presents Six Degrees of Separation @ Your Theatre, Inc. | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, claiming he... Read more »
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening: After Ryder – Photographs by Nicholas Whitman @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Photographer Nicholas Whitman, a former Whaling Museum curator, finds inspiration in the work of 19th century painter Albert Pinkham Ryder. “Ryder’s paintings evoke emotions from a world beneath the surface. He probes dark seas to... Read more »
Dock-U-Mentaries: A Fish Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dock-U-Mentaries: A Fish Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for Dock-U-Mentaries on Friday March 16th at 7pm. A FISH STORY is the tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle for control of the ocean. Angela Sanfilippo of Gloucester,... Read more »
A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm
A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style! After more than 30 years of captivating audiences with Irish music and culture on the radio program A Celtic Sojourn, Brian O’Donovan brings traditional instrumentalists, dancers and... Read more »
Indoor Winter New Bedford Farmers Market @ Times Square Building Atrium
Mar 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 »
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sailors' Series-Photography: Wind and Water-Onne van der Wal @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
In 2018 the annual Sailors’ Series of lectures takes on the theme of Elemental Exposures: Remarkable Maritime Photography. Our first speaker Onne van der Wal is one of the most prolific and talented marine photographers... Read more »
Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm
Moscow Festival Ballet's Sleeping Beauty @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Moscow Festival Ballet returns for an enthralling presentation of Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa’s career, often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. Sergei Radchenko’s troupe brings together the highest classical... Read more »
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day
Buttonwood Park Zoo's Easter EggZOOberance @ Buttonwood Park Zoo | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:30 am
Back by popular demand! Hop over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo to meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an egg-cellent breakfast buffet, take a photo with the Easter Bunny and meet some of the Zoo’s favorite... Read more »