EVENTS

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?!)

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

Highland Street Summer Free Fun Fridays 2019

Calendar of Events
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
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 5 @ 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 first of the series to kick... Read more »
Working Waterfront
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – Jul 7 @ 9:00 pm
11:00 am
***Early Bird pricing for Folk Fest ends June 22nd, 2019! Prices after 6/22: $30- Single Day | $40 – Weekend pass | $140 Premium Pass*** From Americana to blues, Celtic to roots, the best contemporary... Read more »
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
11:00 am
We will present the 47th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 6th. This event delights the City and many visitors that annually flock to New Bedford to embrace the Cape Verdean culture, traditions and... Read more »
Jul 12 @ 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 Second Concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
Jul 19 @ 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 third concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
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
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
Aug 2 @ 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 fifth Concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
Aug 9 @ 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 Final Concert of the summer is... Read more »
Working Waterfront
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
11:00 am
On September 14th the William and Eighth Street neighborhood will be alive with music, history, and the arts. There will be activities for the kids in the garden of the First Unitarian Church; , the... Read more »
Upper William Street Festival
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
10:00 am
A free celebration of commercial fishing culture. Activities will take place in and around the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) and on Steamship Pier (walking and vessel tours) from 10:00 am to... Read more »
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center