What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.

There’s always something happening in New Bedford! Check back for dates and information about Viva Portugal, 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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New Bedford ArtWeek April 26th to May 5th 2019.

Calendar of Events
The Three Dancing Princesses @ Zeiterion Theatre
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Three Dancing Princesses @ Zeiterion Theatre

Two performance’s by New Bedford Ballet.

2:00pm to 4:00pm & 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Counterpoint – Opening Reception @ S&G Project Gallery
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Counterpoint - Opening Reception @ S&G Project Gallery

David Baggarly & Tim McDonald
Extasy & Enstasy

..the wild freedom of the dance, extasy
silent solitary illumination, enstasy..
~Gary Snyder

The two lines above from American poet Gary Snyder’s “What You Should Know to Be a Poet” describe the foundation upon which this exhibition is based. The two bodies of work act in counterpoint to each other.

The first, mixed media paintings by David Baggarly, are a dance of color, materials, symbols, and processes that build to a bursting visual climax reflecting a mystic’s ecstatic worldview, philosophy, and faith.

In counterpoint, Tim McDonald’s collages, made up of found papers and marks, canvas remnants, and tape, are born from an immersion in Zen Buddhism and offer a quiet contemplative approach; like listening to snow fall.

Both artists, through contrasting approaches, are exploring paths toward a communion or attunement with what might be referred to as the oneness to which all things return.

Summer 2019 Exhibit @ Art Exhibit
Jun 23 @ 4:11 pm – Jul 31 @ 4:11 pm
Summer 2019 Exhibit @ Art Exhibit

Group exhibit of regional artists, paintings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculptures, pottery,jewelry and woodwork. Opening reception Sunday 6/23, 4-7pm , Aha night Reception 7/11, 5-8pm

Behind Poetic Kinetics @ co-creative center
Jun 29 all-day
Behind Poetic Kinetics @ co-creative center

Get a behind the scenes look at an artists process and experience artwork seen around the world created by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics.


Summer Winds opening exhibit @ Custom House Square
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Summer Winds opening exhibit @ Custom House Square

Inspired by the graceful, synchronous motion of schools of fish, Patrick Shearn’s signature Skynets are a constant reminder of nature moving around us. The forthcoming installation for DATMA’s Summer Winds exhibit will dramatically reveal the coastal wind currents moving throughout New Bedford, that are hardly visible otherwise. The artist will pursue a site-specific design for Custom House Square in order to maximize both the drama and intimacy of the artwork.

Summer Winds @ Custom House Square
Jul 1 – Sep 30 all-day
Summer Winds @ Custom House Square

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, 2019. Open and free to the public, DATMA has commissioned the centerpiece of “Summer Winds,” a large-scale, site specific architectural art installation called “Silver Current” created by internationally celebrated and Los Angeles, CA based artist Patrick Shearn and his Poetic Kinetics team.

“Silver Current” will feature an 8,000-square foot kinetic net sculpture, in Shearn’s signature style, installed over Custom House Square in New Bedford, MA throughout the “Summer Winds” season. DATMA has chosen the theme of wind to highlight a natural element of the Southcoast geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past and will do so again.

Made out of ultra-lightweight metalized film, “Silver Current” is the latest of the artist’s series “Skynets” that will move and shimmer with the wind, from 15 feet off the ground to 115 feet in the air. The customized piece is comprised of approximately 5,200 linear feet of rope, 200 handtied technical knots, and approximately 50,000 streamers of holographic silver film on a monofilament net, forming an iridescent wind wave form. Harnessing available wind, the artwork rises high into the sky and gently cascades down again, undulating in a display that is striking from a distance and intimately immersive up close.

Ofrenda NBMA @ Co-Creative Center
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ofrenda NBMA @ Co-Creative Center

Vecinos is an ongoing project that explores unique ways to create intimate connections between neighbors (in a global and local sense) through public art projects and story-telling. This July, Mia Pinheiro + Celestina Cardona Billington invite the people of New Bedford, MA to assist them in the making of a community art installation: Ofrenda.

In Mexico ofrendas are traditionally altars to honor important figures. In Vecinos, the Ofrenda speaks to the concept of neighbors and community the daily necessities, proximity and our shared experience of mortality and desire, integral components of the vast human experience. This symbolic construction will serve as a representation of the the collective poetics of the everyday humans in New Bedford, MA.

How to Participate in the Making of Ofrenda:
On Wednesday, July 10th from 4-8 we invite the people of New Bedford to a bring a symbolic object that represents their story in the fabric of the neighborhood of NBMA along with a written statement about the story behind their choice. The objects and stories will then be arranged into an Ofrenda by Mia + Celestina, and opened for public viewing. (Please bring us a symbolic object, please do not bring us your great-grandmother’s wedding hanky! Although we will be present to keep everything safe, we do not take responsibility for lost objects. There will be one pickup day on Friday July 12th to retrieve your objects.)

We invite the Public to the inauguration of Ofrenda on Thursday, July 11th from 5-9 during AHA Night, where it will be open for public viewing.

Mia Pinheiro is a performance artist + cultural facilitator from the New Bedford MA, currently residing and making work in Mexico City. Celestina is an artist and producer using creativity as a catalyst for community connection and transformation currently living in New York City.

This project is funded in part by Wicked Cool Places, New Bedford’s creative placemaking program, financed by the city’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund.

The Z’s Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob’s Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am
The Z's Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob's Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Join fellow dance lovers on a day-long trip to Jacob’s Pillow Dance, lauded world-wide as a “hub and mecca of dance” (TIME). We’ll take a motor coach from The Z, leaving at 9:00 a.m., to the Berkshires, where we’ll enjoy several performances and the beautiful surroundings. Your package includes round-trip transportation, a box lunch, tickets to two performances, pre-show talks, a guided tour, and more. Register online at, by phone at 508-994-2900 or in person at The Z Box Office.

SouthCoast Film Forum present: Leaning Into the Wind- Andy Goldsworthy @ Custom House Square
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SouthCoast Film Forum present: Leaning Into the Wind- Andy Goldsworthy @ Custom House Square

British sculptor and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy uses his natural surroundings to create works of art in San Francisco, St. Louis, New England, Brazil, Scotland and France. Originally released December 2017.

Upper William Street Festival @ Upper William Street Festival
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upper William Street Festival @ Upper William Street Festival

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 First Baptist Church the First and the Universalist Church (Gallery X) will all be alive with laughter and music Free vendor space for artists, craft makers, and Non Profits on William Street and Eighth Streets.
We are excited to show off the progress in the restoration of the 1829 First Baptist Church, now home to Your Theatre INC, also the 1833 First Unitarian Church, by prestigious architects Russell Warren and A.J. Davis. Also the  1855 First Universalist Church (Gallery X), These churches are not only historic structures they are vital and offer so much to the community. This is a chance to visit and learn a bit of the history of these beautiful buildings and our efforts to save these treasures long into the future. Each church group will offer entertainment, not only music, but theater, art, poetry, historical actors, etc.
AHA!, Your Theatre INC, Gallery X, The Collective NB, The City of New Bedford and many others have combined efforts to help showcase this city’s incredible talent and diversity. New Bedford has recently been ranked one of the top ten most creative cities, come help us show it off. For the most up to date details on the Festival visit
Charles Hauck Festival Chairperson, Gallery X
First Baptist Church Your Theatre INC Sandy Martin
First Unitarian Church Sharron Tetrault
Gallery X , John Nieman
Collective NB Kevin Mitchell , Joanna Tomacz