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?!)

Download a printable list of 2017 Events and Festivals.

Calendar of Events
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 »
Pete The Cat: Live Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm
Pete The Cat: Live Musical! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
Acclaimed Theatreworks USA brings wildly popular Pete the Cat to stage in a thrilling musical adventure. Based on James Dean’s best-selling children’s books, this tale follows Pete after he gets caught rocking out after bedtime... 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 »
Art Installation Opening and Maritime Music on AHA! Night @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Installation Opening and Maritime Music on AHA! Night @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host live music and an artist opening for AHA! New Bedford on June 8th. Artist William Chambers will open his installation Listen to the Whales in our visitor... 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 »
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 »
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 »
Free Fun Friday 2017 @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Fun Friday 2017 @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 am
Fun family activities fill the Whaling Museum for this annual event, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, which was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer... Read more »
AHA! Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! Kids Rule @ 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 »
Party for the Ocean @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Party for the Ocean @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Enjoy hands-on fun activities as you learn about whales and their ocean environment. Discover how whales stay warm, hear, see, float and eat. All activities are free with regular Museum admission.
Jul 30 @ 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 »
Aug 3 – Aug 6 all-day
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2017 @ Madeira Field | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Continuing a 103 year tradition, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will celebrate with 4 days of free entertainment, traditional food and wine and much more. Often referred to as the “largest Portuguese feast In... Read more »
Aug 27 @ 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 »
Sep 24 @ 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 »