EVENTS

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?!)

You can download a printable sample of New Bedford’s 2018 Events and Festivals here.

Calendar of Events
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blue Collars Book Launch Party @ Inner Bay Cafe | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
Spinner Publications celebrates its new book, BLUE COLLARS, a novel written by local author, Catherine McLaughlin. On Thursday, June 21 a book launch party will be held at Inner Bay Cafe, 1339 Cove Rd, New... Read more »
The Z’s Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob’s Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 12:00 am
The Z's Cultural Roadtrip: Jacob's Pillow @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 am
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... Read more »
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 3-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, ska, and dancehall. Last Sunday of each month 3pm-7pm. Family-friendly and FREE! The kick... Read more »
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
4th of July with Frederick Douglass @ Custom House Square | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Meet Frederick Douglass and other people who lived in New Bedford during the 1800s. At 12:00 Frederick Douglass will give a speech in which he discusses slavery, independence, justice, and what it means to be... Read more »
Jul 4 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular 2018! @ City of New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display over New Bedford Harbor! Presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford the Fireworks Spectacular will take place overlooking State Pier on Wednsday, July... Read more »
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Front & Center
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On July 6th, one of the finest live performance bands in New England, Front & Center, takes... Read more »
Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble @ First Unitarian Church sanctuary
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble @ First Unitarian Church sanctuary | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
A Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble returns to New Bedford on Friday, July 6, at 7:30 pm in the First Unitarian Church sanctuary on Union Street. Twenty-five brilliant, teen singers from nine states plus... Read more »
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – Jul 8 @ 9:00 pm
23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
The Z presents the 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival with another impressive line-up of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music! Last year’s festival presented more than 100 performers on... Read more »
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade @ Starts at Buttonwood Park
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade @ Starts at Buttonwood Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
SAVE THE DATE for the 46th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 7th, 2018. Stay tuned for further details.
July AHA! Night – Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July AHA! Night - Kids Rule @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
AHA! (Art-History-Architecture) Night is New Bedford’s Free arts and culture event which takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in downtown New Bedford. Each month has a different theme; two weeks before each AHA!... Read more »
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Flight of Fire @ City Pier 3 | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On July 13, the multiple award-winning band, Flight of Fire, known for over-the-top stage antics and crowd-pleasing... Read more »
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Phunky Autokratz @ City Pier 3 | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On July 20, a group of talented musicians who have played/toured with some of the music industry... Read more »
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 3-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, ska, and dancehall. Last Sunday of each month 3pm-7pm. Family-friendly and FREE! The kick... Read more »
The Devon Allman Project @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm
The Devon Allman Project @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
His surname is synonymous with one of the most revered forebears of Southern Rock. Now singer, songwriter and guitarist Devon Allman has launched a new band as the next chapter in his already storied music... Read more »
Aug 2 – Aug 5 all-day
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2018 @ Madeira Field | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Continuing a 104 year tradition, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will celebrate with 4 days of free admission and entertainment, traditional food and wine and much more. Often referred to as the “largest Portuguese... Read more »
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Funk Side Up @ City Pier 3 | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On August 3rd, Funk Side Up will cover the biggest hits from a wide variety of artists... Read more »
Lights Up! Musical Theatre Camp @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Aug 9 @ 9:04 am – Aug 10 @ 3:00 pm
Lights Up! Musical Theatre Camp @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
9:04 am
Lights Up! is The Z’s new musical theatre camp where every student shines as they learn, play, and perform a musical production in just one week! During their experience, campers sing, dance, act, rehearse, participate... Read more »
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
August AHA! Night - Jammin' In The Streets @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
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 »
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Sound Series: Steppin Out featuring New Image @ City Pier 3 | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On August 10h, bring your funk dance shoes, a friend or two, and throw down with the... Read more »
Endless Summer @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Endless Summer @ Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Vintage songs of the summer season is the theme for the presentation of Seaglass Theater Company’s Endless Summer on August 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM as the 5th annual production of the popular Concerts on... Read more »
Local Bands Mini Music Fest @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Aug 25 all-day
Local Bands Mini Music Fest @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on Saturday, August 25, for the park’s first-ever Local Bands Mini Music Fest. The day features a variety of local artists showcasing their unique, SouthCoast talent. The event... Read more »
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reggae On West Beach @ West Beach Pavilion  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 3-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, ska, and dancehall. Last Sunday of each month 3pm-7pm. Family-friendly and FREE! The kick... Read more »
American Idol LIVE 2018! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm
American Idol LIVE 2018! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
After a monumental return to television in 2018, “American Idol” announces it’s taking the show on the road with the American Idol Live! 2018 tour, spanning three months this summer. The shows will feature this... Read more »
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
September AHA! Night - #FrederickDouglassLivedHere @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
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 »
Postmodern Jukebox @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm
Postmodern Jukebox @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Postmodern Jukebox brings their trademark vintage twist on modern pop hits to The Z! This multi-talented collective reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime... Read more »
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
December AHA! Night - City Sidewalks @ Downtown New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
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 »