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?!)

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Calendar of Events
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Day in the Life speaker series featuring James "Jimmy" Dwyer, Jr. @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s A Day in the Life speaker series continues on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. with James “Jimmy” Dwyer, Jr. as he talks about life as a lumper and... Read more »
The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner & Kate Burton @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Soap Myth starring Ed Asner & Kate Burton @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
More than a half century after WWII, at the desperate urging of a passionate survivor (played by Ed Asner), a young investigative reporter finds herself caught between numerous versions of the same story. Against the... Read more »
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
18th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-thon @ First Unitarian Church  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
A community reading of Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave celebrating the connections between Douglass and New Bedford. 2018 is the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.
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 »
April AHA! Night - Sustainable SouthCoast @ 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 »
May AHA! Night – We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May AHA! Night - We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford | Woodbridge Township | New Jersey | 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, so check out the activities... Read more »
New Beford Lyceum Presents Gloria Steinem @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
New Beford Lyceum Presents Gloria Steinem @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
**$75 ticket includes a post-show meet and greet with Ms. Steinem. In the 45 years since co-founding Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem has propelled into national consciousness as a respected and lauded writer, editor, and activist.... Read more »
Through A Portagee Gate @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 31 @ 7:30 pm
Through A Portagee Gate @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:30 pm
Culture*Park Theatre was originally commissioned by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies to adapt and present “Through a Portagee Gate, a play.” This full-length play dramatizes the immigrant experience framed by a dynamic father/son... Read more »
June AHA! Night – Launch @ Downtown New Bedford
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June AHA! Night - Launch @ 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 »
Juneteenth Family Celebration @ Abolition Row Park
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Juneteenth Family Celebration @ Abolition Row Park  | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
A celebration of the ending of slavery across the U.S. in 1865 with African music, dance, and story telling. Re-enacters will be on hand to tell the stories of New Bedford residents who fought for... 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 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 »
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October AHA! Night - Scapes:Tables & Tours @ 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 »
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 »