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, International 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?!)

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

 

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Calendar of Events
200 Narratives for 200 years: The Power of Literacy @ New Bedford Public Library - All branches
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
200 Narratives for 200 years: The Power of Literacy @ New Bedford Public Library - All branches | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
To honor the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass, the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Public Library will give out free copies of the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American... Read more »
Black History Month Exhibit @ City Hall, Ashley Room
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Black History Month Exhibit @ City Hall, Ashley Room | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Mayor Jon Mitchell, City of New Bedford presents an exhibit celebrating Black History Month, by artist and curator Alison Wells. Opening Reception Thursday, February 8th 6p-8p, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments in the Ashley... Read more »
Feb 7 – Mar 7 all-day
Frederick Douglass Travelling Exhibit @ New Bedford | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
This exhibition, on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Among the highlights are a broadside... Read more »
African Children's Choir, South Coast Children's Chorus, NBPS Carney Academy Select Chorus @ Keith Middle School | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Experience an unforgettable Cultural Connections Concert as The African Children’s Choir unites with our local talented voices from the South Coast Children’s Chorus and NBPS Carney Academy Select Chorus! This concert is presented by the... Read more »
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Pottery, fossils, bottles, old tools? Don’t know what it is? Most fishermen have pulled up an unusual catch in their net or dredge and want to learn more about the piece. We invite the public... Read more »
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 »
AHA! Mothers and Daughters @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AHA! Mothers and Daughters @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
5:00 pm
At New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, rangers and volunteers will reenact a lively discussion about the lives of famous mother and daughter​,​ Anna and Rosetta Douglass​ at 6:30​. ​And first, the life and times... Read more »
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet performs The Manjiro Story at AHA Night @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
New Bedford Ballet Celebrates Local Ties to Japan Travel in time to 1841 as the New Bedford Youth Ballet performs “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story,” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for AHA... Read more »
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Courage, Perseverance, and Trust:  The Manjiro Story @ New Bedford Ballet | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
Travel in time to 1841 as New Bedford Youth Ballet performs “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story” based on the extraordinary life of Manjiro Nakahama. A poor, uneducated, shipwrecked Japanese boy, rescued by the... Read more »
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History (A Musical) @ New Bedford Whaling Museum | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
The buoyant musical “We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History” tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. With catchy musical numbers and... Read more »
A Day in the Life of Fisheries Scientist Crista Bank @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Day in the Life of Fisheries Scientist Crista Bank @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for A Day in the Life of Crista Bank, a fisheries scientist at SMAST. She collaborates with the commercial fishing industry, state and federal agencies, and other research institutions to study commercially important... Read more »
Dock-U-Mentaries: A Fish Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dock-U-Mentaries: A Fish Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Join us for Dock-U-Mentaries on Friday March 16th at 7pm. A FISH STORY is the tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle for control of the ocean. Angela Sanfilippo of Gloucester,... Read more »
A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm
A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style! After more than 30 years of captivating audiences with Irish music and culture on the radio program A Celtic Sojourn, Brian O’Donovan brings traditional instrumentalists, dancers and... Read more »
Women in World Jazz @ New Bedford Free Public Library - Downtown Branch
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm
Women in World Jazz @ New Bedford Free Public Library - Downtown Branch | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
3:00 pm
In honor of Women’s History Month, join the Women in World Jazz at the New Bedford Downtown Library 3rd floor Meeting Room! Women in World Jazz presents an educational performance for the whole family featuring... Read more »
Film and Discussion, Slavery by Another Name @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Film and Discussion, Slavery by Another Name @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:00 pm
During our year-long commemoration of the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth, we look at slavery in America, throughout its history. This film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Viviane Saleh-Hanna, Chairperson,... Read more »
Junior Ranger Day! @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Apr 15 all-day
Junior Ranger Day! @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
Complete the Triple Ranger Challenge! That’s right, complete all three junior ranger programs on this one day and get an oversize, ranger signed, colorful, magnificent, unique, Junior Ranger Day Triple Ranger Challenge certificate! Free for... Read more »
Gloria Steinem presented by the New Bedford Lyceum @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
Gloria Steinem presented by the New Bedford Lyceum @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
8:00 pm
NEW BEDFORD LYCEUM PRESENTS A CONVERSATION WITH GLORIA 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. She travels... 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 »
Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 16 @ 2:30 pm – Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm
Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
2:30 pm
2018 marks the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth. We commemorate him this year with a special walking tour that traces his footsteps and explores his words, like: “My first afternoon, on reaching New Bedford, was... Read more »
The Whaling Days Walking Tour @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am – Sep 30 @ 10:30 am
The Whaling Days Walking Tour @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:30 am
Find out why New Bedford was the 19th Century’s world capitol of industrial whaling. What caused the decline of this source of oil energy? What can we learn from the earliest globalized energy industry and... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »