EVENTS

What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.

There’s always something happening in New Bedford! 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?!)

Need some inspiration? Check out our list of the Top 10 Things to do in New Bedford!

You can download a printable sample of New Bedford’s 2019 Events and Festivals.

Highland Street Summer Free Fun Fridays 2019

Calendar of Events
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – Sep 30 @ 11:30 am
10:30 am
What makes New Bedford, “The City That Lit The World?” Park Rangers will lead an interactive discussion about a compelling aspect of New Bedford’s story. It will make you question what you know (or think... Read more »
National Park Visitor Center
Jun 29 @ 2:30 pm – Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
Many call New Bedford home. Join a Park Ranger as we think about what makes a town, city, state, or country ​”​home.​”​ And we’ll discuss why people leave home, return home, or ​make a new... Read more »
National Park Visitor Center
Jul 1 – Sep 30 all-day
12:00 am
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,... Read more »
Custom House Square
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell Presents The Summer Sound Series! The Summer Sound Series is a annual all Summer long Music Series of Free Concerts on the pier from 6-8pm. The fourth Concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 4-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. The event will run on May 26, June 30, July 28,... Read more »
West Beach Pavilion
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
12:00 am
FREE-FREE-FREE….Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become... Read more »
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
10:30 am
Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of women who fought to make the world a better place on this free one-hour guided tour. Hear stories of inspiring, civically-engaged SouthCoast women such... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell Presents The Summer Sound Series! The Summer Sound Series is a annual all Summer long Music Series of Free Concerts on the pier from 6-8pm. The fifth Concert of the series presents... Read more »
Working Waterfront
6:00 pm
Howland Mills Walking Tour Gather at the Howland Place 651 302 Bolton Street entrance at 6pm. The Howland Mill story is one of the most compelling in the history of New Bedford. William D. Howland... Read more »
Howland Place
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Mayor Jon Mitchell Presents The Summer Sound Series! The Summer Sound Series is a annual all Summer long Music Series of Free Concerts on the pier from 6-8pm. The Final Concert of the summer is... Read more »
Working Waterfront
12:00 am
Shakespeare in NB, New Bedford’s Free Shakespeare Program, returns for its third summer via a co-production with Midsummer Shakespeare of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! Much Ado tells the story of Beatrice and Benedick, contemporaries evenly... Read more »
Wings Court
8:00 pm
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.
Custom House Square
10:30 am
Learn about the history of New Bedford through the lives of women who fought to make the world a better place on this free one-hour guided tour. Hear stories of inspiring, civically-engaged SouthCoast women such... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
7:00 pm
The music of the legendary Broadway creative team of Lerner & Loewe is the focus for the collaboration of Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum and Seaglass Theater Company’s Return to Camelot on August 22, 2019... Read more »
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
7:30 pm
City of New Bedford Presents End of Summer Movie Night! Celebrate summer under the stars at Custom House Square in Downtown New Bedford. The annual End of Summer Movie Night’s theme this year is “See-Worthy... Read more »
Custom House Square
3:00 pm
Reggae on West Beach is a 4-Part Summer Series featuring DJs spinning the best in the reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. The event will run on May 26, June 30, July 28,... Read more »
West Beach Pavilion