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
Working Waterfront by Peter Pereira @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Feb 9 – Apr 2 all-day
Working Waterfront by Peter Pereira @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
An award-winning photojournalist, Peter has spent years documenting the New Bedford fishing community. This exhibit provides a look at those who work on the waterfront, both on shore and at sea. Like New Bedford, Peter... Read more »
Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 13 – May 28 all-day
Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
12:00 am
From the days of manila and hemp to the synthetic fibers in use on today’s boats, rope has been central to the workings of the commercial fishing industry. While nets and knots can be utilitarian,... Read more »
AHA! Sustainable Southcoast @ Downtown New Bedford
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! Sustainable Southcoast @ 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 »
Massachusetts Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Massachusetts Story @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
7:00 pm
Created in 1977, Massachusetts Story studies the then proposed oil drilling on Georges Bank and its potential impact on the New England Seacoast – particularly the fishing industry. This award winning film was produced and... Read more »
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm
Exercise Tiger Service @ Fort Rodman | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
The Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc. presents the annual observance of the soldiers and sailors lost during Exercise Tiger at Slapton Sands in Devon, England April 28, 1944. The D-Day rehearsal, codenamed Exercise Tiger,... Read more »
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Come shop for locally grown winter vegetables and other local items, including baked goods, chicken, grass-fed beef, jams, jellies, honey, lotions, dog treats, and more! We accept debit/credit and SNAP!
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Viva Portugal! @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
1:00 pm
The family-friendly downtown festa returns! Full of music, history, food and fun, this street fair showcases the richness of Southcoast’s vibrant Portuguese-American culture. The Zeiterion is proud to work alongside New Bedford’s finest Portuguese cultural... Read more »
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival @ Cooke Memorial Park | Fairhaven | Massachusetts | United States
11:00 am
This traditional festival celebrates cherry blossoms and our friendship with Japan. Free outdoor activities include names written in Japanese, origami (paper folding) instructions and demo, Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts demonstration, raffle, Japanese &... Read more »
AHA! We Art NB @ Downtown New Bedford
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AHA! We Art NB @ 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 »
Poetry Night @ The Sawmill
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Poetry Night @ The Sawmill  | Acushnet | Massachusetts | United States
6:00 pm
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for an evening outdoor poetry workshop at The Sawmill in Acushnet led by Pat Gomes of Greater New Bedford Writer’s Block. You’ll be inspired by The Sawmill’s serene natural scenery... Read more »
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Bedford Winter Farmers Market @ Bristol Building Hallway-between Travessia & Green Bean | New Bedford | Massachusetts | United States
10:00 am
Come shop for locally grown winter vegetables and other local items, including baked goods, chicken, grass-fed beef, jams, jellies, honey, lotions, dog treats, and more! We accept debit/credit and SNAP!
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »