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
1:00 am
Take a musical dive into sea science with stand-up chameleon Jackson Gillman. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling Museum
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
7:00 pm
ALL ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE Z’S PRE-SHOW COMMUNITY SING AT 6:30PM. GROOVY ATTIRE ENCOURAGED! With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval... Read more »
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
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 8 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer a six part program on the life of financial wizard, Hetty Green with focus on lesser known aspects of her life and legacy. Topics will cover... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
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
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
3:00 pm
Two additional music events have been added to the popular Reggae on West Beach Series featuring different styles of music. On Sunday, August 11th, the popular Felix Brown Band will be performing a whole slew... Read more »
West Beach Pavilion
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
7:00 pm
An award-winning documentary about the two big resources in the North Atlantic, fish and oil, and the impact of their exploitation on the environment in various countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Narrated by... Read more »
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
2:00 pm
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer a six part program on the life of financial wizard, Hetty Green with focus on lesser known aspects of her life and legacy. Topics will cover... Read more »
New Bedford whaling National Historical Park
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
6:00 pm
Neighborhoods of the Textile Era Gather at 6pm at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street. New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry’s peak in the early 1900s.... Read more »
Wamsutta Club