City Celebrates! New Year's Eve 2022

Ring in the New Year with these Special Events in Downtown NB

Saturday, December 31, the City of New Bedford will host a variety of free family-friendly programming throughout the downtown area. Enjoy live music, puppet shows, fire dancing and fire breathing, magic, and so much more! Events will take place both inside at various locations and outdoors between 5pm and 8pm. Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display over the New Bedford Harbor to ring in the New Year at 8:30pm. Want to keep the fun going a little later? Be sure to stop into one of downtown New Bedford's many amazing restaurants.

Vinny's Miracle Fish Puppets
The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5–8 PM
Meet magical creatures, embarking on an imaginative journey into 2023.
FB: Mr. Vinny

Ever After Storybook Entertainment Characters
The New Bedford Free Public Library, 5–8 PM
Come sing, dance, and celebrate with Mirabel, Elsa, Winter Elf, and Spiderman.
IG: @everafterstorybookent
FB: Every After Storybook Entertainment

Cirque de Light
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5-8pm
LED performers, juggling, and more will roam inside the National Park Visitor’s Center with an incredible mastery of circus arts.
IG: @cirquedelight
FB: Cirque de Light 

Kaleidoscope Art and Entertainment: Magician and Face Painting
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5–8 PM
Expect the unexpected and lots of laughs with Kenny's interactive show that will entertain the whole family.
FB: Kaleidoscope Art & Entertainment

Buttonwood Brass Band
Umass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store, 6–8 PM
Lounge to the trio performing jazz, classical, and the Great American Songbook.
IG: @southcoastbrassband
FB: Buttonwood Brass Band

Broken Glass Projections & 3rd EyE Unlimited 
Have you ever heard of 3D Projection Mapping? Come see this special debut of the vibrant artistic medium rarely seen in the U.S. Broken Glass Projections makes surfaces, like building facades, come to life in a unique display while 3rd EyE Unlimited provides music and other entertainment.
IG: @bgprojections

Toe Jam Puppet Band
The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5–8 PM
Get ready for the "family fun band" in the Jacob's Family Gallery with interactive silly songs and dancing.
FB: Toe Jam Puppet Band

Photo Booth
Whaling Museum Lobby, 5–8 PM
funfotos2go has your keepsake special moments covered with complimentary photographs sent directly to your mobile device.

City of New Bedford Fireworks Display
Head down to the bottom of Union Street just before Route 18, sectioned off for ideal viewing of the spectacular fireworks over the harbor, commencing at 8:30 PM

Thank you to our community partners for hosting entertainment. Be sure to check out our event calendar for other entertainment happening in the city throughout the evening.

**A special thank you to our sponsors: Bristol County Savings Bank, Vineyard Wind, and Claremont Companies.**

Plan ahead! The following street closures will be in effect from 5–9 PM on 12/31/22:
William Street, from Acushnet Avenue to Bethel Street
Acushnet Avenue, from Elm Street to Union Street
North 2nd Street from Barker's Lane to William Street
Lower Union Street from North Water Street to Front Street (with no access from Route 18)
Front Street from Union Street to Hamilton Street