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City Celebrates! New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year with these Special Events in downtown NB Presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell

Sunday, 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 in various locations inside and outside between 5pm and 8pm.

You do not want to miss the first LED drone show in downtown New Bedford at 8:30pm!

The best place to view the drone show will be on Union Street in downtown New Bedford. The street will be closed for pedestrian traffic only from 5-9 PM between Route 18 and South 6th Street. Please note that the drone show will not be viewable outside of this vicinity.

Want to keep the fun going a little later? Be sure to stop into any of New Bedford's amazing restaurants.

LED Drone Show by Sky Elements
LED Drone Show by Sky Elements
Fly Safe – Know the Rules: Flying drones within a 5 Nautical Mile Radius of the New Bedford Regional Airport without proper authorization from the FAA is a Federal Offense that carries severe penalties. The City Celebrates drone show is operated by a licensed authorized drone company

City Celebrates New Year's Eve Entertainment Lineup

Vinny's Miracle Fish Puppets
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5–8 PM
Meet magical creatures, embarking on an imaginative journey into 2024.
FB: Mr. Vinny

Toe Jam Puppet Band
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
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5–8 PM
Grab some props and capture a keepsake photo with your loved ones!

Cirque de Light
Custom House Square, 5-8pm
A spectacle of fire and light! Watch a dazzling show of fire dancers and their incredible mastery of circus arts accompanied by LED performers.
IG: @cirquedelight
FB: Cirque de Light 

Doctor Finnegan's Circus + Balloon Creations
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5–8 PM
Expect the unexpected that will entertain the whole family. Enjoy a live magic show in the theatre (5-5:30pm), roaming magic tricks (6-8pm), and balloon creations (5-8pm).
URL: Doctor Finnegan's Circus

Richie Oliver Music
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 5-8 PM
Acoustic classics will fill the halls of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park performed by local musician, Richie Oliver.

Buttonwood Brass Band
222 Union Restaurant + Bar at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel 6:30-8:30 PM
Lounge to jazz, classical, and the Great American Songbook performed by the trio of local musicians.
IG: @southcoastbrassband
FB: Buttonwood Brass Band

DJ MikeyLife of Abstrakt Music
New Bedford YMCA Lawn 7:30-9 PM
Celebrate with a dance party and enjoy music during the drone show.

City of New Bedford LED Drone Show
Head over to Union Street between Route 18 and South 6th Street, sectioned off for ideal viewing of the spectacular LED Drone Show beginning at 8:30 PM. DJ MikeyLife will be spinning tunes during this show that you do not want to miss.

Check out our event calendar for even more of what's happening in New Bedford.

**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 12/31/23:
Union Street from 6th St. to Route 18
Acushnet Ave. from Elm to Union St.
William St. from Purchase St. to N. Water St.
Johnny Cake Hill from Elm St. to Union St.
2nd St. from School St. to Elm St.
Purchase St. from Spring St. to Union St.
Pleasant St. from Spring St. to Union St.

*Please note that you will not be able to exit (headed south) from Acushnet Avenue or Johnny Cake Hill onto Union from 5-9PM.*

North Water Street will be open for thru-traffic