2017 Downtown Happenings

AHA! Night
A FREE arts & culture festival that takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.

New Bedford Half Marathon – March 19th
A 13.1 mile race through the streets of New Bedford that starts and ends in Downtown.

Viva Portugal – May 6th
A Downtown New Bedford Festa presented by the Zeiterion.

Taste of SouthCoast – May 21st
Sample SouthCoast Eats on Pier 3.

Seaport Art Walk – June 3rd – October 4th
Original sculpture created by local artists throughout the working waterfront.

New Bedford Jazz Fest – June 10th
Live Music of the Jazz Variety (food and drinks too!) on Pier 3.

Cape Verdean Recognition Parade  – July 1st
Music, floats & lots of CV love takes over Union Street and ends with a big party!

Summer Sound Series – July & August
Lunchtime Jazz in Custom House Park and Early Evening Concerts on the Pier.

New Bedford Folk Fest – July 8th & 9th
Two full days of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic
folk music.

3rd EyE Open – August 19th
A full day of live music, dance, graffiti, b-ball tourney, kids carnival, food & fun!

Working Waterfront Festival – September 23rd
An award winning, family friendly event celebrating the history and culture of New England’s commercial fishing industry.

Chowderfest – October 8th
Sample chowder, stuffed quahog and soup from 30 local restaurants on New Bedford’s working waterfront on Pier 3.

AHA! Presents the Holiday Shop & Stroll
December 1st
Food Tastings, gift buying, live music and plenty of holiday cheer.
December 2nd
Shop local while enjoying family fun throughout downtown New Bedford.

City Celebrates New Year’s Eve – December 31st
Ring in 2018 with fireworks,  street performers, live music,  ice sculptures, an outdoor dance party, the NYE Smile Cam,  and a lot more.