Arts and Culture

To submit an event for our Culture Calendar, please use our submission form. Please remember to heed the latest public health COVID-19 precautions.


ART

Now through Feb. 27
NEW BEDFORD ART MUSEUM

Community artist in residence: Deana Tavares

The New Bedford Art Museum has selected its next Community Artist in Residence, Deana Tavares — a visual artist who is also a published poet, singer-songwriter and actor.

Her exhibitions and performances have a strong focus on nature, social issues, and our interconnectedness with all of humanity. Deana’s work is currently displayed at NBAM. The exhibit will run from now until Feb. 7.


MUSIC

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12
AIRPORTE GRILLE

Buttonwood Brass Holiday Trio

The Airport Grille will kick off the holiday season with some jubilant New Orleans-style jazz. The Buttonwood Brass Band trio will perform in the Hanger room on Sunday, Dec. 12.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11
ZEITERION

Holiday Pops

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra plays all your holiday favorites. The Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and Showstoppers join in for the seasonal concert. The children’s matinee at 3:30 p.m. offers fun surprises for the young at heart. The 7 p.m. show features a bit more music than the matinee. Performances are approximately one hour, with no intermission.


8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10
VAULT MUSIC HALL

Dokken/Lynch Reunion Tour

The glam metal band Dokken brings their Grammy Award-winning sound to the Vault. Their popular 80s hits include “Alone Again,” “In My Dreams,” and “Burning Like a Flame.” Boston rock band, Bad Marriage is the opening act.


CELEBRATION

Thursday, Dec.9
DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD

AHA! Night

AHA! Night will make spirits bright in downtown New Bedford! The Dec. 9 City Walks event is chock full of free festive fun for the whole family with local art, live music, crafts, tours, Santa Claus, and much more.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT

Nancy Holt Symposium and Exhibit

UMass CVPA Main Campus 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA

UMass Dartmouth hosts a multi-part exhibition Nancy Holt: Massachusetts, a major celebration of the renowned multimedia artist Nancy Holt and her connections to Massachusetts, and the Southcoast region. The Thursday, […]

Man & Beast Exhibit at Narrows

Narrows Center for the Arts 16 Anawan St., Fall River, MA

Man & Beast is a collection of paintings, drawings, and masks created by Fall River artist, David R. Mello. The exhibit features dreamlike images of man, animals, and imaginary creatures […]

Turn The Tide: Courtney Mattison Exhibit

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

Courtney Mattison defines herself as both an artist and an ocean advocate. Her work illustrates the widespread and devastating effects of ocean warming and pollution on marine species, including corals […]

Recurring

Light Show Exhibit at DeDee Shattuck Gallery

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents Light Show, a multimedia exhibit that showcases work by Adam Frelin, Kristian Brevik, Linda Schmidt, Megan Mosholder, and Steven Pestana. Each artist utilizes either artificial […]

NBAM CAIR: Deana Tavares

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

The New Bedford Art Museum is happy to introduce the next Community Artist in Residence, Deana Tavares. The talented visual artist is also a published poet, singer/songwriter, and actor. Her […]

Recurring

Women’s Work Exhibit at Fishing Heritage Center

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

Photographs and oral histories from more than 60 women shine a light on females' many roles in commercial fishing communities. Featured photographers include Shareen Davis, Markham Starr, and Phil Mello.

Recurring

Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA

This is the latest exhibition at NBAM by the New Bedford Library’s art curator, Allie Copeland. "Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion" features historic photographic studies of animals in motion and early […]

$5 – $8
Recurring

Light Show Exhibit at DeDee Shattuck Gallery

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents Light Show, a multimedia exhibit that showcases work by Adam Frelin, Kristian Brevik, Linda Schmidt, Megan Mosholder, and Steven Pestana. Each artist utilizes either artificial […]

Christmas on County at RJD

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum 396 County St., New Bedford, MA

The community is welcome to drop in the RJD mansion to view the decked halls and hear about the holiday customs held by residents of the historic house. This is […]

Free
Recurring

The Concept Duo at Rose Alley

Rose Alley Ale House 94 Front St., New Bedford, MA

The Concept is a party band that plays top 40, rock, alt-rock, dance, and sing-along style music from the ’80s until now.

Somethin’ Else at Seaport Inn

Seaport Inn and Grill 110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA

Dave Grew (piano/vocals) and Susan J. Sylvia (lead vocals) are Somethin' Else. The musical duo cover a variety of rock, pop, country, and classic rock hits.

Recurring

Women’s Work Exhibit at Fishing Heritage Center

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

Photographs and oral histories from more than 60 women shine a light on females' many roles in commercial fishing communities. Featured photographers include Shareen Davis, Markham Starr, and Phil Mello.

Recurring

Light Show Exhibit at DeDee Shattuck Gallery

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents Light Show, a multimedia exhibit that showcases work by Adam Frelin, Kristian Brevik, Linda Schmidt, Megan Mosholder, and Steven Pestana. Each artist utilizes either artificial […]

Dokken/Lynch Reunion Tour

The Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck Pub 791 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

The glam metal band Dokken brings their Grammy Award-winning sound to the Vault. Their popular 80s hits include "Alone Again," "In My Dreams," and "Burning Like a Flame." Boston rock […]

$49 – $64

Louie Bello at Cisco

Cisco Brewers Kitchen & Bar 1480 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

Louie Bello is a Country R&B singer/songwriter who performs all over the U.S. His latest single "Got it Bad" recently reached 244,000 streams on Spotify .

Rayz Havoc at Strikers

Striker's Sports Bar 66 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford, MA

The local cover band Rayz' Havoc plays classic rock hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Recurring

Women’s Work Exhibit at Fishing Heritage Center

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

Photographs and oral histories from more than 60 women shine a light on females' many roles in commercial fishing communities. Featured photographers include Shareen Davis, Markham Starr, and Phil Mello.

Recurring

Cookies, Paws and Santa Claus

Buttonwood Park 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New Bedford. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with Cookies, Paws, and Santa Claus? The Buttonwood Park Zoo […]

$10 – $15
Recurring

Hot Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts at K&A Creations

K&A Creations 127 W. Rodney French Blvd. Rm. S2-72 2nd floor, New Bedford, MA

K&A Creations is hosting guided holiday craft activities every Saturday morning in November and December. Participants can create artwork in the spacious studio or purchase a take-home kit. Crafts are […]

$10 – $15
Recurring

Light Show Exhibit at DeDee Shattuck Gallery

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents Light Show, a multimedia exhibit that showcases work by Adam Frelin, Kristian Brevik, Linda Schmidt, Megan Mosholder, and Steven Pestana. Each artist utilizes either artificial […]

Recurring

December Artist of the Month: Eileen Riley

MaiatoFitz Art Gallery & Studio Kilburn Mill, Studio 2-62

Eileen Riley has spent her entire life embracing art and nature. Growing up in Westport, her backyard became her inspiration. The ocean, wooded retreats, farmland, and suburbia acted as a […]

Free

Sign up for free

Our free newsletter will drop into your inbox weekday mornings, giving you all the highlights of our in-depth news stories and community arts and culture coverage.

SUPPORT OUR WORK TODAY

As an independent, nonprofit news outlet we are reliant on reader support to help fund the kind of in-depth journalism that keeps the public informed and holds the powerful accountable. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to our sponsors

Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Founding Benefactors

Bank 5 logo.
Jardim & Marotta logo.
Unger LeBlanc logo.
Sylvia Group logo.