Arts and Culture


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Ticket sales now under way for upcoming events

June 18: The Annual Craft Beer and Food Truck Festa

July 9: 25th New Bedford Folk Festival (early-bird ticket pricing until May 31)


ART

May 23–27, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
CO+CREATIVE CENTER

Artist Talks by Kat Knutsen

Kate Korra
Autumn Liv Cyr
John Jameson

At the Co+Creative center, local artist Kat Knutsen hosts a five-day series of artist talks. This series presents creatives talking about the conceptual and aesthetic inspirations that go into the process of doing their work.


CELEBRATE

May 27 at 8 p.m.
THE VAULT

Adult Prom

The “Back to the Prom” is a chance for adults 21 and older to revisit their high school days. The nostalgic event features a prom king and queen contest and DJs Paiva and Fresco playing dance and hip-hop music from the 90s and 2000s. Party-goers are encouraged to dress to impress.

Tickets: $25 single ticket; $45 couples ticket; $120 (reserved table of four, includes champagne).


May 28, 11 a.m.– 10 p.m.
KILBURN MILL

Beach, Booze, and Buffett at Kilburn

The Kilburn Event Center kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a summer celebration on the Rooftop Deck.

Doors open at 11 a.m., and admission is free until 5 p.m.

  • 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Xtreme Acoustics 
  • 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. El Caribe Steel Drums
  • After 5 p.m., admission is $20
  • 4–6 p.m. Ketel One Botanical Promo
  • 6–8 p.m. BIG 101.3
  • 6–9 p.m. Changes in Latitude

May 29, 12–5 p.m.
PUB 6T5

Memorial Day All White Brunch

Pub 6T5 invites the public to celebrate Memorial Day dressed in white, and complimentary mimosa is included with the meal. This daytime party will feature DJ Jules of JAMN 94.5 playing music from the 90s.


MUSIC

May 28, 4-6 p.m.
THE DRAWING ROOM

Sonata Saturdays at The Drawing Room

Members of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra play violins outdoors.

The NBSO and The Drawing Room present the second annual Sonata Saturdays series on the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October.

NBSO musicians will perform outside The Drawing Room’s new location at 22 William Street in downtown New Bedford.

The free concerts take place from 4–6 p.m. as follows:

  • May 28 — Jennifer Memoli, violin & Travis Rapoza, violin
  • June 25 — NBSO Brass Quintet
  • July 23 — Emma Lee Holmes-Hicks, violin & Peter Zay, cello
  • August 27 — Emma Powell, violin & Jacob MacKay, cello
  • September 24 — Kyra Davies, violin & Julia Connor, violin
  • October 22 — TBA

Some chairs will be provided.


May 28, 8:30–11:30 p.m.
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Quiet Riot with Metal 101

Legendary bassist and Metal Health founding member Rudy Sarzo has returned Quiet Riot after almost a 20-year absence. As per the wishes of Frankie Banali, who passed away in 2020, the Banali estate Quiet Riot continues its historic journey in 2022. The group comprises guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist Jizzy Pearl and now includes drummer Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative.


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Whale Scroll: One Whale Makes Seven Shores Prosperous

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

This exhibit is from the New Bedford Free Public Library's art curator, Allie Copeland. Beginning in the 18th century, Japanese feudal lords who oversaw whaling efforts commissioned emakimono, or picture […]

SEMAYO Summer Camp Registration

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

Registration is now open for the 2022 SEMAYO Summer Camp . The camp offers multiple performing groups of various skill levels to string, wind, and percussion students. Participants must have […]

$250
Recurring

The Azorean Spirit: The Art of Domingos Rebêlo

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

Domingos Rebêlo (1891-1975) created thousands of works of art that reflected his Portuguese identity and culture and honored his Azorean roots. The seminal exhibition, "The Azorean Spirit: The Art of […]

Listen to Your ART Exhibit

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

Listen to Your ART is the vision of Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director of the United Neighbors of Fall River. Ms. Garf-Lipp strived to bring students (young artists) together virtually, to […]

Kaleidoscope: Art Through Your Eyes

Gallery X 169 William St., New Bedford, MA

Gallery X and the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network invite the community to help them celebrate the works of Kaleidoscope: Art Through Your Eyes.  Over 150 pieces by local LGBTQ+ and […]

Geometric Incidents Exhibit at Narrows

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

This three-person exhibition features works by artists Michael Cochran, Lloyd Martin, and Jason Travers. Paintings, paper works, and sculptures focus on and illustrate their interests in geometric compositional strategies. Each […]

Recurring

Weekly Wellness Walk at Buttonwood Park

Buttonwood Park 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA

Local physicians lead a walk around Buttonwood Park every Saturday morning. Participants meet at the zoo entrance. The Wellness Walks are part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative to raise […]

Free

Beach, Booze and Buffett at Kilburn

The Rooftop at The Cove at Kilburn Mill 127 W. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

The Kilburn Event Center kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a summer celebration on the Rooftop Deck. Doors open at 11 a.m., and admission is free until 5 p.m. 11:30 […]

Brian and the Cassettes at Cisco

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

Brian Cass and the Cassettes (Peter Antunes, Kyle Spark, Michael Gallant, Kat Knutsen, and David Mitton) are back rocking and rolling outside at Cisco Brewers.

Recurring

Butch McCarthy with The Gentlemen of Leisure

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

Butch McCarthy is a New Bedford musician who's been performing throughout New England since the 1970s. The popular singer/songwriter/guitarist plays with various bands and solo.

Recurring

Sonata Saturdays at The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room 22 William Street, New Bedford, MA

The NBSO and The Drawing Room present the second annual Sonata Saturdays series on the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. NBSO musicians will perform outside The Drawing […]

Recurring

Auditions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Zoom Meeting

Auditions for Reverie Theatre Group's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held by appointment only (10-minute timeslots). Auditionees should prepare a 1–2 minute comedic, Shakespearean monologue centered […]

Recurring

Resin Pendants with Dried Flowers

New Bedford Arts & Cultural Emporium 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA

This workshop provides the education and skill to make resin jewelry. Mellissa Kelleher will teach students 13 and up how to use UV resin in open bezels to make necklaces […]

$35
Recurring

Whiskey Affair at Off the Hook

Off the Hook 56 Goulart Memorial Drive, Fairhaven, MA

Whiskey Affair covers pop/rock from the 60s to today's hits, with some unexpected B-side favorites. Susan Sylvia, lead vocals; Jr. Dias, lead guitar/vocals; Tom Woz, guitar;  Chevy, drums; Caleb Sparling, […]

Back to Bach: Cellist, Stephanie Winters

Dedee Shattuck Gallery 1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA

Stephanie Winters' latest collaborative project features an original soundtrack with excerpts of Sarabande dance movements from each of the six Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach paired with her solo […]

Recurring

NB Rude Boys at Cisco

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

The NB Rude Boys play classic styles of ska, reggae, rock-steady, and punk rock. The result is a spirited, live performance featuring slick vocals, solid rhythms, and an energetic horn […]

The Funky Cat Duo at Cisco

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

The Funky Cat Duo is Felix Rentschler on guitar/vocals and Mike Janelle on bass. Felix works with a large network of musicians to offer everything from solo jazz guitar and […]

Brian and the Cassettes at Pour Farm

Pour Farm Tavern 780 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

Brian Cass and the Cassettes (Rob Massoud, Boey Russell, and guests) are back rocking and rolling outside at Cisco Brewers.

Quiet Riot with Metal 101

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

Legendary bassist and Metal Health founding member Rudy Sarzo has returned Quiet Riot after almost a 20-year absence. As per the wishes of Frankie Banali, who passed away in 2020, the Banali estate Quiet Riot continues its historic journey in 2022. The lineup is composed of guitarist Alex Grossi, and vocalist Jizzy Pearl and is […]

$35 – $50

Memorial Day All White Brunch

Pub 6T5 736 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

Pub 6T5 invites the public to celebrate Memorial Day dressed all in white. This daytime party will feature music by DJ Jules of JAMN 94.5.

Recurring

Corn Hole at the Airport Grill

The Airport Grille 1569 Airport Road, New Bedford, MA

Airport Grill hosts a bi-weekly corn hole tournament with a double elimination competition starting Sunday, May 1 from 1–3 p.m. The winning team wins 2- $50 Airport Grill gift cards. To register, send the name, team name, and phone number to Meloevents@aol.com or text it to 508-542-5029 $20 per team, or $50 which includes tee […]

$20 – $50
Recurring

Molly O’Leary at Play! Arcade

PLAY! Arcade 34 Union St., New Bedford, MA

Molly O'Leary is a local singer-songwriter. Her musical style has been described as indie, folk, Americana, and rock. The New Bedford native performs solo, duo, and with a full band nationally.

Apollo Suns at Cisco

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

Apollo Suns delivers an innovative sound combining instrumental, jazz, rock, and psychedelic music.