Arts and Culture

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HOLIDAY

Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon–5 p.m.
DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD

dNB Holiday Stroll

Downtown New Bedford Inc. and the City of New Bedford host the annual dNB Inc. Holiday Stroll and the city’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Holiday Stroll takes place from 12–5 p.m. Pop-up events will include wine tastings, hot chocolate, craft projects, vendor markets, exhibitions, performances, cocktails, and deals from businesses and organizations. As part of the festivities, Santa will be on one of the New Bedford Fire Museum’s engines, available for family photos before the parade. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 5 p.m. at the Free Public Library.


Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon–5 p.m.
WHALING MUSEUM

Buy Black NB: Holiday Market

Buy Black NB will be a part of dNB Inc’s Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 3. This event includes live entertainment, Black Santa, kids’ activities, and about 14 vendors at the Whaling Museum from 12-5 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
SOUTH MAIN STREET

Children’s Holiday Parade

Greater Fall River RE-CREATION’s 38th annual Children’s Holiday Parade is on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Starting from Kennedy Park the entourage of marching bands, decorated floats, Santa Claus, cartoon characters and more will travel along South Main Street.


Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
BMC DURFEE HIGH SCHOOL

47th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

There will be 160 vendors on hand at the Christmas Craft Arts and Crafts Fair at B.M.C. Durfee High School. The event will take place on both Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission and parking is free.


Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3–6 p.m.
HOLY NAME PARISH CENTER

Creche Festival

The Ladies Guild of the Whaling City Catholic Collaborative will hold a Creche Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3–6 p.m. The Bethlehem Peace light will be available and the kitchen will be serving linguica and cacoila sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks and dessert.


MUSIC

Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.
THE VAULT

Corey Feldman and His Band

The Vault’s opening weekend starts with Corey Feldman and his band. The famed musician and actor, is embarking on his first U.S. tour in five years with a stop in New Bedford on Friday, Dec. 2. Featuring an all-new band, Feldman is hitting the road in support of his new album Love Left 2: Arm Me With Love which features the viral hit “Comeback King” featuring Curtis Young, as well as his new box set Love Left 2.1.


LITERATURE

Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
WHALING MUSEUM

Portuguese & Lusophone World Lecture Series: John Dos Passos

Assistant professor at the University of Madeira in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Bernardo de Vasconcelos will speak on the importance of John Dos Passos and his work, and the inherent and binding transatlantic connection.The lecture is free to attend but advanced registration is required. There will be a reception from 6-7 p.m. and the lecture will last an hour, from 7-8 p.m. 

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William Shattuck Art Exhibit

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

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be exhibiting the luminous landscape paintings of a Dedee Shattuck Gallery favorite: William C. Shattuck. The opening night is from 5–6 p.m. on Friday, June 3 […]

Henry Horenstein Exhibit

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

Henry Horenstein is a professional photographer, filmmaker, and teacher. The New Bedford native studied at RISD in the 1970s under Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White. He is also […]

$9 – $19

Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-century American Landscapes

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

The SouthCoast of Massachusetts is home to an array of stunning private collections with demonstrated strengths in nineteenth-century American landscape painting. This exhibition draws together gems from private collections with […]

Story Walk at The Acushnet Sawmill

The Sawmill 32 Mill Road, Acushnet, MA

The fall story walk at the Acushnet river reserve is up for public view. The focus is on the book Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak. The story highlights […]

Free

The Apple Tree on the Abandoned Railroad Line Exhibit

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

The artist couple, Elin Noble and Lasse Antonsen, have long careers as artists, but this exhibition marks the first time they are presenting work they have made together.   Noble and […]

Free

Tidings 2022: Call for Poetry

Co-Creative Center Gallery 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Submissions for Tidings are open now through Dec. 10, 2022. Please send us up to two (2) poems, short prose of 800 words or less, or two (2) pieces of […]

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Roger Williams Park Zoo 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, MA

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is bigger and more vibrant than ever this year, with over 3 ½ million bright lights. This festive family-friendly event runs […]

$10 – $12

Cisco Brewers Music Lineup

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

The full December music lineup includes the following performers. The schedule is subject to last-minute changes. Check the website at https://www.ciscokitchenbar.com/live-events/ for the most up-to-date list. Thursday, Dec. 1: 7-9 p.m. Country Night with Dallas Corbin Friday, Dec. 2: 8:30-10:30 p.m. The Zan Band Saturday, Dec. 3 Acoustic Tunes: 2-4 p.m. Citrus Biscuit: 8:30–10:30 p.m. […]

Portuguese & Lusophone World Lecture Series

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

John Dos Passos - The Man, the Works, and the Portuguese Heritage with Bernardo de Vasconcelos Assistant professor at the University of Madeira in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Bernardo de Vasconcelos will speak on the importance of John Dos Passos and his work, and the inherent and binding transatlantic connection. The lecture […]

Free
Recurring Event Clarity Through Collage Club

Clarity Through Collage Club

Co-Creative Center Gallery 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

In-person collage workshop on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month around an evolving altar, Participants create an individual intuitive art piece, then explore and receive insights through different Oracle and Tarot decks led by Co-Creative member, Melanie McMullin. Doors open at 5:45 pm. All materials are provided. This is a free event open […]

The Bad Plus at Narrows

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

The Bad Plus is the ultimate original. A democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. For the past two decades, they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules, and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. Avoiding easy categorization, The Bad Plus has […]

$43 – $48

New Bedford Festival Theatre: White Christmas

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA

White Christmas is the regional premiere starring Broadway's David Elder. This is New Bedford Festival Theatre's first holiday show and the first of the 2022-2023 season. A song and dance […]

$35 – $65

5th Annual Holiday Exhibit at Cultural Center

Dartmouth Cultural Center 404 Elm Street, Dartmouth, MA

South Coast Artists celebrates the holiday season with the 5th annual Holiday Arts Exhibit at the Dartmouth Cultural Center from Dec. 2–18. The exhibit opens on Friday, Dec. 2, from […]

Ornament Birds Workshop

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

Choose from one of four different patterns, Students will also receive patterns to take home to make additional ornaments at home.   All materials are included.

$25

Women on the Water

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

Presented in partnership with Long Island Traditions, women from Long Island who are involved in fishing will give a panel talk about their experiences. Panelists include bayman Flo Sharkey (Patchogue, NY) and Shinnecock tradition bearers Josephine Smith and Shavonne Smith (Shinnecock Nation, Southampton, NY), in addition to other women from New Bedford who are also […]

Free

Corey Feldman and His Band at The Vault

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

The Vault’s opening weekend starts with Corey Feldman and his band. The famed musician and actor, is embarking on his first U.S. tour in five years with a stop in New Bedford on Friday, Dec. 2. Featuring an all-new band, Feldman is hitting the road in support of his new album Love Left 2: Arm […]

$25 – $125