What follows are just a few of the events happening in New Bedford this week. For more events, visit our arts and culture calendar. And learn how to get your event listed here. We want to hear from you.

COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list New Bedford’s array of cultural offerings, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public in areas of higher transmission, including Bristol County. 


Apple-picking in Acushnet and Dartmouth


Keith’s Farm in Acushnet is open daily but hours vary. Call ahead to confirm, 508-763-2622. Dartmouth Orchards is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, 508-992-9337. Hours vary at Perry Hill Orchard in Acushnet, 508-995-6799. The Candy Apple Farm in Acushnet is open noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

It’s autumn in New Bedford. Why settle for supermarket apples when in neighboring Acushnet and Dartmouth you can pick the ripest and rosiest straight from the branch? While you’re grabbing Honeycrisps, Cortlands, Macs and Asian pears, you might as well stock the pantry with even more goodies from the fall harvest. In addition to fresh veggies, some area farmstands are offering indulgent candy apples, peaches at their peak, cider doughnuts, honey, pumpkins, preserves, pickles, pies, and more.

3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct 2

15th Annual New Bedford Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest poster.

Raise a tankard and toast the return of the quintessential fall festival downtown featuring local brewers, food and bands. Canned Heat, Buzzards Bay, Mayflower, Moby Dick, and Vitamin C will be on tap. Performers include Off Kilter, The Pourmen, Felix Brown Band and NB Rude Boys.


Stack of books.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28

Ghost hunt ends in Dartmouth 

Veteran crime reporter Maureen Boyle, known for her coverage of the New Bedford highway serial killings, will discuss her latest book about a cold case that came to a shocking conclusion in a quiet Dartmouth neighborhood in 2017. “The Ghost” traces how a low-level mobster wanted in the 1980 slaying of a police chief in a small town in Pennsylvania eluded the law for decades before his remains turned up in a Dartmouth yard.


9-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 23

Light Years exhibit

For more than 40 years, Amanda Means has created a body of work that has pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium: adapting a 19th century camera for use as an enlarger, photographing objects without the use of negatives, working with a large-format Polaroid camera, and creating a series of abstracts working only with light and photographic materials.

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2

Saturday Open Studios

On the first Saturday of each month, the Kilburn Artisan Center showcases galleries, including Bumble Art Studio by Hailey Dube, MaiatoFitz Art Gallery & Studio, Maypole Weavers,  John Jameson, Sheila Oliveira, Alma Cummings, Judith Klein Art Gallery & Studio, My Aunts And Me, Stryker, Jeff Willow Studio, Melissa F Photography.


8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1

‘Whose Line’ duo at the ‘Z’

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will be performing their interactive comedy act at the “Z” this week as part of their Scared Scriptless tour. The duo improvises, riffing off of audience participation, so be prepared to be part of the jokes. Masks are mandatory.


7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2

‘Whaling Women’ musical premieres in NB

While some were at sea braving dangers and chasing whales, others were fighting for social justice and managing finances at home. “Whaling Women” draws from journal entries and other sources to tell the stories of six women from the era, including abolitionist Amelia Piper who organized one of the first anti-slavery fairs in New Bedford and Eliza Brock who left her children in Nantucket to sail on the Lexington in 1853. Original music draws from sea chanteys, hymns and lullabies of the 19th century.


8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 

World Premier Band

With choreographed dances, coordinating outfits and a genre-spanning song list, Tony, Luke, C.C., Jiggy, Lady T and Corey deliver high-energy performances that get their fans moving. If you missed their recent show at the dNB block party, catch them at the Vault this week.

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