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. 


5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11

Artdemic: New Bedford High School Invitational

Artdemic is an exhibit of artwork created by New Bedford High School students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Student works will be displayed in the Frederick Douglass Gallery from Nov. 3–28. The opening reception is AHA! Night, Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5–8 p.m.

In early 2020 Gallery X began working with New Bedford High School art teachers. The plan was to bring back the popular exhibition series. This was put on hold due to the pandemic, requiring the exhibition’s postponement to 2021. 

12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6

Saturday Open Studios at Kilburn Mill

Live music, demos, poetry, and more every first Saturday of each month at the Kilburn Artisan Center. Featured art galleries in the mill include Bumble Art Studio by Hailey Dube, MaiatoFitz Art Gallery & Studio, Inc., Maypole Weavers, John Jameson, Sheila Oliveira, Alma Cummings, Judith Klein Art Gallery & Studio, My Aunts And Me, Stryker, Jeff Willow Studio, Melissa F Photography and more.


Call For Vendors! 

Hatch Street Studios is accepting vendors for the Nov. 19–21 fall open studio event. 

The $100 vendor fee includes a membership to the Hatch Street Artist Association. Members can participate in open studio events, juried gallery exhibitions, and more.


6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5

Book signing by Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister

Original Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French is now a published author. To celebrate the release of his new book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life in Rock’ n’ Roll,” French will conduct a book signing at Purchase Street Records in New Bedford on Friday, Nov. 5, from 6–8 p.m. The $30 fee includes a book signed, a photo with Jay Jay, and one other item signed (no guitars or pickguards).

Now until Nov. 4, 2021

Call for Readers: Virtual Moby-Dick Marathon 2022

The Whaling Museum is seeking readers for the upcoming Moby-Dick Marathon. Participants are randomly selected. Those chosen will record their reading from home before the marathon.

The January 7-9, 2022 event will be streamed online. The reading will be shown non-stop in the Whaling Museum’s theater. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday until the end of the marathon.

Moby-Dick Marathon weekend features the main 25-hour read-a-thon on Saturday and Sunday, with fun Melville-inspired activities, opportunities to chat with scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP), a Melville-inspired trivia game, and more.

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