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. 


6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14

What are the pros and cons of tidal turbines? Ask a scientist, over a beer

Tiday turbine testing site.

The monthly New Bedford Science Cafe offers the public a chance to question experts about scientific topics in a relaxed setting. September’s speaker is John Miller of New England Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative. He’ll talk about the future of tidal power and what’s going on with the Cape Cod Railroad Bridge site where tidal turbines made by a New Bedford company are being tested. Hosts ask that only the vaccinated attend in-person. A video is posted online after each session.


7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14

Youth fighting for change — and they’re not sorry

Cinema NB continues its “Generation Kick-Ass” series spotlighting youth activism with a screening of “Unapologetic.” The documentary centers on two millennial Black women active in the protests following the police killings of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald in Chicago. After the film, there will be a Q&A with director Ashley O’Shay. Masks are mandatory.


6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 

Following his dad’s beat

Drummer Joaquin Santos, who learned to play from father Jackie Santos, a percussionist for Grammy-winning hometown boys Tavares, takes the stage Friday at Cisco. Joaquin plays everything from jazz to funk and R&B to pop with a rotating cast of local musicians and is a member of soulful NB-based band theDopeLotus

Adolph Hailstork.
Adolphus Hailstork.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 

Port sounds

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra starts its 2021–2022 in-person season with “Embark.” In celebration of composer Adolphus Hailstork’s 80th birthday, the orchestra will open with his “American Port of Call,” a piece that depicts the bustle of a coastal city. At 6, join musicians outside the “Z” for cookies and lemonade to toast the return of live music. Masks are mandatory.


6:30-7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 & Saturday, Sept. 18 

Yoga at sunrise

Start the day by the sea with a power yoga class led by Pam Teves-Benes and Nicole Cleary of CrossFit New Bedford. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat or towel and water. Walk-in or register online.


Frederick Douglass.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday Sept. 18

Fish fry for Frederick Douglass Day

In September 1838, newlyweds Frederick and Anna Douglass stepped off a stagecoach in New Bedford to a new life of freedom. The Historical Society is marking that day with a fish fry to raise funds for Abolition Row Park and a statue of Douglass. Ken’s Food Truck, which you may know from Reggae on West Beach, will be serving fried fish with jag or french fries from the Mason’s parking lot at Cottage and Mill streets. $15 a plate.

© Hugh Fanning
Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 

Fishermen’s Clambake

The Buzzards Bay Coalition continues the Westport Fishermen’s Association tradition with a fall clambake at Buzzards Bay Brewing complete with lobster, clams and meats with all the fixings, assorted veggies, brown bread, and homemade stuffing. Chowder is served at noon, followed by the classic seaweed and rock bake at 2 p.m.

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