2020 Summer Happenings includes arts and culture to explore online or in-person from a safe social distance. If you have something to add, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3RD EYE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
3rd EyE Pride
This monthly virtual showcase includes music and dance performances, spoken word, live art, micro-workshops, community conversations, hands-on activities and more.
The Colorful Yoga Series
A fun mix of hands-on craft projects that explore creative freedom and playful games and exercises that increase self-awareness and inner calm. Every Saturday at 10am.
Your New Bedford
These virtual pop-ups will include music, artist demos, live painting, dance, spoken word, community conversations, live DJing and more.
AHA! (ART • HISTORY • ARCHITECTURE)) – now both virtual and IRL (in-real-life)
New Bedford’s free arts & culture event which takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in downtown New Bedford is currently virtual and IRL (in-real-life) — visit to see live virtual events, or archived videos to connect 24/7, or IRL events.
ALISON WELLS FINE ART GALLERY – open now by appointment
In The Neighborhood: A Virtual Artist Talk
Artist Alison Wells and Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Akeia de Barros Gomes discuss Alison’s artistic journey; as an artist, art educator, and gallery owner. This FREE virtual talk was presented as part of Massachusetts Art Week.
Mixed Media Wednesdays
A weekly livestream with Alison Wells on Facebook Live.
CAPE VERDEAN ASSOCIATION IN NEW BEDFORD
Aspiring to reach, build, and strengthen partnerships throughout the Cape Verdean diaspora, the CVANB is in the middle of an exciting project to restore the former Strand Theater in the North End into the Cape Verdean Cultural Center. Currently underway is work to repoint the brick in order to install a beautiful new mural by artist Eden Soares.
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CAPE VERDEAN RECOGNITION COMMITTEE
Celebrating Cape Verdean Recognition Week virtually this year, stay tuned for online events and how you can celebrate Cape Verdean culture.
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO – open now by booking tickets in advance
Virtual Keeper Chats
While kids are home from school and Buttonwood Park Zoo is closed, they want to continue connecting you to the animals you love through educational videos each day.
DATMA: LIGHT 2020 – now open with exhibits outside
Amid our global health crisis, LIGHT 2020 programs will present art to be seen safely via car, bicycle, or on foot.
Vessels by MASARY Studios
Three large-scale animation projection works will be installed on three different buildings along Union Street in downtown New Bedford from June 20 and through July, 2020 daily after sunset. Research support for this project is made possible through our partnership with New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.
Photo-kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park
This spectacular exhibit can be seen through the Star Store’s floor to ceiling windows, where viewers will be mystified by reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles. On display at the new corner space that UMass Dartmouth CVPA has newly named “The Swain Studio,” viewers can enjoy this work in both day and evening hours from June 20 until September 14, 2020 at 715 Purchase Street. This project is in partnership with Umass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts.
THE DRAWING ROOM – open now with walk-in hours or by appointment
Virtual Art Talks, Beer & Wine Tasting Series
Join Anthi Frangiadis and the rest of the Drawing Room associates for virtual art discussions, along with local winery & brewery tastings.
GALLERY X – targeted reopening August 8
Exhibitions from various artists include Flora & Fauna, Primarily Colors, and The Art of Lisa Goulart. New pieces are regularly added to the online collection.
NEW BEDFORD ART MUSEUM/ARTWORKS! – reopening August 15 with timed admissions Thu – Sun 10am-4pm
Including Steppin’ Out 2020, celebrating the 16th year of the Teen Artist Internship Program.
Featuring educational all-ages content including Museum Dog and Learning Studio, as well as the Creative Convos series.
NEW BEDFORD CREATIVE
Public Art Walking Tours
Need to stretch your legs and catch some sunshine? New Bedford Creative is here to help with three self-guided public art walks in the North End, along with the Seaport Cultural District’s waterfront and downtown. New Bedford artists love to light the way to the future – in return, they ask that you practice social distancing guidelines as you self-guide your way through the city.
NEW BEDFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE
If the excitement, color, and spectacle of Broadway Musicals is what you’re looking for, New Bedford Festival Theatre is nationally known for its outstanding professionalism on all levels of production. They continue their 30th season with virtual programming bring the best of Broadway to the South Coast.
NEW BEDFORD FISHING HERITAGE CENTER – now open Thu – Sun 10am-4pm
Through evolving digital exhibits, the Center hopes to provide a window into the history, culture, and daily life of the fishing community at sea and on shore, and to explore ongoing industry efforts to sustain the ocean resource.
We Came to Fish, We Came to Work
“We Came to Fish, We Came to Work” explores stories of immigration and cultural heritage on New Bedford’s working waterfront. Over the next 8 months, the Center will look at cultural heritage through a variety of virtual programs including film screenings, cooking and craft demos, performances, and talks.
NEW BEDFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Nathan & Polly Johnson House Virtual Tour
The National Park Service and the New Bedford Historical Society worked in partnership to create this tour, providing the opportunity for everyone to see what is inside. This self-guided interactive tour and narrated video tour allows visitors to explore the interior of this historic home that is normally not open to the public.
NEW BEDFORD PORT SOCIETY – now open Thu – Sun 10am-4pm
Founded in 1830, the New Bedford Port Society maintains the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariners’ Home on the top of Johnny Cake Hill in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
NEW BEDFORD PRESERVATION SOCIETY
Architecture Walking Tours
The New Bedford Preservation Society presents four engaging architecture walking tours of some of New Bedford’s most picturesque 19th Century neighborhoods (County Street, West of County Street, Kempton’s Corner and Acushnet Heights).
NEW BEDFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra regularly hosts live virtual concerts featuring a wide range of instrumental styles to watch or listen to.
Learning in Concert Online
Terry, Peter, Hunter, Travis and all our NBSO musicians want to give a special shout out to kids from our Learning in Concert program, and a big welcome to explore the videos on this page to see how classical music connects to everything around us.
NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM – now open with timed admissions Thu – Sun 10am – 4pm
Lighting The Way Tours
Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast explores the historical impact of women from the region. Learn the stories of educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, mill workers, and others as you walk through downtown New Bedford.
Museum from Home
If you are looking for things to do with your children, resources to keep students engaged, ways to spend your time learning about something new, or just taking a moment to enjoy the Museum Collection from the comfort of your own home – You’ve come to the right place.
NEW BEDFORD WHALING NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK – reopening July 30 in Visitor Center’s garden (no indoor access) Thu – Sun 10am – 4pm
Junior Ranger E-Book
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park invites you to explore New Bedford during the whaling days! Complete the Junior Ranger eBook, fill out the certificate, email or snail mail it and your badge will be sent to you.
Whales, Tales and Sails
Free story and music hour with local storyteller Jackson Gillman for ages 0-5.
Email Lindsay_Compton@nps.gov for event link.
ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE & GARDEN MUSEUM – now open with timed admissions Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm
The RJD grounds are open, not to mention, in full bloom. In accordance with Phase 1 of our governor’s reopening plan, and for the safety of all, visitors are asked to wear face-coverings, as well as distance while in the garden. The anticipated date for the opening of the historic house, in Phase 3, is July 9. We look forward to seeing you!
SEAGLASS THEATER COMPANY
Every Friday night at 6:00pm enjoy a free 20-minute cocktail concert featuring some of your favorite Seaglass artists. Pour yourself a glass of something cool, put your feet up, and let us entertain you!
SEAPORT ART WALK – targeted opening on August 13
To honor the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, this year’s Seaport Art Walk theme celebrates women and is inspired by “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast”, a project of New Bedford Whaling Museum. Starting in July, new murals and sculptures will be installed along the waterfront on Pier 3 and State Pier and on display until October.
Online Open Mic Nights
A virtual open mic to share songs, poetry, stories, and the performing arts – or to just tune in and watch.
Old Time Fiddle Sessions
Meet up in Zoom and take turns leading fiddle tunes, Round Robin style.
WHALE – Waterfront Historic Area League
WHALE is diligently working from home to find fun and unique ways to showcase their partnerships and projects. To that end, they have a virtual tour series featuring current and past projects, and they are hosting a conversation series with their community partners.
ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Virtual Classes & Events
Performing arts classes, schooltime performances, live concerts and more can be found on the Zeiterion Theatre’s Facebook Events page.