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.


Food truck vendor hands over order.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Images via Food Truck Festivals of America

Food Truck Festivals of America rolls into Fort Taber for the fourth year, with a caravan of local food trucks, brewers and craft vendors. Beers from Exhibit A, Lord Hobo and Medusa, to name a few, will be on tap. Dozens of food trucks will offer barbecue, Portuguese food, wood-fired pizza, arancini, dumplings, bings, lobster rolls, cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more. There will be live music, lawn games, and a bouncy house. General admission is $5, kids under 12 free.

360-degree view of last month's dNB block party. Via Instagram
6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10

Block party downtown

Destination New Bedford and dNB Inc. are hosting a second block party downtown with live music and libations from local businesses. This month, World Premier Band will perform 90s-inspired funk, dance, and R&B tunes. No Problemo, The Vault Music Hall & Pub, The Pour Farm Tavern, and DNB Craft Kitchen will be serving drinks from mini cash bars.

3-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9

AHA! Night

September’s edition of the monthly cultural night features historical talks and architectural tours, experimental dance, an exhibition on the future of fashion, live music, new art exhibitions and kids’ activities. Here are some of the highlights; visit AHA! for the full lineup.

3-4:30 p.m., Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center
The 5 Pillars of Hip Hop, Part 5
5-7 p.m., Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
All Request Alfresco
5-7 p.m., The Drawing Room
Music & Art with Kathi Taylor and Bob Dunlap
5-8 p.m., Gallery X
‘Monochrome X' and ‘Two Perspectives on Nature'
5-8 p.m., Kilburn Mill
New Works at the Judith Klein Art Gallery
5:30 p.m., James Arnold Mansion and Glass Museum
‘That Should Be In A Museum’ Tour
5:30 & 7:15 p.m., Jazz Wall
Joaquin Santos & Friends (live jazz and R&B)
5:30 & 7:30 p.m., outside Zeiterion
Ten Tiny Dances
6 p.m., via Zoom
Race and the Voting Block in Antebellum New Bedford
6-9 p.m., Co-Creative Center
Opening reception for ‘Weirdos’
6-9 p.m., Fishing Heritage Center
Opening reception for ‘Women’s Work’ exhibition
6:30-8:30 p.m., South Coast Surface Design
Featured Artist: ThunderLily by Clare Tattersall
Part of Thursday's “This Should Be in a Museum” tour: “Thy Kingdom Come” at First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, by Tiffany Studios, 1911.
“Gatto” vase by Toan Klein, Toronto, Canada, 1981. New Bedford Museum of Glass Collection.
Blue twist plate by the Pairpoint Corp., New Bedford, ca. 1925.
Royal Flemish art glass biscuit jar, Mount Washington Glass Co., New Bedford, ca. 1890.


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

Biking for a cause (and free ice cream)

The fourth annual Pedal for the Path ride starts and ends at the New Bedford YMCA. Participants choose from 13-mile, 25-mile, or 47-mile routes winding through surrounding towns. Stop for free ice cream at Acushnet Creamery, and celebrate afterward with live music at the Y. The ride will help raise money for the Dartmouth, New Bedford and Westport portions of the South Coast Bikeway.


7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7

‘Us Kids’ screening followed by director Q&A

Cinema NB’s September series of screenings at the Zeiterion, “Generation Kick-Ass,” showcases young people fighting for change. The series launches with “Us Kids,” from Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary “Newtown.” Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging schools, the film chronicles the March For Our Lives movement, following Parkland survivor X Gonzalez and other young activists confronting gun violence, racial justice and other issues. Masks are mandatory for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.

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