Visitors Bureau Blog
Join us July 5 - 8 at Coast Guard Park, south side of State Pier to meet the crew and view a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled voyage canoe, Hokulea, as it makes a historic visit to New Bedford! New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and City of New Bedford, will be hosting the vessel and its crew as it makes its worldwide voyage. The crew will offer canoe tours, dockside activities, as well as connect with members of local area Native American tribes. The Hokulea has voyaged traditionally for 40 years, using only star navigation, sailing over 150,000 nautical miles throughout the Pacific. Their recent worldwide voyage began in 2013 with a Malama Hawaii sail throughout the Hawaiian archipelago, and in 2014 to 2015, two of their canoes visited 24 islands and six countries throughout Polynesia. Take advantage of this one of a kind opportunity to experience and learn the traditions of New Bedford's South Sea cousins.
How else to celebrate America’s Birthday then fireworks! Through all the cookouts, sunny days, and family fun weekend the South Coast area will be blasting fireworks into the night ski. Here is the schedule: July 1stTaunton – Hopewell Park – 9:00 PM July 3rd Freetown – Hathaway Park – 9:45 PM Attleboro – Attleboro High School – 9:00 PM July 4thFall River – Battleship Cove – 9:30 PMNew Bedford – Waterfront and Historic Downtown – 9:00 PM
For years, Blithewold Mansion has been synonymous with "Daffodil Days," the weeks in April where over 50,000 daffodils break ground, blanketing the 33 acre seaside estate. The daffodils will be blooming again this year, but under the widened scope of Blithewold's "Gateway to Spring" event-emphasizing not just the daffodils but the hundreds of beautiful specimens that bloom before, at the same time as, and after them.
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome back Todd Baptista’s Doo Wop 12, the one-night-only live event that unites the mega-stars of classic mid-century doo wop and the enthusiasts of today. The evening will include performances by Jay Siegel and the Tokens, Judy Craig Mann and The Chiffons, wunderkind Kid Kyle and special guest star Bobby Hendricks. The memorable hits “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “One Fine Day,” “He’s So Fine,” “Drip Drop” and more are some of the sing-a-long tunes that will hit the stage. Tickets from $45 to $55 are available at www.zeiterion.org, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.
The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, February 19th at 7:00 PM with a screening of The Breach a new award winning film written and directed by Mark Titus. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge. This month’s program is co-sponsored by Eating with the Ecosystem.
Looking for a romantic way to spend your Valentine's Day weekend? Check out these great deals from hotels around the region. Fairfield Inn & Suites New Bedford: Enjoy a Valentine’s weekend getaway to the Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel overlooking the historic New Bedford harbor. This Sweetheart of a Deal includes overnight accommodations, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, champagne split, and chocolates upon arrival. Call 774-634-2000 for more information and booking. Hampton Inn Fall River Westport: Enjoy a sweet deal from the Hampton Inn Fall River Westport hotel! Enjoy overnight accommodations, champagne split and chocolates upon arrival, hot breakfast buffet, a $50 gift card to use at the Galley Grille Restaurant across the street or Bittersweet Farm Tavern in Westport, and use of our indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. Call 508-675-8500 for reservations.
North Attleboro Santa Parade The 60th Downtown Santa Parade is coming back to Downtown North Attleboro on November 29th. Participants in this parade must be nominated by a person or group who displays the “Spirit of North Attleboro”. The parade will start at 3pm at the Baptist Common, and will go through the center of town and will end at the front of Veterans Park. To learn more you can log onto http://northattleborough.wickedlocal.com/ for more information.
Boo at the Zoo Exciting and slightly spooky fun is here again at boo at the zoo! Come out and enjoy family fun nights at Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford. There are a lot of different activities for everyone in the family to enjoy such as spooky safari rides, trick or treating throughout the whole park, riding on a ghostly carousal, even getting an up close look at creepy crawly creatures inside wildlife education center. You can get lost in an upgraded hay maze or find yourself in the mycological world in the aquatics building. All this fun will last through October 9-11th, 16-18, 23-25th and on the 30th as well starting at 6:00pm through 9:00pm. Also they have something very special this year for your little one as well. Baby Boo at the Zoo is on October 30th from 10:00am through noon. This year your babies will be able to participate in a fun costume contest and a parade. Don’t forget, skip the line and buy your ticket in advance or online.