The bad news? There is an 80% chance of rain today and a 50% chance of rain tomorrow. The good news? There are lots of unique events this weekend! This weekend offers a Halloween-themed Buttonwood Park Zoo, a Zombie Night in Providence, a 5-mile run for charity and the UMass football homecoming. Make sure you checkout our event calendar where you can find hundreds of local area events each month: http://www.newbedfordguide.com/calendar. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!
Friday, October 19th
Each year the Button Park Zoo (425 Hawthorn Street) puts together an amazing Halloween themed adventure for the entire family. The event will run every weekend in October. Rides include a spoooooky train ride and a bewitching carousel ride.
Cost: Zoo Members: $8/adult; $5/child
Non-Members: $13/adult; $10/child
Women in King Philip’s War Discussion (7 p.m.)
The Fairhaven Historical Society is hosting a talk by author Edward Lodi about his latest book, Women in King Philip’s War at the Fairhaven Town Hall on 40 Center Street. From the organizers: “Though often overlooked by historians, a number of remarkable women played major roles in King Philip’s War, making history-changing decisions, performing heroic deeds, enduring hardships, chronicling their experiences and lending support. After the talk, Lodi will sign copies of his book. Donations are welcome. Handicap accessible. For information, contact Barbara Acksen at 508-993-3017.”
Saturday, October 20th
The weather has been great this week and runners will love running through Padanaram and South Dartmouth for a great cause. The race will benefit Star Kids Scholarship Program, the New Bedford Education Foundation & PBA 501C3 Fund. Sign-in begins at 9:30am in the South Wharf Parking Lot and the run begins at 11 a.m. in front of the Sail Loft (246 Elm Street). Register and number pick-up is today from 4-8 p.m. at the Sail Loft. Full details: http://www.thesailloftdartmouth.com/5miler.html and a Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/154074331397396/.
The River Project Artists’ Walk (10:00am – 12:00pm)
Head over to the Slocum’s River Reserve and take a guided walk with sculptors from The River Project and learn about their creative process.
UMass Football Homecoming Game (12 p.m.)
Yes, the UMass Minutemen football team is 0-6 and is likely going to get beat badly again this Saturday, but how often do you get to watch a game at Gillette Stadium for $10 – $25 per ticket? This Saturday the Minutemen take on a good Bowling Green team at 12 p.m. Tailgating starts at 10:30 a.m. and parking is FREE for all UMass home games. The pre-game drinking should help numb the scoreboard pain! You can order tickets here: http://umassalumni.com/homecoming/umass-football/.
Ultimate Frisbee at Buttonwood Park (1:30 p.m.)
Ultimate Frisbee is a GREAT way to have fun while working out. It’s like playing soccer, but with a frisbee. There is a core group of folks that play several times a week at Buttonwood Park. I recommend joining their Facebook group for future updates and matches: http://www.facebook.com/groups/328010116829/. Facebook event for this Saturday here: http://www.facebook.com/events/285874074857379/.
American Dreams is a short film produced by the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) and will be shown at the New Bedford Visitor Center on 33 William Street. YAP is a partnership project between the National Park Service and Third Eye Youth Empowerment Inc. The film “provides four different stories of people seeking the American dream through different journeys.” This is a great way to see a film produced by some of New Bedford’s youth. I highly recommend you check out their Walk with Me music video to get a taste of their amazing talent: http://youtu.be/4CP10K_KTAE. Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/272716012849758/.
2012 Providence Zombie Night (7:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.)
Zombies have become mainstream thanks to shows like the Walking Dead and video games like Call of Duty Black Ops. The PVD Social Club is hosting their 6th Zombie Night this Saturday night. This is a 21 and older event. From the organizers: “The night begins with a boolesque performance and music at the Pvd Social Club…..It ends at a joint afterparty between Ri Ra & Bar Louie…What happens between is up to you…..” Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/331390860283904/.
Sunday, October 21th
Oak Grove Cemetery Civil War Guided Walking Tour (1 p.m.)
The New Bedford Preservation Society will present a cemetery tour focusing on the Civil War period. These popular tours feature historic portrayals in period costume which depict New Bedford’s famous and not-so-famous at grave sites along the tour route. New Bedford Preservation Society volunteers will provide guided walking tours leaving from the Parker Street entrance of the Oak Grove Cemetery every 15 minutes beginning at 1 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 2:30 p.m. The approximately one-hour walking tour will highlight twenty graves within the cemetery. Rain date is October 28. More details: http://nbpreservationsociety.org/cemeterytour.html.
Fairhaven Indoor Farmer’s Market (1-4 p.m.)
The Fairhaven Farmer’s Market moves indoors from the New Bedford High School front lawn to the Nemasket Gallery on 56 Bridge Street in Fairhaven. The farmer’s market is sponsored by the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee and is handicap accessible. For more info, visit http://www.greenfairhaven.com.
Westport Town Farm Harvest Festival (12-4 p.m.)
Bring your family to celebrate the third annual harvest at the Westport Town Farm’s Community Gardens. Enjoy a festive day of local food, music and activities for all ages. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/southeast-ma/harvest-fest.html