Viva Fall River

How to Find Arts & Culture Events in Fall River

Jan 31, 2024 | Attractions, Visit

Fall River is home to a thriving arts community. Its rich, diverse cultural heritage, coupled with an abundance of artist studios within our historic mills, has created a unique melting pot of programming and events for you to enjoy.

Here, we’ll provide you a list of performing and visual arts organizations that frequently put on live events in Fall River. Make sure to monitor their social media accounts and websites so you don’t miss a thing!

Narrows Center for the Arts-

The Narrows Center for the Arts is a world-class performing arts space that has gained a beloved reputation by some of the country’s top touring artists. The Narrows also contains two art galleries, artist studios, and rental space for events, classes, and meetings, making it a hub for Fall River’s cultural community. Situated within Fall River’s waterfront cultural district, the Narrows offers the ability to see some of the nation’s best musical acts in an intimate setting.


Little Theatre-

Headquartered in a historic Victorian firehouse called “The Firebarn”, Little Theatre of Fall River has spent over 75 years performing for Fall River audiences. It was created in 1935 with the goal of bringing high quality theatre to the community at accessible prices. Every season, the company typically puts on 4-7 productions, ranging from dramatic one-act plays to epic mainstage musicals.



Founded by two internationally recognized artists with Fall River ties, the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art is a first of its kind institution. Since opening in 2021, they have organized multiple exhibitions, the latest of which inaugurated their new permanent location on Troy Street in downtown Fall River. FR MoCA events have ranged from gallery openings to book talks, with more sure to come in their new location. Admission to the museum is always free.


Grimshaw Gudewicz Art Galley-

The Grimshaw Gudewicz Art Gallery is a gallery space affiliated with Bristol Community College. The Gallery puts on multiple exhibits each year, all free and open to the public. Bristol Community College as a whole is a tremendous resource for those looking for events, either in the arts or education, with the College putting on events such as student showcases and public speaker series with academic experts.


Fall River Symphony Orchestra

Another long-standing member of the Fall River community, the Fall River Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925. Since then, they have brought world class musical performances to residents and visitors. They’ve created several beloved traditions for residents, most notably through their iconic Holiday Pops performance. As they approach their 100th season, the continue to bring magical musical moments to our community year after year.

Greater Fall River Art Association-

Founded in 1965, this organization has been a resource for artists and a source of enjoyment for patrons for well over half a century. The Greater Fall River Arts Association hosts workshops, gallery shows and other monthly events in a beautiful Victorian building in Fall River’s historic Highlands.


Heritage State Park-

One of Fall River’s biggest assets is the number of attractions along the Taunton River. Amongst the many riverside amenities is the Heritage State Park Visitor Center. Here, the team from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation host permanent and rotating history and art exhibits, in addition to a plentiful schedule of events (particularly over the busy summer months). The Visitor Center is equipped with an impressive theater for select showings, and occasionally puts on outdoor events to make use of their beautiful waterfront backyard.

Fall River Public Library-

One of Fall River’s most beloved community resources, the Fall River Public Library is worth a visit for views of the historic building it inhabits. The Library puts on several events monthly for a wide variety of audiences. Their renowned Children’s department puts on dozens of creative events each year– including their annual Teddy Bear picnic, Santa Claus storytimes and themed events with visits from beloved characters like Cinderella, Elmo, or Super Mario. For adults, they have hosted Shakespearean theater companies, author events, and a free waterfront concert every summer. Complemented by their regular schedule of book clubs and craft nights, there is sure to be something for everyone at the Fall River Public Library!

The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River-

Fun for the whole family! In addition to their impressive facility and exhibits, the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River frequently offers events for kids, ranging from craft nights to art classes to fun holiday events. Check their social media pages for regular updates on their special events. For an added bonus, the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum ( operates in the same building. Check their Facebook page for their days and hours of operations, and check out their impressive model train collection!


Creative Arts Network-

The Creative Arts Network has been the driving force behind several projects to strengthen Fall River’s status as a cultural powerhouse and attractive destination for visitors. This work has included a repertoire of high quality events for those looking to engage with Fall River’s historic arts scene. Past events have included fashion shows that highlight Fall River’s rich textile industry (past and present!), as well as a Lizzie Borden murder-mystery party and holiday concerts.


Lafayette Durfee House-

The Lafayette Durfee House is a living time capsule nestled in a residential neighborhood not far from Fall River’s downtown. Named after the infamous Revolutionary war figure, General Marquis de Lafayette, who frequently visited the Fall River home of fellow namesake, Judge Thomas Durfee, the house hosts a number of exciting and unconventional events that are perfect for the history buff in your life. Events range from educational talks, to living history walkthroughs, to experiential workshops that teach you how to churn butter, make candles or weave fabric like they did in the 1700s. Where else can you grab tea with Martha Washington herself?


Viva Fall River-

You’re already in the right place! Viva Fall River was created as a resource for residents and visitors alike to find the amazing events, programs and attractions that exist here in Fall River. Be sure to check out our comprehensive events calendar and follow our social media accounts (linked at the bottom of this page!), where we frequently re-share community events.