- Cultural Communities
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- 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
- Painting with a Splash
- Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
- Of Earth, Sea & Fire Symposium
- Where the Land Meets the Sea
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- 27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
- Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- Family Activities
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- Charles W. Morgan Visit
- Whaling History Symposium
- Moby-Dick Marathon
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New Bedford Folk Festival
New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford's authentic historic district during the first weekend in July. The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11:oo a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the majestic 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the National Park Garden Stage.
The Artisans' Marketplace showcases the handcrafted work of many local artists as well as crafters from Maine to California and the International Bazaar offers high-quality, imported handcrafts from around the globe.
Food is also a great part of the festival. From street carts, to the food court to the restaurants in and around the festival you can sample some of the tasty cuisine the area has to offer. The New Bedford Folk Festival offers an exciting atmosphere with great music, beautiful arts and crafts and fun activities for the whole family.
Festival Community Partners are the City of New Bedford, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Zeiterion Theater and the New Bedford Economic Development Council.
The New Bedford Folk Festival took place concurrently with the Charles W. Morgan Homecoming.
Yankee Magazine names New Bedford Folk Festival as a 2014 Editor's Choice.
Download the 2014 New Bedford Folk Festival Poster here. (PDF 2mb)