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Festivals and Fairs in New Bedford. Ma.

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The city of New Bedford has a nice web site covering up to date happenings and events here the web address is

Kerrie K Lyndon was the Marketing and Cultural Tourism Manager that informed me that the Tourism Department is now in the City Hall building 133 William St, Room 119. New Bedford, Ma 02740

The new director as of my latest input is Dagny Ashley.

The Whaling City Festival - Held at Buttonwood Park and attracts people from many surrounding cities.
Runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9AM - 8PM in July.

They have a large line up of live entertainment, a car show, a traveling amusement park and a lot of vendors booths with food and t-shirts and a huge variety of items on sale. Contacts for the festival.

The Standard-Times sponsors the Standard Times Greater New Bedford Summerfest each year. It has become a tradition for it's presentation of international folk music and arts..

Each year it takes place in the beginning of July at locations throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. There are activities and fun things to do and see for the whole family.

The area in general and food booths and craft booths are open to the public but wrist bands are required for the entertainment locations.
Feast of The Blessed Sacrament also called Portuguese Feast or Madeira Feast
Usually the first week end in August. Runs Thursday to Sunday

Working Waterfront Festival.
Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier
.The 2010 Festival dates are September 25th and 26th. There are live musical performances.
New Bedford, Ma. is America's largest commercial fishing port. Visit the festival to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. There you can see a Coast Guard rescue demonstration, visit aboard a scallop boat, eat fresh seafood, see gear repair demonstrations and much more.
The Working Waterfront Festival website.

New Bedford Seafood Festival - see Working Waterfront Festival above
New Bedford Chowder Festival
Running since 2005 this festival is held at Custom House Square in the historic section of Downtown New Bedford. It is organized by, Downtown New Bedford, Inc..
You can enjoy lot's of clam chowder, seafood chowder, stuffed quahogs and kale soup cooked by local restaurants. There is always music and family fun.
The 2011 date - September 18 Noon to 5PM see the website.

New Bedford Day of Portugal Festival
June 10th, a national holiday in Portugal is the Day of Portugal, Camoes and the Portuguese Communities. This worldwide event is celebrated commemorating the life of Luis Vaz de Camoes—Portugal’s greatest poet. It also recognizes the valuable contributions of the many other Portuguese Communities worldwide. It has been celebrated for the past 11 yeas in New Bedford's North
End over a 3 day weekend around the date of June 10.

New Bedford Festival Theater at the Zeiterion
Do you like Broadway musicals? This is it for the finest in musical theatre production in Southeastern, MA. It's a professional, non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to producing a variety of musical theater from classics to contemporary with local and national talent.
The production values are high. The group had won the NETC Moss Hart Award for Best Theatrical Production in New England for "Les Miserables", in 2008. The Festival Theater is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Tickets and further info - contact the Zeiterion Box Office at 508-994-2900 or
The Festival Office - 5 Dover Street - New Bedford, MA 02740-6200 - (508) 991-5212
The Website
Freedom Festival at UMASS Dartmouth
An annual fireworks demonstration and music - The Bank of America Freedom Festival schedules a celebration of our independence on or around the 4th of July on the UMass Dartmouth campus.
In 2009, the festival planned to open at 6:15 p.m. with a concert by a well known group. Later the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra pops concert was at 7:45 p.m. and concluding with fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.
In advance they had posted a notice that, In the event of rain, the orchestra will perform in the 800-seat main auditorium at the Campus Center, but the fireworks will be cancelled.
We look forward to the festival in coming years.
Brooklawn Park / North End of New Bedford - Acushnet Avenue - New Bedford, MA USA 02745 Annual family orientated festival featuring amusement rides, games, delicious foods, entertainment and fireworks.  Usually takes place mid to late May for four days Thursday through Sunday.  There might be a fireworks display.
For more information, contact the North End Business Association at 508-995-7896 or, contact Linda Morad
Buttonwood Zoo Festival of Lights In December Buttonwood Park and Zoo at Rts. 6 and 140
New Bedford, MA 02740 508-991-6175
The City of New Bedford celebrates the holiday season by decorating the zoo buildings, fences, and foliage with an array of lights.
Cape Verdean Recognition Week Every year on the first week in July.
Cape Verdean American Family Festival 41 Bedford St. New Bedford, MA 02740
City of New Bedford 4th of July Celebration Annually on the 4th of July
Contact the New Bedford Visitor Center 33 William St. New Bedford, MA 02740
508-991-6200 or 800-508-5353
First Night Is celebrated on December 31st in Downtown New Bedford. Get more info from the New Bedford Visitor Center on 33 William St.. New Bedford, MA 02740
800-508-5353, 508-991-6200 for more specific info.
It's a New Year's celebration with shows, art displays, and fireworks. The one night festival is held on Purchase and William Streets with entertainment at other places nearby.
Here is a list :
Downtown Visitor Center/WHALE and National Park Headquarters
New Bedford Hotel
Times Square Atrium
Gallery X
New Bedford Library
Whaling Museum
New Bedford Senior Center
Northeast Maritime Institute on Spring Street
Pilgrim United Church
Rotch-Jones-Duff House
The office building on County and Spring Streets
Unitarian Church / formerly Tryworks Coffee House
Bourne Warehouse
Zeiterion Theater
Street entertainers perform during the festival on Purchase St. There is a fireworks display at midnight at the waterfront area. The single button for all venues, as well as program schedules, are available at the New Bedford Visitor Centers and several area banks, restaurants, and shops.
Downtown New Bedford has free parking for First Night
Hazlewood Park Fair / Festivals held every year on the first weekend in June
Contact the South End Business Association 97 Cove Rd. New Bedford, MA 02744
Whaling City Brewers Festival and Wine Expo
Held every year in August on Pier 3, New Bedford Waterfront, New Bedford, MA 02740
800-429-9463, 508-992-4477

Sample micro brews, enjoy the beer and ale tasting and non-alcoholic beverage tasting.
There is a home brewer competition and tasting competitions.
There is a super cool chowder cook-off as well as jazz entertainment.
Money from the proceeds goes to the local community projects as well as the New Bedford Art Museum, Whaling Museum, NB aquarium project, Waterfront Historic Area League, S.S Nobska restoration, YMCA, the Roch-Jones-Duff House and museum, Zeiterion theater, New Bedford Festival Theater, etc.
Polish Summer Festival Held every year in June. Contact the New Bedford Tourism Office at the
Wharfinger Building, Pier 3 in New Bedford, MA 02740
You can also call
800-508-5353 or 508-979-1745
Maritime heritage Festival
Is held every year in May at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
The festival is presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and celebrates New Bedford's rich sea-going heritage with music, storytelling, tours, and a host of hands-on activities.

The festival is set up throughout The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The festival sites are open to the public on without any cover charge, although the Whaling Museum or other sites might have a concert that requires admission.

See first hand demonstrations of traditional crafts that include boat building, sail making, knot work, figurehead carving, scrimshander, and blacksmithing.

For more info contact the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740 - 508 997-0046 ext. 14