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Our Family Stage is open to the public at no charge!

The Family Stage is located in Wings Court. There are multiple entrances to this area: On Purchase Street, across from the Greasy Luck restaurant, on Union Street between Destination Soups and Brick Pizza and on Acushnet Avenue across from Custom House Park. There will be performances as well as activities in this area.


11:30-12:30  Under the tent
Birds of Prey with Naturalist Marla Isaac who is an artist, a falconer and a professional reptile handler.  Meet some interesting and fascinating animals trusted in her care by wildlife agencies state and federal as ambassordors of the wild that through her tell their story.

12:00-4:00  New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks!
Get Creative! Cut-out and Color Paper Ukuleles, made with a heavy cardstock paper and decorated with markers, glitter, stickers etc. Clay beads and necklaces made from colored air drying clay.

12:00-4:00  Lloyd Center Whatz in a Box
Reach inside a box to feel various objects from nature and try to guess whatz in the box!

1:00-2:00  Under the tent
Mustard’s Retreat – A Mustard’s Retreat Family program consists of songs and stories, sing alongs and a whole lot of fun! Songs, rhymes and stories! Fun and frivolity! Exactly what you’d expect from Mustard’s Retreat; exactly what you’d want for a children’s concert – witty and fun-loving. In addition to outstanding voices, they possess the singular ability to entice everyone into joining in on imaginative original works and well-know classics. Very few artists have their talent for creating such a warm rapport with their audience.

2:15-3:45  Overhead Aerial Acts with Jungle Jam
Join Overhead Arts for a Juggle Jam in Wing’s Court. Instructors will lead introductory lessons for circus equipment such as juggling sticks, spinning plates, and hula hoops. We’ll bring the equipment. You bring the fun!

4:00-5:00  Under the tent
Old Time Fiddle Session & Community Gathering
Facilitated by Jeff Angeley of the Mud Daubers, this session offers wonderful music to get you moving! Bring your instruments and join in.

5:00 & 5:45  Tiny Dances
Six choreographers, one tiny stage! Six mini performances by groundbreaking New England choreographers – all on a 4×4 stage!


12:00-4:00  New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks!
Get Creative! Cut-out and Color Paper Ukuleles, made with a heavy cardstock paper and decorated with markers, glitter, stickers etc. Clay beads and necklaces made from colored air drying clay.

1:00  Buttonwood Park Zoo – Zoomobile
The Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Zoomobile program travels the South Coast with live animals, biofacts (bones, feathers, fur), fun activities, and interactive presentations. Fun for all ages, this program introduces participants to the wonderful world of animals and wildlife.

1:00-1:45  Under the Tent
Reverend Robert B. Jones – Pastor, Storyteller, Teacher, Activist : Robert is a nationally known and featured storyteller. Reverend Robert received the prestigious “Keeping The Blues Alive Award” from the national Blues Foundation for his work in schools. Regardless of age, and whether working in a single classroom or with hundreds of students, Robert’s message is always the same, we need to celebrate the creativity and diversity of our shared culture. Robert’s stories combine elements of  music, humor, along with emotion, fact and fiction to convey the truths found in our shared culture. Sometimes he tells personal and family stories and at other times he tells stories drawn from the lives and legends of blues and gospel performers that he grew up listening to and learning about.  For all ages…come listen, laugh and learn!

2:00-2:45  Under the Tent
Bourque Emissaires – 
A musician, dancer, singer and caller, Benoit Bourque has been a member of different bands with whom he toured extensively in Canada, US and Europe. He is a specialist of Quebec traditional dances and has presented programms and workshops in many camps and festivals, showing his skill in step dancing and bones playing (which is a family tradition: his dad and grandad were both bones players). He participates in the  ‘’Artists in School’’ Program, which  gives an opportunity to young students from pre-elementary, elementary and high school students to have an access to arts and culture. Benoit is joined by his son, Antoine Pigeon-Bourque.  Learn to play the bones or step dance to the music of French Canada…come see Benoit and Antoine!

3:00-3:45  Under the Tent
Little Blue Heron
(Constance M Cook and Adam C J Klein) perform traditional, Appalachian, British Isles, original music, and singing games. Using instruments including dulcimers, bones, hand drums, banjo, and more, handcrafted by Adam, the duo creates innovative and authentic arrangements, exploring musical and story connections within folk repertoire. Little Blue Heron rejoices in performing for and with children.

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