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The New Bedford Folk Festival, formerly known as Greater New Bedford Summerfest Folk Festival,  now in  its 23rd year is one of the premier summer festivals in  New England. The festival is presented by The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

The two day festival draws crowds of over 20,000 to historic downtown New Bedford with over 50 musical acts, a wide variety of artisans from the area and around the world, and a fun family atmosphere. Visitors come from around the country, as well as Canada and the Virgin Islands, for this weekend of continuous folk music and cultural exhibitions. Local hotels and restaurants are inundated with these visitors, who contribute to the meaningful economic boost to local business over the course of the festival weekend.

The Folk Festival is incredibly important for the City of New Bedford and the arts community. Not only does it draw large crowds to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Seaport Cultural District, but it provides an opportunity to showcase local artisans and performing artists. The festival serves as a positive reflection of the thriving arts community in the area as well as our rich cultural heritage. A portion of the festival, including some music sites and the Artisan’s Marketplace, is offered free of charge which assures that this display of folk culture is accessible to all socio-economic groups in New Bedford.

We invite you to be a part of this eclectic experience and become a sponsor of the 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival! Corporate Sponsors are recognized in multiple ways and enjoy a host of special perks.

For questions on Sponsorship or to create a custom package, please contact Nicole Merusi at or by calling 508-997-5664 x148.


Are you a fan of the Folkfest who wants to ensure the sustainability and longevity of this event? Why not consider becoming A Friend of the Festival?  These donations allow us to continue bringing together world-class musicians to participate in unique performances, design never-before-seen workshop collaborations, and jurying high quality artisans, crafters, and food vendors, to offer an annual experience like no other. CLICK HERE for more information on how you can give back to the festival you love!

Artist Supporters – $1,000 – $4,000
Friends of the New Bedford Folk Festival – $500

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