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New Bedford is a great place to learn, explore, and have a blast! So why not make your Folk Festival experience even more meaningful and stay awhile? Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to spend the day at sea, New Bedford offers a variety of attractions and activities to suit all interests. From the largest museum in America devoted to the whaling industry, to the first free home of Frederick Douglass, New Bedford’s museums and attractions are sure to inspire, intrigue and delight.

New Bedford is also home to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the only National Park addressing the history of the whaling industry. Want culture? Visit the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District, comprised densely of businesses and cultural attractions all within a short walking distance!

Travel down a cobblestone path. Comb the beach. Shop antiques. See history come to life.  And, while you’re here, we hope you experience everything that makes us proud to call this incredible City “home.”

For a full listing of downtown’s eateries, galleries and retail locations, please visit Downtown New Bedford Inc – our non-profit downtown organization charged with promoting its district!

As part of Summer Winds 2019, which is a celebration of New Bedford’s emerging leadership in wind energy, DATMA (Design Art Technology Massachusetts) has unveiled large-scale public installation in Custom House Square!

Patrick Shearn’s flying mylar sculpture, Silver Current, will be on view during New Bedford Folk Festival through September.

Inspired by the graceful, synchronous motion of schools of fish, Patrick’s signature Skynets are a constant reminder of nature moving around us.  Find out more about DATMA and the installation here.

Silver Current Art Installation in New Bedford
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