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Saturday, July 6th at 11am
Sunday, July 7th at 11am
FOOD & CRAFTS start at 11am.
FOOD & CRAFTS ends by 7pm.*
*Food Court & Bar will stay open until 8pm.
MUSIC starts at 11am.
Music on Main Stage (Zeiterion) stops at 9pm.
All other sites finish between 6pm-7pm.
Check the schedule for details.

The complete schedule will be available in early June.

The Lost & Found Area will be at the Zeiterion Theatre at 684 Purchase St. and will be open from 11am-9pm. Efforts will be made to contact owners of significant items such as wallets and purses.

The New Bedford Folk Festival encourages a smoke-free environment and asks that you respect the health of your neighbors at the festival and refrain from smoking in any area where it may affect someone else. Smoking is prohibited under all tents and inside buildings. Please find an isolated area if you must smoke, and dispose of your butts properly.

Yes! Children 12 and under get into the ticketed music tents of the festival for free with a ticketed parent or adult. We  also have a free and open to the public Family Tent with a lineup of children’s shows and activities. Please stay tuned for the schedule.

The Festival Food Court and the Festival Bar are located outside the Zeiterion Theatre on Purchase St. Both are open to all and does not require a festival ticket. ID wristbands will be distributed to those who wish to drink and who have appropriate ID. This area will be open until 8:00 PM. Premium Ticket holders have access to the  Premium Lounge of the Zeiterion. Please drink responsibly.

While service animals are welcome, pets are not allowed.


Plan ahead.

Download a copy of the schedule to bring with you (printed copies are also available at the festival).

Read the performer descriptions on the website and determine priority performances you don’t want to miss.

The best way to assure you have a seat is to get to the performance area early or find seating in the previous performance. The Whaling Museum Theater that will be cleared out at the end of each performance for priority seating for Premium Pass holders. The Zeiterion Stage will have reserved seating for Premium Pass seating and the Whaling Museum Stage will have reserved Premium Pass seating for a limited time. Consider buying yourself a Premium Pass and benefit from preferred and reserved seating while ensuring the longevity of the Festival.

Don’t limit your music experience.

Don’t restrict yourself to one stage. There are 7 stages of music to experience!

Don’t restrict yourself to the performers you already know. Use the festival to discover new music and experience as much music as possible. Workshops present a great opportunity to hear multiple performers and groups!

Please, no cameras or recording devices!

Folk on in comfort.

Dress comfortably for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes and be careful on the cobblestone streets. Wear sun block and a hat. Stay hydrated! If you require assistance inquire at the ticket areas in Custom House Square Park and at the Zeiterion Theatre or ask a volunteer.

Visit the festival store.

Buy a t-shirt. It supports the festival and looks so good on you!

Buy performer CDs. It is a way to help the festival, the performer and take the festival home with you. CDs and t-shirts are sold at the Festival Store located inside of the Zeiterion Theatre.

Take time to check out the crafts and commercial vendors.

You will find something you like. We take pride in selecting artisans and vendors that offer unique items for everyone’s taste.

Our food court and bar is open to the public. We will have a smorgasbord of food options in our food court along with tables and chairs for comfortable dining while you take in the sounds of the SouthCoast Stage.

Be sure to check out New Bedford’s many delicious restaurants in the area too!

If possible, attend both days. You will see and experience so much more.

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