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The New Bedford Folk Festival- formerly known as Summerfest- is in its 22nd year as one of the premier summer festivals in Southern New England. The festival is being presented by The Zeiterion Theatre.

The two day festival draws crowds of over 20,000 to historic downtown New Bedford with over 70 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- and some even from as far as Canada- 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 large portion of the festival’s programming- including several outdoor stages and the Artisan’s Marketplace- is offered for free. Admission to the ticketed venues is offered at a special discount to locals, assuring 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 22nd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival! Corporate Sponsors are recognized in multiple ways and enjoy a host of special perks.

New Bedford Folk Fest Sponsorship Packages

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


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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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