Become a
Festival Sponsor

We invite you to be a part of the eclectic experience of the 25th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival by becoming a sponsor!

Presented by the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, the New Bedford Folk Festival is now in its 25th year as one of the premiere summer festivals in New England. The two-day music festival draws crowds of more than 20,000 to historic downtown New Bedford with more than 50 musical acts, a variety of local and international artisans, tasty food court and beer garden, 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. 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 New Bedford 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 the Southcoast Stage, artisanal marketplace, and food court, is open to the public to ensure arts and culture are accessible to all.

Corporate sponsors are recognized in multiple ways and enjoy a host of special perks. For more information about sponsorship packages, click the button below.

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

Festival Sponsors & Partners


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 below 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