New Bedford Folk Festival

New Bedford Folk Festival Logo 2015

20th Anniversary Celebration
July 4-5, 2015

The New Bedford Folk Festival celebrated its milestone 20th Anniversary from Saturday July 4 through Sunday July 5, 2015 with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music.  Folk icon Tom Rush and Grammy Award winner John Hammond, were joined by over 50 performers and groups including Susan Werner, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, The Nields, Peter Mulvey, Vance Gilbert, The Boxcar Lilies, the Welsh group Calan, folk and jazz fiddler Jeremy Kittel and many more. The festival ran from 11 am to 9 pm both days and was located in the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The New Bedford Folk Festival had seven stages in and around the National Park that ranged from the 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the intimacy of the “Meet the Performer” area.  Performers were presented in concerts and in the popular festival “workshops” which featured 3 or 4 performers or groups on stage at the same time in one-time, unique musical shows.  The festival also featured a high quality crafts show with over ninety juried, handmade crafts for sale at affordable prices. Food was available including the justifiably world famous New Bedford landed fish and scallops.

The New Bedford Folk Festival has been recognized as a “Critic’s Pick” and one of “New England’s Greatest Celebrations” by the Boston Globe.

Yankee Magazine selected the festival as an “Editor’s Choice” for the summer of 2014. Thousands of people from New England and across the nation attend the festival over the weekend making it a major destination for the July 4th weekend. This year’s festival promised an exciting and memorable 20th anniversary celebration which showed the city of New Bedford at its best.

The lineup of performers were: Benoit Bourque, The Boxcar Lilies, Calan, The Gerry Colvin Trio, Catie Curtis, Jeff Davis, Tim Eriksen and Zoe Darrow, Beppe Gambetta, Vance Gilbert, Seth Glier, Raymond Gonzalez, Martin Grosswendt, John Hammond, Kim and Reggie Harris, David Jacobs-Strain, James Keelaghan, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Jeremy Kittel and Joshua Pinkham, The Yves Lambert Trio, Jack Landrón, Patty Larkin, Jez Lowe, Troy MacGillivray and Kimberley Fraser, Danielle Miraglia, Peter Mulvey, The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chanty Chorus, The Nields, Chris Pahud, John Roberts, Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr, Tom Rush, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, Art Tebbetts, Hiroya Tsukamoto, Susan Werner.

A limited number of Special VIP Weekend Passes with benefits were available by advance purchase only. A regular Weekend Admission purchased in advance online was $20; $15 by purchasing in person at the New Bedford Whaling Museum or the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

Prices during festival weekend were $20 a day/$25 Weekend Admission/$15 Student Weekend Admission with student ID.  Children under 12 admitted free.


Community Partners with the New Bedford Folk Festival are The City of New Bedford, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Economic Development Council and Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. The New Bedford Folk Festival is supported in part by grants from the Cultural Councils of New Bedford, Marion and Dartmouth, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Download the 2015 New Bedford Folk Festival Poster here. (PDF 2mb)

2015 Poster for New Bedford Folk Festival

Last Modified: October 13, 2015