Working Waterfront Festival

The Working Waterfront Festival

Celebrating Commercial Fishing — America's Oldest Industry

Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen's contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.

New Bedford, Massachusetts
Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier

2014 Festival Dates:
September 27 & 28, 2014

Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Festival held rain or shine!

View the latest 2013 festival pictures and a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival!

Want to help? Volunteer!

Take A Sneak Peak at the 2014 Festival Program Guide

Plan your festival weekend! The 56 page guide contains a complete schedule of events, map, menu, list of exhibitors, bios of participating authors and performers as well as several articles related to our 2014 theme, a special feature of fishing family photographs, and quotes from our oral history archive.


Mark your calendar for our Festival Sampler, Friday evening, September 26th at 7:30 pm, at the historic Seamen's Bethel (15 Johnny Cake Hill).

Enjoy performances of traditional music, storytelling and fisherpoetry featuring: the Beans with Dan Lanier, Bob Quinn, Bridget Fitzgerald, Dano Quinn, Dave Densmore, Jon Campbell, Matthew Byrne, and Rob Seitz. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds benefiting the Festival and our year-round educational programs.

Seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased in our online shop.

2014 Friday Sampler

Working Waterfront Festival and National Park
Team Up for Dock-U-Mentaries

Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

Partial funding for Dock-u-mentaries is provided by the
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - Henry H. Crapo Foundation Fund

Friday, September 19th - Fishing Family Home Movies

Join us for an evening of home movies from the industry featuring short videos and images of life at sea and on shore provided by fishing families. Get a firsthand view of life on a commercial fishing boat with film shot by fishermen at sea. Reminisce about the days of wooden boats and the old Scallop Festival. View images of lumpers, fish cutters, and others.

Fishing Family Home Movies

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The Working Waterfront Festival and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park invite you aboard the F/V Huntress

Take a virtual tour of a working scallop boat.

Working Waterfront Festival Voices from the Port Radio Project

VOICES FROM THE PORT is a series of short audio pieces based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project. The programs are designed to provide a window into the history and culture of the working port, and encourage listeners to visit New Bedford, America's #1 Port to learn more. The project was made possible with funding from Mass Humanities.

Click here to listen.

Working Waterfront Festival