About the Festival

Listen to Director Laura Orleans share what the Working Waterfront Festival means for the city of New Bedford

The Working Waterfront Festival has a threefold mission:

to celebrate the culture of the working waterfront,

to document it for future generations,

and to educate the public about its history and culture.

In addition to producing the festival, we develop curriculum materials for classrooms of all ages, present programs in area schools, provide professional development for teachers, and conduct oral history interviews with members of the working waterfront community.

View the latest 2013 festival pictures.  In 2013 the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, watch our celebration video here:


For more information, contact us at: info@workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Want to help? Volunteer!

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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