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 26 & 27, 2015

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

Festival held rain or shine!

View the latest 2014 festival pictures and a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival!

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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.

This year we were fortunate to receive funding from Mass Humanities to support the work of a Scholar in Residence, Diana Lempel, to listen to our Narrative Stage audio recordings and help us use them to understand family and community identity in the commercial fishing industry. She shares some of her discoveries in this on line exhibit.

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, February 20th - Black Captains of the Chesapeake

Black Captains of the Chesapeake explores the lives and work of a group of African American head boat captains sailing out of Kent Narrows, Maryland who for over 50 years have been carrying out fishing parties on the Chesapeake Bay. We learn of their early days as watermen harvesting the bay of its once plentiful bounty of crabs, oysters and clams, and why they now rely on the fishing trade alone. These captains discuss the dangers on the bay, their total commitment to their work, and the fast failing future they fear for the bay.

Produced and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker and Howard University Associate Professor, Steven Torriano Berry. Mr. Berry will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.


FREE Film Making Workshop for Middle School Students

Mr. Berry will also be leading a FREE film making workshop for middle school students called Video Basics: Telling A Visual Story on Friday, February 20th from 2-4 PM at the Corson Maritime Learning Center. Click here for more details.

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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