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!

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 Design Contest:
Jason C. Eckhardt of New Bedford

Mr. Eckhardt has been a professional illustrator for over thirty years. His editorial cartoons have appeared in the New Bedford Standard-Times and have won the Best Cartoon award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association five times. His work has also appeared in publications from Dell Magazines, Doubleday, and various small presses.

"The Festival Committee was impressed with Mr. Eckhardt's ability to convey the 2014 theme Fishing Families" (Laura Orleans, Festival Director). Mr. Eckhardt's design will appear on the Festival t-shirt, program guide, and poster. Congratulations Jason!

2014 Winning Design

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, August 15th - Shad and Sardines

In the 1960s, folk music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, despairing over the pollution of the Hudson River, launched a project to clean it up. Hudson Shad (1974) is an 18-minute documentary chronicling the work of Pete Seeger and the "River Keepers" to clean up the Hudson River, keeping the waters clean enough for the shad to thrive. The film contains rare footage of shad fishermen at work on the Hudson.

The Sardine Show (1981) was produced by the Maine Sardine Council to promote the consumption of Maine Sardines. The film explores the history of the fishery, considers the health benefit of eating sardines, and provides a variety of recipes.

shad and sardines

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Upcoming Programs

  • Friday, September 19 - Fishing Family Home Movie Night

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