New Bedford Folk Festival 2016


JULY 9 & 10

Buy Early and Save!

Saturday & Sunday
July 9 & 10
11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Ticket prices until June 30, 2016:
VIP (limited quantity) $100
Weekend Pass $20
Single Day Pass $15

Ticket prices after June 30, 2016:
VIP (limited quantity) $100
Weekend Pass $25
Single Day Pass $20

Location: Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the Whaling National Historical Park in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts.

VIP ticket includes the following:

  • VIP lanyard
  • Official VIP festival t-shirt
  •  Access to the air conditioned VIP lounge with restrooms
  • Guaranteed priority seating at all The Z mainstage performances
  • Early access seating at all Whaling Museum Theatre performances
    More benefits as added

VIP and Sunday passes are available for purchase at
Custom House Square, The Zeiterion box office
and The New Bedford Whaling Museum


The 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival features an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music. Livingston Taylor, Kate Taylor, Cheryl Wheeler and national blues treasure Rory Block are joined by over 70 performers and groups including The Stray Birds, John Gorka, Celtic super group RUNA, Grammy nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky, Ellis Paul, Irish guitar wizard John Doyle, Garnet Rogers, Prairie Home Companion regular Pat Donohue and many more.

Visit for the full-line up and performance schedule and the latest information, artist bios, and announcements.


Rory Block
Zeiterion Theatre: Saturday, 3:45pm
Heralded as “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists,” Block preserves the Delta blues tradition and brings it to life for 21st century audiences around the world.

John Doyle
Custom House Park Stage: Saturday, 6:30pm
Doyle has worked with some of the greatest names in Irish music, offering his signature guitar sound, singing and songwriting.

Cheryl Wheeler
Zeiterion Theatre: Saturday, 8:00pm
Writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene, Wheeler is also a savagely funny social critic.

Kate Taylor
Whaling Museum Theater: Sunday, 3:30pm
Hailing from one of America’s best known singer-songwriter families, “Sister Kate” is known for her rockabilly, country, Appalachian folk, rock, blues, gospel and R&B roots.

Pat Donohue
Custom House Park Stage: Sunday, 5:00pm
The Grammy-winner’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard with nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes.

Livingston Taylor
Zeiterion Theatre: Sunday, 6:30pm
The fourth child of a musical family, Liv is equally at home with a range of musical genres (folk, pop, gospel and jazz) to touching ballads.

In addition to the mainstage shows, The New Bedford Folk Festival features a unique format called Mash-Up Performances.  Pioneered by festival Artistic Directors Alan and Helene Korolenko, Mash-Ups create performance combinations between musicians who seldom, if ever, share the same stage. Focused on a common theme, the music made in these Mash-Up Performances inspires both the audience and the musicians in ways not experienced at other folk festivals.


New! BayCoast Bank Family Fun Tent
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm
Johnny Cake Hill
Open to the public! No ticket necessary.

This year, the Folk Festival has teamed up with BayCoast Bank to create the Family Fun Tent! The programming in this tent offers children and families a safe, fun space to play and learn together through hands-on activities designed for ultimate fun! Create recycled art, learn about birds and animals native to our area and how to protect them, get physical and climb Carabiner’s Rock Climbing Wall, and much more.

Food Court & Bar
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-9pm
Purchase Street
Open to the public! No ticket necessary.

The popular Food Court & Bar is getting a facelift this year! Completely open to the public, the Food Court & Bar has moved to Purchase Street outside of the Zeiterion Theatre, complete with dining tables in and out of the tent. Patrons can enjoy entrees and snacks from a wide offering of food vendors including lobster rolls from Oxford Creamery’s OxCart, Timi’s Greek and Middle Eastern Food Truck, Manny’s Seafood Truck serving local fried seafood, Acacia Food Truck offering an eclectic mix including vegetarian wraps and noodles to pulled pork tortas, and cool local treat favorites such as Acushnet Creamery and Del’s Lemonade. Alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed in our open air Garden with proper ID. Food Court & Bar patrons can enjoy listening to music drifting from the neighboring Purchase Street Tent.

Craft & Import Marketplace
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-9pm
Open to the public! No ticket necessary.

Downtown New Bedford’s historic streets become a marketplace filled with over 90 juried, handmade-craft vendors and global importers. The public is invited to browse artisan-made goods from all over New England and the world! The “Global Bazaar” features authentic jewelry, clothes and decorative items from Africa, Tibet and Central America and more.  In addition, seven city blocks are filled with artisans from New England and beyond, featuring one-of-a-kind crafted item like Graveyard Girls’ primitive carved images based on old New England gravestones, Taproot Threads’ original designs screened on responsibly sourced clothing, and Razed Up’s upcycled bottles turned into beautiful everyday items.