2012 New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival This Weekend

Photos courtesy Working Waterfront Festival

New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, will celebrate its heritage at the 2012 Working Waterfront Festival this weekend, September 28 and 29.

Tug Muster

Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry that brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.


  • Working Waterfront, CLICK HERE
  • Hours: Sat. 11:00-6:00; Sun. 11:00-5:00
  • Admission is free.

Scheduled Activities:

  • Net mending competition.

    Performances of Music, Dance and Poetry

  • Narrative Stage (Panel Discussions and Author Readings)
  • Kid’s Area (Family Performances)
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Contests (Scallop Shucking, Net Mending, Survival Suit Race, Rilleting, Link Squeezing)
  • Coast Guard Demos
  • Harbor Tours
  • Author Readings
  • Whaleboat Races
  • Tugboat Muster
  • Blessing of the Fleet

Ongoing Activities:

  • Shucking competition.

    A Working Waterfront Exhibit (Wharfinger Building, Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 3)

  • Festival Store (Fisherman’s Wharf)
  • Big Boats, Little Boats, model boats and boat building (Coast Guard Park)
  • Coast Guard Exhibits & Vessel Tours (Fisherman’s Wharf, Coast Guard Park & State Pier)
  • Farmers Market (State Pier)
  • Fishing Vessel Tours (Fisherman’s Wharf & Coast Guard Park)
  • Festival Souvenirs (Fisherman’s Wharf & Steamship Pier)
  • Flume Tank (Steamship Pier)
  • Industry Exhibits (Steamship Pier)
  • Kids Area (nautical crafts, Steamship Pier)
  • Maritime Artisans Marketplace (Fisherman’s Wharf)
  • Non-profit Exhibits (Steamship Pier/Fisherman’s Wharf)
  • Occupational Demos (Steamship Pier)
  • Self-Guided Walking Tours (depart from Wharfinger Building)

If you are interested in helping to plan, participating in or contributing financial or in-kind resources to the Festival please contact the Festival Committee by CLICKING HERE or (508-993-8894).

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