The 25th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival was originally scheduled to be celebrated last summer.

The Zeiterion has been closed since March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to host last year’s event, the theatre hoped that 2021 would bring more excitement for a festival that attracts hundreds of people to enjoy during the weekend. This year would have been extra special, marking the festival’s 25th anniversary.

“For a quarter of a century, the fan-favorite festival has gathered world-class contemporary singer/songwriters, traditional Americana, the best in blues, classic Celtic and, of course, folk to the Southcoast - and its silver anniversary will bring back many festival favorites who have performed throughout the years! Whether you come for the fantastic music or the free festivities surrounding the festival, it’s a weekend of fun for everyone.”

Unfortunately, it seems COVID-19 is stripping away more opportunities to gather for large events such as this one. According to a post on the Zeiterion’s Facebook page, the safety of those attending is top of mind.

“We want you to feel safe and comfortable attending the 25th anniversary of the New Bedford Folk Festival, so it has been rescheduled for next summer, July 9 and 10, 2022. The same artists have been invited, and the line-up will be announced soon. If you have passes, please check your email for the next steps, or let us know how you'd like to proceed HERE.”

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