After a two-year break because of COVID, the Day of Portugal three-day festival is returning to New Bedford, but not at the usual Acushnet Avenue location.

Organizers this year will hold the event June 3-5 at the Senhor da Pedra grounds at 81 Tinkham Street. The festival begins Friday evening, and The festival begins Friday evening, and runs through Sunday, featuring traditional foods, regional crafts, dance and music.

According to a press release, the festivities start Friday at 6 p.m. with a short parade starting at the Immaculate Conception Church on Earle Street and continuing to the Senhor da Pedra Club.

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Jon Faria/TSM

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held, followed by remarks from the Consul of Portugal in New Bedford, Rogerio Lopes, and other dignitaries and committee members.


Paulo Carvalho and the Edge Band will provide the entertainment on Friday night.

Saturday will see a canine demonstration for children from 1-3, folkloric dance groups, and performances by Catia Furtado and Anthony Morias.

Sunday will include more folkloric dance groups, and singer Rosa Maria, and the Os Capitalistas band.

More information on the Day of Portugal celebration is available on

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