The Town of Fairhaven Visitors Center has brochures and maps about Fairhaven attractions, history, businesses and events as well as information about other nearby communities. It is open year round. Brochures for self-guided tours are available. There is also information about free guided walking tours held at various times and location throughout town. The museum of the Fairhaven Historical Society, Inc. is located the the same building and may be viewed by the public whenever the Visitors Center is open. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (From mid-June through mid-October the Visitors Center is also open on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., during the Farmers Market.)
Fort Phoenix, overlooking New Bedford Harbor, was built during the Revolutionary War and was manned through the Civil War. It is a public park operated by the Town of Fairhaven and is open to the public during daylight hours. In the summer there are sometimes historical reenactors from the Fairhaven Village Militia on duty to talk about the fort's history. The Fairhaven Office of Tourism offers a historical presentation each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in June, July, August and September. The historical fort is directly adjacent to a public state beach with plenty of free parking.
One of the smaller parks in Massachusetts, Fort Phoenix State Reservation combines historic features, scenic views and a variety of recreational facilities. Minutes from downtown New Bedford, the park contains a half-mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront. Adjacent to the park (and managed by the Town of Fairhaven) is Fort Phoenix, a national landmark Fort which gives the park its name. From the ramparts remnants, one can gaze across the bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, to the rolling meadows of the Elizabeth Islands. Operated by the Massachusett Department of Recreation and Conservation, Fort Phoenix State Beach has swimming, a playground, accessible picnicking, charcoal grills, accessible restrooms, outdoor showers, scenic viewing area, tennis courts, and free parking.
Seaport Inn Bar/Grill has a comfortable atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy time with friends and meet new ones too! But just as important, you can enjoy satisfying food all the while. We welcome you to join us for food, drinks, and live entertainment! We serve a large variety of unique burgers, salads, house-made soups, fresh seafood, and much more! Our goal is to make your experience memorable by our commitment to offering seamless and personalized service with attention to detail. With an energetic staff, great music, no covers, delicious food with daily specials, and amazing drinks you can't go wrong choosing the Seaport Inn Bar/Grill.
Working Waterfront Festival, New Bedford, MA (September 28-29, 2013). An award winning, family friendly event celebrating the history and culture of New England's commercial fishing industry featuring live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, vessel and harbor tours, fisherman’s contests, author readings, film screenings, local seafood, festival bookstore, maritime artisans marketplace & more. The FREE festival presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational and fun. www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org
Discover your Buzzards Bay at the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center, a free environmental exploration center located in downtown New Bedford’s Historic District. The Bay Learning Center is your destination to learn more about our local waters and how you can protect and enjoy them. The Bay Learning Center is home to a variety of unique, informative and interactive exhibits that help guide your discovery of Buzzards Bay, including: A 3-D, light-up map of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. Two fish tanks that show the difference between clean and polluted water. Interactive screens that display a real-time vessel tracking system and other Buzzards Bay sights and sounds. An outdoor artistic eelgrass meadow, with 12-foot-tall eelgrass sculptures lining a pedestrian plaza directly across from the New Bedford waterfront. (Free Wi-Fi available at plaza.)
July 6 and 7, 2013 New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging folk performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford's authentic historic district during the first weekend in July. This two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11am to 9pm on seven stages and renowned music workshops, fine vendors of arts, crafts and clothing, a children’s activity area and terrific food throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Performers already booked include John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Anais Mitchell, Lori McKenna and Ellis Paul. For further information, visit www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com or email email@example.com.
May 9 to August 8, 2013 New Bedford Art MuseumOpening Reception, Saturday, May 11 from 3pm to 6pm The New Bedford Art Museum is pleased to announce the exhibition, "New Bedford Harbor in a New Light," featuring recent work by more than thirty artists working within a range of different media. This all encompassing exhibition is curated by Kim Barry, Willoughby Elliott, and Lasse Antonsen. In an open call, the three curators invited artists to create work inspired by the New Bedford harbor, history and culture. The works on display range widely in terms of subject matter, referencing ocean eddies, acidification, the fishing industry, pollution, immigration and personal history. Stylistically the exhibition spans from gestural mark making in oil painting, through photography and sculpture, to meditative video work exploring the many sources of water that feed into the harbor.
Six-day, small-group bike tours of Martha's Vineyard and the Southern Massachusetts coastline. On the vineyard, cycle to the red cliffs of Aquinnah, the Gay Head light and other lighthouses, the gothic gingerbread houses, South Beach, Chappaquiddick, the fishing village of Menemsh, and more. Back on the mainland, cycle through the beautiful Farmcoast region of horse farms and vineyards. The tour is guided and supported and includes lodging, gourmet meals, bike rental, tours of mansions, lighthouses and historic sites and much more. Scheduled tours are offered in the summer and fall, or create a custom departure.