“Cultural Districts drive economic growth, strengthen our distinctive local character, and improve the quality of life of families across Massachusetts. By supporting arts, humanities, and science organizations, Cultural Districts attract tourists and entrepreneurs, which in turn help communities foster their cultural sector and expand their tax base. And that benefits everyone.” – Mass Cultural Council
in the North End features the International Marketplace, Hatch Street Studios, the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, and one of the largest Portuguese Feasts in the world, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.
highlights the #1 fishing port in the United States, downtown’s New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Abolition Row Historic District, and dozens of cultural institutions, festivals and events year round.
is surrounded by three miles of shoreline with sandy beaches and beautiful harbor views overlooking Buzzards Bay and Clarks Cove, as well as the Blue Lane’s recreational pathways atop the city’s hurricane barriers, the civil war era Fort Taber Park and Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum, and Kilburn Mill, home to dozens of artist studios and creative enterprises.