Cultural Districts

The Ave

Welcome to The Ave Cultural District, located on Acushnet Ave in the City of New Bedford, boasting a beloved past, dynamic present and thrilling future as the heart of the North End. The commercial corridor and surrounding neighborhood is home to the city’s International Marketplace – a collection of cultures reflected in its diverse restaurants, businesses, services and events.

Here you will find wicked cool places and events, such as Hatch Street Studios, home to over 65 artist studios and galleries, Museum of Madeiran Heritage, celebrating the culture of the Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, one of the largest Portuguese Festivals in the world, Festival Tipico Guatemalteco, celebrating the culture of Guatemala, the vibrant Riverside Park, and Love the Ave Restaurant Week.