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Viva Portugal Festival

May 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Z and local Portuguese-American organizations once again bring the tastes, sights and sounds of Portuguese culture and heritage to downtown New Bedford. You don’t have to be Portuguese to enjoy the family-friendly festa – all are welcome! Free. In front of The Zeiterion.


1:00-1:30 Folkloric Dance: Discovery Language Academy Folkloric Dance Performance Group
1:45-2:45 David DeMello
2:45-3:45 Guitarristas perform fado –  the evocative, soulful music of Portugal
3:45-4:30 Portuguese Kids Comedy Troupe: highlighting the funnier side of growing up as kids of immigrants
4:45-5:30 Band Faith: An eight-member Portuguese-American band
6:45-7:30 St. Cecelia Marching Band
8:00 Camane performs at The Zeiterion. Tickets available at the box office.


Watch cooking demonstrations with celebrity Portuguese chefs! See how they create dishes and sample a taste. The chefs are available to sign books after their demonstration.

1:30-2:20 Maria Lawton cooks a fresh cod dish in a garlic, onion and tomatoes.  Known as the “Azorean Greenbean,” Maria has made it her quest to research and recreate the classic recipes of her Azorean heritage for her book, “Azorean Cooking,” now in its eighth printing.

2:30-3:20 Maria Dias, Cook Book author, Creator of Tia Maria’s Blog, and Chef. Creating hundreds of Portuguese dishes made easy for anyone to cook! Her cook book “Taste Portugal, 101 Easy Portuguese Recipes” will be available for purchase.


4:00-4:50 Feed your wanderlust! See what’s it’s like to be in Lisbon with photos, videos and Portuguese pastries. Presented by UMass Dartmouth’s Tagus Press and Sagres Vacations.


The Madeiran Feast: caçoila and linguiça sandwiches and free hot dogs for children
Portu Galo: Portuguese sandwiches and small bites
Day of Portugal: malassadas, cod fish cakes, favas
Ginga! Try the Portuguese sour cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup on Spring Street
Full Bar: located on Spring Street
Beer & Wine: served by the Feast of The Blessed Sacrament on Spring Street
Pastries & Coffee: served in the Taverna at The Zeiterion.


Mini-Whale Boat Races! Hosted by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society
Soccer with the New England Revolution! Put your soccer skills to the test with their accuracy kick game!
Read! Browse through a children’s collection of Portuguese books and magazines from the Casa da Saudade Library.
Imagine! Get swept away in the Portuguese-English bilingual story hour by the Casa da Saudade Library.
Crafts! Create paper puppets with Portuguese cultural symbols like the iconic rooster, known as the Galo de Barcelos.
Face Painting! Or as we say in Portuguese “pintar a cara”
Play! Try your hand at jenga, korn hole, and Connect Four

Viva Portugal Partners

Azorean Maritime Heritage Society
Bristol Community College – Luso Centro
Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento
Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford
Destination New Bedford
Discovery Language Academy
New Bedford Day of Portugal
New Bedford Fishing Heritage
New Bedford Free Public Library
Portuguese American Archives
Prince Henry Society of New Bedford
Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies, UMD
The City of New Bedford
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Viva Portugal Sponsors

Arte Institute of Portuguese Contemporary Culture
Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford
DeMello International Center
FLAD – Fundação Luso Americana
Luso Financial
NEA National Endowment for the Arts
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center


May 4, 2019
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Zeiterion Performing Arts Center


The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
684 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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