AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.
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Our AHA! Partners have something for everybody on your list. 
- boutique shops 
- museum memberships
- galleries galore
- tickets to a show
- gift cards to eclectic eateries 

Click here for AHA! Partner info.


Join us for AHA! Night when Art, History & Architecture come alive in New Bedford. On December 11th we celebrate people, places & things that are Made in NB. This is also a perfect evening for unique holiday shopping. So come early & stay late - there’s so much happening you will need the extra time to fit it all in!


Stop by Civic Support
(36 North Water Street, floor 2) to make a donation to their food
and items drive to benefit Catholic Social Services. 5-8pm
The drive will seek to collect the following items:
• All nonperishable food items
• Winter wear: new hats, gloves and scarves as well as lightly worn coats
• Clothing items: new socks and undergarments
• Shaving cream and razors


The CVPA Ceramics Club will be holding their annual holiday sale at the UMD CVPA Star Store
(715 Purchase Street).

Craft-O-Rama Pop-Up Shop (Corner of Union and Purchase Street, across from Green Bean) is NB’s premiere artists’ market featuring the best of local art, craft & design. Stop by for spectacular holiday shopping.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents their Annual Holiday Boutique featuring unique holiday gifts handmade by local artists.

Swing by the South End! Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents the "6th Anniversary Exhibit ". Artists in the show include: Beth Barry, Lori Bradley, Michael Brisson, Mark Delisle, Stephen Denton, Alison Horvitz, Donna Huse, Judith Klein, Liliya Krys, Christy LaGue, Henry McMahon, Anthony Miraglia, Sheila Oliveira, James Soares, Valorie Sheehan, Adrian Tio, Carol Scavotto, John Landry and Laurie Carlson Steger. Plus! New hand weaving by Laurie Steger and new jewelry, ceramics, and silk scarves by Mary Monteiro.

Opening Reception for The Luminous Landscape", paintings by Roy Russow, at Gallery 65 (65 William Street). Plus a Special Event! Trunk Show featuring  Jewelry by Ann Hanson and Kim Collins. 5-9pm    

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery (106 William Street) presents "Pint-Size Holiday" - a collection of small paintings by Alison Wells- perfect gift items for the holidays. Also New Bedford themed Greeting cards available.


What became of the Stone Fleet once it left New Bedford? See what happened in Charleston Harbor   then join Ruth and Abby, the 1850s Ladies, in making paper tree ornaments. 6-8pm on the 2nd floor of the Corson building at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street).

Join WHALE (the Waterfront Historic Areas League) and build a Historic House from their “Towers, Turrets, & Tenements” book. Put together a particular architectural style seen in and around New Bedford and decorate your house for the holidays while learning about New Bedford’s cultural heritage. Receive one of these great books illustrated by local artist Arthur Moniz . 5-7pm on the first floor of the New Bedford Free Public Library, Floor 3 (613 Pleasant Street)

Stop by the Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street) to Make Your Own Seashell Ornament! There will be paint, glitter, sparkles, and plenty of shells to decorate. 5-8pm


Deck the Windows of Downtown New Bedford!
Stroll the streets and enjoy over 40 windows decorated for the holidays.
Tonight is the final chance to vote and stick around for the Awards Ceremony.

Let It Snow!
A holiday exhibit
featuring wintery images from the art collection and archives, along with vintage snowmen loaned from the Almeida Christmas Collection. New Bedford Free Public Library, Floor 3 (613 Pleasant Street)

The Culture of Tea Tasting continues at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books (209 Union Street). Featuring favorites from last time and a new tea to try--- a traditional Chai blend for the holidays!

From Immigrant To Native Family Photo Booth
Part of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s An Indian from India Exhibit at
UMD CVPA Star Store
(715 Purchase Street). 6-8pm Learn more at tinyurl.com/immigrantphoto

Sailor’s Marlinspike knot tying Demonstration and Book Signing at the
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street), 5-7pm. Welcome author and marine rope worker, Barbara Merry, with more than thirty years of experience in the seamanship trade of “marlinspike” rope splicing and knot tying. Merry will demonstrate traditional knot tying techniques including displays of her New Bedford students craftsmanship involved in the New Bedford fishing trade and a book signing of her most recent book, Marlinspike Sailor’s Arts and Crafts: A Step-by-Step Guide to tying Classic sailor’s Knots to Create, Adorn, and Show Off. Jointly sponsored by the Working Waterfront Festival.

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents 2 new shows and 2 continuing shows: - New Show! New Bedford Open Studios presents Tribute, featuring all NBOS artists, in the Vault.
- New Show! Annual Juried Members Exhibition in the Heritage Gallery. - Meeting the Shadow: the paintings of Andrew Fish continues in the Regions Gallery.
Andrew will be in gallery to discuss his paintings with AHA!ers. - The Library Beastiary, curated by Janice Hodson, continues in the City Gallery.  
The Working Waterfront Festival presents Ship to Shore: Family and Community in the New Bedford Fishing Industry, a talk by Diana Lempel. 7:30pm in the Corson Theater at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street).

Artist Reception for Sea By Wind featuring Judith Klein and Brad Eadie, 5-7pm.
In the Mayor’s Gallery at New Bedford City Hall
(133 William Street). The poetic connection with natural beauty expressed through two-dimensional media, and the whimsy of the copper weather vanes are intertwined in a sea-inspired exhibition by New Bedford artists.


The New Bedford High School Drama Club will be caroling for the season along William Street & at Custom House Square. Pilgrim UCC presents a Holiday Sing-a-long
and old favorites with Marshall Connolly at the piano. 7-8:30pm, in the Church (635 Purchase Street)  

WBSM DJ Phil Paleologas will be broadcasting live and playing carols and Christmas music from Custom House Park, 6-8pm.

Cafe Arpeggio
(800 Purchase Street) December featured performance is a Special Holiday Concert with the String Benders, 6-7pm. Plus Weekly Open Mic, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro, from 7-10pm.  All are welcome, either as performers or audience members. It's a great way to spend an evening, & the quality of the music is top notch.
More about the The String Benders: This "Good Time" quartet has played the Café before, and will honor us with their first Holiday show. Their music has been called " New England string band", as it joins several different forms of music, and comes out the other end as something very special!  Dick Webb on guitar & vocals, Brand Cedrone on ukes washboards & more, "Horizontal Harry" Cook on stand-up bass, and Jim Gordon on mandolin join forces make Great music & always have a Good Time!

All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more information call 508-996-8253 x205

First time visitors
may want to start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues starting the Tuesday prior to each event.

Directions: From I-195 E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal; take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street parking also available for free after 6 pm.

Our 2014-2015 Calendar of dates and themes!

November 13, 2014 Homecomings
December 11, 2014 Made in NB
December 31, 2014 City Celebrates! New Years Eve
February 12, 2015 Tall Tales
March 12, 2015 Hand To Hand
April 9, 2015 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 14, 2015 We Art NB
June 11, 2015 Latitude & Longitude
July 9, 2015 Kids Rule
August 13, 2015 Dancing In The Streets
September 10, 2015 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 8, 2015 Down On The Farm
November 12, 2015 No Place Like Home
December 10, 2015 Made In NB

AHA! • 30 Cornell Street • New Bedford, MA 02740

AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.

artisans & exhibits / lectures & films / museums & galleries / performance art
live music / working waterfront / eclectic eateries / family activities / walking tours
boutique shops