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.


A Midsummer’s Night Eve
Sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank
With Support from Riverbank Lofts, a project ofAcorn Management

Catch a ride on the NB Line (the National Park's shuttle). The Line takes a break from driving to Fort Taber & the Buttonwood Park Zoo to give AHA!ers a lift around the downtown. Hop on any time between 5 & 9pm.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in the garden of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street). One of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage will be enacted by a troupe of local high school drama students.  The directorial debut of Joshua Boucher will stage the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which the play is set. 5-7pm

Stop by Ruth and Abby’s Garden Party! 6-8pm under the 54th Plaza arbor at Custom House Park (William Street and Acushnet Avenue).

Tea Tasting at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books (209 Union Street), featuring a variety of loose-leaf teas for sampling.

Stop by Custom House Park! 5-7pm
- Join the Way Cool Sunday School for A Mid Summer's Night Eve "Campfire"!
Stop by the circle for stories, singing, dancing and more. The Way Cool Sunday School is part of The First Unitarian Church NB.
- Hands-on activities with the Schooner Ernestina.

Lose track of time in the downtown New Bedford AHA! forest with a complimentary chair massage courtesy of the BCC Therapeutic Massage Clinic students. 5-7pm on the sidewalk in front of BCC New Bedford (800 Purchase Street).

Face painting and hands-on activities for kids on the Plaza of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill), 5-8pm.
Plus! Why Whales Matter, a lecture from 6-8pm. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Play by the Bay! Visit the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Front Street Plaza for fun, family outdoor activities including a touch tank, crab races, and more! 5-8pm.

Caricatures and henna tattoos with the kids from Dream Out Loud (1 Johnny Cake Hill).

Guest Venue! Visit Residential Mortgage Services at their new location, 174 Union Street. They will be  hosting the Whaling City Camera Club, 5-7pm.

The Downtown NB Farmer's Market Continues! Shop local outside the library, 4pm-dusk.


Garden Concert at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street), 6:30-7:30pm. Performing maritime ballads with a voice that blends Celtic and Appalachian styles, Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Her performances reflect a range of human experiences, both serious and comedic, and encourage audience participation. Based near Worcester, Massachusetts, Debra tours extensively in the USA and United Kingdom and has shared the stage with artists as varied as Richard Shindell and John Renbourne.

The Seamen’s Bethel (15 Johnny Cake Hill) presents the Harpoon Harmonizers. Time TBA

UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street) hosts royal hartigan and blood drum spirit! A new global vision for music, exploring deep into the world's great traditions through the prism of a live jazz performance. Ensemble members have lived, played and toured throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, including four tours of China as featured ensemble at the renowned Beijing Midi Jazz Festival. Percussionist royal hartigan has performed with Kenny Barron and Rudresh Mahanthappa; bassist Wes Brown has toured with Earl 'Fatha' Hines and Ed Blackwell; and saxophonist David Bindman has performed with Wadada Leo Smith and Anthony Braxton. 6-8pm in the Crapo Gallery.

“Vision and Rhythm”: a multi-media genre bending electronica performance at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street). Featuring local artist Richard Barrieau, who captures New Bedford’s ever evolving music community. CHARLES XAVIER and the NEW ENGLAND CORE featuring guitarist Stanley Belmarce, bassist David Zinno, percussionist Danny Schwartz and multi-media artist the Xman.

The summer tradition continues! Sax Therapy Sessions On Centre Street presented by Whaling City Sound and Fiber Optic Center, Inc. The series swings along with the John Harrison Trio: John Harrison III, piano; Bill Miele, bass; Chris Poudrier, drums and featuring Eric Wyatt (from NYC). In the Kaller Beef Building parking lot on Centre Street. Sets at 5:30 & 7:15pm. Rain location: BayCoast Bank (corner of William & Purchase Street).  

Guest Venue! The House of Music, hosts it's 5th annual "Everybody's Dance Contest" on Purchase Street
(between Union and Spring) Special thanks to the City of New Bedford for helping to make this event possible. Party-Show-Contest time is 4-8pm.
"Everybody's Dance Contest" is a family event and members of the community are invited to sign up for the dance contest anytime between 4 and 6:45 at the House of Music stage. The dance contest is conducted by our MC and DJ and will take place at 7pm.  All ages are welcome.  Between 4 & 7, the House of Music will provide music and dancing, an informal show, and summertime fun with hula hoops, bubbles, face paint, and sidewalk chalk.    

Sidewalk Sounds featuring Jose Almeida, 6–8pm, on the Front St Plaza.
Part of the City of New Bedford’s 2nd Annual Summer Sound Series. Enjoy live music all summer long in the Seaport Cultural District! More info at www.destinationnb.org

Café Arpeggio presents Open Mic Featured Performers Molly O'Leary and Dave Conlon.  Both performers are among our long standing musical family and are sure to give us their best. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro at Cafe Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street). 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.

"Molly O", as Art loves to introduce her, started coming to Open Mic during Junior High, and then all through her years at Bishop Stang.  She has just finished her Freshman year at Providence College.  Along the way, we have watched her grow as a musician, honing her skills, and becoming more and more comfortable on stage.  She sings original songs as smoothly as she does covers.  She has played at the New Bedford Folk Festival for the last few years now, and always gives her all.  She has gathered a talented circle of friends, and loves sharing stages with them.  At this year's NBFF, Molly shared a song with Dave Conlon.

Dave Conlon is our other featured act for August, and he assures us he & Molly will be doing at least one song together, maybe more! Dave is guitarist and lead singer for FOURTEEN STRINGS, a wonderful trio with a bluegrassy feel and a crazy wide repertoire.  As a solo act, Dave has the most regular performer appearances at Open Mic and is always a crowd favorite.

Catch the City Shuttle
(in front of the National Park Service) and ride to to the South End for some great programming:
- Open House with the Fort Taber ~ Fort Rodman Historical Association at the Fort Taber ~ Fort Rodman Military Museum (1000c Rodney French Blvd.)
- Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents the group exhibit SUMMER 2014 featuring 22 artists including: A. Miraglia, L. Bradley ,A. Tio, P. Daugthon, N. Monforti, D. Wilkinson and D. Santoro. As well as furniture by A. Peppard, ceramics by E. McGarvery, jewelry by A. Harrison and N. Attali, textiles by P. Thornton, sculpture by V. Sheehan and photography by S. Oliveira. AHA! In the Gallery! Artist demos by painter/printmaker, Stephen Denton, and mixed-media/ceramic artist, Laurie Bradley. Plus live music!


Final show at Crowell’s Fine Art and Fine Framing
(382 Acushnet Avenue)! Hatch Street Studios: A Group Show will be the last show in this historic location.

The Wall at Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) presents photographer Stacie Edwards with her first-ever exhibition, titled "Such a Dream", featuring local sunset & landscape images. Meet the artist, view her pieces, and taste Travessia's sustainably-produced local wines, Shy Brothers Farm cheeses and Taza Chocolates from 5-8pm.

New Show at UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street)! Flore.scence: contemporary pop-art illustrations by Brooklyn artist Christopher Flore Florentino. 5-9pm plus the After 9 Cypher.

Gallery 65 (65 William Street) presents an Opening Reception for "BOATS": an exhibition featuring pastels from Sarah Brown and photographs from Laurie Bullard.
Plus a Trunk Show with Moon Tide Dyers.

TL6 the gallery (100 William Street) welcomes Ben Gaboury of Lionheart Pottery. Ben's "Ocean" Series Stoneware features unique under-glaze drawings which closely resemble scrimshaw. Also, sample new flavors of savory herb and pepper jelly by Sprig!

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents
1 NEW show & 3 Continuing Shows!

- New! Visions & Rhythm: drawings and prints by Regions Gallery featured artist, Richard A. Barrieau.
- Synergy: Ocean Stories is an exciting group exhibit that explores the collaboration between artists and marine research scientists. Take the Our Stories tour from 6-7pm.
- The Vault Series presents Jam ll: a group show of contemporary minimalist painters.
- Oil paintings and charcoal studies of Clifford Ashley’s Sunbeam Series based on his six weeks aboard the New Bedford bark Sunbeam.

Gallery X
(169 William Street) presents their 25th Annual Public Hanging. Curated by Chuck Hauck and John Neiman. Partially funded by The Island Foundation and the Helen Ellis Trust.

Summer Exhibition at UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street)  "Holding the Line" is an invitational alumni exhibition representing the recent work from ten alumni of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Fibers; these artists represent a vibrant community of makers, all of whom continue to produce masterful studio work in an exciting range of media. Artists include: Miyuki Akai (MFA 2006), Kristina Goransson (MFA 2008), Dawne Hoeg (MFA 2001), Elaine McBride (MFA 1998), Arlene McGonagle (MFA 1998), Paula Erenberg Medeiros (MFA 2012), Linda Senechal (MFA 1998), Myra Serrins (MFA 2002), Jodi Stevens (MFA 2010), and Emily Wolf-Walker (MFA 2009). The exhibition is timed to coincide with Convergence, the biennial conference of the Handweavers Guild of America , July 14-19 in Providence, RI. The curator, Charlotte Hamlin, selected the artists and their work with a specific theme in mind: “Holding the Line certainly refers to the linear qualities of most textile materials such as thread and yarn but also expands beyond the customary associations of textile objects – clothing, domestic linens, women’s work. Artistic work in the realm of fibers puts forth the maker’s point of view, often taking a stance whether the principle be cultural, psychological, environmental, or political. This work merges the refinement of technique with the individual voices of these nationally-recognized artists.”


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 Calendar of dates and themes!

May 8, 2014 City View
June 12, 2014 Portraits of a Port
July 10, 2014 Kids Rule
August 14, 2014 A Midsummers Night Eve
September 11, 2014 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 9, 2014 Reap What You Sow
November 13, 2014 Homecomings
December 11, 2014 Made in NB

AHA! • The Sundial Building • 63 Union St., 2nd Fl • 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