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.


"Tell A Tall Tale" competition at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street), 6:30-7:30pm. Participants may tell an original tale or retell a classic. Judges are poet laureate, Pat Gomes and critic, Don Wilkinson. Sign-ups to participate begin at 5pm that night on a first come first served basis. Participants have two minutes to tell their tale.

Family Story Night at Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street), 5-8pm. Listen to stories of fantastic ocean adventures that will keep visitors of all ages captivated until the very end! After the story stay for coloring and crafts with underwater characters from the stories.

Way Cool Storytelling at the New Bedford Unitarian Church  (corner of Union, County and 8th Street), 5:30-7:30pm. Readbox is open for business! Come hear a story, tell a story or take home a book!

Tall “tails” indeed!  Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment at the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street) from 5 – 7 pm to craft a one-of-a-kind whale tail kids’ craft and to observe and hold whale artifacts like teeth and baleen!

Tales & WHALE at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street).
- Historical (& hysterical!) Mad Libs with 1850s lady, Ruth. Famous for telling tales, this time Ruth has them all mixed up.
Ruth, of the national park's 1850s ladies, is famous for telling tales, but this time she has them all mixed up! Come create historical (hysterical!) mad libs with her.
- No Trains, No Tunnels: a lecture about NB & the Underground Railroad with the NB Historical Society. 6-7pm in the Corson Theater at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street).
- Nostalgia Night with WHALE (the Waterfront Historic Areas League) View WHALE’s 52-year collection of photos and listen to historic era music. 5:30-7:30pm on the 2nd floor of the Corson building.

Stop by the Seamen's Bethel (15 Johnny Cake Hill) for the Schooner Ernestina Birthday Celebration & Maritime Tall Tales, 6-7pm. Members of the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will lead a chantey sing finishing with Happy Birthday to celebrate the 121st anniversary of Effie M. Morrissey (now Ernestina-Morrissey)'s launch. Plus, a good news update and birthday cake! Sponsored by Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association, Inc. and New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus.

Pilgrim UCC hosts local poet and playwright, Richard Pacheco.
, in the Church (635 Purchase Street)

The Culture of Tea Tasting continues at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books (209 Union Street). Featuring a classic Earl Grey, and a Lincoln’s Birthday surprise.

Kids activity with New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches at the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).

FREE admission to select galleries at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill).
Plus! The first lecture in the 25th annual Sailors’ Series, featuring Llewellyn Howland III, titled No Ordinary Being: An introduction to the life and times of W. Starling Burgess. 6pm reception, 7pm lecture; lecture fee: museum members $15, non-members $20


4 New Shows at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street)
- In the Skylight Gallery and Vault

A “four in one” show presenting the impact and opportunity of the Watershed residency experience, featuring current work of approximately 40 artists.
- In the Heritage Gallery

Hungarian textile artist, Eszter Bornemisza, investigates city maps and their history, creating cultural presence and absence in tall suspended fabric and paper panels.
- In the City Gallery
Masters of the Japanese Print curated by Janice Hodson

This exhibit highlights work by some of the acknowledged masters of the form — Hiroshige, Koson and Zeshin. All exhibited prints are from the collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library.
- In the Regions Gallery
FLOATING STONE: Furniture by Michael Pietragalla

TL6 the gallery (100 William Street) Featured Artists of the Month: Arianna Swink and Jenny Liscombe-Newman, metalsmiths and gallery owners, also known as Tenacious Lilly jewelers. Jelly tasting by Sprig Savory Herb & Pepper Jellies

Swing by the South End! Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents "Rouge" a 12 artist exhibit featuring painting, photography and mixed media sculpture. Plus! New jewelry and silk hand-painted scarves just in time for Valentine's Day.

The Wall at Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) presents local artist Fitzcarmel LaMarre of Gallery X, Painting With A Splash and the Artmobile (New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!) with his exhibition "The Ambassadors of Peace." An acrylic portrait painting series inspired by a letter written (but never sent) to President Barack Obama. Meet the artist, view his pieces, and taste Travessia's sustainably-produced local wines, and Shy Brothers Farm cheeses from 5-8pm.

Opening Reception for The Party Platform, drawings and handmade shoes by Chris Donovan, at Gallery 65 (65 William Street). Plus a Special Event! Trunk Show featuring Howland Designs clothing and accessories. 5-9pm

Amore! Artistic musings on the subject of love at Gallery X (169 William Street).


Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) presents Featured Performers SY YULES & Family. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro.
Sy has been an Open Mic favorite for as long as he has been coming.  His sets are always varied, and true crowd pleasers, filled with interesting choices.  He promises this show will be dedicated to Love, as a warm-up for Valentine's Day.  

Joaquin Santos and friends live in the dining room at Cork Wine and Tapas (90 Front Street).


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

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.


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