AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

Join us for AHA! Night when Art, History & Architecture come alive in New Bedford. On November 10th we celebrate people, places & things that are Made in NB. This is also a perfect evening to start your holiday shopping. So come early & stay late - there’s so much happening you will need the extra time to fit it all in!

Our Made In NB sponsors are:
-  The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. This evening you can enjoy programming presented by one of their exceptional properties, the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens (more info below).
- Coastal Realty, “... a refreshing residential and commercial real estate company created to provide you with the excellence in real estate service you and your family and friends truly deserve!”

Welcome NEW partners:
- New Bedford Friends Meeting House
- Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens (787 Shawmut Avenue), located in the heart of New Bedford, is the former nursery of Allen C. Haskell: six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, and more than half an acre of greenhouse space.

- Hippo (741 Purchase Street) is a new gift store featuring a variety of unique handcrafted goods and independently designed products. Hippo began as CRAFT-O-RAMA, a seasonal holiday pop-up shop.

“Made in NB” lecture, “Who was Emily Bourne?”, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill).  Part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Bourne Building happening November 19th.

Unveiling of the 20th Anniversary Collaborative Art Project: 20 Years of Community at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street). The reception will include a preview of the 2nd Floor MakerSpace exhibits, to be installed in the spring of 2017.

Join the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens for the launch of their Holiday Pop-up Shop (787 Shawmut Avenue) as well as an ornament-making activity using natural cuttings from The Gardens. The ornament-making will take place at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street).  A shuttle to the Shawmut Ave property will be provided for visitors, leaving from the Art Museum.

Made at BCC NB: a video featuring the faces of BCC New Bedford. Viewing from 5-6pm in the foyer of 800 Purchase Street.

The Monteirobots bring live jazz to the Cork Dining Room (90 Front Street), 8pm to midnight.

Start your holiday shopping early with greeting cards and gift books at Subtext Books (209 Union Street).

Café Arpeggio’s (800 Purchase Street) Featured Performers for November is “Another Side of Mike Mahoney”.
Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro.
Mike is a founding member of the PEARLY BAKER BAND, a New Beford standard of rock & roll excellence for almost 35 years.  Mike has stopped by the open mic on several occasions and shared his love for his more folky side -
acoustic & solo. We invited him to come & do a full set for us, and were pleased when he accepted.  Paul Simon,
Gordon Bok, Jerry Garcia, Keith & Mick, JJ Cale & many others will be represented during
his set.

New Show at Gallery 65 (65 William Street). Opening Reception for New Paintings by Diane Cournoyer. Plus a Trunk Show featuring winter wearable accessories by Liz Howland. 5-9pm

1 NEW Show & 3 Continuing Shows at NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street): - New! Layered: works by Megan Abajian - GLOBAL VOICES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: ART AS ACTIVISM presented with the New Bedford Historical Society In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the New Bedford Historical Society, Global Voices for Social Justice: Art as Activism presents a selection of posters and memorabilia produced between the 1960s and the 1980s. - The Page Collective: Tell Us A Story   “In our most recent work, Tell Us A Story, we are facilitating the assembly of a physical library from stories told by community members and then compiling them into an online archive…Through our artwork and outreach projects, we are interested in building archives to draw attention to contemporary stories that are unheard, and the relationships that can be forged through the intimate and personal activity of sharing a story from one’s life, ” – The Page Collective. - 3 SISTERS Series: Video and Sculpture by Lani Asuncion 3 SISTERS is a three-part video series that references Native American stories and Aboriginal Dreaming.  The work focuses on the importance of oral tradition and storytelling in contemporary society. Stemming from a complex relationship with her own six sisters, Asuncion was drawn to three separate indigenous folk tales of three sisters in Oregon, North Carolina, and Australia. Each part of the series mines the location’s histories, combining symbols from local texts with found materials from each site. This intertwining of elements constructs a visual story that unites powerful feminist protagonists with indigenous and personal mythologies to craft a sense of place that is unbound by specific location or language but rather, flourishes in Asuncion’s ever-expanding, imaginative landscapes.


February 11, 2016 Fire & Ice
March 10, 2016 All sewn up
April 14, 2016 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 12, 2016 We Art NB
June 9, 2016 placemaking now & then
July 14, 2016 Kids Rule
August 11, 2016 #findyourpark
September 8, 2016 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 13, 2016 walkabouts
November 10, 2016 Made in NB: celebrating arts month
December 8, 2016 city sidewalks
December 31, 2016 City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

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 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.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.