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.

AHA New Bedford

PRIDE! Celebrating Our LGBTQ Community

AHA! Pride Block Party with Emcee Captain Gayhab in Custom House Park:
- Stonewall Story with Stonewall Vet David Velasco Bermudez
- Drag Royalty Power Hour
- 3rd EyE Performers
- New Moon Dance Party
More info to come!

Rainbow Bingo at the Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street).

Drag Queen photo exhibit at TL6 the Gallery (100 William Street).

Join Little Peoples College for rainbow bead jewelry making.
All activities in Wings Court. Rain location is New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).

The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) hosts a 6:15pm screening of the Stonewall Documentary in honor of the Stonewall 50th Anniversary.

New Bedford Friends’ Meeting hosts a screening of a film about Bayard Rustin at the Friends Meeting House (83 Spring Street). Time TBA
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. Rustin worked with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington Movement in 1941 to press for an end to discrimination in employment.

More On AHA! Night

The New Bedford Preservation Society presents a Victorian New Bedford guided walking tour. Gather at the Wamsutta Club (427 County Street) at 6pm. Most of the homes on this walking tour are the result of enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from 1850 to 1900 and are architectural treasures of an era that influenced a nation. Part of the NBPS Summer Walking Tour Series, funded by the New Bedford Local Cultural Council.

Tales From The Trails at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street), 5:30pm.
Father and son, Rick & Paul Finneran, discuss long-distance hiking from both personal and technical perspectives.

Live Music In DNB

Open Mic at the Castle on Union Street
The First Unitarian Church NB (Union and County Street) hosts their monthly open mic event. Doors open and signup starts at 6:30pm. All ages. Bands welcome.

New Bedford JazzFest Preview: look for Providence based Scruffy Aristocrats strolling the streets of downtown, 5:30-7pm.

Bishop Stang Chorus and Jazz Band perform at Pilgrim UCC (635 Purchase Street), 6pm.

We Art NB

2 New Shows at Gallery X (169 William Street):
- 3 Roads Crossing: The Art of Mark Lariviere, Joe Loria and Scott Redman. Curated by Severin “Sig” Haines and featuring painting, sculpture, prints, and more by 3 former Swain School of Design students.
This exhibit is the bringing back together 3 friends who met 40 years ago Swain School of Design and went on to receive their Bachelor’s Degrees in painting All three were accepted to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York and together received their Master’s Degrees. After college, the 3 went different roads to continue their work, Mark stayed in New York, Joe went west to California and Scott moved to Western Massachusetts.
- Swain School of Design Revisited: Arthur Lopes Memorial Collection, curated by Daniel Cooney.

Swing by the South End!
The Judith Klein Art Gallery (127 West Rodney French Blvd., Door 31) hosts a reception for New Works: Judith Klein 2018 & 2019, 5-8pm. Plus unique sculptural jewelry by the internationally known artist Philip Rantzer and new tables by Andrew Peppard.

A Whirlwind of Art at the Seaport ArtWalk Opening Celebration
As part of DATMA's Summer Winds program series, the Seaport Cultural District Art Walk presents this year's selection of sculptures created by students enrolled at either BCC or UMass Dartmouth. Inspired by wind, the following students have been selected for this year's exhibition: Laura Franco, Bianca Laslo, and Paige Smiley of BCC and David Cardenas, Aleisea Guzman, Melony Poirier, Libby Smiley of UMassD.
Celebrate at Moby Dick Brewing starting at 5pm, followed by an ArtWalk tour kicking off at 5:30pm. One of the six pieces will be selected to receive a cash prize provided by City of New Bedford's Wicked Cool Places grant. The ArtWalk curator is Jessica Bregoli. Jurors are Roger Mandle and Lindsay Mis of DATMA.

1 New Show and 3 Continuing Shows at NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street):
- Opening Reception for Space Shift: Works by Vanessa Irzyk, 6-8pm.
- Obama: An Intimate Portrait
A solo exhibition of a SouthCoast-born photographer’s intimate portraits of the Obamas. Pete Souza is a native of South Dartmouth, MA, and was appointed the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photography Office from 2009 to 2017. Featuring fifty photographs, specially selected for this exhibition by Pete Souza from his Obama archive.
- Turtles All The Way Up: Works by John O'Donnell
Featuring a series of sculptures that use the language of toys to reference a crude generalization of Eastern sensibilities often drawing on Buddhism and Hinduism. O’Donnell uses toys, manufactured in China and imported to the west to critique and embrace an arrogant American sensibility and explore the affordable escape inherent to the nostalgic toys he repurposes.
- Artifacts of Recent History
Local Objects from a historic presidency, collected by the New Bedford Historical Society.


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AHA! AT-A-GLANCE

2019  
December 13, 2018 City Sidewalks
FEBRUARY 14, 2019 PLEASE BE SEATED
MARCH 14, 2019 I AM NEW BEDFORD: HERSTORY, HISTORY, OURSTORY
APRIL 11, 2019 SUSTAINABLE SOUTHCOAST
MAY 9, 2019 WE ART NB
JUNE 13, 2019 PRIDE
JULY 11, 2019 KIDS RULE
AUGUST 8, 2019 WIND & WATER
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 #CREATIVECOMMUNITYNB
OCTOBER 10, 2019 ART IN TUNE
NOVEMBER 14, 2019 MADE IN NB
DECEMBER 12, 2019 CITY SIDEWALKS

GENERAL INFORMATION
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.