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.

Celebrate with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

100th Birthday Celebration in Custom House Park!
Kicks off with Mr. Bubbles and 100 bubble wands from 4:30 – 5:30pm followed by 100 cupcakes at 5:30.
Stop by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) visitor center:
- Junior Ranger tours, activities and badges.
- the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus performs live in the garden at 6pm.
- The Whaling History Alliance and WHALE celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the our New Bedford Park with a talk about the Corson Building.
- Youth Leadership Academy hosts hands-on activities with Mastermind Adventures & Lead the Baseline . YLA is a program of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and 3rd EyE Unlimited.
- The 1850s Ladies will be hosting  "Find Your Park?  We Found Ours!"  The Ladies share some of the National Parks that exist in port cities that whaling ships once visited. 6-8pm
- “How I Found My Park” with Ranger Jen Smith at 6pm and Ranger Andy Schnetzer at 7:30pm in the Corson Building Auditorium.
- Family Art Drop-in Workshop with local artists. 5-8pm In the new Education Maker S
pace (second floor of the Corson Building).

More AHA! Awesomeness

Overhead Arts performers in Wings Court. Instructors and guest artists are performing at 6pm. Overhead Arts students are invited to perform at 7pm.

#lovewhereyoulive with the Lloyd Center! Map Your Community make and take activity from 4-6pm at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).

Your Theatre hosts an "open rehearsal" for California Suite in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Theater (18 Johnny Cake Hill).

3rd EyE Unlimited hosts the 2nd Annual William Street Block Party!
Stop by from 5-9pm (between Pleasant and Purchase Streets) for
- live performances by The Black Kennedys, Neal McCarthy and more
- Cypher on the Street
- fresh paint by local artists
- New Bedford Barber Company Sneak Peek
- Good Hue Yard Sale
- hands-on fun with Doodles Arts & Crafts

The Culture of Tea Series continues at Gatlin’s Framing and Phototgraphy (209 Union Street). Cool down from the August heat with an Iced Darjeeling tea. Cold brewed and extra refreshing. Stop by for a sample and take home the recipe.

Look for the MassCreative team, 4-9pm in the lobby of NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street).

Solar Introduction to the Future: An informational talk by Trinity Solar. 7-8pm at Pilgrim UCC (634 Purchase Street).

Celebrate Farmers Market Week at the New Bedford Farmers Market in Custom House Park. Learn why farmers markets matter. Enjoy free meditation cllasses from 3-5pm with Anchor Yoga & Meditation. Check out the cooking demo with La Rhonda's Catering at 6pm featuring items from the farmers market
Hosted by Mass In Motion New Bedford

It's the height of summer bloom in the gardens of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House (396 County Street) where artist JP Powell will share his expertise about how to visualize the composition of a painting.  Owner of the Yellow Boat Studio in Dartmouth and trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Powel will demonstrate the fundamentals of laying out a successful painting from 5-7pm.

Calling All KIds

Back by popular demand! Carabiner’s brings their climbing wall to Purchase Street.

Join New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches for musical instrument making.  5:30-7:30pm in Custom House Square.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) hosts a scavenger hunt for kids and screenings of the 1963 promotional film Pearl of the Atlantic (30 minutes long) . Tentative time for screenings 7 & 8pm.

Park it at the First Unitarian Church NB (corner of County & Union Street)! Join the Way School Sunday in the garden for a picnic or playing ball. 5-8pm

Look for art activities with the ArtMobile from 5-7pm at NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street).

Live Music In Downtown NB

The summer tradition continues! Centre Street Sessions presented by Whaling City Sound and Fiber Optic Center, Inc. This month's performers are Tiny Tavares and the John Harrison Trio: John Harrison, III, piano; Jackie Santos, drums; with bass and voice. 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).

Café Arpeggio’s (800 Purchase Street) Featured Performers for August are The Jethros. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro. “This incredibly talented local band has more fun "than the law allows".  After a lay-off, the boys are back, and their fans are excited about it.  They always present great programs with their blend of Americana, rock, Jazz, & original music.”

All That Jazz at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street) featuring local high school jazz musicians: Keegan Marshall-House, Matt Cavanaugh and Tim Mason. In the library courtyard/entrance from 4 - 6pm.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! and the New Bedford Free Public Library host a community sing-along led by Gregg Harper. 6pm on the steps of the Libary

We Art NB

Hatch Street Studios takes over the Star Store!
Opening Reception for the Sample Show from 6-8pm at UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street).

New Show at Gallery 65 (65 William Street). Opening Reception for SUMMER DAYS: Watercolors by Sandra Hall. Plus a Trunk Show featuring Terrariums by Natalie Sine. 5-9pm

New Show! Annual Public Hanging at Gallery X (169 William Street).

The Wall @ Travessia (760 Purchase Street) presents "Flower Power & More", oils and watercolors by Nancy Gates. This new show features several 5 x 7 watercolors of flowers and 2 larger oil paintings of New England coastlines. Meet the artist, view her work and taste Travessia's wines from 5-8pm.

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The downtown office will be showing local artists during AHA! Nights. Featured Artist for August is Terry Gips, an artist for whom subject matter and concept are more important than choice of media. Some ideas appear repeatedly in her work. The landscape is one, particularly the intersections between land and water and between the unruly chaos of nature and landscapes tempered by humans. She has also been engaged with science and technology and started using computers in 1985 in teaching and making art, maintaining a concern for both their negative and positive impacts.
Gips has shown throughout the US and in China and Germany, including solo shows at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Light Work Gallery in Syracuse, Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery in Washington, DC, 112 Workshop in NYC, Harmony Hall Art Center in Maryland, Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, and Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University. Her works are in the collections of the National Museum of American Art and the National Women’s Museum in Washington and many other public and private collections. Gips received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Sea Grant program at the University of Rhode Island.

Swing by the South End! Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) hosts a printmaking demonstration.
Plus new jewelry by Nitza Attali and the continuing show, Summer 2016: a group show featuring 14 artists across multiple mediums.  Participating Artists: Beth Barry, Diana Arvanites, Lori Brady, Izabella Casselman, Mark Delisle, Stephen Denton, Michael Hubert, Joan L'Homme, Sheila Oliveira, Denn Santoro, James Sears, Valorie Sheehan, Laurie Steger, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Judy Volkmann and Judith Klein.  5-8pm

3 continuing shows at NBAM/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street) - BIERSTADT: Nature & National Identity  Curator: Janice Hodson, New Bedford Free Public Library Painter Albert Bierstadt’s rich, monumental landscapes offered a 19th century vision of the stunning national treasures of the American western wilderness – natural resources that were unseen by most.  For so many people, the majestic beauty of the West as pictured on his canvases and those of his contemporaries was a revelation…and inspiration.  Images of these beautiful wild places proved influential in shaping public opinion about these natural wonders, helped inspire popular movements to preserve them for all to enjoy, and culminated in the creation of our national park system. Click for full list of Bierstadt related events. - More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, photos by Janet Pritchard. UMass Dartmouth's Memory Holloway speaks with artist Janet L. Pritchard about her exhibit of photographs of visitors experiencing Yellowstone National Park. 6pm – 7pm - The Bierstadts in New Bedford - Artist in the World: Photography in the Vault by Dutch artist Andre Smits, curated by Joan Backes.


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.