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.



Evening Sponsor, Sid Wainer & Son, celebrate 100 Years In Business by bringing their Saturday Sampling to NBAM/Artworks (608 Pleasant Street).

Sounds Sown in Sacred Spaces
To celebrate and promote downtown's historic religious properties, WHALE and AHA! are partnering with downtown churches to present a one night series of musical performances from 6-8pm (Continuous transportation will be provided via City Shuttle):
- Global Learning Charter Public School Jazz Band at Grace Episcopal Church (Corner of County and School Streets)
- Umass Dartmouth Jazz Ensemble at First Baptist Church (149 William Street)
- Gospel Choir & Soloist at Bethel AME (532 County Street)
- Traditional Cape Verdean music at Pilgrim UCC (635 Purchase Street)
- More music to come at First Unitarian NB & Friends Meeting House
"Sew as You Reap" with Ruth and Abby, the National Parks 1850s Ladies.  
As the weather becomes cooler and holiday parties near, even 19th century ladies begin to think about the latest fashions. Join the 1850s ladies as they discuss fashions of their day and make a paper doll to take home. 6-8pm in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street).

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street) presents an Introduction to Beekeeping with expert beekeeper Joseph Tardif, 6pm. Tardif will share more than 50 years of experience of tending bees in this presentation about benefits and logistics of beekeeping in your own backyard. Attendees will learn all the basics including purchasing supplies and equipment, placement of hives, bee care and how to harvest honey.

Pilgrim UCC (634 Purchase Street) hosts its Annual Pumpkin Decorating event from 6-8pm or while pumpkins supply last!

Stop by the Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street) to paint and decorate your own halloween jack-o-lantern out of a local seashell! 5-8pm


Join New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches for kids activities in Custom House Park (William Street & Acushnet Avenue).

The Culture of Tea Tasting continues at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books (209 Union Street), featuring favorites from last time and a new tea to try. Plus! A book signing for Clark Snow's adventure novel, "Waltzing with Lady Luck" at 6:30pm.

Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street) hosts the founders of Groundwork!, New Bedford's first co-working space, Dena Haden (artist) and Sarah Athanas (film maker). Join them for a presentation and discussion about Co-working and Cooperative shared office spaces along with some free desserts and pastries. 5-7pm

2 Fun events at BCC New Bedford (800 Purchase Street)!
- To highlight BCC's student Civic Engagement and Service Learning programs, come see what you, as community members, can do to volunteer and reap the benefits of helping those in need.  Also, learn about this fall's OneBook and go on a simple scavenger hunt to the other AHA sites for a chance to win a gift certificate. On the sidewalk from 5-7pm.
- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage History Month with
a free conversational Spanish class.
Room 213, 5:30-6:30pm.


Reception for the New Show at Umass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street)
'E' is for Elephants: The Etchings of Edward Gorey. Check out the exhibition of the work of the American author and illustrator organized in collaboration with the Edward Gorey House .  
- Reception: 6-8pm
- Lecture:
The Strange World of Edward Gorey by prof. Memory Holloway, 7-8pm  
- Rough Cut Screening:
The Last Days of Edward Gorey, a documentary by Christopher Seufert,  8-10pm

Trinidadian Painter, Alison Wells has relocated from her upstairs studio to her new street level Gallery (106 William Street). No More Stairs! Join her for a Soft Opening from 5-9pm and live Steel Pan music from 6:30-8pm.   

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street) presents 4 New Shows!
- Collectors 3: Discerning Eyes, curated by Robert P. Stack & Vanphouthon Souvannasane and featuring a collection of artwork discovered by ordinary people with extraordinary tastes.
- New Bedford Open Studios presents a series of exhibits, Artist Under Glass, in The Vault Gallery. This month features Brad Eadie.
- The Rodney Paintings by Tim Doud is in the Regions Gallery.
- The Library Beastiary, curated by Janice Hodson, is in the City Gallery.  
- Also, a Kick-off Party for all teens, 5-6pm in the Lower Level. Join the I Heart NB art scene. Bring your awesome-ness and a friend or two.

New Show at UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street)!
Evil Ugly Monster Show! 5-9pm plus the After 9 Cypher.

Opening Reception for Chartfields, encaustic paintings by Marc St-Pierre, at Gallery 65(65 William Street) from 5-9pm. Plus a Special Event! Demo and book signing for The Paper Hat Book by artist, designer and stylist Alyn Carlson, 6-8pm.

Check out artwork by students from the Global Learning Charter Public School at Grace Episcopal Church (Corner of County and School Streets)

Swing by the South End!
Judith Klein Art Studio
(127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31) presents All About Fruits: An Artists Couple Exhibit. Meet the Artists :Anthony & Kathy Miraglia, Don & Elizabeth Wilkinson, Denn Santoro & Helen Granger, John & Pat Thornton, Michael Hecht & Pat Kellogg, Marc & Nicolle St. Pierre, Lori Bradley & Mark Millstein. Plus card printmaking demo and new metal jewelry by Nitza Attali.


Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) presents October Featured Performer, Matt Borrello. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro. 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.
Matt has played many times at the cafe & is always a hit with our crowd.  He's a very talented performer, both as a musician & as a singer.  He is also known for his song writing... though he covers an eclectic range of songs.  For several years, Matt has shared evenings of Bob Dylan music with our host Art Tebbetts to sold out audiences.  Maybe some duo "magic" may happen during his feature!

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