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

Spring has sprung, bringing with it new life, warmer weather and longer days. Mark your calendars for the April 12th AHA! Night when— just in time for Earth Day— our theme is “Sustainable SouthCoast.” Join us in celebrating the earth and explore how we can create a sustainable environment for ourselves and others. Plus new art, live music, kids activities, film screenings and plenty of opportunities to #shopDNB & #eatDNB. 

  • Earth Eve Eco-Friendly People Powered Procession
  • Mother Earth & Father Ocean Ceremony
  • NB High School Steel Drum Band
  • Oscar Nominated Loving Vincent @ Gallery X 
  • 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition & Artist Talks @ UMD CVPA Star Store
  • Band of Friends Concert @ Pilgrim UCC  
  • Opening Reception for UMD Senior Photography Show at Groundwork!
  • Open Mic @ The Castle on Union 
  • Celebrate National Library Week with Story Time & Crafts @ the NB Public Library 
  • Learn To Grow Heirloom Tomatoes @ the RJD House & Garden Museum 
  • Swing by the South End! Drawing on Expression @ Judith Klein Art Gallery 

More info coming soon! 


February 8, 2018 Please Be Seated
March 8, 2018 I Am New Bedford: Herstory, History, Ourstory
April 12, 2018 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 10, 2018 We Art NB
June 14, 2018 Launch
July 12, 2018 Kids Rule
August 9, 2018 Jammin’ In The Streets
September 13, 2018 #FrederickDouglassLivedHere
October 11, 2018 Scapes: Tables & Tours
November 8, 2018 Made in NB
December 13, 2018 City Sidewalks

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.