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

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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, 5:30pm
- Drag Royalty Power Hour, 6-7pm
- 3rd EyE Performers including Chan with the Plan, J. Johnson and TradeMark Dance Crew, 7-8pm
- New Moon Dance Party, 8-10pm
- New Bedford Star Chasers - a sci-fi infused bicycle gang
- Show your Pride at the 'make your own button' station presented by the Workers Art Center. WAC will also be handing out stickers and info about LGBTQ rights and respect in the work place.

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

What's up in Wing's Court:
- Join Little Peoples College for rainbow bead jewelry making.
Rain location is New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).
- Rainbow hula hooping with Our Sisters' School.

Rainbow face painting, student art exhibit, tambourine crafts, karaoke and themed refreshments at Dream Out Loud Center (1 Johnny Cake Hill), 5-8pm.

Stop by the Children's Room at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street) for a Pride themed craft, 5-7pm.

Alison Wells Gallery (106 William Street) celebrates AHA! Pride with Express Yourself: make some art at the Rainbow Craft Table. Plus original New Bedford and Caribbean mixed media, giclee prints and note cards by Alison Wells and stained glass hangings by the Glass Connector. Also sign up for spring and summer art lessons and workshops.

Pride at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street):
- Screening of the American Experience: Stonewall Uprising in honor of the Stonewall 50th Anniversary, 6:15pm
- The New Bedford Free Public Library hosts a pop-up library table for library card registration and LGBTQ materials will be available to checkout. Be sure to bring your SAILS library card! 5-7:30pm
- Look for the Mobile Art Studio for Creative Disruption popping up in the Park garden to create an installation using a sewing machine and multi-colored fabric. Plus a rainbow surprise!

New Bedford Friends’ Meeting hosts a screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at the Friends Meeting House (83 Spring Street). House opens at 5pm, film screening at 6pm.
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.

AHA! Pride Trivia Night at Bristol New Bedford (800 Purchase Street).
Do you know what historic event Pride parades celebrate? Learn the answer to this and many other questions at Bristol Community College's AHA Pride Trivia Night! You can win great prizes if you really know your LGBTQIA history. Plus kid's (or adult's) coloring & light refreshments in the Community Room (LL025) from 5-7pm.

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.

Stop by Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street) for a Bye-Bye to Hank Gatlin Celebration.

You Are What You Wear! Join the 1850s Ladies at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) as they discuss how changing fashion reflects and contributes to social change. 5:30-7:30pm.

Join the New Bedford Regional Office of Attorney General Maura Healy at Wings Court for make-and-take colorful pinwheels plus office resources and educational materials. 5-7pm

Commune-N-Tea at the Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street), 5:30-8:30pm:
- nourishing teas from Bilo Herbs
- uplifting DJing by Ace on Earth
- A Night of Poetry hosted by Andy and Sarah
- Collaborative art activity with Co+
The mission of Commune-n-Tea is to bring people together in the spirit of creation and connection, in a healthy and inspiring environment, in hopes to inspire individuals and our community.

Lost and Found: Safety and Surveillance in the Fishing Industry
A panel discussion at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street), 7-8pm. Part of the Center’s Wheelhouse Technology from Sounding Leads to Satellites exhibit and program series exploring the evolution of communication, navigation and fish finding and the impact of those changes on the fishing community. Over the past century, new technologies have allowed New Bedford’s fleet to arrive on the grounds faster, fish safer, and communicate more easily. But at what cost? This exhibit considers the evolution and impact of technological change on the industry, the community, and the fish. In addition to considering the science behind devices such as EPIRB, SONAR, and LORAN, the exhibit and programs will consider topics such as Technology & Privacy, Dependence on Technology, and Technology & Sustainability.

Happening at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill):
- Join the Mass Cultural Council for a regional reception to celebrate a new round of nearly $9.3 million in Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund grants and to thank our elected officials for their support for the arts, culture, and the creative economy across southeastern Mass, 5:30pm. Stop by for remarks, refreshments and networking, along with Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Antonio Cabral of New Bedford, other state and local elected officials, partner funders, and media.
-7th grade scholars from Alma del Mar present their Response to Injustice projects highlightin modern-day injustice from around the world. 5:30pm
- The Local History Guild Lecture Series hosts local historian Rev. John Douhan of South Dartmouth for a pictorial overview and discussion of the history of the Baptist faith in southern New England. 6pm


Welcome new AHA! Partner: La Vie Est Belle Apothecary (30 North Water Street). A beauty and wellness shop featuring natural and organic or vegan beauty and wellness products, essential oils and CBD oils. The apothecary is also a take on the old French perfumeries, providing clean and natural perfume mists and roll ons, along with mens' colognes.

Shop Equal Exchange chocolate and Naked Bee lotions and skin care products at TL6 the Gallery (100 William Street)

Shop for Dad at The Drawing Room (36 North Water Street).
Father’s Day is around the corne!. Stop in to The Drawing Room to check out their Shop for Dad collection of handcrafted items: unique art, leather goods, bar tools, wood charts, subway maps, mugs and more. If Dad has home updates on his mind, he’ll be sure to enjoy a unique door knocker or Farrow & Ball’s quality paint brushes and rollers. The Shop for Dad collection features work from local artisans Colby Smith, David Witbeck, Casey Gunschel, Jasmine Keane, Ray Bachand and Michael Pietragalla.
Meet the Maker at AHA! Night: This month’s featured artist is Colby Smith, Door Knockers, of Somerset, MA who creates original cast bronze door knockers with a local foundry in New Bedford. 

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.

The summer tradition returns! It’s the season launch of Centre Street Sessions presented by Whaling City Sound. Kicking off with Benny Sharoni, tenor sax and leader, Shinichi Otsu, Hammond B3 organ and Steve Langone, drums. Outdoors in the Fiber Optic Center parking lot (23 Centre Street) with sets at 5:30 & 7:15pm. Rain location: BayCoast Bank (23 Elm Street).

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.

A Whirlwind of Art at the Seaport ArtWalk Opening Celebration
As part of DATMA's Summer Winds program series, the Seaport 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.
- ArtWalk tour kicking off at 5pm from Moby Dick Brewing (16 South Water Street).
- Celebration reception and award ceremony at Moby Dick Brewing starting at 6pm.
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.

New New Bedford Photographic Phone Portraiture: Recent works by Carl Simmons at the Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street).

NBAM/Artworks! presents 2 local artists at New Bedford City Hall (133 William Street):
- Inner Voices Works by Helen Granger in the Ashley Room.
- Sense and Sensual Works by Kim Barry on the 2nd floor.

New art at the UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street)
Part of Summer Winds 2019 presented by DATMA (Design Art Technology Massachusetts):
- Elizabeth Keithline: (The Air) As It Moves
Site-specific installation by Elizabeth Keithline creating a play of light and shadows as it moves in the air.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Artist Talk: 7pm
- Spencer Finch: Wind (Through Emily Dickinson's Window)
- Renee Piechocki (PA), Brandon Forrest Frederick (MO)
Part of the Bubbler Video Gallery Series
- Light Society: Whispers, 2018
Projected in the Star Store lecture hall, this project of Canadian artists explores the intersections
of art, science, and mysticism.

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.

AHA New Bedford

AHA New Bedford


December 13, 2018 City Sidewalks
MAY 9, 2019 WE ART NB
JUNE 13, 2019 PRIDE

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.