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.


- Live Bluegrass with Slow Boat Home
- Artist Tours of Maps & Legends Two:
  If By Sea
- Haskell Garden Tour starting at 5pm
- Lawn Games

$20/person or $100/table

Available for purchase:
Oysters from Cuttyhunk Shellfish
Snacks by Sid Wainer
Sweet Treats from The Baker

Silent Travessia Wine Auction from 6-6:30pm

Sponsored By

On Thursday, August 17, join AHA! (Arts, History, Architecture) and the Trustees of Reservations at the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens for The Picnic. The event is a joint fundraiser, with proceeds going to help both organizations provide free experiences for the local community.


“Haskell Public Gardens is the undiscovered premiere picnic location. We hope everyone gathers family and friends, grabs a picnic basket full of goodies, and joins us for a magical evening at one of New Bedford’s best kept secrets,” said Maura O’Gara, Engagement Site Manager, Southeast Gardens of The Trustees.

The Picnic provides the setting for some stunning al fresco dining, including tables and chairs with vintage table cloths and flowers, music from Slow Boat Home — a great blue-grass band, plus lawn games, a small silent auction, and lights in the trees under the early evening sky. Guests are asked to BYOPicnic.

Looking for last minute picnic treats? The Baker from New Bedford will be on site selling wonderful desserts, Sid Wainer’s team will have a selection of amazing foods to purchase along with a tasting table of small samples, and Cuttyhunk Oysters will be selling local oysters on the half-shell.

While guests mingle, local artists will be on-hand to talk about “Maps & Legends Two: If By Sea,” an art exhibit installed in three historic greenhouses on the Haskell property. The exhibit features the maps of Zachary M. White of Spinner Publications, the sculpture of Kelly Zelen of Kilburn Mills Studios, and the paintings of Steven Froias of Groundwork! Guests can also enjoy a guided tour of the property’s gardens by Haskell Horticulturalist Kristin McCullin.

"The Community Picnic will be a fun celebration — an end-of-the-summer, totally affordable way to enjoy a new garden greenspace in New Bedford while supporting two great institutions — The Trustees and AHA! Join us with your friends and family; it is the final night of the outdoor arts exhibition with talks from the artists and a fabulous blue grass band." Said Lee Heald, Director of AHA!

The event is sponsored in-part by Howe Allen Realty, SERVPRO, and Domino's. Tickets are $100/table (6 seats) or $20/person.


AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.