Start Your AHA! Adventure At The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center 
The AHA! website will be available for you to look at along with Park staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions you may have. The Visitor Center (33 William St) is open
10am-8pm on AHA! 

AHA! Happens Rain Or Shine
Be sure to check the AHA! event page, Facebook page and Instagram Stories as well as website and social for participating event partners for info about location changes, program rescheduling and cancellations.

Planning  To AHA! IRL?
All of the AHA! partners have their own masking requirements. We recommend you carry a mask with you at all times so you don’t miss out on any of the AHA! festivities.

AHA! Schedule  

SouthCoast Brass Band Street Stroll

Keep an eye out for the SouthCoast Brass Band strolling the streets of downtown. 

Mini Pumpkin Decorating  

3pm at the New Bedford Main Library
(613 Pleasant St)

Stop by the Library for Mini Pumpkin Decorating 
While supplies last. 


2 Exhibits & the AHA! Mini Concert 
at the NB Art Museum

4-8pm at the New Bedford Art Museum (608 Pleasant St) 

AHA! Mini Concert 
The AHA! Mini Concert brings accomplished South Coast musicians into downtown New Bedford businesses and institutions for a short concert during AHA! Night. Previous performers have spanned folk, indie, jazz, hip-hop, and rock. 

Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter
A solo exhibition celebrating Massachusetts-born Ruth E. Carter’s 30-year career as an Academy Award-winning costume designer. Featuring costumes from Dolemite Is My Name (2019), Roots (2016 reboot)Selma (2014), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Malcolm X (1992), the exhibit follows Carter’s creative process and include sketches, mood boards, iconic costumes, and other ephemera from her Los Angeles studio.
Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion 
The latest exhibition at the Art Museum by New Bedford Library’s Art Curator, Allie Copeland. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion is the Library’s latest exhibition featuring historic photographic studies of animals in motion and early motion-picture projection.

The Great Pumpkin Parade &
Cool Banana Wig at the RJD 

4-8pm in the Rotch-Jones-Duff Garden 
(396 County St) 

Great Pumpkin Parade
Visit the grounds to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, carved with care by community members. Inside the mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. 

Cool Banana Wig Performs at 6pm 
Bring the kids to play homemade or unusual instruments and JAM with the band!  


NB Symphony & Stage Artistry Studios

Time TBD
in the First Unitarian Church NB Garden
(71 Eighth St) 

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Performs Live  

Stage Artistry Studios presents
The Best of Broadway – Halloween Edition!

Performances at 6:15pm and 6:45pm
Enjoy a live musical tour of Broadway songs with a Halloween
theme from the Stage Artistry Youth Touring Company. 

Stage Artistry Studios is located at 471 Union Street and offers a unique quality arts education to young aspiring artists.  This group of young talented theatre students will dazzle you with their voices and knowledge of Broadway shows. Stage Artistry Studios and their non-profit Sharing the Art are committed to bringing theatre arts to all children and theatre lovers in our community.  For more information visit 


Celebrate 7 Years of Alison Wells 
with Art & Live Music 

5-8pm at the Alison Wells Gallery 
(106 Purchase St) 

Celebrate the 7 Year Anniversary of the Alison Wells Gallery!

Catch island vibes with live steel pan music by El Caribe. 

Shop Local Art!
New giclee prints and note cards from Alison’s “In the Neighborhood” series about New Bedford (currently on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum). Plus original artwork by select guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics & macrame.

**Specials continue through Fri Oct. 15 & Sat Oct. 16, noon-5pm**


Azorean Night
on the Whaling Museum Plaza

5-7pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
(18 Johnny Cake Hill) 

Celebrate the rich Azorean American culture on AHA!  
New Bedford is home to a vibrant Azorean community. The enduring ties between the maritime cultures of the Azores and New Bedford link people, ideas, traditions, and communities – across the Atlantic and across generations. Sample some of its music, folklore, and maritime traditions during Azorean Night. Masks Required


2 New Shows!

5-8pm at Gallery X (169 William St) 

Urban X-Ploration in the Main Gallery
An exhibition of works inspired by or depicting the urban landscape. Guest curated by photographer Frank Grace.

The Art of Pat Kellogg and Michael Hecht in the Douglass Gallery


Swing By The South End

5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

New Works 
at the Judith Klein Art Gallery

Preview of new work by Judith including acrylic and mixed media paintings and printmaking. Plus handprinted textiles for the October Open Studios event and new jewelry by Katy Jeffrey.

127 W. Rodney French Blvd
Use main entrance
2nd floor Suite 2-87

Killburn Open House 
Stop by from 5-8pm for art receptions, art demos
and tours of the mill.

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Enter at Door #4
The Artisan Center is on the 2nd floor


Jazz Music under the Jazz Wall 


5:30pm & 7:15pm 
in the Fiber Optic Center parking lot 
(23 Centre St)

Enjoy jazz music under the Jazz Wall!

Centre Street Sessions
Presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound 

Enjoy a live jazz/r&b performance by Joaquin Santos and Friends! 
Featuring Joaqiun Santos (leader and drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Evan Cole (vocals), and Adonis Martin (keyboards).


Opening Reception, Artist Talk
& Poster PopUp


5-9pm at the CVPA Star Store
(715 Purchase St) 

Opening Reception for Amanda Means: Light Years – 6pm   
Means will be in attendance to discuss her body of work that has pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium with her celebrated Leaf, Flower, Water Glass, and Light Bulb series of images.

Amanda Means: Light Years includes examples of work from all phases of Means’ career. Alongside key pieces from her color Polaroid Light Bulb and silver gelatin Water Glass works, will also be some of the artist’s early prints and works on paper, as well as important examples of her black and white Flower and Light Bulb works. This affords a unique opportunity to view Means’ most celebrated images in the broader context of her overall practice.

Means has been a darkroom innovator throughout her career: adapting a 19th-century camera for use as an enlarger, photographing objects without the use of negatives, working with a large-format Polaroid camera, and creating a series of remarkable abstracts working only with light and photographic materials. The artist’s darkroom alchemy was cited by the Guggenheim Foundation in awarding Means their prestigious Fellowship in 2017 for her contribution to contemporary photography.

We Are – 7-9pm 
Artist Talk & Community Engaged Pop-Up Poster Installation
with designer, activists and visual artist Rick Griffith 

“WE ARE” autoethnographic letterpress poster project and installation, is a collaboration between CVPA students, Rick Griffith and the community. Works will be viewable outside from street-level windows of the Swain Studio at the corner of Purchase and Union Streets. Additionally, there will be pre-printed poster templates for visitors to create and add personal messages in their own way.

Artist Talk – Click To Register
Masks required indoors. Limited seating for in-person UMassD registrants; virtual participation is available to the public. Select your preference when registering.

Rick Griffith is a designer, visual artist, printer, teacher, writer, and activist. His creative practice results in a collage of form, color and grammar, with an autoethnographic focus, detailing his philosophies, lived experience and the histories he uncovers. Griffith founded MATTER, which, over the last two decades, has grown into an ambidextrous design consultancy, print shop, and retail bookstore.


AHA! In The Afternoon 

Our downtown New Bedford museums, galleries and institutions are open for visitors. 
Visit their websites for more info about current hours, programs, exhibits and COVID19 safety protocols.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Port Society
including Seamen’s Bethel & Mariner’s Home 

Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Whaling Museum 
Open on AHA! 9am – 5pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 5-7pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 5pm 
Click For More Info  

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above)
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-3pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above)
 Click For More Info 

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