Women's Work | March 14th

Free Parking
Don’t worry about finding a place to park. During AHA! Night there is free parking at the Elm Street Garage located at 51 Elm Street, New Bedford. 

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! days.

Follow the Flags
Many of our participating locations will have a yellow AHA! flag prominently displayed to help you find AHA! Night activities.

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.

AHA! Night Schedule | March 14th

3:00 PM

Youth Services: Decorate a Spring Ornament

New Bedford Free Public Library 613 Pleasant Street

Join us on AHA Night to decorate a spring ornament!

There is no registration required for this free event and is available while supplies last.

Hope to see you there!

Ends: 5pm

4:00 PM

Celebrate Womens’ History Month with Art & Live Music

Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery, 106 William St.

Live Music: Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a lively musical set with Annette Almeida (5pm-6pm)

Annette is a seasoned guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. With nearly 30 years of performance experience to her credit, she has performed as a rhythm guitar player/singer in solo, small ensemble and full band settings. Annette has a vast knowledge of musical genres spanning the decades. Though familiar with many styles, Annette is particularly fond of classic rock. She also plays bass, flute, percussion, and harmonica. Her influences include bands like America, The Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Led Zeppelin. Annette performs regularly at venues throughout New England.

Artwork: View and shop original Artwork, Giclee Prints & Note Cards in our gallery. 4pm-8pm 

AHA Art Table: Have fun coloring while learning about Great Women in history with our “Womens’ History Coloring Pages”  4pm-8pm

Ends: 8:00pm

Luck of the Irish

New Bedford Public Library 613 Pleasant Street New Bedford
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Join Little People’s College staff to create your own sparkling rainbow leading to a pot of gold or design colorful polka-dot & pom-pom shamrocks. Both projects are sure to attract the Leprechauns.
Ends: 6 pm

Breaking Waves: Women in Science

18 Johnny Cake Hill

Did you know that a women scientist is behind the world’s most comprehensive blue whale database? For three decades, Dr. Diane Gendron has been studying the largest animal on the planet and gaining a rich understanding of the whales’ behavior, growth, breeding patterns, and health.

Learn even more about Dr. Gendron’s research and blue whales in general by watching for FREE our Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D film before it leaves the New Bedford Whaling Museum on March 17th. The film provides an unforgettable window into the lives of these animals and the extremes scientists must endure to study them. Free showtimes at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM on AHA! night.

Seating in our theater is first come, first serve. No advance registration is required.

Ends: 7:00pm

4:30 PM

CVPA x Envision Resilience

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks, 608 Pleasant Street
Enjoy the wide range of art created by UMass Dartmouth CVPA students in partnership with the Envision Resilience Challenge during the fall of 2023. Faculty leads from nine departments and disciplines collaborated to lead students in resilience-inspired projects that debuted at CVPA’s Harbor of Hope event last year. Pieces that range from illustrative posters to cyanotypes, painted utility boxes to an original music composition will decorate the New Bedford Art Museum’s People’s Gallery all evening. Come to the museum to imagine a climate future for the Southcoast that is equitable, community-centric and hopeful.
Ends: 8:00pm

5:00 PM

Women’s History Timeline & Celebration!

National Park Maker Space, 33 William Street 2nd Floor

Join the Women’s Fund SouthCoast, YWCA SEMA, and students from Our Sisters’ School for a celebration of Women’s History Month! We’re excited to feature the Women’s Alliance’s local Women’s History timeline along with various crafts and resource tables. There will also be timeline-making activities for the whole family to ensure that what’s considered “women’s work” is visible, celebrated, and documented which all contributes to closing the gender pay gap.

Soul Shakedown

First Unitarian Church, 71 8th Street

Join the fun in the Sanctuary for Soul Shakedown. Art, music and merriment! The First Unitarian Church in New Bedford welcomes all to their Sanctuary! Join them as they celebrate the Work of Women.

Ends: 7:00pm

Learn About Pioneering Women in Science

634 Purchase St (Pilgrim United Church Home)

Join Pilgrim United Church of Christ and Mercy Meals & More to learn about pioneering women in science through coloring.  Also, we’ll show you how to grow your own vegetables while you’re here.  All supplies will be provided.

While you’re here, learn more about Booker T. Washington who gave a speech in our building and view the mural of him that was installed last August on the side of our building.

Ends: 7:00pm

5:30 PM

Behind-The-Scenes: Photographing Collections

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County Street

Get a glimpse of museum collections and archives from an insider’s perspective. Collections Manager, Lauren Prescott, will demonstrate how museum objects get catalogued and photographed using a light box. Participants will have a chance to photograph a museum piece. Admission is free as a part of AHA! night.

6:00 PM

Threads of Tradition: Celebrating Women’s Work in Sewing

The Cummings Building Artists’ Studios, 96 William St.

Stop by Studio One to celebrate the artistry of women’s work in sewing. Situated within the Cummings Building Artists’ Studios, SGKocur will be featuring her mother’s wedding dress, intricately stitched by her grandmother. This piece honors the enduring legacy of women in the art of sewing, embodying their timeless dedication and skill handed down through generations.

Ends: 8:00 PM

Cummings Building Open Studios

The Cummings Building Artists’ Studios, 96 William St.

Explore the Cummings Building Artists’ Studios during AHA! New Bedford, where you’ll find a variety of artworks across different mediums. Enjoy live music and light refreshments while immersing yourself in the creativity of local artists.

Ends: 8:00 PM

Echoes Of Home

Star Gallery, 65 William Street

An exhibition of Iranian artists reflects on the memory of home beyond borders, showcasing a visual narrative that intertwines the shared memories and experiences, redefining displacement and resilience in the face of geographical separation. Featuring Persian food and live music by Mohammad Hossein Kashefi.

Ends: 8:00pm


New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street

Celebrate Women’s History Month at FHC and learn about Herstory, an intergenerational oral history project pairing high school and college students with older women with ties to New Bedford’s fishing community. Meet project participants and hear stories from the working waterfront, past and present. 

Funding for Herstory is made possible through the generous support of the Association for the Relief of Aged Women and Women’s Fund SouthCoast.

Ends: 7:00pm

YOUR BRAIN – A Doodle Workshop

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 33 William Street

Jump into Cara Bean’s world through a drop-in event all about your BRAIN! Stop by to learn more about the most important organ in your body and mental health through interactive doodles, illustrated coloring pages, and examples from Cara’s upcoming book, “Here I Am, I Am Me: An Illustrated Guide to Mental Health”! Don’t miss the last free workshop of Cara’s time as Artist-in-Residence!

This event is open to all ages and creative abilities. The event is in a wheelchair accessible space.

Ends: 7:30pm

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

Anomaly Poetry Open Mic Night

CO+ Creative Center, 137 Union Street

Join Anomaly Poetry for a free, public open mic night from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. They welcome poets and spoken word artists of all sorts to read original works, or poems by artists you love! Artists will have five minutes each to read their original poetry, prose and short works. Folks are also welcome to join as audience members to listen and enjoy. Hosted by your Poet Laureate of the City of New Bedford, Sarah Jane Mulvey.This month they will feature local poet, artist and educator Kayla Conchina Conner celebrating the release of her first book, The Little Seashell! Kayla will read selected works and have copies of her book available for sale, accepting cash or Venmo.

Ends: 9:00pm

7:30 PM

AHA! Night Event Spotlight | March 14th