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2022 Seaport Art Walk

New Bedford Seaport Cultural District New Bedford, MA

The 2022 Seaport Art Walk "Open Spaces" officially opens during the July 14 AHA! Night. Sculptures and murals reflect the idea of creating open space for our minds and souls, […]


AHA! Night: Art in Tune

Downtown New Bedford Union St. /Purchase St. Area, New Bedford, MA

October’s edition of the monthly cultural night “Art in Tune” features a whale scavenger hunt, gull gazing, pumpkin decorating, an 8-year gallery anniversary party, art, music, and more. Visit AHA! for the full lineup.

Gull Gazing

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 33 William St., New Bedford, MA

Artist-in-Residence, Margo Connolly-Masson, and Mass Audubon educators host an evening of Gull Gazing. Participants will view seagulls in a whole new light after observing them and turning them into art. Meet in the Park’s courtyard to chat about local gulls before venturing out on a walk around downtown to observe gull behavior. As the sun […]


Folk Musician Larry Kaplan

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, MA

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center invited folk musician Larry Kaplan to play at the Center for the October AHA! Night. From 7–8 p.m., Larry will perform songs about working boats, including his well-known songs about Vineyard Captain Zeb Tilton.

Divulgences: Opening Reception

Co-Creative Center Gallery 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Brooke Mullins Doherty’s tree-inspired sculptures, drawings, and prints have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has also created sculptural commissions for the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton; The Naked Oyster in Hyannis; Providence Community Acupuncture; and The Spot in Providence. "My drawings, prints, and paintings explore connections and communications between and within […]

Alison Wells Gallery: 8-Year Anniversary

Alison Wells Gallery 106 William St., New Bedford, MA

The Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery has been decorating the world for eight years. To commemorate this grand occasion, the public is invited to join in on the AHA! Night celebration. The evening includes gallery discounts, gift items, new artwork, treats and giveaways, and old-school reggae music from DJ Anj Kep from 6–8 p.m.


AHA! Mini Concert: Long Swan

The Drawing Room 22 William Street, New Bedford, MA

The featured artist is Long Swan, a joint combination of the songwriting minds of Mike Heffernan and Kat Knutsen. Born in the center of New Bedford, Long Swan's lyricism and sea of rippling dimensions are influenced by the conversations shared around 19th-century architecture on Hawthorn Street.

Anomaly Poetry: Open Mic Night

Co-Creative Center Gallery 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Poets and spoken word artists of all sorts are invited to read original works or poems by beloved artists. Participants have five minutes to read poetry, prose, and short works. There will be a second round if time allows. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m., reading starts at 7:15 p.m. Masks are encouraged.


Game Night at RJD

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum 396 County St., New Bedford, MA

From 4–6 p.m. is time for family-oriented games. The 21+ games will go from 6–8 p.m. Bring your favorite board game, Magic Deck, and beverages (no red wine or Twister in the mansion please) The Museum provides classic board games and teammates as needed, plus low-priced snacks for the evening. This event is free as […]