What happens when kids take over downtown New Bedford? Find out Thursday when “Kids Rule” at AHA!

Hit the streets and enjoy a night jam-packed with summer sounds, fire truck rides, storytelling and hands-on activities for the kid in all of us.

AHA! (Arts, History and Architecture!) is a free family-friendly event held rain or shine on the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. in historic downtown New Bedford.

This month’s event is sponsored by United Way and Bristol County Savings Bank. Here’s just a sample of the night’s events.


It’s a Little Portuguese Feast in Custom House Square! Enjoy culture, music and Folkloric dances, flower decorating and traditional Portuguese food.
Kids can board a hook-and-ladder truck, meet Sparky the Firedog and check out the smoke and burn demonstrations at “Fire Safety Fun” with the New Bedford Fire Department.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s … aerial performance by Overhead Arts! Head to Wing’s Court for this plus hands-on activities, photo booth and prize wheel, fire truck rides for ice cream, parachute play and more.
Climb on! Carabiner’s Climbing brings their Mobile Wall for some climbing adventures. Helmets and harnesses provided. First come, first served.
Join the Community Boating Center for a hands-on activity and the chance to check out one of their student-made skiffs.
Check out the driver’s seat of a New Bedford Police Department cruiser.
Join the 1850s Ladies as they explore the world "Under the Sea." Make a fish weaving craft and get your Underwater Junior Ranger book.
Enjoy root beer floats and crafts, plus a jewelry sale, at Pilgrim UCC.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center hosts children's author Jerry Pallotta, for a reading and book signing.
Celebrate the New Bedford Wind Energy project by making pinwheels with Bristol Community College.
Kids can make funny paper collage characters at the Alison Wells Gallery.
It's a sesquicentennial celebration at the New Bedford YMCA. Stop by for an obstacle course and trivia challenge.
Love NPR’s Moth Radio Hour? Listen to Moth-style storytelling at Gallery X.
Festival Theater presents scenes from their summer musical, “My Fair Lady.”
The New Bedford Historical Society hosts a Nathan & Polly Johnson Open House.
Learn Tai Chi at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. Master Spencer O’Berry will introduce you to the fundamentals of Taijiquan, a Chinese martial art. All ages.
Cold Chocolate, an Americana roots trio plays live in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Garden.
Centre Street Sessions hosts saxophonist Eric Wyatt live in the Kaller Beef parking lot.
UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store hosts Blood Drum Spirit Jazz Ensemble in the Crapo Gallery.
It's the re-launch of the 3rd EyE Open Jam hosted by the Black Kennedys. Bring your words, your instrument and your friends.
You’ll want to check this out: the New Bedford working waterfront has been transformed into the Seaport Artwalk. See 18 original sculptures and murals created by local artists, temporarily installed along the City and State piers and in the city’s Seaport Cultural District. This year’s theme is“Sustainable Oceans.” Listen to the Seaport Artwalk Talk at Buzzards Bay Coalition, plus other events.
You’re invited to the launch of the Fiber Optic Center New Media Gallery at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks. Stop by for the fabulous drag DJ, Cassandra, and the work of fashion photographer, Jeep Wheat, featuring international street art, LBGTQ portraits, and a growing number of alternative cultures.
Check out photographer Jeff Golenski’s Pop-Up Gallery at Howe Allen Realty

For a full list of events, visit ahanewbedford.org