NEW BEDFORD — It’s a feast for the senses — from delicious food to eye-catching art; from sweets and treats to eye-candy and sweet tunes — Thursday at AHA!

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 — but feel free to arrive early and stay late.

This month’s event is sponsored by Domino's Pizza. Here’s just a sample of the night’s events. (For a full list, visit

• You’re invited to “A Moveable Feast: Maritime Food of the 1800s” at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The 1850s Ladies, will be cooking up stories about maritime food.

• Join Bristol Community College to make your own candy and caramel apple slices.

• Drink up! Travessia Winery and Plum Direct Marketing host an artist reception and wine tasting.

• Decorate a pumpkin at Pilgrim United Church. 6-8 p.m., or while supplies last.

• Kids can join Little People's College for a reading of "How To Make A Cherry Pie And See The U.S.A." and a cherry pie craft at the New Bedford Public Library.

• Join the Whaling City Ghosts Pirate Gals for an evening of spooky fun. After a presentation on the spirits of downtown New Bedford, take a tour up William Street to see the buildings where the spirits may still dwell.

• Buzzards Bay Coalition presents Thought for Food. Stop by the center to learn about some of the Buzzards Bay critters found in many seafood dishes. Learn about marine food chains and create a Buzzards Bay Food Chain Menu to help you digest the different roles organisms play in marine ecosystems. No food will be served at this location, but there will be recipe sheets featuring sustainable seafood options available to create local favorites at home.

• “Selling Seafood: A Historical Look at Seafood Marketing” at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center includes vintage seafood promotional films, an author talk and signing with Milena Matos Rodrigues author of “For the Love of Portuguese Food,” and more.

• Don’t miss “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist Symposium Keynote” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Dion is an internationally celebrated artist who grew up in New Bedford. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is currently hosting the largest American Survey to date of the artist's work. This talk takes place in conjunction with the ICA survey.

• Eye-candy! Look for yarn bombing by new AHA! partner and Art Scapes Artist, Karen Snyder.

• You’re invited to the opening reception and artist talk for “Mark Freedman: Urban Sounds” at UMass-Dartmouth CVPA Star Store.

• Artist Pop-up: Joshua Letourneau at Howe Allen Realty. Letourneau specializes in painting, drawing, pottery and sculpture.

• Gallery X hosts “The Lost City: Artifacts from a Happier Place,” by ’81 Swain School grad Carlotta Michel, and “The Color of Music,” a visual interpretation of the performing arts featuring artwork on the subject of music, dance and theater in various mediums.

• Enjoy the mellow Caribbean sounds of DJ "Ranking Z" spinning old-school Reggae at the 3rd Annual Anniversary Celebration & Studio Sale at Alison Wells Gallery.

• A Perfect Place — a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth from 14-24 and allies — hosts an Open House.

• Guest venue The DeMello International Center hosts Joe Vinagre and friends playing traditional Portuguese music.

• Hep cats, soak up live jazz with the Monteirobots at Cork.

• Movie night:! See “Plastic Ocean,” a documentary about pollution and solutions at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

• Swing by the South End and enjoy an Octoberfest tasting of German beer, wine and cuisine at new AHA! partner, Art Scapes: Maker Space & Gallery.