February 03
Put a Little Love in Your Heart this February, in Lowell


 Photo courtesy of Adrien Bisson.

In addition to the fabulous Winterfest 2016 happening on February 19 & 20, there are many other events happening in February that you can share with family, friends, and loved ones. See them all at CityofLowellCalendar.org! Here are a few:

SingingValentines.pngLooking for a unique gift for your Valentine this year? Why not send a singing valentine to show someone how much you care? Have a quartet from The Gentlemen Songsters deliver your Valentine package. Order yours today!


Every Sunday in February, see a classic love story at the Luna Theater!
February 7: West Side Story at 2:05, 5:05, and 8:05pm
February 14: Casablanca at 2:05, 5:05, and 8:05pm
February 21: Gone with the Wind at 1:05 and 6:05pm
February 28: Bonnie and Clyde at 2:05 and 5:05pm

LoveandMurder-square.png"Love & Murder: Art to Die For!" Artist Reception and Valentine Shopping Event
Thursday February 11, 5-9pm
Ayer Lofts Art Gallery, 172 Middle Street

StringFling.jpgString Fling: A Valentine's Dance Party
Friday February 12, 7pm
United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

Looking for a place to have a cozy brunch or romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Try Cobblestones, 50 Warren, Fuse Bistro, and other downtown Lowell

A Cappella for a Cause
Saturday February 27, 4pm
Cumnock Hall, UMass Lowell, 1 University Avenue



January 04
Winterfest Calls for Participation

Winterfest 2016 is coming up on February 19 & 20, and we need
your help to make it a success. Here are several ways you can

1) Winterfest Volunteer - ​If you are interested in being a
Winterfest VOLUNTEER, please contact Suzzanne Cromwell
scromwell@lowellma.gov, or by calling 978-674-4260.

Snowman Window Display Trail - You will receive a foam core
Snowman cutout, approximately 3’4”, with a little stand and we
invite you to decorate it however you would like. It will be
displayed in a shop window from Thursday February 18 through
Sunday February 21.  There will be a trail with a map similar
to the Gingerbread House trail done during City of Lights.  
We are looking for a $15 contribution to cover materials for
the Snowman project. Contact Many Pho of Little Delights
Bakery at
manyxpho@comcast.net for more information
or to participate!

Winterfest Cutout Picture Boards - We are partnering with
downtown businesses to create some artist painted photo cut
outs. If you are interested in creating one (size roughly 3.5 ' x 5')
we will supply the board and a small stipend for paint. We would
like winter themes for Winterfest - we will do the cutouts for you
and put them on stands. Contact Mary Hart at 
mjhart206@gmail.com for more information or to participate!
Deadline to request a board is January 8, and completed
boards are due by February 8.


November 30
Holiday Events & Shopping - December 2015

​The arts & cultural community have plenty of opportunities for you to "keep it local" this holiday season. We've listed a few here.  Visit CityofLowellCalendar.org for more!

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Thru December 20

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack Street
Bring your whole family and come together with the community to celebrate the holiday season. This heartwarming classic is presented as a 1940’s radio show, with sound effects performed live on stage. Whether you’ve heard it a hundred times or never before, George Bailey’s timeless story of renewal will surely ring true.

Classic Movie Sundays at The Luna Theater – Holiday Edition!
The Luna Theater, 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Catch a classic holiday flick at The Luna Theater on Sundays at 2:05PM, 5:05PM, and 8:05PM.
December 6 – A Christmas Carol (1951)
December 13 – White Christmas
December 20 – It’s a Wonderful Life

Gallery Z Holiday Gift Show
Through January 4

Gallery Z Artist Co-Op, 167 Market Street
Shop from 2D and 3D art at this cooperative artist gallery. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11AM to 5PM. Buy art, buy local!
Art Student Union Holiday Sale Reception
Thursday December 3 from 6:30-8:30PM

Arts Research Collaborative, 82 Prescott Street
All works for sale are made by students, alumni, and faculty of UMass Lowell. All proceeds benefit the fine art students of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Additional gallery hours: December 4 and 5, 12-5 pm.

UML String Project Winter Showcase
Thursday December 3 at 7PM

Durgin Concert Hall, UMass Lowell, 35 Wilder Street
Join us for an evening of classical and holiday music! Family and friends are welcome.

Whistler House Holiday Party and Art Auction
Friday December 4 from 6:30-9:30PM

Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street
Join the Whistler House Museum of Art for a Live Art Auction, Silent Auction, Raffles, Dining, Open Bar, Entertainment, and again this year, the TRINITY TRIPLE TREAT (Premiere Club and Pavilion Club seats for Red Sox, Celtic, and Bruins.) Tickets are $95, RSVPs required.
Totally Bazaar III at Mill No. 5
Saturday December 5 from 12-5PM

Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, 4th floor
Come stroll through Mill No. 5’s the third annual Totally Bazaar! We invite you to an eclectic holiday marketplace of vintage, handmade, and artisanal gifts.
Holiday Open Studios
December 5 & 6, 12 & 13 from 12-5PM each day

Western Avenue Studios & Lofts, 122 & 160 Western Avenue
Come to Western Ave Studios for the first of two weekends of Holiday Open Studios. This is a great place for browsing art, chatting with the artists, purchasing unique gifts for all, and is a free event. 
Free Photos with Santa!
Saturday December 5 from 2:30-4:30PM
Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, A-Mill 2nd floor
It’s the annual FREE photos with Santa!  Leashed pets are welcome as well! Please feel free to bring your camera to capture the perfect photo. To get us in the holiday spirit, we'll be collecting toiletries, sweatpants and sweatshirts (youth sizes) for Catie's Closet. Courtesy of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Winter Lights 8 – Gifts for the Holidays opening reception
Saturday December 5 from 5-7PM

The Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue
You’ll find tiles and trivets, pillows and paperweights, candle sticks and cards. There’s something for everyone.  Winter Lights 8: Gifts for the Holidays offers the perfect something for your family, co-workers and friends.

Small Holiday Treasures - Unique, One-Of-A-Kind, Artistic Gifts opening reception
Saturday December 5 from 6-8PM
Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 307 Market Street
Unique, One-Of-A-Kind, and Artistic Gifts you can buy off the wall and take home. Sponsored by Trinity Emergency Medical Services.
The Otherwhere Holiday Affair!
Saturday December 12 from 12-6PM

Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
A Unique Holiday Shopping Event with Merchants and Musicians, Authors and Artists-from the genres of Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Renaissance, Faery, Outsider Art and so much more!

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert
Saturday December 12 at 2PM

St. Louis School Chapel Hall, 77 Boisvert Street
This concert will feature sing-alongs with Lowell’s renowned Gentlemen Songsters! Bring the entire family to enjoy some festive holiday music and cheer! General admission at the door: $10 adult / $5 child & student (with ID)

Holiday Pops
Sunday December 13 at 2:30PM

Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street
The Boston Pops return to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, December 13th for their Holiday Pops performance with Conductor Keith Lockhart!
RIFFTRAX presents: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
Tuesday December 15 at 7:30PM

Showcase Cinemas Lowell, 32 Reiss Avenue
Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature can help him: The Ice Cream Bunny! Marvel as this beloved fairy tale is warped into something put on by an all-inmate cast with the production values of a crime re-enactment from a 90s episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Handmade Holiday Shopping Night
Thursday December 17 from 5-9PM

Western Avenue Studios
nd floor of the A-Mill, 122 Western Avenue
Shop unique, handmade gifts and art from over 30 local artists! Stop by after work  - we'll have light beverages & baked goods benefitting the Miracle Providers organization. The Loading Dock Gallery will also be open late that night for extra shopping & browsing!

The Brush Studio Artists Soup & Shop Event
Friday December 18 from 11AM-2PM
The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street
Stop by on your lunch hour and we’ll warm you with a selection of complimentary homemade soups while you find that special gift! Studio Artists are offering a 10% discount on artwork from the studios during this event, and Gift Certificates are available.

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
December 21-24

Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
Join us for local and independent holiday shopping! December 21-23 from 5-8PM, and December 24 from 10AM-2PM.

Miracle on 34th Street movie screening
Wednesday December 23 at 2PM and 7PM

Showcase Cinemas Lowell, 32 Reiss Avenue
The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard (Edmund Gwenn) is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit...except for his boss, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), who’s raising her daughter (Natalie Wood) to not believe in Santa. But when Kringle is declared insane, and put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as young and old alike face the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
November 17
The Holiday Season Approaches!

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Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly approaching! With Thanksgiving less than 10 days away, that means that the City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration will soon be here as well!

Join us on Saturday November 28 starting at noon for a wide variety of events including:

* Photos with Santa at City Hall
* NEW! Safari Rides on City Hall Plaza
* Kids Art Exploration
* Hot Chocolate Competition
* and more!

Visit the City of Lights webpage for event times and locations. See you there!

November 10
November Economic Development Newsletter
October 26
Halloween in the Mill City!

Things are starting to get spooky around Lowell. Check out all the great events and activities happening during Halloween week!


Tuesday October 27
UN-Scary Halloween Celebration
10:30AM | Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St
Wear your costume and get into the Halloween spirit! Our annual UN-scary Halloween celebration is full of stories, rhymes, and songs. All children and their grownups are welcome, no registration required.


Toast to Autumn: A Wine & Beer Tasting
6-8:30PM | Charles Towers Rehearsal Hall, 132 Warren St

Join us for a casual evening with friends old and new to celebrate the autumn season and support your professional theatre. All proceeds help Merrimack Repertory Theatre continue to dream big. We'll be partnering with Tutto Bene and Navigtation Brewing to provide a range of wines and local craft beers to sample and purchase. Tickets are $50 per person - Purchase online or call 978-654-4678.


Wednesday October 28

Dracula Double Feature
2PM and 7PM showings | Showcase Cinemas Lowell, 32 Reiss Ave
A double-feature event of the classic 1931 vampire film Dracula will be in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Along with the iconic Bela Lugosi version, horror fans will have the opportunity to see the Spanish language version shot at night with a different cast.


Make & Take: Paint a Pumpkin Party!
6PM | Cafe UTEC, 41 Warren St
Paint, carve, decorate or bedazzle your own pumpkin masterpiece, with guidance from local artists. Want to do something more than a traditional jack-o-lantern this year? Be inspired at this family-friendly pumpkin-decorating workshop! Drop-in as you please between 6 and 8PM, buy a pumpkin (please don't bring your own) to decorate and work alongside local artists to create a pumpkin masterpiece as unique as you are. Various decorating stations will be set up and all materials are included when you purchase a pumpkin. Free Admission! Hot cider and seasonal treats will be available for purchase.


Lantern Tour at Lowell Cemetery
6PM | 77 Knapp Ave
This tour has been CANCELED. 


Thursday October 29

John Carpenter's "Halloween" Screening
7:30PM | Showcase Cinemas Lowell, 32 Reiss Ave
After John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN premiered in a theatre in Kansas City, Missouri on October 25th, 1978, the horror film took the country by storm. Over 35 years later, it has earned the title of one of the most successful independent horror films of all time, launched a huge franchise and has been making audiences scream ever since its debut.


Friday October 30

"Tales of Halloween" screening
7:35 and 9:45PM | The Luna Theater, 250 Jackson St
Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.


Halloween Bash 2015
6PM | Lowell Makes, 47 Lee St
Want to give your Halloween costume a dry run before the big day? What better place than Lowell Makes, where you can make those last minute tweaks to get all the details just right? Then you'll be happy to learn that Lowell Makes is having our Halloween Party on October 30th, the night before Halloween. So come join us for fun, food, music on All Hallows' Eve Eve. We encourage you to bring guests, and ask for either a pot-luck dish, or a "tool-luck" contribution (any small hand tool in good condition).


The World is Square Halloween Party
10PM | Thirsty First, 280 Central St
Pre-Halloween Costume Party featuring The World Is Square! Can't wait to put on that costume you've spent so much time working on? Neither can we! Come on down in your costumes & win some prizes! 1st Prize - Overall Creativity & Accuracy - Best Costume ~ $100. 2nd Prize - Scariest Costume ~ $25 Gift Card to Thirsty First. 3rd Prize - Funniest Costume ~ $25 Gift Card to Thirsty First.

Saturday October 31 (Boo!)

Monster Movie Marathon at The Luna Theater
Starting at 12:05PM | Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street,4th Floor
$5 admission gets you all-day access to screenings at 12:05, 2:05, 4:05, 6:05, 8:05, 10:05. Just like Weirdo Wednesdays, you won't know what movie you'll see until you arrive. Come and go as you please, but remember that seats are first come, first served. Wear a costume and be entered to win a four-ticket pack to a future Luna Theater screening!


City of Lowell Trick-or-Treat Hours
6-8PM | Throughout the City of Lowell


Halloween in the Kitchen featuring Wreck Shop Movement and J Connection
8PM | Hi-Hat at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Spend your Halloween night surrounded by live music and the best of your local hip hop scene. NO ADMISSION. COSTUME REQUIRED. Bar on site. Live performances from J Connection and Slam Kitchen as well as freestyle cyphers and a performance from Wreck Shop Movement!!


8PM | UnchARTED Gallery, 103 Market St
This Halloween, come party at UnchARTed Gallery with P.N.D.B., the Quaker Canons, Big Kill, The Big Big Bucks, and The Party Band!Drinks/Pizza/Tunes/Pals/Fun/Tricks/Treats.


Halloween Party with Fitch's Brew Band
8:30PM | Olympia's Zorba Music Hall, 439 Market St
Halloween Party: Fitch's Brew Band w/ Special Guest: DJ JJ Wright. Dinner reservations start at 7PM, Admission $10.00 and Cash Prizes for Best Costumes.

9PM | The Last Safe, 160 Merrimack St
Hide under the covers and be Safe on Hal-o-Ween with Hal Holiday and the Tones. A night of great music, costumes, and fun at the Last Safe. 21+, $5 at the door, and plenty of spooky surprises! Doors open at 9PM.


Halloween Show with the Four Legged Faithful
9PM | The Back Page, 15 Kearney Sq
The Four Legged Faithful are a band made up of 4 ordinary men who all thrive on playing music together. Their aim is not to play traditional folk or bluegrass music, but instead to create beautiful, heart-felt, and genuine music using traditional folk/bluegrass instruments. They create a sound that is honest and reflects the band’s many musical influences from nearly all genres.


Alligator Wine: Halloween Night at Dudley's
9:30PM | Dudley's, 19 Merrimack St
Bring out your dead! The black cat is out of the bag! Alligator Wine will be officially playing Dudley's, in Downtown Lowell, on Halloween night. Make sure to wear a costume, as there will certainly be a costume contest, as well as some other tricks, or treats! We plan on rocking the house, you don't want to miss it!

September 09
Art Supports Community

artup_logo_notag.jpgArtUp is a new, innovative program to create a permanent collection of work by local artists for display on the walls of the Lowell Community Health Center.  This permanent collection will celebrate our city's extraordinary wealth of creative talent, while creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to the center.  To participate in the program as an artist or a patron visit the ArtUp website.

August 04
Meet our New Featured Photographer!
Tory Germann is a freelance photographer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. For over 15 years Tory worked as a staff photographer for the Lowell Sun & Digital Media Editor for Howl Magazine before opening her own studio at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. 
Tory provides in depth multimedia content and event photography for news outlets, schools, cities & non profits as well as old school classic portraiture. For a unique view on all things Lowell & beyond follow Tory on instagram @unguidedtor.
To learn more about Tory's work visit her website.


July 21
Folk Festival and more in downtown Lowell!

In addition to all the great music, art, food, and activities going on during the 29th annual Lowell Folk Festival, our local businesses and restaurants will be having entertainment as well!​

July 24
6:30-7:30pm - Lowell Jazz Day Camp Student Performance at The Athenian Corner:  http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=70750aedd14a06c
7pm - The Last Safe presents: The Faux Fest, Night #1: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=01bd6169e817ac9
8:30-11:30pm - Carl & Dean at the Athenian Corner: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=2755ef67cfc7f47

July 25
2pm – All Ages Daytime show at Ward Eight with Injury, Pet Sounds, and more: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=b9c209a0ac1cb2a
5pm - The Last Safe presents: The Faux Fest, Night #2 http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=a04d688324030b8
7pm - Mama's Twisted Disney Comedy Show at Gemstones/Blue Shamrock: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=6558c98f718184e
8:30-11:30pm - Carl and Dean at The Athenian Corner: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=2755ef67cfc7f47 
10pm - Garcia Brogan's Presents: Lowell Music Weekend Night #2: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=8c3fdf723747e69

July 26
noon - The Last Safe presents: The Faux Fest, Night #3: 
5:30-8:30pm - Folk Festival "After Party" with Reverend J.J. and the Casual Sinners at The Athenian Corner: http://cityoflowellcalendar.org/event_details.php?event=e76f239001729a9
July 14
Lowell Folk Festival is July 24-26, 2015!



There’s so much to eat, play and discover at this year’s 29th Annual Lowell Folk Festival! This year’s festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities.
The Festival is always the last full weekend in July. Come see the largest free folk festival in the country!
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