July 15
The Lowell Folk Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary!

This July will be the 30th Anniversary of the Lowell Folk Festival! Come celebrate Friday night, July 29th through July 31st in the heart of historic downtown Lowell. This year the festival will feature some outstanding musical acts from around the world plus authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. A guaranteed fun-filled weekend for all ages!​
For more information please visit: http://lowellfolkfestival.org/​

June 16
Summer in Lowell

Lowell is a truly fantastic town during the summer months! With so many outdoor concerts, festivals and one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the Merrimack Valley, there are lots of great things happening! Whether you’re looking to explore the Lowell Folk Festival, dance your heart out at the Summer Music Series ​or enjoy great outdoor activities, just come to Lowell and experience all that this great city has to offer.

For more information please ​visit: http://lowell.org/Pages/FestivalsAndEvents.aspx

April 26
City of Lowell Celebrates Small Business Month

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Please join the City of Lowell, Office of the City Manager, during the month of May as we recognize and celebrate our hardworking small business community. During the month the Economic Development Office will be visiting our neighborhood small business community, celebrating ribbon cuttings of new businesses, hosting workshops and seminars with our small business resource partners, and touring a few of our top employers. By outreaching through these various outlets we will be able to learn first-hand what Lowell's diverse business community needs to flourish in the City.
For more information please visit: http://lowell.org/workhere/Pages/LowellSBM2016.aspx 

April 19
Lowell Earth Day Celebration 2016


During the month of April,  UMass Lowell and community partners are organizing Lowell Earth Day Celebration 2016, a city-wide, month long celebration of the arts, nature and sustainability. Many organizations or institutions sporadically host individual Earth Day events in Lowell and surrounding communities.

Defining events for Lowell Earth Day in 2016 include: 
  • Opening Kick-Off Reception on April 7.
  • Educational events with public talks and workshops.
  • Clean up days in various neighborhoods of Lowell.
  • Group walks that illuminate environmental, historic, artistic, and cultural aspects of Lowell
  • Puppet-making workshops for schools and community groups that help children learn about science and environmental issues. The puppets will play a prominent role in the Earth Day parade on April 23. 
  • An Earth Day Parade in downtown Lowell on April 23 showcasing art, music and dance by Lowell’s youth and a diverse network of nonprofits. 
  • An Earth Day Festival following the parade on April 23, with information and demonstrations on sustainability issues.  The festival will hum along to live music and include activities for children and adults alike.

For more information about Lowell Earth Day Celebation 2016 and the events listed above please visit: www.lowellearthday.org

March 14
St. Patrick's Day in the Mill City

May the luck of the Irish be with you this St. Patrick's Day! Check out these delicious and lively happenings in the downtown Lowell area:

  • Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street: Bringing style and the luck of the Irish to downtown since 1994 Bringing style and the luck of the Irish to downtown since 1994! Drink specials, Irish whiskey, Guinness, and great food! Serving traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner.
  • Garcia Brogan's, 131 Middlesex Street: Opening at 8:30AM and serving Irish Breakfast! Traditional Irish music by Tom Courtney at noon, Sweep the Leg at 4:30pm, and Beneath the Sheets at 9pm. Corned beef dinner, shepard's pie, bangers and mash, and more on the menu.
  • Thirsty First Tavern & Grill, 280 Central Street: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long, March 17-19! Serving corned beef sandwiches and boiled dinners. Music with Ryan Dillon and Rob Rayne from 9pm to 1am on the 17th!
  • Back Page, 15 Kearney Square: Dave Powers and the Bigtime Band St. Patty’s Day Celebration starts at 9PM!
  • Wicked Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 197 Market Street: Join us for a St. Patty's Day party all day long! $3 Guinness, $5 specialty cocktails, Irish buffet, fun games, and more.
  • Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street: Us Gaels got soul! Please join Morgana Mirage and Fiona Slattery on St. Patrick's Day for belly dance, music, food, fun and friendship starting at 8PM.
  • Smokehouse Tavern, 98 Middle Street: Drink specials, Live music, DJ Leo Costa, and a $100 Costume Contest! $5 cover or Text "smokehouse" to 31996 for a FREE ticket.
  • Fuse Bistro, 45 Palmer Street: Corned beef & cabbage, whiskey flights, live music starting at 8pm, and cold beer.
  • Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central Street: Open starting at 10am, with corn beef & cabbage served all day. From 2-8pm will be the group Generations, and from 8 till closing it's Michael Burns from Magic 106.7.
  • The Worthen House, 141 Worthen Street: Doors will open at 8am and the first 500 customers will receive the famous Worthen commemorative pins! Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinners & Sandwiches served all day, performance by Irish Step Dancers, and live Celtic Music by the Droimlins from 7-10pm. ENTER TO WIN A FREE TRIP TO IRELAND FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5-12th.
February 22
Thank you!


Thank you!!



Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this year's Winterfest activities. The weather wasn't very winter-like, and that's OK! We still had lots of great indoor and outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Follow the COOL Street Team on Twitter and Instagram for photos, or search for #coolwinterfest and #LowellWinterfest.

Be sure to check the Winterfest page for information about the Soup Bowl winners, and the winner of the Susan E. Leggat Volunteer Award.

A big Winterfest THANK YOU to all of our sponsors - without them, this event would not happen.

See you at Winterfest next year!

February 19
Winterfest is here!
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Join us this weekend for the 16th annual Winterfest on February 19 - 20!  Events kick off at approximately 5:30PM and run through 11:30PM on Friday, and then start up again at noon and run until 11:30PM on Saturday.
Parking is just $5 at the Ayotte, John St., Market St. garages in downtown for the duration of Winterfest!
plan your Winterfest adventure!
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?
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