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March 24
Winterfest 2015 Group Photo

Check out the Winterfest 2015 group photo!  Thanks to everyone who came out for this year's event.


Photo by Meghan Moore

February 24
Lowell Women's Week is March 1-8!
"For twenty years, Lowell Women's Week has celebrated women in our community of Lowell, Massachusetts - from the women who have come before us to the women of today.
In conjunction with International Women’s Day, this year’s theme is Equality for Women is Progress for All. We encourage you to celebrate our 20th anniversary and join us for the week’s many free public events on this theme. Events take place at locations throughout the city and recognize women’s achievements, struggles, and extraordinary contributions to our community. Enjoy performing arts, historical explorations, community gatherings, skills workshops, lectures, and more."


Check out their event list for more information.  And here is COOL's own

Suzzanne Cromwell at the 2013 Lowell Women's Week breakfast!






February 17
WinterFest Postponed!

The papers have  confirmed what our DPW already knew!  Lowell is currently the second snowiest city in the country!

Much as we believe in Lowla's motto "don't hibernate, celebrate," we think you would have a hard time celebrating in the frigid temperatures predicted for this weekend.  Coupled with the City's need to focus on safety by clearing roads and sidewalks of snow, we have made the decision to postpone WinterFest.

Please join us during the new dates, March 13-14, when we can celebrate WinterFest by saying bye-bye to winter!

For activities that will still be held, click here.

February 05
Love is in the air in Lowell!

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and we wanted to let you know about all the great love-themed and Valentine's Day activities happening between now and February 14th!


The Gentlemen Songsters Valentine’s Day Special
Send a fabulous Singing Valentine by Lowell's own The Gentlemen Songsters and 50% of the cost will go right back to COOL! Click here for more information and to purchase.
February 07, 12:00 PM                                                                                     
Mill No. 5
250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA 01852  
A Valentine's Day marketplace event featuring vendors of vintage, handmade, and artisanal gifts.
February 07, 12:00 PM                                                                     
Western Avenue Studios & Lofts
122 + 160 Western Ave, Lowell, MA 01851                                    
Come to Western Avenue Studios and Lofts (122 & 160 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA) during the First Saturday Open Studios on February 7th between 12-5pm for a special event – “Gifts from the HeART.” Pick up a postcard on your way into any of our buildings, visit participating studios and lofts, meet the artists, collect stickers from the artists, browse the art, and buy Valentine's Day gifts for all. Deposit your postcard with your contact information in the box on your way out for a chance to win one of three gift certificates to spend at the participating studios and lofts.
February 08, 3:00 PM
Longmeadow Golf Club
165 Havilah Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Alternative House (AH) “Sweet Valentine Celebration” to be held Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Longmeadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah St., Lowell. Featuring Alison Burns, Soprano and member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Please call for reservations at (978) 937-5777. Tickets are $35.00/person which includes: chocolate treats, light Hors d’oeuvres and music. Lots of fun, raffle items and your donation helps victims/survivors of domestic abuse.
February 13, 2:45 PM
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852
Celebrate Valentine's Day anime style. Create chocolate treats for whomever is special to you (or just eat them yourself;). Just bring yourself. Open to young people 13+. No Sign up needed
February 14, 8:00 PM
Upstairs at the Old Court Pub
29 Central Street, Lowell, MA 01852
An adult evening of theater and song! Featuring sexy, silly, adult only short plays by Ellen Sullivan, Stephen O'Connor and Kevin Cavanaugh, Scott Tobin, Laurie Allen, Jack Rushton, Michael Weems, and Nick Boretz. Also featuring original "naughty songs" by Stephen Gilbane. Tickets on sale now - $25 and reservations are strongly recommended.
February 14, 8:00 PM
The Last Safe & Deposit Company                                                   
160 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852
The Last Safe will be hosting a 119 second film festival on Valentine’s Day and we need YOU to make a movie. We all have video cameras. Don’t be shy. The rules are: 1. The subject must be love. Whether it’s a romantic comedy, a horror movie, a musical or any other genre it must have a theme of LOVE. 2. Your movie must be 119 seconds long or    less. 3. Did I mention it has to be about LOVE? Film makers from anywhere are welcome to submit. At our last festival we had films from Texas and St. Louis! If you can’t be there, email your film! Doors at 8, movies at 8:30.
Back Page Jazz and Comedy Club
15 Kearney Square, Lowell, Massachusetts 1852
Feel the love and laughter at the Backpage’s Valentine’s Day Show hosted by Johnny Joyce! The event will feature Boston’s Best Comedians, including Mike Donovan, Boston’s favorite/ national headliner! Call 781-820-3738 for reservations.
February 14 @ 9:00 pm - midnight   
Gemstones and Blue Shamrock
105 Market Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 1850
Who said Valentine’s Day is for couples only? If you’re single and ready to mingle, or taken and ready to shake the dance floor with your loved one, then make your way over to the Valentine’s Day Singles Party at the Blue Shamrock! Beads for everyone!!! White beads mean you’re SINGLE! Red beads mean you’re TAKEN!
February 14 @ 10:00 pm
Fuse Bistro
45 Palmer Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 1852
Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one at Fuse Bistro. They will be offering an exclusive menu and wine list special for Valentine’s Day only! Reservations are recommended.



UML Inn & Conference Center Valentine’s Day Package
February 13 and 14
UML Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852

Need a quick getaway? Our Valentine’s Stay & Dine Package, available February 13th and 14th, is perfect to reconnect with the one you love! The package includes the following for two people:
•One Night Stay in a Deluxe, Inn-style Guestrooms
•Three Course, Prix-Fixe Dinner in 50 Warren Restaurant
•Early Arrival and Late Check-out
•In-Room Champagne & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
•Full Breakfast the Following Morning
Only $200 per couple (a $300 value!)  Tax and gratuity not included. 
February 13th and 14th
Cobblestones of Lowell
91 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852
Now reserving for Valentine’s Day weekend, specials TBA. Call (978) 970-2282 to reserve a table.
December 30
SeeClickFix being discontinued - use E-GovLink instead

​In an effort to reinforce the City Manager's commitment to exceptional customer service, the City of Lowell is in the process of consolidating its citizen request systems in order to better service its constituents.

  • The City of Lowell is in the process of eliminating all available SeeClickFix service request types by no later than 1/28/2015, by which time it will stop monitoring SeeClickFix.
  • All current users of the SeeClickFix system are instructed to begin using the City's E-GovLink system to better assist you with your requests.

You can access the E-GovLink system via this web page at

November 04
Now Featuring Lowell Photographers!

This month, will begin featuring the work of Lowell photographers.  We are fortunate to have a wealth of talented artists in Lowell, and we’ll be showing you some of their great work every few months.  If you like what you see, we hope you’ll visit the artists' websites and learn more about what they do.

Adrien Bisson is a Lowell based photographer.  Originally from New Hampshire, Adrien attended college at Berklee School of Music as a trumpet major.  He eventually followed a circuitous path to the life of a professional photographer with a studio at Western Avenue Studios . To learn more about Adrien and the fascinating people he photographs visit
October 10
Lowell Hip Haps

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Don' miss Lowell's new winter farm market,

Mill No. 5, Jackson Street, Lowell

Sundays, 10 am-2:30 pm

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 Lowell is gearing up for its annual holiday lighting extravaganza!
Saturday, November 29 with events beginning at noon.
For a full list of events and sponsors visit the website




October 02
Lowell Open Studios October 4-5



Join the artists of Lowell at Lowell Open Studios on October 4-5 from 11-5 each day.  Over 170 artists across 14 venues are participating in this yearly citywide celebration of art!  Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available.  Click on the image to visit the website for details on participating venues and artists, as well as special events associated with Artweek Boston!

September 09
Marketing Grants Available

The City of Lowell has issued guidelines for its marketing grant program.  The Community Marketing Grant Program will provide mini-grants of up to $5,000 for collaborative, grass-roots marketing projects for Lowell based organizations.  Grants will be competitively awarded based on the uniqueness of the applicant’s approach and the likelihood of reaching a broad audience. 

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, October 6th, 2014 and the awardees will be notified by the end of October, 2014  Grant funding must be used by June 30, 2015


August 28
Museums and Galleries - September Happenings

​Lowell is full of museums and galleries.  Here's what's happening at them in September!

American Textile History Museum (ATHM): "Fiberart International", thru Oct 26.

Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery: "Elements III - Sculpture", thru Sept 28.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum: See exactly how a working mill actually looks.

The Brush Art Gallery & Artists Studios: "From the Ground Up: An Exhibition Celebrating the Joy of the Garden", thru Sept 13.  "Grand Smoke: The Art of Tom Gill", Sept 20 - Oct 18.

Gates Block Studios: Open the first Saturday of every month from 11-5PM. 34 working artist studios!

The Loading Dock Gallery: "Texture and Terrain: Intertwining Perspectives", thru Sept 28.

National Streetcar Museum: See the influence of street railways on the development of our cities.

New England Quilt Museum: "Down by the Old Mill Stream: Rhode Island Quilts & Historic Fashions", thru Oct 5.

Tsongas Industrial History Center: "Their Stories: Lowell's Youth and the Refugee Experience", September 9 thru Columbus Day.

University Gallery at UMass Lowell: "Singularity: The Unique Print", thru Sept 30.

Western Avenue Studios: Open the first Saturday of every month from 12-5PM. 245 working artist studios!

Whistler House Museum of Art: "Art Quilts 2014: How Does Your Garden Grow?", thru Sept 20.

Zeitgeist Gallery:  "Three Worlds: Cambodia, Lowell, and the places in Between" thru Sept 6.

Be sure to visit all our galleries and museums during Downtown Lowell First Thursdays on September 4th!

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