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October 23
Celebrating Halloween in Lowell!
There are so many events going on this weekend and next week for Halloween!  Here's a list of some of those events.
Family Fun
Monster Bash and Halloween Stroll, Saturday October 25 from 12-3PM in Downtown Lowell
12:00pm-2:00pm: Trick-or-Treating in downtown Lowell. Don’t forget to bring your treat bag! 12:00-3:00pm at Lowell High School: Haunted house, kids games, Costume Contest (12 mons to 12 yrs) from 1:00-2:00pm. Sponsored in part by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell and the City of Lowell.
2nd Annual Scarecrow Festival, October 25, 2:30 PM at Mill City Grows, 230 Middlesex Street
The Arts League of Lowell (ALL) and Mill City Grows present the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Festival. Come out and see locally crafted Scarecrows, check out our farmers market, and trick-or-treaters get free apples!
3rd Annual Hallows Eve 5k Fun Run and Walk, October 26, 9:00 AM at the Elks Lodge of Lowell, 40 Old Ferry Road
Ghost, goblins and the like will be on the run again this fall as the A.M.S.I. Foundation hosts its Third Annual Hallows Eve 5k Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, October 26, 2014. 5K walkers will begin at 9:30 AM, 5K runners will begin at 10 AM. The race location is the Elks Lodge of Lowell, 40 Old Ferry Road Lowell, MA 01854. Race registration for the chip-timed run begins at 8:00 AM. A free kids fun run (ages 11 & under) starts promptly at 9:15 AM. Race registration is $25, high school students with IDs (and younger) are always $15.
Mill No. 5 Halloween Celebration, Sunday October 26th  4-6 PM, 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
ostume party, games, photo booth, dancing, and trick or treating. Family and baby friendly!
UN-scary Halloween Celebration, October 28, 10:30 AM at Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack S
Wear your costume & 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.
Halloween Family Fun Tour, October 28, 4:00 PM at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E Merrimack St
Go Trick-or-Treating at Merrimack Repertory Theatre! This family friendly event is open to children of all ages and will feature a Trick-or-Treat tour backstage, where kids can meet “spooky” actors and other theatre professionals. Event will include free face painting and photo opportunities. Tickets: $10 per child. Parents and kids ages 2 and under are free. visit for tickets. Presented with UMass Lowell Theatre Arts Department.
Live Music
Wicked Halloween - Above & Beyond, October 30, 7:00 PM at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr Way
NV Concepts presents Wicked Halloween featuring Above & Beyond on Thursday, October 30th at 7pm. Ranked as high as #4 on the World DJ Rankings Above & Beyond have performed at music festivals all around the world including this past year's Ultra Music Festival. Joining the EDM trio will be Benny Benassi and Audien with other artists to be named later. Tickets: GA Bowl: $30 GA Floor: $40 (Limited Availability) and $50 Tickets on sale now at

University Orchestra Halloween Concert, October 30, 7:30 PM at Durgin Hall Concert Hall, 35 Wilder Street
Mark Latham conducts the University Orchestra in a frightening array of Halloween favorites, including Saint Saens’ Danse Macabre, Marchner’s Der Vampyr Overture, and Berlioz’s March to the Scaffold and Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique. 
Last Safe Halloween Extravaganza, October 31, 8:00 PM at The Last Safe & Deposit Company, 160 Merrimack Street
8:30 PM: The 100 Second Halloween Film Festival. Friends and film makers are submitting Halloween themed home made movies that are 100 seconds long or less. We will screen the movies and have a jury select a winner. 10 PM: Arlen performs AS Joy Division! 11 PM: Aquanutz. What is Aquanutz? They are a supergroup made up of members of The Shods, Darkbuster and The Andrea Gillis Band. They go all out in their tribute to 80’s Hair Metal! We also will be giving out a prize for BEST COSTUME. So get done up and go to the best Halloween Party Ever! 21+, $5
Halloween Party featuring music by Sweep the Leg, October 31, 10:00 PM at Garcia Brogan's Cantina, Pub, and Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street
Come dressed up and WIN Best costume contest! 1st place $250, 2nd place a pair of Celtics Tickets. Giveaways and more...
The Highlanders featuring Evan Goodrow - “play till it bleeds”, October 31 at the Back Page, 15 Kearney Square
Film, Theater, Art
Rocky Horror Halloween Party, Saturday, October 25 at the Onyx Room, 122 Western Ave
A Charity Halloween Party, suggested donation of $10.00 or $15.00 a couple. Costume contest, Cash Prizes Totaling $300.00. Cash Bar. Proceeds benefit children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
LFC Tuesdays at The Luna Theater: Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum, October 28, 7:35 PM at The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
Join the Lowell Film Collaborative for the final film of their “Poe/Price/Corman” Film Series! Like "House of Usher," "Pit and the Pendulum" was equally successful at the box office and a favorite among Corman admirers, who call it his finest achievement among the Poe adaptations. A special LIVE POE-try reading will precede each film!
Halloween Party and Art Show, October 31, 7:00 PM at Zeitgeist Gallery, 167 Market Street
Halloween Party at Zeitgeist Friday, Oct. 31, 7-9 pm. Refreshments, music, wear a costume! Check out our dark, spooky, noir-ish art show, up for only a few days. Pick up a pumpkin at the gallery on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1-7 pm. Carve it and bring it to the party or drop it off to light up and display on the sidewalk. Get creative on Halloween weekend!
Zombie Party Massacre Night! October 31, 7:35 PM at The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street
Join us on Halloween night for a ZOMBIE DOUBLE FEATURE in support of the filmmakers of Zombie Party Massacre! $10 will get you in the door for TWO awesome zombie flicks LIFE AFTER BETH and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! Plus a live performance from halfsour who will be performing as The Zombies! We encourage you to get done up in your best undead costumes!
Backstage Fright Tour, October 30-31 and November 1, 10:00 PM at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E Merrimack St
What lies beneath the stage at Merrimack Repertory Theatre? This late-night backstage tour starts like any other tour until something happens to your tour guide, turning this into a chilling, bloodcurdling, nightmare-inducing evening! Performances begin every 5-10 minutes as each group proceeds to the next room. Entire performance lasts approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are $20. Visit to buy tickets.
October 16
Monster Bash & Halloween Stroll on October 25!

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Join us in downtown Lowell for the annual Monster Bash and Halloween Stroll! There will be trick-or-treating in downtown Lowell from 12-2PM (download the map here​).  Activities at Lowell High from 12-3PM include: haunted house, kids game, costume contest for ages 12mo-12years, and more. This is a free family event!

October 10
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!


Join the city of Lowell to celebrate the life and work of Jack Kerouac during the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, going on now thorugh October 13th!​  You can also check out the Kerouac Literary Festival, going on throughout the month of October.

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!

August 12
Branch Street Fire Benefit - Friday, August 22




July 29
Summer Events Continue in Lowell!




The Folk Festival may be over, but summer goes on here in the city of Lowell!  Check out our Festivals page for more great events happening in August, and you can always visit for information on upcoming events.

July 29
Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund

Our entire city mourns the tragedy of the Branch Street fire, we hope you will support those impacted by this horrible event. 

You can make a donation to the Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund by visiting the their website​, visiting any of the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union locations (listed on their website), or by sending a check to the Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund, care of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union P.O. Box 1238 Lowell, MA 01853  

Every cent counts, we thank you for your support!

July 24
Lowell Folk Festival is this Weekend!


Don't miss the Lowell Folk Festival happening this weekend - July 25-27, 2014!​  Visit the website for a schedule of events, locations of the ethnic food vendors, and a map of the festival.  And check out their mobile site for getting your folk festival information easily while on-the-go.

Finally check out these other great events happening around Lowell during Folk Festival weekend.  Enjoy yourselves and have a great weekend!

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