August 23
September is Looking to be a Great Month in Lowell!


Great things are happening in our city in September. From outdoor events to food and wine festivals and art exhibits, Lowell is the place to be this month! Here is a list of upcoming events: 

First Thursdays-Light Up the Locks

The Lowell Food and Wine Festival

5th Annual Mill City Grows Harvest Festival

Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race


August 16
Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival and Boat Racing

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, held at the Esplanade and Sampas Pavillion along the Merrimack River, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On Saturday, August 20, over 60,000 people from around the world will travel to Lowell to celebrate the connection of water to all aspects of life. They come for the authentic Southeast Asian food, crafts, performances and most importantly, the competitive boat races!

Visit the event page for more information​.​

August 02
Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race 2016
See the spectacle of human powered all-terrain vehicles racing through the streets of Lowell! These engineering feats will be travelling down Middle Street and make their way to the Maddening Mud Pit at the Tsongas Arena then over to brave the waters of the Merrimack River where they will emerge to race back to the finish line on Market Street. Stay up-to-date and join in on the discussion on their Facebook​ page. Check out for more info.
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:​

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:

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: 

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:

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!
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