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Jul 8

A Summer of Music in Lowell, MA!

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Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Familiarity with the city of Lowell starts with its rich history in America’s industrial revolution — strolling National Historic Park or exploring the American Textile History Museum are just a few of the city’s historical must-sees — but this summer, we also invite you to visit, explore, and listen as the next few months are packed with a number of fantastic musical experiences!

So, here’s a quick guide to the Lowell Summer Music Series, which stretches through August, and Lowell Folk Festival, which runs July 26-28th.

The Lowell Music Series has already kicked off, bringing two-plus months worth of shows to Boarding House Park. The series features a wide range of musical styles, including blues, rock, jazz and country. Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Emmylou Harris are just a few of the household names that are set to perform this July, but for a look at the full series lineup through August, click here.

Photo: Lowell Summer Music Series, Joan Beaz – credit: Facebook

Along with the feature shows, the Lowell Music Series also hosts a collection of events for children. Curious creatures, a world-class yoyo couple and jugglers, along with musicians and comedians, will keep the kids entertained with shows running through the second week of August. Best of all, the kids shows are free! To take a look at them, click here.

Folks who attend the concert series won’t have to worry about going hungry; good eats will be plentiful through the duration of each show, along with snacks and drinks (no alcoholic beverages are sold or allowed in the park). Tickets are on sale now, and folks are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs. For more information, please head to www.lowellsummermusic.org.

Additionally, from July 26th – July 28th, the Lowell Folk Festival will take stage, treating listeners to a truly unique, cultural experience where admission is free!

In just three days, the Lowell Folk Festival will bring together sounds from all across the world, showcasing West African, Irish, Quebecois, Dominican, Portuguese, Greek and many more types of music. Check out this year’s lineup here.

Similar the Summer Series, Lowell’s folk festival won’t lack in attractions beyond music. A family activity area will host box-hockey, beanbag tosses and an assortment of other games. The Crafts Area will feature the work of 16 traditional carving artists, while the food selection is sure to be as diverse as the musical acts.

For folks making an overnight trip to Lowell, there are plenty of lodging options. Downtown Lowell also has some fine restaurants to choose from, which you can find here.

Have any of you ever made a trip to the Lowell Summer Music Series or Lowell Folk Festival? Tell us in the comments! :)

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  • Peter Bouvier

    This looks familiar, and brings back memories of my childhood. My dad ran shoe factories all up and down the Merrimack, many in Lowell, from the early 1960′s all the way till the mid 1970′s. We lived on “Little A” street from 1960 – 1962.

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