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Downtown Lowell First Thursdays


Your invitation to fun, art, museums and music in Lively Lowell!

Our next event is Thursday, July 2 from 5-9PM.

Special event for July

4-6PM | Summer Kick Off at Boarding House Park
Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Youth Violence Prevention Coalition presents Summer Kick Off, a fun and exciting afternoon with dance performances, family-friendly activities, and a dance-off battle. Performances start at 4:30 p.m. It's just a sampling of the talent that will be performing for the August 5th Annual Dance for Peace event at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. 

 Arts Research Collaborative, 82 Prescott Street

6-8PM: From Here gallery reception
A selection of some things from somewhere.

  The Luna Theater and Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, 4th floor

5-9PM: Shops at Mill No. 5 open!


Live jazz on the farm stage. Have a seat in one of our plush armchairs and enjoy the musical stylings of some of the most talented players in the area, and don't forget to browse the shops which will be open from 5-9pm.


  National Streetcar Museum, 25 Shattuck Street

5PM-dusk: All Aboard the Trolley!
The vintage 1924 New Orleans Streetcar #966 will be rolling along the tracks and offering free rides.  Pick up the Trolley at Mack Plaza (corner of Dutton and Market Streets).  Schedule available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.

    Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street

5-7PM: "ALIVE" reception
Join us for "ALIVE", photographs from Cambodia, featuring the work of Kim Hak. Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital. Light refreshments.

   Zeitgeist, 167 Market Street

 5-9PM: Art and Book Sale
Come and enjoy Zeitgeist Artist's Collaborative works, as well as a private collection of Outsider Art, and Art Books.

Altered Digital Collage, "Masquerade Craze" by Tracy Newman

  Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 307 Market Street

5-9PM: Tiny But MIGHTY exhibition

6:30-7:30PM: Create your own tiny but mighty artwork in the gallery classroom.

   Lowell Gallery, 219 Central Street

10AM-9PM: The Lowell Gallery will be featuring the work of Janet Lambert-Moore in July. Enter our free frame design contest, winners at the end of the season take home for free a print by Emily Sevigny as they designed! Also 20% off all frame orders placed on First Thursdays!

  Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

The Visitor Center, with free parking at 304 Dutton Street, is your hub for maps, information, and schedules for First Thursday activities and venues. Check out the new park film Lowell: The Continuing revolution, shown every half hour.

  Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), 246 Market Street

7-9PM:  As part of our 20th anniversary festivities, we are sponsoring a performance of the Chelmsford Community Band in the Visitor Center Courtyard!

    Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street

: The thirteen studio artists at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios are celebrating the spirit of the ‘artistic journey’ in their show titled “Journeys: 13 Perspectives.” A culmination of creative experiences are highlighted in this annual summer exhibition. As an added attraction, the Brush studio artists have invited the UMass Lowell Literary Society, to write ekphrastic poetry based on the artworks on view in the gallery. The poetry will be displayed to compliment the exhibit. 

  Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street

5-9PM: Apple Pie & Ice Cream! In the Parker Gallery: Lydia Martin. Members Room: Priscilla Levesque. All gift shop items 10% off.

5:30PM: FREE Yoga in the Park class!  Bring a mat.

7PM: Guided tour of the historic museum.

 NFI Family Resource Center, 27 Prescott Street

5-7PM: We are having an activity that both parents and children can do together: Dreamcatchers. We also have handouts explaining the meaning of the dreamcatcher. Native American items will be on display.

And many thanks to our participating restaurants and businesses! All specials are available from 5-9PM ONLY unless otherwise noted.

Mandarin Asian Bistro, 24 Market Street

6:30-8PM: Artist reception - featuring the art of Angela Ales.

Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street

Featuring the Animal World in the artwork of Jay Flemming

Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street

5PM-sunset: Featuring live music on their patio

 Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street

8-10PM: Concerts on the corner with Paul Belley and Rich Sarmento. Bring a chair and sit in the parking lot, the music is free!
 Eileen's Pizza, 127 Merrimack Street El Potro, 124 Merrimack Street

Mariachi Band 
 50 Warren, 50 Warren Street Fuse, 45 Palmer Street
 Humanity, 128 Merrimack Street Little Delights Bakery, 132 Merrimack Street
 Market St. Market, 95 Market Street Sweet Lydia's, 160 Merrimack Street
Van Gogh's Gear, 307 Market Street  Wicked Irish Bar and Grill, Market Street

Wings over Lowell, 26 Market Street


If you are a gallery or business who is interested in participating in this event, please contact Mary Hart at

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