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

Our next event is September 4th.

 Come visit downtown Lowell galleries, museums, restaurants and businesses on the first Thursday of every month from 5-9PM!  This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, and activities are happening from 5-9PM unless otherwise noted.  

Buskers are welcome to participate! 

Venues scheduled to participate include:

Gates Block Studios
307 Market Street

September 4

7-8PM: Stop by the lobby and see Calligrapher Mary Hart, where she will demonstrate pen lettering as she creates personalized bookmarks for "back to school". The demo is free and any visitor can take home their very own hand lettered bookmark.


ALL Arts Gallery
307 Market Street

September 4

5:30-8PM: Story-to-Song LLC is a company that helps people compose songs from the stories of their lives. Marieke Slovin, a documentary songwriter and Co-Founder of Story-to-Song LLC will be performing in the ALL Arts Gallery at various times throughout the evening, as well as holding an impromptu Story-to-Song workshop for those who wish to write a song.

American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street

September 4
5-8PM: Free admission to the museum. 
A Family Affair Café will be open!

6PM: Reminisce about times gone by during a tour of the American Textile History Museum’s re-installed exhibition of fashion highlights and trends, Fitting In.

The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios
256 Market Street


September 4

APPLES 'N ART...With Ongoing Demonstrations and Apple Themed Munchies with Recipes for the Taking.

The Loading Dock Gallery
(At the Lowell Nat'l Historical Park Visitors Center)
246 Market Street
September 4

Stop by to see Artists who will be displaying their latest works and answering your questions if you ever wondered "How’d they do that?”  Visitors can also try their hand in creating a mono print of their own. 

Lowell National Historical Park
246 Market Street
September 4
Information Center
Hosting the Loading Dock Gallery

Zeitgeist Gallery
167 Market Street

September 4

6:30PM: Cambodian Shadow Puppets, by the Lowell Community Health Center's Teen BLOCK - Journey to Healing Project

New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck Street

September 4
4-8PM: "2 for 1" admission on First Thursday evenings.
5:30PM: Join Binney Family Curator, Pamela Weeks, for a gallery talk as she explores Quilted Gardens: Floral Motifs from the Permanent Collection in the Donahue Gallery.

Whistler House Museum of Art & Whistler Park
243 Worthen Street

September 4

Museum is open for tours. View "How Does Your Garden Grow? Art Quilts 2014" in the Parker Gallery.
Stop by Whistler Park to hear our musical guest, Bob Sevigny of the Goodtime Stringband!

Ayer Lofts Gallery
172 Middle Street

September 4

“Another Season - Another Reason” ...and think what a year can bring!  An expressive range of what it means to be a unique person melded into the fiber of a diverse and complex American society.  Coffee and donuts will be served. Gallery
246 Market Street

September 4
Coming soon!


Greater Lowell Community Foundation
100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202

September 4

5:30-7PM: Join artist Gillian Frazier at her opening reception, showing off work inspired by Banff and the Hawaiian Islands.

Our restaurant and business partners will also be offering specials on First Thursday!
Bring along the First Thursdays printed map, available at most venues, to take advantage of these deals. 
Fuse Bistro - 45 Palmer Street

Persona - 51 Market Street
Brew'd Awakening - 61 Market Street

Market St. Market - 95 Market Street
The Back Room - 167 Market Street
Athenian Corner - 207 Market Street
Live music from 8-11PM

Van Gogh's Gear - 307 Market Street
AWOL - 110 Merrimack Street
El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill - 124 Merrimack Street
Mariachi Band, 6-10PM
Eileen's Pizza - 127 Merrimack Street
Humanity - 128 Merrimack Street
Little Delights Bakery - 132 Merrimack Street

La Boniche - 143 Merrimack Street
Live music starting at 8PM
Sweet Lydia's
- 160 Merrimack Street
Cobblestones Restaurant - 91 Dutton Street
A Family Affair Restaurant - 491 Dutton Street

50 Warren at the Inn and Conference Center - 50 Warren Street

Wham's Café - 737 Lakeview Avenue
Flowetry Open Mic  8 to 11 PM

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