COOL Cultural Organization of Lowell

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Downtown Lowell First Thursdays



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

Our next event is Thursday, September 3 from 5-9PM.

6-8PM in the National Park Visitor Center courtyard

Jeffrey Clayton, pan Neubean steel drum player
Music of the islands, Africa and more. The beautiful mellow sounds of the steel pan will resonate!

University Gallery at UMass Lowell, 870 Broadway Street (Mahoney Hall)

5-9PM:  E is for Elephants: The Etchings of Edward Gorey exhibition

5:30PM: Rough Cut Screening of The Edward Gorey Documentary, directed by Christopher Seufert, in the Comley-Lane Theatre in Mahoney Hall.

UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market Street

5-8PM: Stop by and see the newest Gallery in Lowell!

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

5-9PM: Mill No. 5 shops will be 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.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack Street

5-7PM: Tropical Jam by Ishmael Rosado
Ishmael's work is figurative and abstract. He finds inspiration in historical, cultural, and feminine forms through his muse - music. the collection is on display through September.

 Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street

5-9PM: People and Places opening reception

Coffee and cupcakes will be served. A great chance to pick up locally made art!

 Zeitgeist, 167 Market Street

5-9PM: An eclectic collection of art, along with sidewalk chalk and sidewalk piano playing.

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

Preview the Fall Members' Show and vote for your favorite entry.

 Lowell Gallery, 219 Central Street

10AM-9PM: Featuring the photography of Bianca Mauro in September
Enter our free frame design contest, winners at the end of the season take home a free framed 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.

 Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street

Surprise studio specials, light refreshments, and view our current exhibit "Book Illustration: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys".

Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street

Free admission to the museum and Parker Gallery.  Join us for a performance by Crash and Burn in Whistler Park, as well as our Youth Summer Art Program party - see what our students created over 4 weeks of learning! Light refreshments available.

Arts Research Collaborative, 82 Prescott Street

6-8PM: Blocking the View opening reception
A selection of paintings by Sarah Lubin.

NFI Family Resource Center, 27 Prescott Street

5-7PM: Paint a picture and place it in a wooden frame - a fun family activity! Light refreshments served.


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: View the colorful abstract work and meet the artist - Jeffrey Lipsky.

Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street

 Locally roasted coffee

Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street

5-8PM: Celebrate the Thirteen Thursdays of summer with live music and a cookout on the patio!  Special drinks and food, too.

 Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street

8-10PM: Live concert outdoors! Featuring the Brown Boot Boys, best described as a group of local musicians coming together for a soulful night of music. Dinner & drinks served all evening.
 Eileen's Pizza, 127 Merrimack Street El Potro, 124 Merrimack Street

6-8PM: Mariachi Band 
 Humanity, 128 Merrimack Street

Dresses of Paper, Plastic, and Metal by artist Thea Shapiro
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, 197 Market Street
 50 Warren, 50 Warren Street

Specials for First Thursday
Salad: Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette $6
Appetizer: Cherry Tomato, Prosciutto, and Ricotta Frittata $7
Entrée: Steak Tacos with Cherry Chipotle Salsa $11
Fuse, 45 Palmer Street
 Wings Over Lowell, 26a Market Street


Thanks to our sponsor: The Center for Arts and Ideas at UMass Lowell.

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

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