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Downtown Lowell First Thursdays



Art! Music! Food! Canals! History!

Visit our changing panorama of more than 20 arts, music, shopping, and dining venues as Downtown Lowell comes alive from 5-8:30pm on the first Thursday of the month.

Maps and info available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.

Next First Thursdays Event: May 5, 2016

Special for May: Lowell Humane Society will be walking friendly, pet-able, and adoptable dogs through town from 5-7pm.



Ayer Lofts Art Gallery
172 Middle Street 

5-8pm: The Natural Connection...turning the world around. Koichiro Kurita & Machiko Shibata.


Arts Research Collaborative
82 Prescott Street

6-8:30pm: Perspectives 8 Reception - A selection of paintings and drawings from the Department of Fine Arts, UMass Lowell. Curated by Stephen Mishol


Arts League of Lowell
307 Market Street

5-8:30pm: Enjoy the fine works at ALL's newest show, JOHN GREENWALD RETROSPECTIVE, while listening to ambient acoustic guitar performed by Ed Newton of Jenny & the Gents.


UnchARTed Gallery
103 Market Street

5pm-close: White Walls II with artist JonHen.

9pm-close: Music with Settler, Light Caverns, When All We Love Is Lost, Plainclothes.

  The Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market Street

5-7pm: Ceramic artist Lolita Demers will throw pots on a wheel. Lolita will gladly answer questions on wheel throwing techniques, general firing guidelines, and the process of working with clay. If someone would like to, she will let one or two people try it out. Keep in mind it's very messy!

Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street

The Visitor Center, with free parking at 304 Dutton St., is your hub for maps, information, and schedules for First Thursday activities and venues.

Free trolley rides on car 966 "Desire" departs from Mack Plaza to the Boot Mill. 5:00 p.m. until dusk.

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

8:05-11pm: Luna Sessions: Live Jazz on the theater stage! Have a seat in one of our plush armchairs, sip a craft brew, and enjoy the musical stylings of some of the most talented players in the area. Drop by early to visit our independent shops and grab a treat at Coffee and Cotton.
   LTC (Lowell Telecommunications Corporation)
246 Market Street

5-7pm: Opening reception for a show of selected works by Middlesex Community College Studio Arts and Graphic Design students - showcasing the best ceramics, photography, drawings, paintings, and artworks by students. Refreshments and music.

Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street

6:30pm: Author and Lowell City Historian Mehmed Ali will give a lecture on his latest book, “Yousuf Karsh & John Garo: The Search for a Master's Legacy”. Ali will also be signing copies of his book. Light refreshments will be served.

  Mandarin Asian Bistro
24 Market Street

5pm-close: Digital paintings by Western Avenue Studios artist Garry D. Harley.

8-10pm: Live music.

  Lowell Gallery
219 Central Street

10am-9pm: Featuring the art of Janis Sanders, whose vigorously painted landscapes and seascapes show us an expressive world of intense light and visceral forms.

We're also offering 20% off all custom framing.
   HyperText Bookstore
107 Merrimack Street

6-8pm: Elizabeth Lorrey crafts a dark blend of edgy, intense acoustic rock. At once deeply personal and painfully universal, Lorrey's lyrics will stay with you long after the last clear note fades away.

Athenian Corner

207 Market Street
8-11pm: Music and dancing.

El Potro Restaurant
124 Merrimack Street
: Delicious dining and listening to the vibrant sounds of our Mariachi band!

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

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



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