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

Our next event is August 7th.  The Riverhawk Party Band will be parading around town and, from 5:30-8:30PM, stop by and see the "Battle of the Artists" in the courtyard between The Brush and the National Park Visitor's Center!

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

August 7
Visit the newly restored Gates Block Art Studios. Enjoy walking through the open studios.

7-8PM: Participate in a family friendly art demonstration where we will be painting an ocean creature. 


ALL Arts Gallery
307 Market Street

August 7



American Textile History Museum
491 Dutton Street

August 7
5-8PM: Free admission to the museum. 
A Family Affair Café will be open!

6PM: Discover the works of internationally-renowned contemporary fiber artists during a tour of the American Textile History Museum’s current exhibition, Fiberarts International.

The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios
256 Market Street

August 7

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

August 7
Art-to-Wear Exhibit, with live modeling at 7PM.  Clothing, accessory, and jewelry creators from Western Avenue Studios will showcase their work.

Lowell National Historical Park
246 Market Street

August 7
First Thursday event
General Lowell information
Hosting The Loading Dock Gallery

Zeitgeist Gallery
167 Market Street

August 7
6-8PM: Interactive Drawing! 
The walls of the gallery will be covered with large sheets of paper - people of all ages are invited to express themselves by drawing on the paper with materials provided. The resulting art will remain on display in the gallery through Saturday.

New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck Street

August 7
4-8PM: "2 for 1" admission on First Thursday evenings.  Experience world-class exhibitions that showcase antique, contemporary and art quilts.  Museum Store features handcrafted quilts, textile arts and a unique selection of artisan gifts.

Whistler House Museum of Art & Whistler Park
243 Worthen Street

August 7

Ayer Lofts Gallery
172 Middle Street

August 7
“We the People” - an expressive range of what it means to be a unique person melded into the fiber of a diverse and complex American society.
We will be serving fresh squeezed lemonade!

UnchARTed Gallery
66 Merrimack Street

August 7

119 Gallery
119 Chelmsford Street

August 7


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

Centro Restaurant - 24 Market 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

Van Gogh's Gear - 307 Market Street
AWOL - 110 Merrimack Street
            El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill - 124 Merrimack Street
Eileen's Pizza - 128 Merrimack Street
Humanity - 128 Merrimack Street
Little Delights Bakery - 132 Merrimack Street
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

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