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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: June 2, 2016

Special Events for June:

5PM until dusk: Free trolley rides on car 966 "Desire"!

6PM: Lowell Walks with Richard Howe Jr. Downtown art walk circular route through downtown highlighting public and private art spaces. Departs from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.

7PM: DIY Lowell Pop-Up History Trail walk with DIY Lowell members. Check out The Lowell Pop-Up History Trail, recently designed and installed by DIY Lowell community volunteers. It leads from the NPS Visitor Center to Boott Cotton Mills Museum and back again, with signs that point out fun facts about the sights along the way. Departs from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.


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.

5PM and 6PM: Industrial Canyon Canal Boat Tours (Swamp Locks to Lower Locks). Tickets $6, available at the Visitor Center. Kids under 5 ride free. First come, first served.

6:30PM: Movie night featuring “Cats Don’t Have Vertigo”,  a Portuguese film by António-Pedro Vasconcelos. English subtitles. comedy/drama, rated PG-13. Free!


Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street

Kingdom Animalia will be the theme for the evening! Along with our 2016 Juried Members Exhibition in the Parker Gallery, guests are invited to bring their pets for an animal party in Whistler Park. The Lowell Humane Society will be presenting pets for adoption.

Light refreshments will be served. There will be treats for the animals as well.                  


The Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market Street

See our current exhibition "Telling America's Stories: 100 Years of the National Park Service"

5:15-6PM: Guitar Trio: Judie Como Toti, Crystal Hartwell, and Erin Kania, all from from Middlesex Community College, will be performing.

6-7PM: Demonstration - How To Make Silk Paper with artist Cindy Hughes.          

Ayer Lofts Art Gallery
172 Middle Street 

"Walks of Life" by Teri Ton. '"Walks of Life" speaks to my personal life's journey to find the simple beauties in life with a thankful heart and adventurous spirit.' 

  Greater Lowell Community Foundation
100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202

5-7PM: The works of Lowell artist Janet Lambert Moore. An active ambassador of art in the Lowell area, Janet is well known for her paintings of local iconic buildings. The works at the Foundation are in watercolor, acrylics, and pen and ink. On display through August.


Arts League of Lowell
307 Market Street

Listen to the relaxing rhythm of ambient guitar played by Ed Newton and Derek O'Sullivan of "untitl'd" during the last week of ALL's John Greenwald Retrospective.                


UnchARTed Gallery
103 Market Street

Art by Ben Jundanian. Come meet Ben and hear him talk about his process.

  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

Making Art with Artists: artwork by children in MAwA’s After School program in Lowell. Volunteers, interns, and teachers are enriching the lives of children through free art classes with professional artists.

  Mandarin Asian Bistro
24 Market Street

View the artwork of digital artist and architect Garry D. Harley in the beautiful setting of the Mandarin Asian Bistro.

The Bistro features live music and a full bar from 8 until 10 PM.


The Loading Dock Gallery
at Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Avenue, 2nd floor of the A-Mill

5-8:30PM: Explore the work of the many gallery members.


Lowell Gallery
219 Central Street

10AM-9PM: Featuring the photographic artwork of our very own Jeffrey Engel. Jeff will be displaying Polaroid emulsion lift works as well as black and white prints.

As usual, we’ll be offering 20% off all custom framing orders.


HyperText Bookstore
107 Merrimack Street

6-8PM: PopUpPlays: Theater where you least expect it. Enjoy an evening of short play readings.

El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill
124 Merrimack Street

: Delicious dining and listening to the vibrant sounds of our Mariachi band!          
  Athenian Corner
207 Market Street

8-11PM: Music and dancing

  Bishops Legacy Restaurant
143 Merrimack Street

View the colorful and exciting work of artist Barbara Fletcher.

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

his 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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