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, August 6 from 5-9PM.

Arts Research Collaborative, 82 Prescott Street

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


  National Streetcar Museum, 25 Shattuck Street

5PM-dusk: All Aboard the Trolley!

The vintage 1924 New Orleans Streetcar #966 will be rolling along the tracks and offering free rides.  Pick up the Trolley at Mack Plaza (corner of Dutton and Market Streets).  Schedule available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.

    Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street


5-9PM: Opening reception for "You're Living All Over Me"
, featuring the work of Nikki Giraffo, Markus Haala, Emily Sandagata, and Robb Sandagata.

   Zeitgeist, 167 Market Street

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


   LowellGallery, 219 Central Street

  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.

  Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), 246 Market Street



    Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street

  Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street

5-9PM: In the Parker Gallery: Lydia Martin. Members Room: Priscilla Levesque. All gift shop items 10% off. Light snacks.

7PM: Guided tour of the historic museum.

 Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street

5:30PM: “The Lure of the Spindle: The Portuguese in Early 20th Century Lowell” will showcase the lives of immigrants at work and play and explore their devotion to their faith, families and neighborhoods. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is presented by UMass Lowell’s Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research with the University’s Center for Lowell History, in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park.

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: Artist reception - featuring the art of Angela Ales.

Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street

Featuring the paintings and photos of Jesse Bouley.

Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street

5PM-sunset: Featuring live music on their patio

 Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street

8-10PM: Live concert outdoors! Featuring the always popular music of Johannah Zacharer. Sit at the tables and enjoy Greek food, or bring a lawn chair and sit in the parking lot!
 Eileen's Pizza, 127 Merrimack Street El Potro, 124 Merrimack Street

Mariachi Band 
 50 Warren, 50 Warren Street Fuse, 45 Palmer Street
 Humanity, 128 Merrimack Street 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, Market Street

Wings over Lowell, 26 Market Street


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

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