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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.


UnCharted Gallery, 103 Market Street

5-8PM: Stop by to 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 Ismael Rosado
Ismael'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.


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. Artworks on display include painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media.

 Zeitgeist, 167 Market Street

6-8PM: Zeitgeist Artists, Outside Art, and Art Books Sale
Check out an eclectic mix of art and books, with snacks, treats, and impromptu piano playing on the sidewalk with Meg Ruby.

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

5-9PM: Quote Unquote: Family Refrains

View this interesting exhibit of family wisdom and lore as depicted in many media formats...along with stories and pictures. Arts League of Lowell showcases the variety of art expression from serious to comical. Stop in to see the new exhibit and pick up a template for creating your own family tree.  Participatory project from 6-8PM.

 Lowell Gallery, 219 Central Street

10AM-9PM: Featuring the work of Tracy Levesque
The Lowell Gallery will be featuring the work of Tracy Levesque in August. Enter our free frame design contest, winners at the end of the season take home for free a print by Emily Sevigny as 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.

Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), 246 Market Street

5-9PM: Broad Strokes - Pushing Quilts to Art

The exhibit is by the Broad Strokes Quilting Museum's "A Summer Celebration of New England Quilts: The Best of the Region's Quilt Guilds".

   Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market Street

5-9PM: Book Illustration: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys

Come take a sneak peek at this exhibition! The official start date is August 8 but everything should be in place.  Artwork used to create many of the books will be on display along with the corresponding books.  Light refreshments will be served.

Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street


7PM: Guided tour of the historic museum.
All gift shop items 10% off. Light snacks.

 Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street

5:30PM: Reception for The Lure of the Spindle: The Portuguese in Early 20th Century Lowell
“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, as well as 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 always popular music of the Neverly Brothers. 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

6-8PM: 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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