Lowell Folk Festival

The largest free folk festival in the nation takes place on the last full weekend in July. Join us for three days of traditional music, dance, craft demonstrations, street parades, dance parties, and delicious ethnic foods. Presented on five outdoor stages throughout the city of Lowell, MA.


Folk musicians, dancers, and performers come from around the world to perform in Lowell. These artists are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community, whose traditions and music have been passed from previous generations through family and community. Join us and learn more about world and local cultures while enjoying astonishing performances and displays of talent!


Enjoy a cultural and culinary experience by visiting food booths showcasing Lowell’s ethnic cuisines. Follow the tantalizing aromas of Portuguese, Brazilian, Greek, Polish, Asian, Latin, Burmese, and other culinary delights. You won’t want to miss experiencing these delicious cultural dishes. Operated by nonprofit ethnic organizations and volunteers, the proceeds from food booths go towards funding numerous projects and programs in Lowell.

Folk Craft

Visit the Folk Craft Area in Lucy Larcom Park, featuring demonstrations run by craftspeople from a wide variety of backgrounds showing off their unique skills, talents and cultural art.


Arrive by car from Route 495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 79A if traveling southbound, Exit 79B if traveling northbound) to the Lowell Connector to Gorham Street (Exit 5C).
Parking is available at the following locations with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Lowell Folk Festival Foundation.

HDIC Hamilton Canal Innovation District Garage | 350A Dutton Street
Ayotte Garage | 75 Post Office Square-Tsongas Arena
Davidson Surface Lot | Davidson Street off of East Merrimack Street
Downes Garage | 75 John Street
Hamilton Canal Innovation District Garage | off of Dutton St.
Early Garage | 135 Middlesex Street
Lower Locks Garage | 90 Warren Street
Roy Garage | 100 Market Street