Lowell Folk Festival

2022 Lowell Folk Festival

The largest free folk festival in the nation takes place on the last full weekend in July. Join us this year from July 29-31 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.

Food

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. You can learn more about some of the local ethnic groups by visiting the food booth page.

Art

Visitors can view and purchase art and crafts at “Art in the Courtyard.” This is located between the Brush Art Gallery and the National Historical Park Visitor Center, where a wide variety of artists will feature their work for purchase.

Folk Craft

This year’s Folk Craft Area features craftspeople making acoustic musical instruments. Learn about pipe organs that fill concert halls, uilleann pipes that enliven Irish music seisuns, Middle Eastern ouds, Hardanger fiddles and violin bows that spur on dancers, revived tiples, and cuatros, and steel pans that evoke the Caribbean. Musicians will be demonstrating the instrument’s sounds throughout the weekend.

Family Fun

The festival welcomes families and children of all ages to enjoy the Family Fun Activity Area along Shattuck Street. Open from 12pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. There you and your family can enjoy games and art activities provided by Folk Festival supporters.

Directions

Arrive by car from Route 495 (Exit 35C) or Route 3 (Exit 30A if traveling southbound, Exit 30B 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.

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