Lowell Folk Fest Dates Announced!

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30 Years of Tradition

The Lowell Folk Festival celebrates 30 years!
July 29-31, 2016


Lowell, MAThe Lowell Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. Planning is already underway for the 30th Lowell Folk Festival, scheduled for the last full weekend in July. This annual celebration – featuring the best in folk and traditional music and dance, artisan crafts, and regional and ethnic foods – will be returning to downtown Lowell with a full lineup, beginning with the traditional parade of nations from Lowell’s City Hall Plaza to Boarding House Park. The family-friendly, free festival offers something for everyone, from all ages and backgrounds, all within the heart of Lowell National Historical Park.

The Lowell Folk Festival will feature five (5) stages, from the serene Saint Anne’s Stage to the full-throttle energy at Dutton Street Dance Pavilion. Fans of folk and traditional music can meet up with old friends at JFK Plaza, sit back in the cool grass of Market Street Stage, and party into the night at Boarding House Park. There are handmade arts and crafts at Art in the Courtyard, and special performances and family activities at the Family Fun Activity Area on Shattuck Street.

The Lowell Folk Festival is excited to announce the first group of artists who will be coming to this year’s festival: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy (Cape Breton), the Gibson Brothers (bluegrass), and Lurrie Bell (Chicago blues), plus many more to come. Our Folk Craft and Foodways Areas will feature a best of past festivals. “30 Years of Tradition” will surely have something for everyone.

If you would like to contribute to the continued success of the Lowell Folk Festival, opportunities to make financial contributions and work as a festival volunteer are available. Contact Craig Gates for opportunities at 978-275-1764, or craig_gates@partner.nps.gov. Together, we can make this year’s festival one to remember.


The Lowell Folk Festival is presented by Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Festival Foundation, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the City of Lowell, the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Phil Lupsiewicz at 978-275-1705 or phil_lupsiewicz@nps.gov.





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