Directions : By car, northbound Route 495 (Exit 35C) or southbound Route 3 (Exit 30A) to Thorndike Street (Exit 5B). Follow National Park Visitor Center signs into downtown Lowell.
Public Transportation: commuter rail service is available from Boston's North Station to Lowell's Gallagher Terminal. Lowell Regional Transit Authority shuttles run between Gallagher Terminal and downtown Lowell every half hour.
The last full
weekend in July is the traditional date for the Lowell Folk Festival,
which has run almost every year since it first began in 1990.
And, this year New England's biggest folk fest returns from July 26-28, 2024!
Watch for the Lowell Folk Festival to kick off on Friday evening at the traditional dance parade followed by two full days of folk performances (and food!) until Sunday, July 28, 2024.
Admission? It's all free!
Lowell Folk Festival Lineup
As usual, major headliners lend the Lowel Folk Festival a truly international feel. Last year's performances ranged from blues and Western swing to African dance troupes.
Meanwhile, keep it here for updates when the complete festival lineup is announced in July.
Generally, the weekend festival kicks-off with a downtown parade on Friday evening with the first of many performances staged at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion.
Other weekend festival venues in downtown Lowell traditionally include Boarding House Park, JFK Plaza, Market Street, Lee Street, St. Anne's Churchyard, and the corner of John and Merrimack Streets.
Or, just follow the crowds to a variety of stages to sample some of the best folk performances on the planet.
All about the Lowell Folk Festival
Like many music festivals that dot the country, the Lowell Folk
Festival can trace its beginnings to the National Folk Festival,
which Lowell hosted from 1987 until 1989. The National Folk Festival
is now a moveable feast nationwide, but in Lowell the love of
folk music that the festival had inspired continues to endure.
the Lowell Folk Festival is billed by organizers as being the largest free music
festival in the United States, drawing in almost 200,000 people annually from
the local area, the country, and beyond.
Kicking off with the Friday parade, the Lowell Folk Festival is an entire weekend of Bluegrass, Celtic,
New Age Jazz
music and more -- including food, craft demonstrations,, and a family-friendly vibe.
Every year, for the three days
that the music festival runs, much of the historic cobblestone downtown area is transformed in to grounds
for the music festival. There are six stages, which host music most of the day,
and festival goers are free to wander from stage to stage, taking in whatever
music they like.
also features prominently at the festival. Local ethnic organizations come together
to provide food ranging from Asian and Filipino specialties to Jamaican
and soul food.
The Lowell Folk Festival is also very child friendly! Parents are encouraged
to bring their kids to enjoy the music, and kids can also participate
in the family activities or take in the crafts demonstration area.
More about the Lowell Folk Festival around the Web:
2024 Lowell Folk Festival- Check out the official site with the complete current schedule and list of performers, ethnic food menu, crafts & kids activities, maps & directions, FAQ.