Lowell, MAPlanning has begun for the 27th Lowell Folk Festival scheduled for the last full weekend in July.  This annual celebration is the best in traditional folk music, artisan crafts and ethnic foods, and 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 free festival offers something for everyone, from 8 to 80-year-olds all within the heart of Lowell National Historical Park.

The Lowell Folk Festival will feature five (5) stages, from the serene St. Anne’s Stage to the full throttle spin at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion.  In between, fans of traditional folk 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.  Additional performances can be found at the Merrimack Street Performance area where informal performers combine music and visual arts.

Keeping true to its roots, the Lowell Folk Festival continues to be a free event. This year, and in spite of federal sequestration, the Festival’s six producing partners have taken measures to ensure the festival will continue, reducing the number of stages from six to five, removing the Lee Street Stage.  Additional adjustments have occurred to satisfy financial obligations that are necessary to allow the festival to continue as one of New England’s premiere events.

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.