The Lowell Festival Foundation announced the 35th Anniversary Lowell Folk Festival will take place in person on July 29, 30, and 31 of 2022!
This is the first time the event will take place since 2019 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Planners are hoping this year’s event will mark a new chapter in the regions recovery from the pandemic providing a stimulus to tourism and local businesses.
This is a staple cultural event of the region since its inception in 1987. The 2022 festival will feature close to 20 performing groups who will share their unique musical traditions on stages throughout downtown Lowell. The Lowell Folk Festival attracts more than 150,000 people for three days of fun filled music, food, and art.
“There’s a lot of excitement to bring this festival back to Lowell, This festival does a lot of good for the people and businesses of lowell, and we’re thrilled to bring it back for them”Art Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Lowell Festival Foundation
The festival site has evolved since 1987 and this year, festival organizers will bring more elements closer to downtown in order to consolidate the footprint. The changes being made are designed to improve audience experience while simultaneously keeping the festival within the vibrant downtown neighborhood. The festival’s dance stage will be moving to Arcand Drive with an adjacent food court on JFK Plaza, including many fan-favorite multicultural community food vendors. The Marker Street Stage will be much larger and placed on the street itself. This new stage will feature blues, polka, and Cajun bands while also offering a food court in Market Street Park.
Nonprofit community food vendors will serve traditional dishes representing over a dozen cultures. In the Folk Craft Area, the theme is Crafting Sound: Making & Restoring Musical Instruments which will feature demonstrations playing and building the instruments. The Foodways Area will explore comfort foods from an array of communities.
The lineup of artists will be announced in the coming weeks, be sure to check out lowellfolkfestival.org for more details and all future updates for the festival. You can also follow it on their Facebook found here.