Summer Kick off Weekend Brings three days of Art, Food, Music and Culture to Lowell

The Summer Kick off Weekend on June 17-19 is the perfect way for families and friends of all ages to get together to enjoy local food and drinks, while listening to live music and relaxing. All activities are free, and artwork, crafts, food and drinks will be for sale.

The celebration starts on Friday with Family Fun Day from 5-9pm at Lucy Larcom Park with food trucks, kids’ games, crafts and music on site, and the Canals will be lit. Tea is the Way will be selling drinks, along with food trucks including Yumm Bai, Mediterranean Home Cooking, Coco Rays, and The Roving Lunch Box. For entertainment Robert McCarter will be the DJ, with games set up by Coalition for a Better Acre like big checkers, Jenga and Tic Tac Toe. There will also be activities and photo opportunities with the Mascot from the Greater Lowell United Football Club.

            The Carnival of Cultures, on Saturday from 12-5pm on Palmer

Street in Historic Downtown Lowell, is a great way to bring people of all different backgrounds together with food, music and live art provided by Plain Air Art. There will be a total of 28 vendors including Mill City Grows, Tea is the Way, Phoenix Rising Pizza, Peak Coffee Roasters/Rosie’s Cafe, Purple Carrot Bakers, Garden City Planters, Donna Howard- Official Boss of Myself, DIY Lowell, C & D Art Productions, Serenity Studio, SCUD clothing line, Ancient Echos Art, Coleman Rogers Photography, ROMANI Inspirations, Judith Bessette, Marilyn Root, As U R Studios, Norm Caron Photography & Encaustic Painting, Deena Stallard Canvas of Life Studio, Heidi Jackson Fine Art & Recycled Matters, True Age Media, Twice Upon a Time: Tunefully Told Tales, Gary Destramp, The Pottery Mill, Red Antler Apothecary, Two Stylish Sisters, Strung Together by Kellie, and Jennifer Shao Paintings.

The Pop Historic Trail Tour with DIY Lowell on Saturday is a chance for people to learn the history about how the trail was created, along with information about sites on the way. This festival has been inspired by the Carnival of Cultures in Germany that celebrates cultural diversity with a four day long street parade including dancers, musicians, artists and performers, which started in 1992 as a way to bring people together and has grown every year since.

            On Sunday, celebrate Father’s Day with the Tea Party Brunch

and the Japanese Hip Hop Pop Up Dinner both hosted by Midnight Supper Club of Lowell. These locations have yet to be announced.

            Other events in Lowell this weekend include The Mill City

Grow’s Farm to Cocktail Party on June 16th, and the African Festival on June 18th. The Farm to Cocktail Party is held at UTEC, 41 Warren Street, from 5:30-8pm where farm fresh food and drinks will be served, and “The Cocktail Guru” Jonathan Pogash will create unique cocktails with local ingredients. The 16th annual African Festival will be held this year at Sampas Pavilion, 500 Pawtucket Blvd., consisting of African food, music, dance, arts and culture. The Lowell Spinners will also have evening games all weekend, giving baseball fans an opportunity to enjoy good food and nice weather.