Today the Lowell Festival Foundation announced that the 35th anniversary Lowell Folk Festival, a must-see cultural event in the region since its inception in 1987, will take place in person on July 29, 30 and 31. The 2022 festival will feature nearly 20 performing groups sharing their unique musical traditions on stages throughout downtown Lowell. The Lowell Folk Festival attracts over 150,000 people for three days of music, food and art.
The festival site has evolved over the past three decades, and this year festival organizers will bring more elements closer to the city center, consolidating the footprint. The festival‘s dance scene will move to Arcand Drive, with an adjacent food court on JFK Plaza featuring many fan-favorite multicultural food vendors. The Market Street stage will be larger and placed on the street itself. This new stage will feature blues, polka and Cajun bands. This area will also have a food court in Market Street Park. These changes are designed to improve the audience experience while keeping the festival in the bustling downtown area.
This is the first time the event will take place since 2019, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival organizers hope this year’s event will mark a new chapter in the region’s post-pandemic recovery, boosting tourism and local businesses.
“There’s a lot of excitement to bring this festival back to Lowell,” says Art Sutcliffe, president of the Lowell Festival Foundation. “This festival does a lot of good for the residents and businesses of Lowell, and we’re excited to bring it back to them.”
Non-profit community food vendors will serve traditional dishes representing more than a dozen different cultures. In the folk craft area, the theme is Crafting Sound: Making & Restoring Musical Instruments, which will include demonstrations of playing and building the instruments. The Foodways Zone will explore comfort foods from a range of communities.
More details about the festival, including the lineup of artists, will be announced in the coming weeks. To visit https://lowellfolkfestival.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/LowellFolkFestival to stay up to date with all future updates from the 35th Lowell Folk Festival in 2022.
The Lowell Folk Festival is produced by the Lowell Festival Foundation, the Town of Lowell, the Lowell National Historic Park, the National Council of Traditional Arts, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Great Merrimack.