Yet Another Mega Folk Festival Comes to the Boston Area During the Outdoor Season: Its Time Once Again for the Lowell Folk Festival: July 23rd – 25th (Friday – Sunday)
Thousands of eager visitors look forward every year to the biggest free folk festival in the whole country! The Lowell Folk Festival is three glorious days of music, dance, fine arts, and crafts from around the US and the rest of world. This mega event has been going strong for almost 25 years, so you know that it just has to be great! The fact that it lasts the entire weekend is a big plus for those of us who have busy schedules and yet are still dying to catch a bit of the action.
To kick things off on Friday, there will be a flag raising event and a parade complete with audience participation. March along with the grand procession and catch the festival spirit! There will also be another parade on Saturday to usher in the evening performances. OK world music enthusiasts, there is plenty here to keep you very happy indeed. There will be ethnic music, including a few dance performances, from the far corners of the globe including Peru, Ireland, Jamaica, Quebec, India, Armenia, Cape Verde, Puerto Rico, Korea, Scotland, and Egypt as well as other areas of the Middle East. Check out the link on this year’s performers. Its loaded with background info, photos, and videos- very informative. After taking in all of this fine global music and dance activity, you’re taste buds will most surely be in an ethnic mood. So, head on over to the food court and sample cuisine from Poland, Asia, Jamaica, Armenia, Portugal, and Greece. You can even peruse the menus in advance. There’s also a cooking demo scheduled on the preparation of bean dishes from around the globe. A particularly interesting little additional feature, in my opinion, is the workshops that will be given on various ethnic music and the instruments that make it. Drop in and learn something new. Of course, let’s not forget the kids if you happen to bring them along. There will be a family zone on the premises hosting activities the whole clan will enjoy.
And last but not least, after all is said and done, you can take home some great festival memories with you in the form of special merchandise. This includes those all important cds produced by this year’s performers which will be on sale at Boarding House. Make a donation here to help keep this fantastic event alive and well for years to come. But most of all, lend your support by attending this year’s festivities and be rewarded for sure with one great time!
When: July 23rd – 25th (Friday – Sunday)
Where: Downtown Lowell, MA
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