ONE: Made in Lowell’s next Friday Nights! event is – you guessed it – this Friday. Head over to The Mill Yard between 5 to 9 p.m. to enjoy a night market of food trucks, a craft beer garden full of local brews, live music, local art and artisan vendors!
TWO: Grab a yoga mat, blanket and some water and head to Western Avenue Studios this Friday at 7 p.m. for Broga and Brew: Yoga & Craft Beer Friday Night Unwind with licensed instructor and Broga brand director Chuck Raffoni. Just what is Broga, anyway? Read the story we wrote last year for more information.
THREE: Mark O’Connor and The O’Connor Band had their first performance at the legendary Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan. in 2015. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – they took home the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, “Coming Home.” On Friday at 7:30 p.m., they’re playing at Boarding House Park as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series, so you can be a part of this up-and-coming band’s accelerated history.
FOUR: The Pentucket Players will be putting on Stephen Sondheim’s “Company: A Musical Comedy” this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Country Club Tent Pavilion. The Tony Award-winning play is all about love, marriage and relationships; enjoy it alongside a prime rib buffet dinner.
FIVE: Charlestown, R.I.-based one-man band Will Houlihan, also known as Haunt the House, will bring his repertoire of soulful, spooky songs to Lowell’s Gallery Z on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. If you’re a fan of folk songs that tell personal stories of wounded, heartbroken people, you’ll almost certainly connect with Houlihan’s appealingly simple songwriting.
SIX: Whether you prefer the term “football” or “soccer,” if you’re a fan of the sport, you might want to check out the 2017 African Health Cup Championship at Cawley Stadium on Saturday. The 12 teams duking it out for the title this year are Nigeria, Ghana Lowell, Ghana Worcester, Uganda, Liberia Worcester, Liberia Boston, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Zambia and Congo. Alongside the “footie,” there will be music, food, arts and crafts, and kids games.
SEVEN: Boarding House Park isn’t just for Lowell Summer Music Series concerts – it’s also where Lowell National Historical Park will be holding their Wellness on the Walkways: Art Fest event this Sunday! Join the park’s rangers at 10 a.m. for a morning of quiet creativity … whether you want to write poetry or sketch out your next masterpiece.
EIGHT: Join New England Reptile and Zoo Creatures Pet Store at the latter’s location in Plaistow, N.H. for Creature Carnival 2017. Bring the kids along to touch rare and exotic reptiles, dance and sing on the lawn, jump in the bounce house, ride a real pony and much more! The event will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.