ONE: The longest running and second largest folk festival in the nation returns this Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the Lowell Folk Festival takes over Lowell National Historical Park. On the schedule this year: The Branchettes’ African American gospel, Chaksam-pa’s Tibetan opera, the Brazilian percussion of Marcus Santos and a whole lot more music from all over the world.
TWO: Celebrate art created right in the heart of the Immigrant City with Lawrence CommunityWorks’ CLOUT: A Lawrence Film Festival, which will take place this Friday at 8 p.m. at Lawrence Heritage State Park. Admission is free; check the Facebook page, linked above, for the film schedule.
THREE: Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Portsmouth, N.H., Tuscan Market location this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The celebration will feature wine and food tastings, prizes, giveaways, vintage Italian race cars for viewing and a book signing by acclaimed chef and TV host Mary Ann Esposito, a longtime friend of Tuscan Brands’ founder Joe Faro.
FOUR: Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury is holding their first-ever Blueberry Festival this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to blueberry picking, attendees will be able to enjoy hayrides, kids’ crafts and select blueberry-flavored treats. The purchase of a picking container gets you into the festival for the other activities.
FIVE: Who doesn’t like poutine? No one worth knowing! (All right, we kid. Forgive us, vegetarians and vegans.) Get a taste of the gravy-slathered goodness at Navigation Brewing Company and Vulgar Display of Poutine’s aptly-titled All Day Hangover Poutine Brunch starting Saturday at 2 p.m. What’s contained in such creations as the “Over Easy Donnie,” the ”Specially Processed American Meat – Oh, and Eggs” and the “What Mrs. Fisher Doesn’t Know”? You’ll have to shovel them in to find out (or just look on the Facebook page … but what fun is that?)
SIX: Summon your muse while sipping brews at Newburyport Brewing Company’s Live Music In The Garden event this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Their musical guest this time is MOTHER TON, who describe themselves as “an old school big band with killer vocals, funky horns and a whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll mixed in.”
SEVEN: Both Merrimack Valley locations of Jay Gee’s Ice Cream and Family Fun Center – in Methuen and Salem, N.H. – will be holding a special Hawaiian Night luau party on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. On offer: free leis, free piña colada samples, limited time slush and soft serve flavors, fun music, face painting and more!
EIGHT: If you listened to rock radio for even a second in the ‘90s, chances are the station was playing one of Gin Blossoms hits. You know, hits like “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down” and “Found Out About You.” Catch the band this Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blue Ocean Music Hall.
EXTRA: There isn’t a Lowell Summer Music Series concert happening this weekend, but there are still plenty to come in the months ahead, including Amos Lee, Dawes, Buddy Guy, Rosanne Cash and more. We’ll be holding a contest on our Facebook page to win tickets to your concert of choice, so be sure to stay tuned!