ONE: Western Avenue is the creative soul of Lowell for a reason. This Saturday and Sunday, over 330 artists will showcase their work at this year’s ARToberfest. Join them as the artists open their doors to share their creative passions. Explore Lowell’s mill buildings filled with works in clay, wood, glass and metal, as well as paintings, photography, clothing and jewelry.
There will be food trucks, and Navigation Brewing Company’s taproom will be open both days.
Saturday features the Loading Dock Gallery’s opening reception for their New England Juried Show called “Repetition, Replication, Variation.” The Storage Closet Gallery hosts their closing reception for CHILDREN. Sunday, Dick Blick will drop by with art supply giveaways and coupons.
There is no admission and plenty of free parking.
TWO: Spanning over five decades, the musical catalog and work of Van Morrison has been a steady stream of inspiration for musicians. This Friday, take the opportunity to see Van Morrison’s work live at the Blue Ocean Music Hall.
“Into the Mystic” seeks to recreate the spirit and energy of Morrison’s music and draw from the complete collection of his work. Show starts at 8 p.m.
THREE: Over the last 8 years, the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Exeter Parks and Recreation Department to present the largest beer and chili festival in New Hampshire.
This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Swasey Parkway in Exeter for the 8th Annual Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival. Spoil yourself with over 200 beers and ciders to sample and be the judge as local restaurants feature their best chili recipes in hopes of winning the People’s Choice award.
FOUR: Superman and Wonder Woman are two of the most beloved icons in American pop culture. Created in times of economic adversity and war, these characters quickly emerged as beacons of American morality, representing the ideals of truth, justice and the American way.
Addison Gallery of American Art examines art world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to contemporary artists’ interpretations. “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” which opens this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by a wide range of artists, exploring national identity, American values, social politics and the concept of humanity.
FIVE: You spent the summer watching them flit about your gardens and now it’s time to wish them well on their trip down to Mexico. The Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun, educational event will feature a variety of activities, crafts, gardening tips and much more, perfect for nature-lovers of any age.
SIX: This Saturday, Shakir Khan presents an evening of north Indian ragas on sitar, accompanied by Amit Kavthekar on tabla. Starting at 7 p.m. at Westford’s Parish Center For The Arts, witness one of the most promising young exponents of the legendary Etawah Gharana.
SEVEN: The Salvation Army of Nashua welcomes families and friends of all ages to their annual Applefest—a fun-filled, outdoor fall event located at the historic Sullivan Farm.
This Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy apple picking, hay rides, scarecrow making, face painting and pumpkin painting. Fresh cider, apple pies, Hayward’s ice cream, hamburgers, Kayem hot dogs and other food will be available for sale.
EIGHT: Although you might not realize it, Lowell offers a variety of interesting bird species to observe. This Sunday, join The Brush Art Gallery for their Bird Watching at Lowell Cemetery event. This sightseeing event will take place from 8 to 10 a.m., rain or shine.
And Don’t Forget…
NECC Campus Classic 5k
Participants can run or walk the USATF-certified 5K course through NECC’s picturesque Haverhill Campus and surrounding neighborhoods, cheer on their friends as they race to the finish line or enjoy any number of activities and programs that will be available on campus throughout the morning.
Haverhill, Mass. | NECC.Mass.edu
Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence
Hear live music, enjoy a scenic 3-mile walk and nosh on refreshments. Proceeds from this important event benefit life changing and saving programs and services to our community such as: 24-hour emergency hotline, family-centered crisis counseling for adults and children, art therapy, court advocacy, on staff legal representation and emergency and transitional housing.
2nd Annual AllForAng 5k
The 5k course heads out of Bradford Country Club. The AllforAng 5k is now certified by USA Track & Field. Your performance will be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked.
Haverhill, Mass. | AllForAng.com