Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 1/16/20
ONE: Thursday night is fight night!Don’t miss a moment of one of the longest-standing New England sports traditions, as the best amateur boxers from the area battle it out during the 74th Annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves. With the 75-year anniversary fast approaching, there has never been a better time to catch one of the New England’s proudest sports traditions in one of America’s favorite boxing towns.
The Golden Gloves series will be running every Thursday through March 5 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Event starts at 7:30 p.m.
TWO: For the first time in league history, Professional Bull Riders’ Unleash The Beast will invade Manchester, N.H. with the Manchester Invitational on Jan. 18 and 19. Bringing the edge-of-the-seat action one can only experience at a bull-riding event, this show will feature the top 35 bull riders in the world.
Taking place at SNHU Arena in Manchester, you can catch this show at 6:45 on Saturday or 1:45 on Sunday.
THREE: Looking for a laugh? Unwind and let loose with comic Lenny Clarke and more at The Cabot this Friday. Enjoy a night of Clarke’s colorfully distinctive Boston-based humor, honed in the famous Beantown comedy club scene of the 1980s, along with an entourage of his close friends and fellow area comedians.
Lenny Clarke & Friends will take place at The Cabot on Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.
FOUR: As the timeless music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Mercury, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins and many more come together again, Piano Men will introduce piano greats to the Palace Theatre stage and have you dancing in the aisles. Featuring a live band, top vocalists and dancers straight from across the country, Piano Men will be running through Feb. 2, and you can see this fantastic show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
FIVE: As part of their New Works Festival lineup, Firehouse Center for the Arts will be showing “Seeing Violet” by Peter Snoad and directed by Stephen Faria. Winner of the Pestalozzi Prize as Best Full Length Feature, this tale follows John Mash who, while renovating an inherited historic 18th-century manse, finds a collection of curious and concerning items suggesting his ancestors were slaveholders.
“Seeing Violet” will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts this Friday at 8 p.m.
SIX: Weather Control Blues Band builds off of classic American blues rhythm and feel with hints of jazz and funk inspiration. Formed in 2018, this group brings a fun, high-energy atmosphere to all their shows.
You can see Weather Control Blues Band live at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
SEVEN: To start this new decade, the New Moon Coffeehouse presents Double Duo Night with next-generation talent. The first duo is comprised of Joshua Garcia and Sophie Buskin, who have been praised for their stage presence and instrumental skill. The second duo, Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt, feature a dynamic cello/guitar act that pushes the boundaries of folk music with creative, adventurous and wildly enjoyable music.
Both duos will be performing at New Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show are available online and at the door; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
EIGHT: January 20 is Fee Free Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at Lowell National Historical Park.
The Park will be waiving museum fees for all visitors at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on Monday, Jan 20. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the history, heritage and people of Lowell; you can explore on your own, or join a ranger for a talk at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.
TICKET AND $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNER
Congratulations to Jody Gaumond; you’ve won two tickets to see Maytag Virgin, the latest production from the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which runs through Feb. 2. Plus, you’ve also won a $50 Gift Certificate good at either Cobblestones, moonstones or Stones next!
2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction
Visit Lenzi’s in Dracut to enjoy scrumptious food, a coffee and cocoa bar, music by Tee & the Gents, and unique auction items to benefit Girls Incorporated of Lowell. Proceeds from the 2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction will help mentor more girls to become healthy, educated and independent women.
Dracut, Mass. | GirlsIncLowell.org
For the second year in a row, The United Way of Greater Nashua will host the Blizzard Blast, a competitive, professionally timed 3.5-mile winter obstacle course starting at the Nashua Millyard.
Nashua, N.H. | BlizzardBlastRun.com
WE = NBPT’s third annual Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 7 p.m., showcasing the best the city has to offer — from food to live performances. A portion of the proceeds will go to purchasing winter clothing for the less fortunate of Newburyport.
Newburyport, Mass. | WENBPTWinter.BrownPaperTickets.com
An Evening of Sweet Indulgence
Vote for the best dessert in Merrimack Valley, enjoy live music and bid on great auction items like autographed Patriots and Red Sox memorabilia in the silent auction. This event aims to support local restaurants that were impacted in last year’s gas explosion.
Andover, Mass. | SweetIndulgence.info
February 21 and 22
You can count on lots of food, music and of course, fun winter activities! Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell is a fun event featuring everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellWinterfest.com