We are happy to present the winners of the 2020 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. This spring, the top picks in all categories were chosen by our readers via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and congratulations to all the winners.
Live Music Venue
Lowell Folk Festival
Music lovers rejoice! Although this year’s event has been canceled, the Lowell Folk Festival will be back next July with three days of nonstop tunes. Along with music from around the world, enjoy craft demonstrations and ethnic food stalls situated throughout Lowell’s downtown. Watch street performers, let the kids run free in the family activity area and dance the night away.
Theater / Arts Venue
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Merrimack Repertory Theatre has been Merrimack Valley’s professional theater company since 1979 and is an integral part of Lowell’s identity as the cultural heart of the region. The company is a leader in fostering and celebrating new plays, frequently producing world and regional premieres, as well as working with its national network of associate artists on workshops and readings.
50 E. Merrimack St. | Lowell, Mass.
Fans of the Lowell Spinners have watched many Spinners prospects climb the minor league ladder to become major leaguers. What’s more, the Spinners provide fun, affordable entertainment for the whole family. With a full slate of exciting promotions, contests and giveaways, every Spinners game is a memorable event. While the 2020 season has been delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19, you should still consider supporting them — their online store features nifty Mill City-themed apparel.
Museums & Galleries
Western Avenue Studios
Western Avenue is home to the largest artist community on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The 5-acre complex and its varied brick mill buildings host 250 work-only studios, 50 live/work lofts, over a dozen teaching artists, the artist-run Loading Dock Gallery and the Onyx Room Performance Space. Visit during their Open Studios events to meet the artists and learn more.
122 Western Ave. | Lowell, Mass.
Stop by next week for the winners in the ‘Milestone (Longevity in Business)’ category.
The 2020 MVMAs are sponsored by: