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The Lowell Folk Festival is the longest running,[2] and second largest, free folk festival in the United States. Only Seattle's Northwest Folklife is larger, both in attendance and number of performance stages.[citation needed] It is made up of three days of traditional music, dance, craft demonstrations, street parades, dance parties and ethnic foods. All of this is presented on six outdoor stages throughout the city of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Lowell Folk Festival
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Lowell Folk Festival 2009
DatesLast full weekend of July annually
Location(s)Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Years active1990-Present[1]

It is one of many festivals in the U.S. that originated from the National Folk Festival. Lowell hosted the event from 1987 to 1989, and the locals continued this festival starting in 1990.[1] The festival is held from Friday through Sunday on the last full weekend of July each year, and is presented by Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Festival Foundation, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the City of Lowell, the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lowell Folk Festival".
  2. ^ "Lowell Folk Festival". The Boston Calendar.
  3. ^ "30th LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE JULY 29-31, 2016".

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