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Downtown Lowell is a great place for students to enjoy the arts

Mill No. 5 is one of Lowell’s best underground destinations for music and movies. (Photo courtesy of

Christina Laderoute
Connector Staff

For those that enjoy exploring and finding new and exciting things to do, the city of “Lowell has a lot to like.”

If live music and unleashing your inner performer satisfies your checklist for a great night, every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. there is an open mic night at The Hearing Room. The Hearing Room is located at 119 Chelmsford Street in Lowell. There is a five-dollar cost of attendance.

If an open mic isn’t really your thing, the Luna Theater hosts a movie night every Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. called Weirdo Wednesday. They show a cult cinema movie that is rare and obscure. It’s a free event, but the catch is that you don’t know what movie they are showing until 5 minutes before it starts.

Thursday nights are packed full of things to do if you ever find yourself in need of some fun. Every Thursday, from 7 to 10 p.m., The Hearing Room hosts a mostly acoustic jam session. Similar to open mic, the cost of attendance is also five-dollars.

From 8:05 to 11:35 p.m. on Thursdays, the Luna Theater hosts a free live jazz music event. The Luna Theater is located in Mill No. 5, which is at 250 Jackson Street in Lowell. Conveniently enough, the yellow line that goes to the ICC can take you close enough to Mill No. 5 that you can walk there. Just across the bridge at Warp and Weft (197 Market Street), there is a free open mic night every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

For the songwriter out there, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.., there is a Songwriter’s Circle at The Hearing Room. They encourage you to share your original songs, listen to other’s work, provide helpful feedback and just enjoy the music.

Every Sunday from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Mill No. 5, there is a farmer’s market. It is the region’s only indoor, year-round farmer’s market. There are farm fresh fruit, veggies, artisan bread and pastries, locally sourced meat and eggs, handmade craft goods and to tie it all together, there is live music.

On Wednesday, October 3rd, UMass Lowell President, Marty Meehan, will be speaking at the Mark & Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center – Perry Atrium on North Campus. He will be talking about the cost and importance of education in the modern world. If you are interested in attending, you can register for the event on Event Brite.

On Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m., comedian Trevor Noah will be at the Tsongas Center. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the Tsongas Center website.

On October 6th and 7th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Western Ave Studios & Lofts (122 Western Ave, Lowell) is hosting a free art festival called “Artoberfest.” It will consist of open studios, artist demonstrations, The Loading Dock Gallery (held only on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.), an artful pumpkin contest, a food truck and craft beer.

On Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 to 3:00, the community garden is hosting a Harvest Festival. It will be held at the North Common Park (413 Fletcher Street). This is a free event with live music, local food and family-friendly games and activities.

Utilize your free time and take advantage of all the exciting things that the city of Lowell has to offer.

Christina Laderoute

Music photojournalist. President of UML's student-run record label, Seven Six Records.

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