About the Canalway Cultural District

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From the nation’s largest industrial center to one of the most exciting cultural centers in Massachusetts, Lowell’s Canalway Cultural District is defined by a thriving arts community, daily cultural activities and an array of dining destinations, making it the premier entertainment hub of the Merrimack Valley.


Unique shops, museum stores and one of a kind boutiques for everyone make the Canalway Cultural District a well-rounded shopping destination.

Art & Culture

The Canalway Cultural District is home to many of Lowell’s top cultural attractions. With more than a dozen public art installations, nine public parks, over 20 annual festivals and events, along with countless concerts, a world class professional theater company and performances that range
from intimate gallery openings to major athletic events
year-round—There’s A Lot To Like for everyone. 


Many restaurants are within walking distance to art and performance venues in the Canalway Cultural District and offer a wide variety of dining options to satisfy every taste and budget. Enjoy a relaxing meal before a show, or cap off the evening with cocktails and dessert for a pleasurable experience in the District.


Parking in the District

The Canalway Cultural District offers ample parking located in close proximity to venues, restaurants, art galleries and other District attractions. 


Renewed for a second, 5 year designation in 2017, the Canalway Cultural District of Lowell is one one of 43 Cultural Districts in the Commonwealth, all of which were designated through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Districts Initiative. 

Restaurants in the Canalway Cultural District!

Canalway Partners

If you're looking for special artisan goods, unique items, or handmade local art, we suggest you stop by our Canalway Cultural District Partners.

Western Avenue Studios & Lofts

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Lowell’s Western Avenue Studios is home to the largest artist community on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The five
acre complex and its varied brick mill buildings are home to over 300 artists in 250 work only studios and 50 live/work lofts. Western Avenue Studios also houses The Loading Dock Gallery - a cooperative, artist run gallery, Navigation Brewery’s tap room and The Onyx Room Performance Space. 

122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA 01851, Call (978) 710-8605
@WesternAveArts / www.westernavenuestudios.com