Welcome to the city of Lowell and the Canalway Cultural District...

Named the “Canalway Cultural District of Lowell,” the district encompasses the downtown core bounded by Arcand Drive, Middlesex Street, Howe Street, the Merrimack River and Worthen Street.  The District includes major downtown cultural institutions like the Lowell National Historical Park, the Whistler House Museum of Art, the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the ALL Arts Gallery, Angkor Dance Troupe, Boarding House Park, UnchARTed, Gallery Z and Mill No. 5.  Downtown Lowell’s many cafes and restaurants, which offer a range of palate pleasing cuisines, are also located within the district.

Things To Do In The District

Dining in the Canalway Cultural District

With more than 40 restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of art and performance venues, the Canalway Cultural District offers a wide variety of dining options to satisfy your personal tastes and budget. Enjoy a relaxing meal before a show or cap off the evening with cocktails and dessert for a night out in the Canalway Cultural District.

Attractions in the District

The Canalway Cultural District is home to many of Lowell’s top attractions. With more than a dozen public art installations, nine public parks, over 14 annual festivals and events and countless concerts and performances that range from intimate gallery openings to major athletic events, There’s A Lot To Like for everyone!



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. 

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

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

Mill No. 5

Mill No. 5 is an indoor streetscape of historic buildings and storefronts salvaged from throughout New England and beyond. Mill No. 5 is home to a variety of boutique shops, Coffee and Cotton (a farm-to table cafe), The Luna Theater (an independent movie theater) and Red & White Market (a farm fresh convenience store). Every Sunday the Hi-Hat features live local music as part of The Farm Market, the area’s only year round indoor farmer’s market. 

250 Jackson St., Lowell, MA 01852, Call (978) 656-1828
@millno5 / hello@millno5.com / www.millno5.com

 Image by ToryGermann, courtesy of Mill No. 5

Image by ToryGermann, courtesy of Mill No. 5

 image by Western Avenue Studios

image by Western Avenue Studios