This Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the North Common Park & Community Garden will be home to the 8th Annual Harvest Festival to celebrate the year’s most abundant season. This free, family friendly event will celebrate the year’s harvest by showcasing food traditions with hands-on activities. The festival includes a farmer’s market, cooking and gardening demos, garden tours, and food trucks. Hosted by Mill City Grows, this event happens rain or shine.
Another market offering locally grown, healthy, and quality food, is Community Teamwork’s outdoor market which runs Fridays from 12 – 5 p.m. in the Lucy Larcom Park. Since 1979, the Lowell Farmers’ Market has provided access to fresh goods, meats, honey, and crafts right in the heart of Lowell. The urban setting is a unique contrast to the rurally produced goods. With the goal of supporting a healthy community, the market is committed to increasing access of fresh food from nearby farms to urban customers, while offering educational entertainment. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, and fun activities every Friday until October 25th.
Mill No. 5’s A Little Bazaar begins the weekend on Saturday, September 28th, with The Itty Bitty. A collection of vendors will display an array of pins, stickers, patches, and jewelry. Various local artists who work with metal, fiber, and wood will offer unique wares. Boston local crafter and artist, Danielle Robichaud, will be there to show off her inspired jewelry, brainstorming process, and physical tinkering. Meet Danielle and other creative minds at A Little Bazaar on Saturday from noon till 4 p.m.
Sundays there’s The Farm Market from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring produce from local farmers and other locally sourced products that celebrate homegrown talent and experience. The Farm Market takes place year-round at Mill No. 5 strengthening the connection between local farmers and Lowellians and improving access to quality, healthy, and diverse foods. The Farm Market also hosts live music each week--this Sunday’s band is Hashtag Hoedown. Mill No.5 begins October with Ghastly: The Oddity and Horror Marketplace. Those who are fond of the unusual will love the collections of antiques and trinkets meant to get you in the fall spirit with this market of the strange and scary. Ghastly opens on Saturday, October 5th from noon - 4 p.m.
Early October also brings a unique art style that stands out. On Saturday and Sunday, October 6th, and 7th, Western Ave Studios hosts their monthly open studios with a large display of autumn themed artwork. From noon-5 p.m. this two day event offers shopping opportunities, the ability to meet the artists first hand, learn about the inspiration that drives them to create spookier designs. The repurposed mills will be filled with creative and seasonal themed handmade crafts, photos and art, wood and glass creations, and jewelry. Meet the large artist community while enjoying coffee and brewery pop-ups, as well as a few food trucks.