Summers are Special in Lowell

Summers are Special in Lowell

A quaint town, Lowell features small businesses and a friendly community. Not only that, but it is also home to several festivals and unique events each summer that keep folks coming back for more.

The Riverwalk Festival, which runs from July 10-12 at the height of summer. Thursday night features a pig roast from 4-7 PM at Riverwalk Plaza with live music by Kris Hitchcock and country rock band Small Town Son. On Friday night, there will be street performers, an arts and crafts show, and rock band The Bronk Bros. with perform for festival goers. Starting at 10 AM, Saturday will feature a whole day of entertainment with a parade, Motorcycle Fun Run, Riverwalk Cruise-in (classic cars), Pink Arrow Kidz Zone, kayak/canoe race, food booths, Englehardt Library used book sale, downtown shopping, and street entertainers. On stage, it’s Open Mic Day featuring local musicians from 10 AM-4 PM, and the event concludes with the Laurels of Kent fireworks shooting off at 10:15 PM. Check out the website for more information.

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Photo courtesy of the Lowell Riverwalk Festival

Music lasts all summer long in Lowell with the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts in front of the historic Showboat on the Flat River. The concerts are every Thursday night from 7-9 PM until August 21. The concerts showcase and support a diverse selection of musicians and musical styles from throughout Michigan including blues, world music, country, rock, big band, Americana, and jazz.

Each year, a committee selects a 10-week slate of performers through an application process with a goal of providing new musical experiences for Lowell residents as well as the many folks who visit from around the state. The concerts draw upwards of 1,000 visitors each week. Admission and parking is free and the concert venue is wheelchair accessible with handicap/senior parking is available. Bleacher seating is available, as well as space for your own comfy folding chair. For additional details visit the website and Facebook page.

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Photo courtesy of Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

“The atmosphere is both relaxing and festive. Many people arrive early and enjoy a picnic supper on the lawn before the concert. Concessions, beer, wine, and margaritas are also offered on the Riverwalk Plaza. The tone of the evening is set by the style of music being played – which is always high-quality and entertaining. Often the upbeat music inspires quite a bit of dancing by people of all ages, in the space in front of the stage. The concerts are most very family-friendly. The kids have a great time enjoying the sights and sounds. As a special treat for the kids that attend the concert, each week there is a different artist featured who creates, free for the public, balloon animals, caricatures, or cartoons,” said Janet Teunis, project director for the Lowell Arts Council. “And, the sunset over the Flat River always makes an incredible backdrop for the concerts. Many people also enjoy the concerts in their own boat!”

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Photo courtesy of the Kent County Youth Fair

As the calendar turns to August, the fair comes to town with the Kent County Youth Fair at the fairgrounds in Lowell. The fair runs from August 1-9 from 8 AM-11 PM daily. The Audacious Hoopers, a professional hula hoop dance troupe specializing in high energy, dynamic performances that elevate simple plastic circles into a compelling art form, will perform daily at 1, 4 and 7 PM and Saturday 1, 3, 5 and 7 PM. Other activities include the Meijer Children’s Barn Yard- where kids can check out the different farm animals, carnival rides of all kind, classic fair food like elephant ears and corn dogs, and tractor pulls. Visit their website and Facebook for more information.

If you think Lowell is just a sleepy small town, why not come check it out this summer? You just might get proven wrong.