All times are tentative.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lantern Decoration

Lanterns and art supplies will be available from 6:00 to 7:30 to decorate with art, messages, memorials, or anything else you’d like until supplies run out. $5 donation per lantern suggested. Lanterns may also be decorated before the event — click here for more information.

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Community Performances

Fun community performances begin the program, which includes youth, amatuer, and professional music and dance throughout the early evening. Between each performance, community DJs will spin diverse tunes. Times are approximate.

Check back soon for list of performances!

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Food Vendors

Food from faith-based and ethnic organizations and small businesses will be available for sale during the entire length of the event. This is the only opportunity to sample food from some of these vendors outside of the Lowell Folk Festival!

Check back soon for list of vendors!

7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Main Program

A special program with prayers, dedications, and announcements will come right before the launch of the lanterns. It’s the moment we all come together before the main event!

8:15 pm
Lantern Launch

At sundown, our volunteers will launch the hundreds of lanterns into the Western Canal. This is a participatory event, as the audience is invited to carry lanterns to the launch point. The lanterns will slowly fill the canal over the next hour.

8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Dance Party

A dance party with lively music Lowell’s diverse cultures closes out the evening.

Check back soon for performers.