The Lowell Folk Festival 2018


  • Craig Gates, one of the Lowell Folk Festival’s true unsung heroes, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 30, 2017 at the age of 65. Craig was executive director of the Lowell Festival Foundation for six years, following many years as general manager of the Tsongas Arena. His knowledge of and love for Greater Lowell were part of his DNA.  Craig was the go-to person all year long for the hundreds of Folk Festival processes, policies and questions. And he loved it – not just the Folk Festival weekend with its music and excitement, but all the moving parts that behind the scenes are crucial to the Festival’s success.

The Foundation Board and all who had the privilege to have worked with and known Craig are saddened by his loss, but also are inspired by his energy and commitment. His legacy will live on as we dedicate the 2018 Lowell Folk Festival to Craig – whose efforts and enthusiasm have helped make it the event it is today.


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  • Each year, we could not produce the Festival without the support of so many sponsors and donors. Please take a moment to see our sponsors here.

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