Art, History, Dining: DTL is Open!


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Welcome to the unofficial source of Downtown Lowell re-opening news and information!

Downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, also known as DTL, is the heart of Lowell and the Canalway Cultural District. Explore this website to learn about all DTL has to offer as it safely re-opens from the COVID-19 Pandemic. We’ll keep updating the site with events and developments through June 2021! For more about Lowell, visit the City’s official page,

This website is supported in part by a Commonwealth Places Resurgent Places grant and administered by DIY Lowell. Click here to learn more!

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Visualize Lowell's Black History

Mr. LewVisualize Lowell’s Black History is an exhibition of Black history, art, and performances through June 30, 2021. The project includes a temporary history trail marked with zip-tie signs complete with wayfinding signs and COVID-19 reminders to be installed in February, art banners hung from lampposts and a temporary sculpture by Black artists to be installed in April, and performances tentatively scheduled for June. Follow the links above for more information about each element.

Pictured: Barzillai Lew (November 5, 1743 — January 18, 1822), an African-American man from Lowell who served with distinction during the American Revolutionary War.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Currently, Lowell is in Step I of Phase IV of the Governor’s reopening Massachusetts plan. That means:

  • Stadiums, arenas, and ballparks at 12% capacity, outdoor venues open at 25% capacity
  • 150 person limit on outdoor gatherings, including theatre and performance
  • Historical facilities, libraries, and museums open at 40% capacity
  • Restaurant performances allowed, but no singing, wind, or brass instruments
  • Restaurants and retail businesses open at 40% capacity
  • Tables must be 6′ apart, no standing (bar service) customers, and no more than 6 people at a table
  • Bars that do not serve food are closed
  • Please note some individual businesses and museums have chosen to close due to COVID-19. We will update in the directory whenever we learn of a temporary closure or re-opening!
In addition, face coverings are required in all public places for people over 5 years old with certain exceptions listed on the  Re-Opening Massachusetts Website. When visiting downtown, please stay six feet apart from other visitors and stay home if you’re feeling sick or had recent contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19!