Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Overview
The Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (CASE) is the official arts and events agency for the City of Lowell, MA. Established by City ordinance in May 2008, CASE's mission is to help create a high quality cultural environment that offers appealing experiences to the city’s diverse population, stimulates economic development, enhances quality of life and encourages people to experience and participate in the culture of the community. As both a service and presenting organization, CASE accomplishes this mission by planning yearly community events including:
- 4th of July Celebration
- Monster Bash
- City of Lights Parade & Celebration
- St. Patrick's Day Dinner
CASE provides logistical support for large and small events,including the Lowell Folk Festival, the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, Bay State Marathon, Blues 'n Brews, Puerto Rican Festival, the Southeast Asian Water Festival and others. CASE can provide assistance with your event permitting process.
CASE is assists production companies of any size who choose Lowell as their production location and promotes Lowell as a valuable and exciting film-making destination. CASE aids with site selection and coordination of City services. Click here to find out more
Promotion and Marketing
CASE also works to promote Lowell as a tourist and visitor destination by marketing Lowell and all the great things to do and see in the city through a variety of channels.
At the heart of this effort is the #Lowell: There's A Lot To Like campaign and LikeLowell.com, the City's web page highlighting all there is to like about Lowell — museums, restaurants, galleries, events and historical tours.
CASE can help residents and event producers promote their event on the City's self-serve Community Events Calendar. You can access that calendar at likelowell.com/calendar. Just follow the link to get started.
Special Event and Film Permits
Please review the descriptions below to determine which permit you may need. The permit application in the documents section is a "fillable" PDF that can be saved to your desktop, edited electronically and emailed back to our office; or it can be printed if necessary. A Special Events Permit fee of $25 (check or money order only) will be required at the time of application. Additional fees may apply. Please contact our office at 978-446-1482 if you have any additional questions.