Thursday, Oct. 5
6 p.m.: Traditional Kerouac Pub Tour.
From The Old Worthen, to the site of Nicky Sampas' Bar, to the Thirsty First Bar, to Cappy's Copper Kettle.
8 p.m.: LCK! Kick-off at Cappy's.
Performances by Alan Crane, Colleen Nichols and George Koumantzelis. Joined by special guest David Amram.
Friday, Oct. 6
9:30 a.m.: LHS Annual Poetry and Prose Competition. Students will read their poetry and prose entries. This is a Lowell High School event and not open to the public.
2 p.m.: Talking Jack. An open-ended time for readings and conversation on the life and work of Jack Kerouac at Christ Church United.
4:30 to 7 p.m.: Festive Wine Opening: "GRAY WORDS: The Dark and Light of Jack Kerouac."
Artist Barbara Gagel's abstract images using heated wax and pigment offer a deeper view of Kerouac's writing at the Ayer Lofts.
5:30 to 8 p.m.: Exhibit Opening Reception: Vast! Mad! Striving! Kerouac's Lowell Today. An exhibit curated by Mary Hart, presenting the work of artists in various media which examine Lowell as Jack Kerouac might have seen it. There will be live music, poetry, art and refreshments at Lowell Telecommunications Center. The exhibit will be there through Nov. 23.
7:30 p.m.: "Pull My Daisy" Showing and Commentary; and Jack and Jazz with David Amram at Zorba's Music Hall.
A showing of the classic film "Pull My Daisy" as narrated by Jack Kerouac. Then an evening of Jack and Jazz with David and Adam Amram.
Saturday, Oct. 7
9:30 a.m.: Commemorative at the Commemorative. This year's observance is primarily devoted to recalling the life and legacy of John Sampas. The Commemorative is located at French and Bridge Streets.
10:15 a.m.: Bus Tour: The Jack Kerouac Tour of Lowell. This tour takes participants to a number of Kerouac places around Lowell. Stops include Kerouac's birthplace, the schools he attended, the neighborhoods where he lived, the church and shrines at which he prayed, and his gravesite. Departs from the Commemorative. Donations will be accepted. Reservations at 978-970-5000.
10:30 a.m.: Art Walk/Gallery Tour.
A tour of the Lowell galleries that are featuring Kerouac-related exhibits. Leaving from the Commemorative.
12:30 p.m.: George Walker and Brian Hassett Present Kerouac and Cassady.
George Walker was one of Neal Cassady's closest friends in the last years of his life. Brian Hassett has been performing Kerouac on stage for 25 years. Together they have formed a duo that brings the old Beat friends to life -- using both Kerouac texts and improv. In the Community Room at Pollard Library.
2 p.m.: Festival's Theme Speaker John Leland. Leland is an arts and culture feature writer for The New York Times and the author of Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think). At Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center.
3:30 p.m.: Library Haunts and Hooky Tour. This tour includes a visit to the Pollard Library's "Kerouac Corner." At Pollard Memorial Library.
4 p.m.: Brian Hassett Road Show.
Brian Hassett returns to Lowell with his theatrical readings and comedic storytelling at The Old Worthen.
5 p.m.: Open Mike. Bring your favorite Kerouac passage to share, or a Kerouac inspired passage of your own. At The Old Worthen.
7:30 p.m.: A 60th anniversary celebration of On the Road.
Indie Rocker Kevin Devine will be the featured performer at Zorba's. He'll be joined by New England favorite, Will Dailey. The evening will open with Jami Cassady sharing memories of her father Neal, and her "Uncle Jack" Kerouac. A $10 donation is requested.
Sunday, Oct. 8
10 a.m.: "Mystic Jack" Tour.
Walking Tour begins at the St. Louis de France Church and moves along Beaulieu Street to the convent and school. Donations will be accepted.
1:30 to 4 p.m.: Annual Amram Jam. David Amram will perform with a cast of many readers, poets and musicians at The Old Worthen.
6 p.m.: "Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night" Tour. An evening walk through of the streets of the Pawtucketville neighborhood where Kerouac spent his adolescent years. Begins at Cumnock Hall and ends at the Sainte-Jeanne D'Arc Church. Donations will be accepted.
Monday, Oct. 9
10 a.m.: Kerouac's Nashua Connection Van Tour. A tour of the Kerouac sites of Nashua. Leaving from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center. Reservations at 978-970-5000. Donations will be accepted.
10 a.m.: Loop Tour from the Kerouac Commemorative.
Walk goes from the Commemorative on Bridge Street to the St. Louis Church, finishing at The Old Worthen.