Lowell is a city of immigrants, artists, hard-working people — and one festival after another, it seems, especially when summer rolls around.

The busy, fun-filled festival season is underway, with several in store this weekend and next.

Acre Family Day Care and Lowell National Historical Park team up for the free, family-oriented Greater Lowell Pre-K STEAM Fair on Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-noon, at Boott Cotton Mill Museum, 115 John St. Enjoy special access to the Tsongas Industrial History Center's weaving and water room and special presentations by Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm, Eyes on Owls, Discovery Museum, Project LEARN, and Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.

Also on Saturday is the eighth annual Free Acrefest and Resource Fair, noon-4 p.m., at North Common Park, 413 Fletcher St. The Coaltion for a Better Acre and ACTION — Acre Coming Together Improving Our Neighborhood — partner in this gathering to share resources and family-oriented activities.

If you missed the baklava and spinach pie at last weekend's Greek Festival, you can get your fill at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's Greek Food Festival running Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16. In addition to fabulous food, there's a live Greek band playing Saturday night for dancing, as well as activities for kids.


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The annual African Festival, on Saturday, June 15, brings music, food, dance and crafts to the Sampas Pavilion on the river along Pawtucket Boulevard. The festivities, food and fun run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and honor this year's theme, "Our Culture is Our Gift to Cherish." Visit www.africanfestivallowell.org for info.

Looking ahead, save the date for the second Midsummer Dream Festival on Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 11 p.m. Hosted by DIY Lowell along Merrimack Street, enjoy magic and mystery with art, theater, music and costumes, plus kids' crafts, a fairy and troll house, a pixie marketplace and more.

And that's June. Visit www.cultureiscool.org for details.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net