In Acton on Friday
In Acton on Friday (courtesy photo)

Célébrez la Québec!

1. The 2019 Franco-American Festival Week runs through Saturday. (Free) The entertaining and educational event has been held in Lowell every year since 1971 to honor Saint John the Baptist Day on June 24. The celebration aims to preserve the city's Franco-American heritage and culture. Highlights include a French language mass, live musical events, film screenings and lectures. Visit the festival's Facebook page.

Get into the swing for Strongwater

2. The Strongwater Farm 6th Annual Veteran's Golf Classic is Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St. ($175/golfer, $700/foursome) Registration starts at 9:30 am, followed by a shotgun start at 11. Cocktail hour is at 4 p.m., featuring golf-themed drinks and appetizers. The event will conclude with a BBQ dinner at 4:30 and a raffle featuring more than 30 prizes, including dinner gift certificates and Boston Bruins memorabilia. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at

Get the Led out


Dan Kirouac in Fitchburg on Friday
Dan Kirouac in Fitchburg on Friday (courtesy photo)

3. KASHMIR, billed as the nation's No. 1 Led Zeppelin tribute band, is coming to Acton's NARA Park Amphitheater, 25 Ledgerock Way, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ($15 online/$20 in person) Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs; all seating is general admission. Refreshments, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase during the show. Doors open at 6:30, and parking is free in the Upper Parking Lot on 75 Quarry Road. Visit the NARA Park Facebook Page.

Keep track of Kirouac at River Styx

4. Singer/guitarist Dan Kirouac performs at River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drve, Suite 112, Fitchburg on Friday, starting at 7 p.m. (Free) Kirouac has been part of the regional music scene for 35 years. When not busy with the tribute band, Beatles for Sale, his solo performances showcase vocals accompanied by a six-string acoustic guitar. From the one-hit wonders to the lost classics, from the 1960s to today, every show is a different experience, drawing from almost 500 contemporary and oldie songs. Visit

Get two chances to see the next Miss Mass.

5. Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, hosts two nights of pageantry, with the Miss Massachusetts 2019 Preliminary Competition on Friday, 7 p.m. ($35), followed by the Miss Massachusetts Pageant 2019 on Saturday, 7 p.m. ($50). Call 877-571-7469 or visit

Use your 'Indoor Voice' (or not)

6. Charlie Smith hosts "This Is My Indoor Voice," an open-mike night at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, on Friday starting at 8 p.m. (Free but donations welcome) There will be a cash bar. Visit

Tour artists' studios

7. Artists at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell host Open Studios on Saturday, noon-5 p.m. (free) More than 20 new artists have joined up, so if you haven't been recently, it's time to revisit. In addition to art, Brew'd Awakening will be there for coffee, iced or hot, as will Sweet Lydia's chocolates and confections, and B's Tacos food truck, and, of course, Navigation Brewing is open 2-10 p.m. Also, Loading Dock Gallery hosts its monthly reception for the gallery's new show, "Six by Six Under $100," 4-6pm. Plenty of free parking. Check out the Facebook page.

Pop into the pops concert

8. The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents presents its Summer Pops Concert on Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shedd Park Pavilion, 433 Rogers St., Lowell. (Free but suggested donation of $10 adults, $5 children and students) The concert will be held rain or shine, with a mix of light classical and pops music as well as several patriotic favorites. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket, and welcome new conductor and music director Thomas Kociela. Visit or

Help out Wounded Warriors

9. The Lowell Elks Club, 40 Old Ferry Road, presents its 1st Annual Veterans Fundraiser, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. ($15 adults, kids free) The day starts with a cornhole tournament ($40 for a team of two; bring your own boards and bags), followed by live music, basket raffles, food (included in cost of admission), a bouncey house, a cash bar and more.

Listen ... and then jam

10. The Hearing Room, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell, hosts two bands Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m., when The Splinters bring their bluegrass sound and CrossTracks bring their Americana music to the stage. ($10) Bring your guitars and other instruments — there will be a jam after the show. Visit, and for more information.

Compiled by Jacquelyn Jarnagin, Nancye Tuttle and staff.