By The Howl Street Team

LOSE YOURSELF IN A MOVIE
The Luna Theater
250 Jackson St., 4th Flr. | 978-656-1828
Lowell’s art house theater features new indie movies and cult classics. Students receive a sweet discount ($8 per show). lunalowell.com

TAKE A CANAL BOAT TOUR
National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market St. | 978-970-5000
The history behind building the city’s 5.6 miles of canals seems to unfold like a Martin Scorsese film (think Gangs of New York with Boston accents). For about $6, a boat tour of the canal ways is fun and will give you a new appreciation for Lowell. But hurry, the tours close for the season after Columbus Day weekend. www.nps.gov

TEST YOUR “SMAHTS”
Old Court

29 Central St. | 978-452-0100
The city’s oldest pub trivia challenge takes place at this Irish restaurant and pub every Tuesday at 8pm. oldcourtirishpub.com

TASTE THE BEST DOUGHNUT IN THE WORLD
Donut Shack
487 Westford St. | 978-937-0178
We dare you to find a better doughnut anywhere. Get the marshmallow-filled.

MEET-UP WITH THE EVIL GENIUS SET
Larry’s Comics
66 Lakeview Ave. | 978-459-5323
The 5th largest comic shop in New England hosts weekly fantasy card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering and Heroclix tournaments. larryscomics.net

SCOPE OUT LOCAL BABES WHILE WRITING YOUR NEXT SCREENPLAY
Hypertext Bookstore & Cafe
107  Merrimack St. | 978-677-7191
The Rub elbows with fellow book worms, local authors, and fellow coffee addicts at this indie bookshop’s free poetry readings, book signings, live music showcases and fun literary events.

FIND 300 ARTISTS UNDER ONE ROOF
Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Ave. | 978-710-8605
With more than 300 creative minds spread over five floors of an old mill building, Western Avenue Studios now holds one of the largest concentrations of working artists in the northeast. On the first Saturday of every month, the artists open their doors for you to explore and play from 12-5pm. westernavenuestudios.com

DANCE WITH ABANDON
Cappy’s Copper Kettle

245 Central St. | 978-735-4866
Undisputedly the city’s best time-warp spot, Cappy’s hosts an oldies dance party every Friday and Saturday at 9pm with a very mixed crowd — think Deer Hunter meets Friends. Yes, it’s weird, but totally fun. Call a friend from the four-walled pay phone booth inside the bar and tell them to join you. So old-school there is no website.

SIP SOME FARM-FRESH CIDER
Parlee Farms
95 Farwell Road, Tyngsboro | 978-649-3854
Known for having some of the best apple cider and apple cider doughnuts in the area, Parlee’s has over 20 varieties you can pluck from the orchards come fall. parleefarms.com

SCORE SOME SWEET LOOT
Marketplace at Mill No. 5

250 Jackson St. | 978-656-1828
From retro furnishings and vintage clothes to vinyl, comics, toys, original artwork, jewelry, organic beauty products, tasty treats, farm-fresh produce and much more — you name it and you’ll find it at the monthly marketplaces falling on the first Saturday of the month at Mill No. 5. millno5.com

brunswicklanesGET YOUR LEBOWSKI ON
Brunswick Lanes
647 Pawtucket Blvd. | 978-454-0476
Every Friday $10 gets you two hours of Cosmic Bowling, shoe rental, prizes, contests and more. Bathrobe optional. bowlbrunswick.com

WANDER THROUGH A HISTORIC CEMETERY
Lowell Cemetery
77 Knapp Ave. | 978-454-5191
Take a free tour of one of the earliest Victorian garden-style cemeteries in the country, filled with unique stone sculptures, art and history.

SHOOT SOME STICK
Maxamillians Billiards
315 Middlesex Rd., Tyngsboro | 978-649-0400
There are nights when you want something a bit more relaxed. This is why pool was invented. Maxamillians is Greater Lowell’s largest pool hall, with everything you need whether you’re channeling your inner Minnesota Fats or just want a quiet night out with friends. maxamillians.com

SEE ARTWORK BY SOMEBODY FAMOUS
Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen St. | 978-452-7641
Born in Lowell on July 11, 1834, James McNeill Whistler established himself as a painter in Paris and London, developing a distinctive style known for muted colors and simple forms. His masterpiece is largely credited as “Whistler’s Mother” (“Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1”) and his work later provided the inspiration for Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. New exhibits are shown regularly at the Parker Gallery. whistlerhouse.org

winter-fun-hockey-UmassLowellBECOME A COLLEGE HOCKEY FAN
UMass Lowell River Hawks Hockey at the Tsongas Center
300 MLK Jr. Way | 978-934-5738
To hell with major league ticket prices. This champion Division I hockey team will give you plenty of reasons to have a blast at the ice rink. goriverhawks.com

HUNT GHOSTS
New England Ghost Project
Dracut | 978-455-6678
Join Greater Lowell’s own zany team of paranormal investigators, The New England Ghost Project, as they hunt for spirits at houses, landmarks and other places rumored to be abuzz with supernatural activity. neghostproject.com

RUN WITH ZOMBIES
Panic in the Dark
The freaks come out at night along a creepy 5K obstacle run at Shedd Park on Nov. 5. Try to out race flesh-eating zombies before you become dinner, then join the “Brain Bash” after party with live music, and prize giveaways. Race is 18+. Check online for changing fee schedule. panicinthedark.com

SWING LIKE TED WILLIAMS
Kimball’s Farm
400 Littleton Rd., Westford | 978-486-3891
Flex your batting muscle at Kimball’s Grand Slam batting cages. After you’ve had your fill, work on your putt at the fun center’s 18-hole mini golf course, take a bumper boat for a spin or brush up on your air hockey game at the arcade. Top it all off with the homemade ice cream. kimballfarm.com

GET HIGH (ON ADRENALINE)
Skydive Pepperell
Pepperell | (978) 433-9222
For the thrill seeker: Skydive Pepperell allows you to jump from a perfectly good plane at 13,000 feet in the air. skyjump.com

FIND YOUR ZEN
Sutra Studios
250 Jackson St., Mill No. 5 | 844-337-8872
Exams got you stressed? Stretch and chant your way back to sanity with yoga for beginners, $16 to drop-in on a class.

CHANNEL YOUR INNER THESPIAN
Merrimack Repertory Theater
50 E. Merrimack St. | 978-654-4MRT
There’s really not a bad seat in the house at the recently renovated Merrimack Repertory Theater where an intimate stage spotlights quality and affordable plays. mrt.org

TAKE THE SELF-GUIDED FIGHTER MOVIE TOUR
The award-winning 2010 boxing biopic starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams is based on the real-life story of retired Lowell welterweight champ Micky Ward. Explore the grittier side of the city by following historian and local blogger Dick Howe’s convenient map connecting the dots to all the local places that appeared in the movie. richardhowe.com/2010/12/30/the- fighteron-the-ground-in-lowell

SEE A LIVE ROCK SHOW
The Hi-Hat
250 Jackson St. at Mill No. 5
No ID? No problem. Discover some unforgettable tunes at Lowell’s newest all-ages venue in Mill No. 5.

EXPLORE THE BEATS
Another Lowell-born celebrity, literary icon Jack Kerouac helped define the countercultural “Beat Generation” through spontaneous prose fueled by outrageous cross-country road adventures and a love of jazz. Check out the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Fest from Oct. 6-10, where you’ll find pub tours, live music, poetry readings and even an annual road race in his honor. lowellcelebrateskerouac.org

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RE-CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD
City of Lights Parade
Downtown Lowell
Every November, typically after Thanksgiving, the city rolls out the holiday season with a parade of floats and marching bands before flipping the switch that illuminates City Hall and the downtown historic district in thousands of twinkling lights. Pose for a selfie with Santa and cast your vote for the best hot chocolate in the city. Lowell.org

 

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