August 5, 2023

2023 Lynn Arts & Culture Festival: A Renaissance in the Making

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2023 Lynn Arts & Culture Festival: A Renaissance in the Making

LYNN — The Lynn Arts and Culture Festival is returning for its second edition on Saturday, August 12th, offering a vibrant celebration of the city’s artistic heritage and cultural diversity.

“This festival is a great way to showcase our residents’ talents and our expanding arts and culture scene,” Mayor Jared Nicholson said. “We are excited to welcome all those attending this event and to celebrate our amazing cultural diversity.”

The festival will run from 11:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., encompassing six unique locations. Attendees can enjoy live music, diverse food options, activities for all ages, and works from gifted local artists. All the details for the festival can be found at

Trolley Stops and Festival Locations

Two free trolleys featuring live music will transport attendees, providing a tour of the city’s murals painted by Beyond Walls Lynn. Here are the designated trolley stops and corresponding festival locations:

  • Goldfish Pond: Artisans, live music, belly dancing, and free face painting.
  • Downtown Lynn Cultural District: Galleries, art battles, historical walking tours, and family-friendly events.
  • Red Rock Park: Diversity Matters Festival, vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, and live art-making.
  • Lincoln Street: Haitian Festival with live performances, culinary experiences, and community celebrations.
  • Bent Water Brewing Company: Brewery walks, outdoor games, live music.
  • High Rock Park: Observatory tours.

The full schedule and additional event highlights for each location can be found at

Sunil Gulab, a festival organizer and project manager at Creative Cities Lynn, spoke about the transformation of Lynn and the importance of the festival. “We’re up against a very negative stigma, and it’s very old,” Gulab said. “(The city is) not dangerous, it’s not ugly, it’s not how people think of it.”

Last Year’s Success and Expectations for 2023

The inaugural festival in 2022 attracted over 2,500 attendees. This year, Gulab anticipates more than 5,000 attendees will come to enjoy the festivities.


Funding and Future Aspirations

Supported mainly by grants from organizations like the Lynn Cultural Council, the festival seeks to rival similar events in nearby cities like Peabody, Lowell, and Lawrence.

“We have a lot to offer,” Gulab said. “The renaissance of Lynn has begun, and we’re showcasing that.”

The 2023 Lynn Arts and Culture Festival is not just an event; it’s a resurgence of pride and creativity in a city shedding its old image. Be part of this lively celebration, transcending boundaries and unifying communities.

 Lynn is ready to take center stage, bursting with color, rhythm, flavor, and creativity as it hosts the annual Lynn Arts and Culture Festival. This dynamic event has become a focal point for a city rediscovering itself, infusing its streets with an energy that resonates with its historical roots and contemporary spirit.

“Lynn is a dynamic and diverse city that embraces and supports Arts and Culture…” Mayor Jared Nicholson proudly declares.

Join us in this spirited celebration, embracing the talent, diversity, and cultural richness of Lynn. For more insights and details, visit the official website.

About the Lynn Arts and Culture Festival: A celebration epitomizing the artistic diversity and cultural heritage of Lynn. Uniting local artists, performers, entrepreneurs, and communities, it’s a must-see event!