|Monument to the 1912 Strikers|
|Lawrence City Hall|
1. The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival
On Labor Day from 11:30 AM - 6:00PM the festival centered around Campagnone Common features:
- live music on multiple stages celebrating a variety of traditions -- bachata, jazz, rock n' roll, folk, progressive hip hop, you name it!
- a live history stage where you can learn about Lawrence's history and its present from historians, writers, union representatives, and community activists -- and be sure to check out the community corner and soapbox
- kids' activities including pony rides, face painting, and arts activities
- tours -- both trolley tours and historic walking tours take you to sites related to the 1912 strike and other aspects of this historic mill city
- a variety of tables with vendors and non-profit organizations -- everything from food to labor organizing
Again this year the giant puppets from Vermont's famed Bread and Puppet Theater will bring their unique approach to both puppetry and politics to Lawrence. Their performances always tell a story we need to see and hear. And the puppets really are huge. Is it my imagination or do the puppets get bigger every year? Come find out.
|Circus Ring Awaits the Giant Puppets|
|Costume Heads for Giant Puppets|
This year's Bread and Roses festival is a great chance to experience this popular Providence, Rhode Island activist street band right here in Lawrence. ERB is a "honk band" of brass, reeds and percussion who play at the annual Honk! festival in Somerville and Cambridge, the Pronk festival in Providence and other events across the country. They harness the power of music to promote peace and civic engagement. They'll be roaming the lawn on Campagnone Common starting at 5:15 PM.
|Extraordinary Rendition Band at Honk! (2013)|
From Friday evening at 6:00 thru Sunday evening Common Street becomes Italian heritage central. This is the 94th year that Lawrence's Italian community has honored the three martyrs: Saints Alfio, Filadelfo, and Cirino. Free music on multiple stages, great food, a torchlight procession, fireworks, confetti, and people yelling "Viva Sant Alfio" bring people to Lawrence to reunite with old friends and celebrate all that the Italian immigrants brought to the Immigrant City.
|The Italian Serenaders Performing on Common Street (2016)|
Tripoli Stage, right across the street from Tripoli Bakery (which, by the way, makes the best scala bread anywhere). Just stroll down Common Street and you're sure to encounter fun.
|The Saturday Night Crowd at Three Saints (2016)|
Get a taste of Lebanese culture at the 43rd Mahrajan at St. Anthony's Maronite Church. Three days of music, dancing and plenty of Lebanese (and American) food starts Friday evening, Sept. 1. There's plenty of time to enjoy the food, music, dancing, hookah, games, and even cooking classes. Stop by Friday 6PM-Midnight, Saturday 5PM- Midnight, and Sunday Noon-Midnight.
|Crowds Starting to Build at Saint Anthony's for Mahrajan|
|The Pastry Tent is Three Tables Long!|
One of the stages at Bread and Roses is named for famous Lawrencian, Robert Frost. Frost discovered his talent and passion for poetry at Lawrence High and his work was first published in the Lawrence High newspaper. The Robert Frost Foundation aims to connect contemporary poets with Frost's legacy and his connection with Lawrence. Monday's 2017 Bread and Roses festival will remember longtime Robert Frost Foundation executive director and accomplished poet, Mark Schorr,who passed away earlier this year. Stop by the Robert Frost Stage at 1:15PM for a poetry tribute to Schorr.
There are way more than 6 reasons to come to Lawrence. Just come and you'll find out why "the whole world has come to Lawrence."
|Sign Commemorating the 1912 Strike in the Everett Mill|