Opening Ceremony at the Strikers' Monument


Held on the Common across from City Hall. Put on by the Strikers’ Monument Committee.

Update: Lawrence In Harmony (choir) will be replacing Brian Picket in singing labor songs to open up the Festival. LIH will perform "DeColores" and Lisbeth & Rocio will be performing "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. 

Historic Trolley Tours


FREE 50 minute tour of the historic mill town, Lawrence, MA. Departs from City Hall every 30 minutes starting at 12:00pm, with the last trolley at 4:00pm. Get TICKETS in advance at the Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park tent (these fill up quickly). 

Los paseos en trolley con guía en español salen a las 2:00pm, 3:00pm y 4:00pm. Busque su boleta en la mesa de “Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park.”

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Historic Walking Tours


FREE. Leaves from the Strikers' Monument on the Common across from City Hall and goes through the mill district, focusing on the Strike of 1912.

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Hall of Fame Award


The Bread and Roses Hall of Fame award is given annually to the individual or institution who has made a noteworthy contribution to the history of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and its legacy for the present and the future.

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Bread & Puppet Theater


The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets have grown bigger and bigger and today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

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Ubuntu is a Boston-based Reggae/Soul band that aims to promote the ideals of the South African philosophy its named after. Literally translating to, "I am because we are", Ubuntu uses music as a medium to breakdown societal barriers and unite all human beings under one foundation regardless of race, religion, sex, etc. Dedicated to establishing personal connections with fans across the globe, this 9-piece band delivers notoriously high-energy and interactive live performance that rallies everyone around the spirit of Ubuntu. 

Angkor Dance Troupe


In 1986 Tim Thou and a group of Cambodian refugees with a passion for Khmer performing arts came together in Lowell, Massachusetts with the sole purpose to revive a culture once almost lost.
As the heart of the Cambodian Community, the Angkor Dance Troupe is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced U.S. - based Cambodian traditional arts organizations.

Tigerman WOAH


Tigerman Woah is a rock and roll band from Lynn, MA that's been singing and hollering and stomping their working-class boots since 2012.

Hall of Fame Award


The Bread and Roses Hall of Fame award is given annually to the individual or institution who has made a noteworthy contribution to the history of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and its legacy for the present and the future.

Andre Veloz


She is a singer, songwriter, painter and actor. She pursues each of these art forms with equal command – one might say abandon.  She is an extraordinary vocalist who takes to the stage as if she owns it and, from the very first note, connects with the audience as if to say: “Come with me; let’s let it all out together.” Her name is Andre Veloz, and her surname (English translation: “fast”) bespeaks the daring of a woman who has plunged headlong into the male-dominated world of Dominican bachata, making no excuses and begging no quarter.  Her oh-so-soulful voice – pure, sonorous and effortless – is tailor-made for this genre, popularly known as the “Dominican Blues.” 

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Los Stones


Los Stones, a talented musical group from the Boston area, had its beginnings in early 2016. Initially a trio, Los Stones was created with the intention of filling a void in the live pop-rock genre. Since then, the group has evolved its style, with each time adding elements to create a psychedelic energy ambiance that ties several music styles together - attention is paid to both rock and blues as well as to Afro-Caribbean music, folk and electric. The current band members are Anthony (singer, guitar lead), Rony (drums), Feer (percussion), Jay (guitar), and Obed (bass). After paying tribute to several pioneering artists within their musical genres - such as Héroes del Silencio, Bob Marley, Sin Banderas - Los Stones is evolving their style with the purpose of creating something unique.



New Haven CT’s Ceschi (pronounced chess-key) Ramos makes his own version of progressive hip hop spliced with elements of folk & indie rock. One Ceschi song may consist of punk influenced machine gun fast raps, the next may be a quiet folk ballad played on acoustic guitar. Since the release of 2010′s Dj Scientist produced conceptual psych-rock inspired hip hop record “The One Man Band Broke Up” Ceschi spent the last few years collaborating with an innumerable amount of today’s most talented MC’s, producers and artists of multiple genres including Sage Francis, Astronautalis & Radical Face. He’s toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia & Australia with independent hip-hop heroes such as Busdriver & Sole and even created his own successful record label – Fake Four, Inc.

Anthony Bernabel


Anthony Bernabel was born in Bani of the Dominican Republic and pursued his passion for music at a young age at the School of Music Bellas Artes in Bani. In 1993, he relocated to the United States and became the Lead Clarinetist of Methuen High School Concert Band and first Tenor Saxophonist of the Marching and Jazz Band. He graduated in May 2017 from UMass Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Anthony Bernabel has shown his talent in various music genres such as Christian, Merengue, Bachata and Smooth and Latin jazz.  He has performed with many internationally known artists such as Angela Carrasco, Benny Sadel and the Hijos de Puerto Rico. Within the last two years he has formed his own jazz group, AB Jazz, sharing their Latin Jazz talent. Anthony will be teaching for the Lawrence Public Schools and will create an afterschool music program to help the youth in Lawrence Massachusetts.

Catie Curtis


Nicknamed the “Folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker, the vivid songwriting of Catie Curtis combines insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy. Catie's studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe earn rave reviews and wide recognition. Her songs have been featured on Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Alias, Chicago Hope, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as in several independent films. She's toured with Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and as part of Lilith Fair. After a year of amazing, life-changing experiences, it's no wonder Curtis was itching to jump back into the studio to try something she'd never done before: make a string band album. Over the years, Curtis' many fans have requested stripped down versions of her classic songs, capturing the spirit and intimacy of her live shows. With Hello Stranger, named one of the top ten folk CDs of 2009 by the Boston Globe, Curtis achieves that career goal.

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Stephanie Beach Magic


Stephanie Beach is a Professional Magician specializing in Comedy Magic. Prepared to be amazed!

Frost Foundation: Poetry Tribute to Mark Schorr


The grandson of a Hungarian immigrant, Mark Schorr left Chicago to migrate east for graduate studies and then found something familiar and comforting about Lawrence, where he finished his teaching years at a Cambridge College branch.

“It took me 40 years of living near and then working in this town for it to reveal its secrets, because that’s what an immigrant city is: a series of well-kept secrets passed along to new arrivals,” he wrote in “Song Of My Selfies,” a memoir he published last year.