Annual Event 2021

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival

Thu Oct 7 – Mon Oct 11


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  • Music


    Live music performances from great local and regional acts

  • Poetry


    Hear poetry and partake in open mics with talented writers

  • Tours


    Discover Kerouac's most notable locations and history in Lowell

  • Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

Author. Beat Poet.

Jack Kerouac, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, is one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. Kerouac is best known for his classic On the Road, a novel that captured the spirit of the time and continues to inspire readers.

Kerouac shaped a unique literary consciousness that has influenced readers, writers, musicians, and artists for more than fifty years. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969, and is buried in Edson Cemetery in Lowell.

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Our Mission

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Inc. (LCK!) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Jack Kerouac’s life and literature.

Founded in 1985, LCK! sponsors literary programs year round, including a festival in the first weekend of October. We also produce a spring program tied to Kerouac’s March 12th birthday, as well as other educational and cultural activities. LCK! volunteers help maintain Kerouac Park and Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Downtown Lowell.

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Kerouac Tours in Lowell

LCK members give walking or bus or car caravan tours of Kerouac sites for a donation fee, depending on the tour. Master tour leader Roger Brunelle gives the most in-depth group tours in bilingual French and English. Fee is just $10 per person.

Details and Booking

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From the Guest Book

A powerful influence in my youth and I've never let go...this Dharma Bum is On the Road again. So grateful I was here and left a thank you.

jennifer morgan


For kerouac's fans this is a must. I hadn't been back in years, so seeing the new memorial headstone and seeing that people still follow the tradition of leaving offerings was a great joy. "The Road is Life"



Iconic Author who defined an era in america culture!

Ken Risher


As someone who loves the Beat Generation and Jack Kerouac I gotta say this gravesite had so much meaning to it. Lots of ppl placed things on his grave and just shows how much of an icon he truly was to so many people

Brandon Williams


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