For the second consecutive year, this venerable community celebration happens the same weekend as Newport Folk Festival, which is already sold out. Lowell’s folk fest, which is free, is revered for covering a broad swath of roots music, and this year’s lineup runs from Chicago blues (Magic Slim & the Teardrops) to Dominican bachata (Joan Soriano). -- James Reed, Globe Staff
Lowell Folk Festival July 27, 6:40-10 p.m. July 28, noon-10 p.m. July 29, noon-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Lowell. www.lowellfolkfestival.org
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.