2024 Community Chill Night

The 2024 Community Chill Night is DIY Lowell’s fifth annual chili and stew cook-off event! Experience music, games, community awards, and a DIY “Chilly” Dessert fun for everyone!

Our goal is to build community in Lowell by bringing together young people and elders, downtown and neighborhoods, townies and newcomers. This annual fundraiser celebrates the projects and events that have activated our underused spaces, brought diverse populations together, and made Lowell better.


The event is Friday, March 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the “Overlook” at Mill No. 5, Fifth Floor (250 Jackson Street).

Use the button below to buy tickets and RSVP/pre-register for the event.

If you prefer to pay cash, you may donate at the door. In that case, feel free to email us at info@diylowell.org to let us know you’re coming and spread the word on our Facebook event!

Suggested donation of $10 per attendee in Advance, $15 the day of, and kids under 12 free. Prices are suggested donations, so donate as much or as little as you can–nobody will be turned away! If you pre-register, please let us know at the door the day of the event.

Nominate a Community Member or Group

ACTION getting award

We need nominations for people and groups you think have made a difference in making Lowell’s public spaces more vibrant, exciting, kid-friendly, colorful, walkable, or better! All nominees will get a mention in our award ceremony, a citation from the Mayor, and winners will get a giftcard for individual and 10 volunteer hours for a group!

Submit a Chili or Stew Entry

Chili in pots

This year, we’re hoping for a mix of cultural and ethnic stews with American chilis – anything tasty can compete! We are looking for all kinds: traditional and totally off the wall, meat or vegetable based—you name it. No cost to enter; categories for restaurants and individuals.

Party band playing music

We have special sponsorship packages for $100 to $1,000. Special perks for being a sponsor include VIP treatment for your organization, a banner at the event, and promotion on social media and on our mailing list.

Even if you aren’t from an organization, a donation would be a big help! After a year of Strategic Planning with our Advisory Committee, we’re kicking off a new era of DIY Lowell and raising funds to move our three-year plan forward to make sure DIY Lowell sticks around for the long term. Donations big and small will help us reach our goal.

Email info@diylowell.org with expressions of interest.

Volunteer to Help Out

Maria at table

We need help setting up activities, counting chili ballots, scooping ice cream, and more! Please consider helping us out on March 1. Click on the button for a form with all volunteer opportunities.

Photos by Henry Marte and DIY Lowell