The City of Lynn has always had a vibrant Downtown area with a rich history. Colonial Lynn was a major part of the regional tannery and shoe-making industries that began in the early 1600s. Boots worn by soldiers in the Revolutionary War were made in Lynn. The shoe-making industry drove urban growth in Lynn into the early nineteenth century, and the historic theme of shoe-making is reflected in the city seal, which features a colonial boot.
An old industrial center, Downtown Lynn is home to Lynn Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, LynnArts, Central Square and many newly converted loft-style condominiums. Lynn is about 12 miles north of downtown Boston.
Family Friendly Lynn
DTL Community Arts consists of two free, public events: ArtsFest Lynn, a free outdoor festival that’s fun for the whole family – including a variety of juried fine artist and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, art-on-the-spot creations and food trucks; and Central Scare, Lynn’s annual downtown haunted house which includes frights for everyone in the family (with help of Arts After Hours performers), mask-making and an alternative Teddy Bear Run for younger children. Both events offer activities that the whole family can enjoy
ArtsFest Lynn is a day long street fair offering live music, face-painting, local food and children’s craft projects, as well as vendors selling arts and craft items. The festival has special activities for children ranging from arts activities to sand and spin booths.
The festival is a celebration of arts and culture on the North Shore and is free of charge to anyone wishing to attend. The project is organized by a committee from LynnArts and the Lynn Museum.
Central Scare is Central Square’s annual Halloween family event which offers a mildly-haunted house at an affordable entry fee as well as free mask-making activities for the faint of heart. Halloween treat bags are distributed to youth leaving the haunted house.
Holiday in the Square offers music and holiday treats in the theatre at LynnArts, photos with Santa in the Community Gallery and shopping for parents in the main gallery. In addition, the first 500 children receive a Christmas stocking with candy.
All three events provide low cost outings that the entire family can enjoy in downtown Lynn.
Downtown Lynn is home to the City’s Farmers’ Market, sponsored by the Food Project. The Food Project has been working to improve healthy food access for the Lynn community since 2004. The Farmers’ Market, located in the lot adjacent to the LynnArts building, is held every Thursday from 11:00 – 3:00 from July – October. The Farmers’ Market provides healthy, locally grown produce which is affordable and convenient to obtain.
Much of the produce comes from local urban farm sites, specifically the Ingalls School farm stand only blocks away from the market. The rest is harvested by youth on farms in Lincoln, Beverly, and Ipswich. In addition to locally grown produce, the market also offers fresh fruit from local orchards, homegrown veggies from neighborhood gardeners, bread and baked goods from local bakeries, flowers from one of the Food Project farms, and local honey from the Boston Honey Company.
For more information of Downtown Lynn’s Farmers’ Market, contact The Food Project at (781- 346-6726).
Central Square From the Clock to the Rock 5K Road Race
This "Clock to the Rock" 5K road race starts and ends in Downtown Lynn’s Central Square and runs along the coast. The first 150 runners receive a long-sleeve running shirt. Contact John Olson at email@example.com or 781-715-0921.
Our Annual Fireworks Display
Celebrating the Fourth of July with a Concert and Fireworks at Red Rock Park has become a favorite among young and old! Visit the City of Lynn's Fireworks webpage for all the details!
Looking for a great meal out? Downtown Lynn offers a variety of great food at affordable prices.
The Blue Ox is a casual neighborhood restaurant that strives to be inviting, relaxing, and value-oriented. The dining room and bar offer an approachable American style menu with a twist, warm and family-friendly décor, and exceptional service filled with personality. Serves dinner nightly at 191 Oxford Street. www.theblueoxlynn.com
Capital Diner is a historic diner at 431 Union Street. Built in 1928 by the J. G. Brill Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the restaurant was originally named the "Miss Lynn Diner" and after it was sold in 1938, it was renamed the "Capitol Diner" after the Capitol Theatre formerly across the street. The diner was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is believed to be the last operating Brill Diner in the United States. Serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday until 3:00 PM
Brothers Deli is a cafeteria style deli known for its large portions of home cooked meals. Located at 41 Market Street in Downtown Lynn, Brothers Deli offers fast and friendly food with a Greek twist, including lamb, locanico sausage and moussaka. Brothers Deli offers cooked-to-order breakfast as well as a wide selection of prepared food. Turkey Club, a stacked Reuben or a chicken kabob are among the favorites for lunch.
Brothers Deli is open Monday through Saturday 5:30 AM until 8:00 PM and Sunday 5:30 AM until 1:30 PM..
Tatiana’s Restaurant, 70 Market Street, is a place where locals feel as if they were at home enjoying "Mom's cooking." Tatiana’s has become a staple of great dining with a family style atmosphere that keeps its patrons returning time and time again. Tatiana's also offers patrons one of the largest television screens on the North Shore, making it an ideal spot to watch all of New England's professional teams on any given game day or night.
Tatiana's has also become a hot spot for local bands, poets, and writers to showcase their talents, solidifying Tatiana's reputation as a local venue for great entertainment. www.tatianasrestaurant.net
Located at 129 Munroe Street, Tacos Lupita is a family owned restaurant in Downtown Lynn which offers authentic Mexican and Salvadorian food. Known for their burritos and tacos, this Mexican kitchen has become Lynn’s hidden gem of the North Shore.
Open daily from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM
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