District Events

actors on stage in city scene

The Leonard Bernstein Centennial Festival kicked off the public performances with In the Heights starring a terrific cast from around the region. This is a great opportunity from now until August 25 to see wonderful live theater right here in Lawrence. The Festival will perform In the Heights, West Side Story and On the Town. Tickets for the shows are $12 general public, $10 students and seniors. Concert performances of On the Town are FREE! Click here for Festival photos.

Enjoy the chance to see some local talent shine during this celebration of the 100th birthday of Lawrence's own, Leonard Bernstein. Click here for details on performance dates.

student and 2 teachers in welcome back photo booth

Looks like everyone is ready for back to school over at the Hennessey School. Welcome Back to everyone in the Lawrence Public Schools. Remember, grades 1-8 and 10-12 begin the school year on Tuesday, August 21. Check your school page for details. Have a successful year!

student group raising tennis rackets

Lawrence Sports Leadership Camp brought a full week of intense practice and leadership training to middle school age students in Lawrence. About 250 students from around the city took part in this camp, during a very hot week, to learn skills in several sports from experts, including the New England Revolution, so that they will have more experience by the time they get to high school. Photos from the past two years of camp.

Elmo giving high 5 to a small child

Lawrence Public Schools and dozens of community partners welcomed our youngest learners and their families in a Block Party event. This is the 3rd Annual Lawrence Learns Block Party where prek and kindergarten students and their families had lots of fun while learning what they need to do to get ready for the start of the school year.

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners and volunteer staff who made things bright on a partly rainy afternoon, and to our wonderful families for attending. Enjoy some photos of this fun event.

Picture of a bridge being held up to bridge with times for shows underneath

Lawrence is hosting the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Festival celebrating Bernstein's legacy! 

Students from all over the Merrimack Valley will perform "On the Town", "West Side Story", and "In the Heights."

Flyer for Festival Dates and Times



All performances will be held in the Lawrence Performing Arts Center, Lawrence, MA.

"On the Town"

-August 20th - 21st @ 7pm


"West Side Story"

-August 17th - 18th @ 7pm

-August 19th @ 2pm

-August 22nd, 24th, 25th @ 7pm


"In the Heights"

-August 16th @ 7pm

-August 28th @ 2pm

-August 23rd @ 7pm

-August 25th @ 2pm