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15th Annual Lowell WinterFest


02/20/2015 - 5:30pm to 02/21/2015 - 10:00pm


Lowell , MA

Description of Event: 

15th Annual Lowell WinterFest
Friday, February 20  &  Saturday, February 21, 2015


Get On Your Sleds And Ride!

Registration forms for the Human Dogsled Competition are available!

Download: Adult Team Registration  |  High School Team Registration |
Permission/Release Form | Parental Approval Form


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Help Make WinterFest Great!

-  Be a part of the WinterFest Volunteer Team! CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up online!

- Become a WinterFest Sponsor!  For 2015 Lowell WinterFestsponsorship information, contact, Deborah Belanger, Executive Director, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau: 978-459-6150 x15. 


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Winterfest Schedule of Events
Subject to change - check back often!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Cobblestones Home Brew Competition! 
Think your home brew is the best?  Let Cobblestones be the judge!  Accepting entries in three categories: lager, ale, and specialty.  Winners announced at the end of the Winterfest Micro and Craft Brewers Showcase on Friday February 20. Entries due by Thursday February 19. Click above for more information!

Monday- Saturday, February 16-21, 2015
Lowell Kids Week

Great events all week long at various sites.  Check the Lowell Kids Week website for more information.
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Thursday, February 19
12 PM - 2 PM  | Free Skating at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell  
Bring your own skates and skate for free! Location: UMass Lowell Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
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Friday, February 20 

All evening | Projections on City Hall and JFK Plaza

All evening | Street food and Grilling Theater
Location: Arcand Drive

5:30PM | Opening Ceremony
Featuring UMass Lowell's Hawkapella! Hawkapella is UML's premiere all male a cappella group. Hawkapella was established in 2009 with a vision to not only make beautiful music, but to form a brotherhood. These gentlemen pride themselves in being both hard working vocalists as well as the best people they can be both on and off the stage. Although they all possess the same love of vocal performance, not all members are music majors. There is a wide variety of majors ranging from music education and criminal justice to mathematics and business. That just goes to show that music is capable of touching the lives of people from every walk of life, and that is what Hawkapella strives to achieve.
Location: Dogsled track on Arcand Drive

5 PM - 10PM | Build a Snowman  Village
Join us in Lucy Larcom Park and help us build a snowman village!  Everyone who helps build will get a special Lowla momento (while supplies last). 
Location: Lucy Larcom Park

5PM - 10PM | Family Fun at Lucy Larcom Park!
Activities include: Custom hot chocolate bar (6-9pm), fire pits, music, food trucks, and lighting along the canal.

6 PM - 9 PM | Micro and Craft Brewers Showcase 
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  21+, cash only at the door.
Advance tickets are now on sale!  (on-line ticketing closes Friday, Feb. 20 noon)
Taste dozens of the region’s finest crafts and microbrews, and gluten-free hard ciders from across the nation with over TWO DOZEN enthusiastic brewers sharing their craft!  Cost of admission includes FIFTEEN (15) sample tickets redeemable for 3oz samples.
- With over $500.00 in raffle prizes and awards including Steak and Brew Dinner for Best Tasting Team Costume. (Minimum teams of 6)
- Enjoy live musical performances in conjunction with the New England Music Awards (NEMA) until midnight: 
     Ashley Jordan - nominated for Female Performer of the Year
     Dan and the Wildfire - nominated for Best in State of Massachusetts
Location: Club Celsius Heated Tent on Arcand Drive

6PM - 9PM | Hot roasted marshmallows!
$3 per stick, cash only. Sponsored by the Lowell Rotary Club.
Location: Arcand Drive area

6PM - 9PM | Human Snowglobe Photo Station
Bring up to 5 friends and hop into the Human Snowglobe for a great photo opportunity!
Location: City Hall lobby

7PM, 8PM, and 9PM | Fire show with Cirque de Light!
Take in one of 3 performances by Cirque de Light! This amazing fire duo will wow you with their pyrotechnic display. 
Location: Lucy Larcom Park

Photo courtesy of 13 Photography

9PM - Midnight | Club Celsius with live music by NEMA nominees
Tickets are $5 at the door, cash only, 21+
Live music lineup for this event:
    Freevolt - nominated for Live Act of the Year
    Ben Knight - nominated for New Act of the Year
Location: Club Celsius heated tent on Arcand Drive
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Saturday, February 21
9AM - 10:30 AM | Wildlife tracking at Lowell CemeteryVenture out with us for a winter exploration!  Learn the signs of wildlife, including deer, fisher, fox, skunk, opossum, and more!  There is plenty to explore as a winter naturalist. FREE but RSVP required, space is limited. RSVP to gwen@lowelllandtrust.org or 978-934-0030.
Location: Lowell Cemetery - RSVP for specific location details!
11AM - 4PM | All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival
Indulge your sweet tooth at this day-long affair! Admission is $5, cash only.
Location: St. Anne's Church on Merrimack Street
12PM | Maple Sugaring at Rogers Fort Hill Park!
Explore maple sugaring in a historic park.  Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, how to tap it for its sap, and how to turn the sap into syrup.  Enjoy taste testing – can you tell the real stuff from the fake?  This is a fun hands-on activity for the whole family.  Wear warm clothes and boots (we'll meet rain, snow or shine).   FREE but RSVP required, space is limited. RSVP to gwen@lowelllandtrust.orgor 978-934-0030.
Location: Rogers Fort Hill Park, 53 Park Ave East
12PM - 2PM | Live dog mushing demonstrations with Northern Exposure Outfitters
Meet 'n greet a team of beautiful husky dogs and learn how they are trained a Mushing Sled Dogs!
Location: Dogsled track on Arcand Drive
12PM -  3PM | North Bowl Soup Competition
Tickets are $5 at the door, cash only

Come vote for your favorite hot soup at one of WinterFest's premiere events! 

Competitors include:
     Boys & Girls Club of Lowell - Tuscan Smoked Turkey & Bean
     Cafe UTEC - Stuffed Baked Potato Soup
     110 Grill, Chelmsford - Roasted Squash Bisque
     Sweet Lydias - Hot Chocolate Soup w/ Cupcake Croutons & Marshmallows
     Fuse Bistro - Creamy Loaded Baked Potato Soup
     50 Warren (ICC Restaurant) - Mulligatawny
     UMass Lowell Dining South - Lobstah Corn Chowday with Smoked Bacon and Garden Tarragon
     Circle Health-Lowell General Hospital - Tutto Mare-All From the Sea
     Cobblestones Restaurant - Butternut Square Bisque with Candied Bacon & Creme Fraiche
     Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria - TBD
Location: Club Celsius heated tent on Arcand Drive
12PM - 4PM | Horse-drawn carriage rides with Charmingfare Farm
Take a relaxing loop around downtown.  Free!
Location: Departs from the corner of Kirk and Merrimack Streets
12PM - 5PM | Build A Snowman Village
Join us in Lucy Larcom Park and help us build a snowman village! Everyone who helps build will get a special Lowla momento (while supplies last).
Location: Lucy Larcom Park
12PM - 5PM | Human Snowglobe Photo Station
Bring up to 5 friends and hop into the Human Snowglobe for a great photo opportunity!
Location: City Hall lobby
12PM to 5PM | Ice carving
See Lowla appear before your eyes beneath the hands of our ice craftsmen!
Location: JFK Plaza
12PM to 5PM | Hot roasted marshmallows!
$3 per stick, cash only.  Sponsored by the Lowell Rotary Club.
Location: Arcand Drive area
12PM - 5:30PM | Mittens and Museum Madness Family Play Space
Giant games, museum madness, music by DJs Tricia & Randy, and food trucks!
A variety of entertainment all afternoon:o   12:45-1:30 p.m.—Shane’s Anti-Bullying Program
o   1:30-2:00 p.m.—Master Richard An Karate practice & Tricia’s Trivia
o   2:00-2:30 p.m.—Master Richard An Karate
o   2:30 p.m.—Magic featuring Dave Anderson: Magic, juggling and clowning"
o   2:30-5 p.m.—Balloon Twisting & Line Dancing/Music
o   3:45-5:00 p.m.—Tricia Boshco's Kids Show: Sing-a-longs, interactive games, hula hoop and limbo contests.
Location: Lowell High School
1PM - 3PM | Photos with Lowla Bear
Get your snapshot taken with Lowell's favorite mascot!
Location: Lucy Larcom Park

2PM - 6PM | Human Dog Sled Competition and Team Costume Contest 
Location: Dogsled Track on Arcand Drive

2PM | UMass Lowell vs New Hampshire Basketball Doubleheader
2PM Womens Game, 4:30PM Mens Game

Pick up your ticket voucher for this basketball doubleheader at many Winterfest event locations.
Location: Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

6PM | Be in a Winterfest Giant Group Photo!

Location: in front of City Hall

6:45-7PM start time | Laser and Video Show and Special Effects Grand Finale
Come join the crowd and be in a giant group photo right on City Hall Plaza!
Location: JFK Plaza
7PM - Midnight | Club Celsius with live music by NEMA award winners
Tickets are $5 at the door, cash only, 21+
Live music for this event by NEMA award winners:
     Chris Ross - winner Songwriter of the Year
     Shana Stack Band - winner Country Act of the Year
     The Mallett Brothers Band - winner Band of the Year
Location: Club Celsius heated tent on Arcand Drive.

8PM | Ron White at Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Purchase your tickets online here

Grammy nominated comedian and feature film actor Ron White will perform at the historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, February 21st. Tickets will start at $41.

Keep Visiting!  The WinterFest schedule will continue to be updated!