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15th Annual Lowell WinterFest
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15th Annual WINTERFEST
March 13-14, 2015

Don't hibernate, celebrate!

 
 
 
Be a part of the WinterFest Volunteer Team!
CLICK HERE for more information
and to sign up online.
Register for the National Human Dogsled Competition! Deadline to enter is March 9.

Register online here, or print your forms:
 

 

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

 THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 WINTERFEST SPONSORS!  

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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, March 13. Click above for more information!


Friday, March 13

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: Arcand Drive


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, March 13 at 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: 
       Little Ugly - Best in State (CT) Winner 
       Abbie Barrett & The Last Date - Songwriter of the Year nominee
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


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

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Photo courtesy of 13 Photography

 
7:15 PM | UMass Lowell Men's Hockey Playoff Game
Cheer on the River Hawks as they make their way into the playoffs!  Opponent TBD.  Tickets are on sale at the Tsongas Center box office - 20% off ticket price coupon vouchers will be available at Winterfest event locations!  Or buy your tickets online now.
Location: Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

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, March 14
 
9AM - 10:30AM | Wildlife Tracking at Hawk Valley Farm
Venture out with us for a winter exploration of historic Hawk Valley Farm!  Learn the signs of wildlife, including deer, fisher, fox, skunk, opossum, and more!  There is plenty to explore as a winter naturalist! In partnership with Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.  FREE but RSVP required, space is limited. RSVP to gwen@lowelllandtrust.org or 978-934-0030.
Location: Hawk Valley Farm, 526 Varnum Ave, Lowell.
 
11AM - 4PM | All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival
St. Anne's annual Chocolate Festival features all you can eat chocolate for $6, cash only. There will be a "People's Choice" judging for the best chocolate, as well as raffles for great prizes like gift cards, baskets, and much more! 
Location: Edson Hall, 8 Kirk Street (just behind St. Anne's Church)
 
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
     110 Grill, Chelmsford - Roasted Squash Bisque
     Sweet Lydia's - Hot Chocolate Soup with Cupcake Croutons & Marshmallows
     Fuse Bistro - Creamy Loaded Baked Potato Soup
     50 Warren (ICC Restaurant) - Mulligatawny
     UMass Lowell Dining South - Lobster Corn Chowder with Smoked Bacon and Garden Tarragon
     Circle Health/Lowell General Hospital - Tutto Mare (All From the Sea)
     Cobblestones Restaurant - Butternut Squash Bisque with Candied Bacon & Creme Fraiche
     Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria - TBD
     Eggroll Cafe - Homestyle Chicken Curry Soup
     Independence Bar & Grill - Grilled Chicken & Corn Chowder
     Stonehenge Inn & Spa - Tuscan White Bean with Sausage and Kale
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 | Human Snowglobe Photo Station
Bring up to 5 friends and hop into the Human Snowglobe for a great photo opportunity!
Location: JFK Plaza or Field House at Lowell High School (temperature-dependent)
 
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
 
2PM - 6PM | Human Dogsled Competition and Team Costume Competition
Location: Dogsled Track on Arcand Drive

 

TBD (4PM or 7PM) | UMass Lowell Men's Hockey Playoff Game
Cheer on the River Hawks as they make their way into the playoffs!  Opponent TBD.  Tickets are on sale at the Tsongas Center box office - 20% off ticket price coupon vouchers will be available at Winterfest event locations!  Or buy your tickets online now.
Location: Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.


6PM | Be in a Winterfest Giant Group Photo!

Come join the crowd and be in a giant group photo right on City Hall Plaza!
Location: In front of City Hall

 
6:30-6:45PM start time | Multimedia Finale with Pyrotechnics and Balloon Drop
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:
     Dan and the Wildfire - Best Band in MA nominee
     Shana Stack Band - Country Act of the Year winner
     The Mallett Brothers Band - Band of the Year winner
Location: Club Celsius heated tent on Arcand Drive.


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

 

 

 

 

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