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CONTACT:  Susan Halter / Director,

Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events




These Dogs Don’t Run in the Rain National Human Dog Sled Competition Rescheduled

WinterFest 2014, Friday, February 21 – Saturday, February 22, 2014

(LOWELL, MA – February 21, 2014) The life of the outdoor event planner is never dull!  Weeks of snow have warmed over night to forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms for the opening ceremonies of Lowell’s WinterFest.  Event planners and City officials this morning made the call to reschedule the National Human Dog Sled Competition preliminary round and costume competition to Saturday, February 22 at 2 pm.  All other events will take place as scheduled. In the event of heavy rain, tonight’s opening ceremonies will be moved inside of Club Celsius.

City officials cited participant safety as the reason for the change. 

For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets to tonight’s Microbrew Competition please visit www.lowell.org.

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Susan Halter / Director, Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events




Ice Wall one of Several New Activities at Lowell WinterFest

WinterFest 2014, Friday, February 21 – Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lowell Kids Week February 17-22, New England Music Awards, Saturday, February 22




(LOWELL, MA – February 12, 2014) Inspired by the Great Wall of China, Lowla Bear has requested several new activities for this year’s WinterFest.  Communicating from the ancient city, Lowla has worked with the City’s Special Events Coordinator Chris Samaras to engage Wicked Good Ice of Rochester New Hampshire. winterfestThis new ice team will create a 5’ x 10’ ice wall on JFK Plaza where kids will be able to have their names carved during WinterFest weekend.  In addition to the ice wall there will be tic tac snow and a corn hole game, both constructed from ice.


“While we can’t compete with China’s budget for their Ice and Snow Festival,” said Special Events Coordinator Chris Samaras, “our sponsors have been very generous this year, which is allowing us to introduce several new activities to WinterFest.  We’re very excited!”


In addition to the ice games, which will be available Saturday from noon-5pm on JFK Plaza, this year’s WinterFest will feature a carved Ice Chair in which visitors will be able to pose for photographs. 


Club Celsius — Lowell goes for the gold

Building on a Winter Olympics theme, the City of Lowell will put its best foot forward at this year’s Club Celsius.  The 3rd annual Craft-Microbrew Showcase on Friday night—tickets are still available—will feature over 20 American brewers, with the opportunity to continue tastings on Saturday at Club Celsius.  This year’s festival food and beverage director, Scott Plath of Cobblestones, will introduce several new components including a “Culinary Court,” to showcase more of what makes Lowell special.  Dubbed “Planet Lowell,” and inspired by conversations with the travelling bear, WinterFest revelers will be treated to warm cider with or without a more adult “oak-aged” component, warm “SUNgria” and a variety of hot soups, including Lowell’s popular “Pho”, provided by Viet Thai Restaurant.  According to Plath, “WinterFest is such a huge opportunity to pay tribute to the melting-pot aspect of our city, through food and representation.”  Plath has recruited what he dubs “gold medalists” to join this year’s event.  In addition to Viet Thai, Greek and Portuguese offerings will come from The Athenian Corner and Cavaleiro’s, while the venerable La Boniche will sponsor a wine tasting table under the banner “Somm City.”  Plath promises that there will be also be warm pretzels and a grill fired up for the weekend.  Chicken on the Road will bring their food truck down on Saturday from noon-5 serving up delicious chicken specialties.  “Between the Human Dog-Sled races, the annual soup competition on Saturday and an Olympic-themed Club Celsius,” said Plath, “this year’s WinterFest promises to be a blast!


Lowell’s WinterFest is in its 14th year and is the City’s signature winter event.  This year’s event will feature an expanded Microbrew, “Spotlight on Lowell,” featuring live music by Lowell musicians from noon-5 on Saturday in Club Celsius, as well as award nominated musicians all weekend long coordinated by the New England Music Awards.   WinterFest is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, a complete listing can be found here.


WinterFest is part of a week-long celebration in Lowell that includes additional activities at Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, the American Textile History Museum, Lowell Recreation Department, and the Tsongas Industrial History Center.  To see everything that’s taking place WinterFest Week in Lowell you can also visit the New England Music Awards and Lowell Kids Week.


You can purchase your microbrew tickets and keep up with the latest developments in the WinterFest schedule by visiting www.lowell.org.

You haven’t been to WinterFest until you’ve been on a Human Dog Sled Team.  Form yours now and download your entry form by visiting www.lowell.org and clicking on the picture of Lowla.


Be a part of the WinterFest fun and become an official event sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels by contacting Deborah Belanger at 978-459-6150 or dbelanger@merrimackvalley.org.


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How quick are you with a buzzer?

Are your smarter than a fifth grader?

Is your head bursting with miscellaneous facts?

Do you enjoy eating delicious cupcakes?

If so, register for Lowell Winterfest’s Meeting of the Minds 2013!

Take a break from the cold outside and have fun playing general-knowledge trivia at the Pollard Memorial Library!

Invite your family, friends, teachers, siblings, whoever and join in the fun!  (Recommended minimum age is 10 years old.)

Meeting Room at the Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Feb 22, 2013   

Bake Sale starts at 4:00
Prelimimary 15-minute rounds, 5:00-7:00 PM
Semifinals, 7:00-8:00 PM
Finals, 8:30 PM

Cost is $10 per team with three to four team members.  (fee waived if team members are current members of the Friends of Pollard Memorial Library)

Click here to register.

*Don’t forget to bring some money for some treats at the bake sale!



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Get ready.  Get set.  WinterFest 2013 is just one week away!

Beginning Friday, Feb 8th – Saturday, Feb 9th, take part it in array of events we have planned.  From snowman making to live music, we’ve got it all covered.

There’s an event for everyone: kids, adults, grandparents, whoever!

So bring a friend or two and come see what all the buzz is about this winter in Lowell!

For a full schedule of events, click here.

WinterFest 2013

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The Holidays are behind us, but the busy folks in the Cultural Affairs and Special Events office and their partners always have something in the works for us to look forward to.  The City of Lowell offers more ways to usher in the winter season with a new and expanded program and entertainment lineup for its 12th Annual Winterfest Celebration, Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11, 2012. The family-friendly, 3-day festival kicks off on Thursday, February 9 with an added evening of events for visitors of all ages featuring a Looks of Lowell Fashion Show at Lowell High School, free Public Skating and a Broomball Tournament on Ice at the Tsongas Center, a Pop-Up Art Gallery & Performance Space, and Winterfest’s first-ever Micro Brew Showcase at the Masonic Center. Rounding out the night is a Lowell Taste of Winter event which offers visitors a local dining experience and the chance to taste a variety of delicious winter-inspired cocktails. 

 “In today’s economy, we know the importance of offering affordable, quality entertainment that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch. “In addition to making sure we include perennially popular Winterfest events, we’re extending the festival to include dynamic activities on Thursday night—public skating, a fashion show, gallery walk, micro-brew competition, and “taste of winter” activities featuring restaurants and venues around town. This year’s festival will show off our rich array of cultural, entertainment, dining and retail establishments.”

 “Lowell’s WinterFest inspires people to get out and celebrate the season,” said Richard Bolton, Chairman & CEO of Lowell Bank.  Mr. Bolton is spearheading this year’s fundraising efforts for the event. “There’s truly something for everyone at this year’s event.

As in years past, Lowell Winterfest will include crowd favorites like the Human Dog Sled Competition, Soup Bowl Competition, Live Music at Club Celsius, and Museum Madness Kids Activities. For 2012, the weekend lineup will also include a dramatic night-time Fire Dancer Performance, Ice Sculpture Display and Demonstrations, plus Youth Open Mic and Spoken Word Performances.

Back by popular demand are the All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival at St. Anne’s Church and Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides through downtown Lowell. All these great festivities are capped off on Saturday night with a Winterfest tradition — the 7 p.m. Fireworks Display over theTsongasCenter followed by late-night live music in Club Celsius.

All Winterfest activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.lowellwinterfest.org or call 978-674-1483.

 To sign up to volunteer, please contact Suzzanne Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or scromwell@lowellma.gov.

Be a part of the Winterfest fun and become an official event sponsor! Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels by visiting http://www.lowellwinterfest.org or contacting Deborah Belanger at 978-459-6150 or dbelanger@merrimackvalley.org.

 Lowell Winterfest is programmed by the City ofLowelland the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in partnership with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, and The Tsongas Center/Global Spectrum.  It is made possible by the generous support of sponsors across the region. To become a sponsor, please contact Deborah Belanger at 978-459-6150 or dbelanger@merrimackvalley.org.

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Just when we’ve all about had it with winter, along comes a reason to actually celebrate the season – Winterfest!   Yesterday’s snow freshened up the downtown with a clean coat of fluffy white snow and the weather report looks favorable for what promises to be a great weekend.

The festivities kick off Thursday evening with the first annual Downtown Progressive Dinner.    The restaurants involved have planned special menus just for this evening.  It’s an opportunity to take a chance, try someplace new or revisit on old favorite. Or do all three!  Special menus will be offered for an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.

As for the rest of the weekend, all the favorites are here; Lowla Bear, Soup Bowl, Human Sled Dog Races, fireworks, kids events, and great live music.   Also new this year is the terrific addition of a high school talent show and in celebration of our diversity, Destination World will host a Chinese Lantern Festival on Market St.

Visit the Lowell Winterfest website at www.lowellwinterfest.org for a full schedule and all the details.

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