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!!Please note the schedule for Friday night has changed!  The National Human Dogsled Competition has been moved to Saturday at 2pm!!


Monday- Saturday, February 17-23, 2014
Lowell Kids Week
Great events all week long at various site.  Check the website for more information.

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Friday, February 21 

3 PM - 5 PM  | Free Skating at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell 
Bring your own skates and skate for free! Location: UMass Lowell Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

6 PM - 8 PM  |  Lowla-palooza Kids' Party
Moms, dads and kids are welcome to warm up with face painting, balloon animals, a special Lowla Bear temporary tattoo station, and a LIVE magic & juggling show by "Lucky Bob"! Location: Masonic Center, 79 Dutton Street

6 PM - 9 PM  |  Hot Roasted Marshmallows
Sponsored by the Lowell Rotary Club. Location: Arcand Drive


6 PM - 8 PM  |  DIY Snowman Building
Have fun building your own snowman, either alone or with others! Snow piles will be located at City Hall Plaza, 375 Merrimack Street.


 5:30 PM - 11:45 PM | Polar Party @ Club Celsius
21+ only, admission $5.
Enjoy a rich selection of food and beverages.  Admission to Club Celsius does NOT include admission to the Microbrew Competition (see 7PM listing below). The Microbrew Competition is a separate, ticketed event. Location: Club Celsius Tent on Arcand Drive


6 PM  |  2013 Lowell WinterFest Opening Ceremonies
Kick off the 14th Annual Lowell WinterFest at the Human Dogsled Track! The Human Dogsled Competition will immediately follow so stay and cheer on your favorite team!  This year featuring the always amazing UMass Lowell Party Band! Location: Human Dogsled Track, Arcand Drive


POSTPONED  6 PM  |  National Human Dogsled Competition - Preliminaries & Costume Contest
Sponsored by Trinity EMS. (Starts immediately after Opening Ceremonies). The long awaited competition has arrived! See a human spectacle like you've never seen before and don't miss the Awards Ceremony for Best Costume immediately following this preliminary heat! Team Registration is STILL OPEN -- click here to register your team! Location: Arcand Drive


 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  |  Mix’s WOW
music and give-aways! Location: 50 Arcand Drive.


7 PM - 10 PM  |  3rd Annual Microbrew Showcase & Competition
Doors open at 6PM for pre-competition cash bar and delicious food (additional cost)
Click here for details and to purchase advance tickets online! 
Taste some of the area's finest craft brews, microbrews, and gluten-free hard ciders from across the nation with over TWO DOZEN brewers already committed! Enjoy live musical performances in conjunction with the New England Music Awards (NEMA). Cost of admission includes FIFTEEN (15) sample tickets redeemable for 3oz samples. Admission: $20/per person, 21+ only. Location: Club Celsius Heated Tent, Arcand Drive

Microwbrew Music Lineup:

7 PM  |  Freevolt
(NEMA Best New Act, nominee)

9:30 PM  |  Frank Viele
(NEMA Best In State, Connecticut nominee)



Saturday, February 22

9 AM  |  Wildlife Tracking at Hawk Valley Farm
Venture out with Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust 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’s Drumlin Farm.  FREE but RSVP required, space is limited. 978-934-0030 or     


11 AM - 4 PM  |  All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival at St. Anne's Church
Indulge your sweet tooth at this day-long affair! Locaton: St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk Street. 


11 AM - 3 PM  |  2nd Annual Meeting-of-the-Minds Trivia Contest at Pollard Library
Sponsored by the Teen Friends of the Library. This is a trivia challenge for teams of three to four people. Entry fee: $10 per team (waived if team members are current members of the Friends of the Pollard Library). Recommended minimum participant age is 10 years old. Deadline to register is Monday, February, 17. Spaces are limited! Register here or at the Library’s Friend’s page or via email at Location: Pollard Library, 401 Merrimack Street


12 Noon - 1 PM | Meet the Huskies!
Visit with Juno and Jadis. Jadis has a very compelling  story as a sled dog: she finished her Sled Dog Excellent title in 2011 as a lead dog and ran several races as far as 60 miles! Jadis was working on her Sled Dog Outstanding title, but unfortunately went blind in 2012 due to a viral infection. In 2013 she was adopted and she’s now enjoying the “city life” and becoming a “couch potato”. She loves kids and getting belly rubs!


12 Noon - 2 PM  |  Mascot Madness
Pose with all your favorite Lowell Mascots and enter their raffle to win a Birthday Party at the Spinners!  Location: Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, 131 Merrimack Street


12 Noon - 5 PM  |   Chicken on the Road
Get your fill of fried chicken and other hot treats.  Location: Merrimack Street


12 Noon - 5 PM & 7:00- 11:45 PM |  Polar Party @ Club Celsius - LIVE MUSIC!
Free admission & all ages before 5 PM! After 7 PM, 21+ only and $5 cover charge
Celebrate the
New England Music Awards (NEMA) and warm up with food, beverages and great live music in WinterFest's giant heated tent! Location: Arcand Drive

Daytime line-up featuring live local music

12:30 PM | Johanna Zacharer

1:45 PM | A.D.A.M. Dance Crew

2:00 PM |  Peter Lavender and The Limbo Souls

3:15 PM | A.D.A.M. Dance Crew

3:30 PM |  Reverend JJ & The Casual Sinners

Evening music line-up featuring New England Music Award winners

7:15  PM  |  Chad Hollister Band
(NEMA Best in State; VT winner)

8:30 PM  |  Sarah Blacker

(NEMA Female Performer of the Year winner)

9:45 PM  |  Adam Ezra Group
(NEMA Band of the Year winner)


12 Noon - 5 PM  |  Mittens & Museum Madness
WinterFest's indoor family-friendly play space features games, DJ music, interactive arts & crafts, and more!
Location: Lowell High School Cafeteria, 50 Father Morissette Blvd.  


12 Noon  |  Maple Sugaring at Roger's Fort Hill Park
Join Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust and 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.  Meet at the granite pillars on Park Avenue, middle of the lower park. Wear warm clothes and boots (we'll meet rain, snow or shine). In partnership with Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm. FREE but RSVP required, space is limited. 978-934-0030 or

12 PM – 2 PM | Mix’s AMP
Great music and give-aways!
Location: 50 Arcand Drive


12 Noon - 5 PM  |  Outdoor Ice Games on City Hall Plaza
Outdoor winter and non-winter themed games are what's goin' on at City Hall Plaza! Great for kids and families! Location: City Hall Plaza, 375 Merrimack Street


12 Noon - 6:30 PM  |  Hot Roasted Marshmallows
Sponsored by the Lowell Rotary Club. Location: Arcand Drive


12 Noon - 4 PM  |  Horsedrawn Carriage Rides in Downtown Lowell
Take a relaxing loop around downtown on Charmingfare Farms' Horsedrawn Carriage -- FREE rides for all ages! Location: Departs at the corner of Kirk Street & Merrimack Street (at St. Anne's Churchyard).

1 PM - 4 PM  |  North Bowl Soup Competition
Sponsored by Circle Health. Come vote for your favorite hot soup at one of WinterFest's premiere events! Admission: $5/pp at the door, cash only. Location: Masonic Center, 79 Dutton Street


1 PM - 3 PM  |  Live Dog Mushing Demonstration with Northern Exposure Outfitters
Meet 'n greet a team of beautiful Husky dogs and learn how they're trained as Mushing Sled Dogs! Learn more at Location: Human Dogsled Track, Arcand Drive

!!  NEW TIME !!
2 PM - 6 PM  |  National Human Dogsled Competition - Preliminaries, Finals & Costume Contest
Sponsored by Trinity EMS. The competition comes to a close! See the final competitors and cheer on your favorite -- only one team will win the title of National Champion! Location: Human Dogsled Track, Arcand Drive.


6:00 PM |  Cirque de Light Fire Performance
This amazing fire duo will wow you with their pyrotechnic display.  Location: City Hall Plaza, 375 Merrimack Street


6:30 PM  |  FreeVerse! Word's 4th Annual "I Think I ________ You" Spoken Word Poetry Event
Click here to purchase advance tickets!
Watch in amazement as a dozen youth poets perform their strongest pieces in this theatrical representation of love! Come support a great group of young people who will excite, move, and inspire you through their original Spoken Word performances. Tickets are just $7/pp (available in advance or at the door). Each pre-sale ticket comes with a custom greeting card and a poem performed at the show. Location: Lowell High School Little Theatre, entrance at 50 Father Morissette Blvd.


6:40 PM  |  WinterFest LASER LIGHT SHOW FINALE Inside Club Celsius
This award-winning laser light show puts YOU at the center of the action! Presented by Dynamic Lasers. Location: Club Celsius, Arcand Drive


7 PM - 11 PM |Planet Lowell at Club Celsius
Hot cider, warm SUNgria and an international food court curated by Cobblestones of Lowell including, Viet Thai, the Athenian Corner, Cavaleiro's and La Boniche who will be hosting a wine tasting table.  Eat and enjoy! Location: Club Celsius, Arcand Drive


7 PM - 10 PM  |  The New England Music Awards at Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Click here to purchase advance tickets!
The New England Music Awards (NEMA) are hosted by Comedian Steve Sweeney and feature live performances by Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band, Will Dailey, Nemes, Dressed for the Occasion, and Hayley Sabella.  Location: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street


 7 PM |  UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. Boston College Eagles
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
Purchase tickets here. Location: UMass Lowell Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way



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