What’s Happening at the Lowell Winterfest 2023

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It’s that time of the year again! The annual Lowell Winterfest returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th. So shake off those winter time blues and come join an epic festival right in the heart of downtown Lowell. Check out all the exciting things you can do and see at the Winterfest this year.

Live Music

The Lowell Winterfest features two stages and two tents hosting an impressive lineup of local and regional bands performing live music. So come get those knees a-shakin’! Here’s the current lineup and performance schedule:

Friday, February 17th

LMA Plaza Music Tent:

  • 6:15 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 6:30 pm – Squires of Soul
  • 8:30 pm – The Collection

The Auditorium:

  • 6:00 pm – Spins and Needles
  • 7:00 pm – Mill City Rags

Brown Street Music Tent:

  • 6:30 pm – Chelsea Curve
  • 8:30 pm – Bradley Copper Kettle and Friends

Saturday, February 18th

LMA Plaza Music Tent:

  • 12:00 pm – Bonaparte – Kids Magic Show
  • 1:15 pm – KID BAND – TBA
  • 2:30 pm – Sonn De Me Tierra
  • 4:30 pm – Sonic Avionics
  • 6:30 pm – Xtine and the Intents
  • 8:30 pm – Tee and the Gents

Brown Street Music Tent:

  • 12:30 pm – Dyer/Holiday
  • 2:30 pm – Blindspot
  • 4:30 pm – The Old Rochelle
  • 6:30 pm – Dis-N-Dat
  • 8:30 pm – Sons Lunaris

Wow–talk about a stacked lineup! 

a photo of a barista pouring a latte with a delicate leaf design in the center of the cup.Eats

You can’t have a festival without mouthwatering bites. And at the Winterfest, you’ll find just that. This year, a bunch of local food trucks will be lined up on the Gervais Lot right across from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. And really, is there anything better than scrumptious food served fresh off the truck? We don’t think so!

This year, you’ll find:

  • Butter UR Biscuit: Latin soul food–think empanadas, various rice bowls, and, of course, biscuits.
  • Empanada Dada:  Freshly made, mouthwatering empanadas of various types.
  • Wicked Tasty: New England classics, with a twist! Burgers, poutine, loaded fries, and more!
  • Eggroll Cafe: A selection of Asian fusion street food and specialty egg rolls.
  • Clyde’s Cupcakes: Fresh sweet treats!

St. Anne’s Chocolate Festival

Want even more sweet treats? St. Anne’s Church will also host a chocolate festival during the festival on Saturday from 11am to 4 pm. You’ll get to try all kinds of chocolate–all you can eat! And there will also be raffles, prizes, and other fun activities to enjoy. Admission is $10 per adult, $8 for kids 6-12, and free admission for age 5 or under.

Richard Rourke Memorial Soup Bowl Competition

A Winterfest highlight. Every year, the soup bowl competition features the best of the best of local restaurants competing to see which soup (or chowder) reigns supreme. The competition takes place on Saturday from 12 to 2 pm at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. And for $5 at the door, you get to try all the soups you want! Be sure to vote for your best.

Family Fun

The Winterfest has plenty to do for the entire family, especially your little ones. Enjoy a creative activity or play giant games! The choice is yours! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Bonaparte Magic Show
  • Dinoman!
  • Bubbles McGee
  • Youth Mural Competition
  • Rotary Club’s Marshmallow Roasting Station
  • And more!

Art Market

On Friday from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday from 12 to 5 pm, you can visit the Art Market. The market features various types of arts and crafts handmade by local vendors. You’ll also get to try even more specialty foods (we really hope you bring your appetite to the festival). And who knows? You might even find a special, one-of-a-kind something to bring home with you.

Find Out More

For the latest info and full event schedule, be sure to check out Lowell Winterfest’s official website at www.lowellwinterfest.com. And get ready to have a great time this year. See you there!

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