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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         CONTACT:     Tobias Marx

January 24, 2017                                                                     Temporary Executive Director

                                                                                                (978) 674-1482




[LOWELL, MA] – Lowell’s annual Winterfest is back and better than ever! Come downtown on February 24 and 25 for food, fun, and festivities. Winterfest is a family-friendly event that celebrates fun in the cold with Lowell’s warm and inviting culture.  There will be fire pits, heated tents, plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, delicious treats from local eateries and artisans (including all-you-can-eat chocolate), games and an exciting winter market.  There will also be awesome entertainment for children, including a carousel and Snowzilla, a thrilling, gigantic slide!

JFK Plaza and Lucy Larcom Park will become a winter wonderland for two days. Children of all ages will fly down Snowzilla and ride the Winterfest Carousel.  Craft beer connoisseurs will sample the best from local and regional brewers.  Architectural lighting will illuminate City Hall, JFK Plaza and other nearby buildings.

“We continue to make this mid-winter festival and ever more exciting, family friendly event with an extended footprint, new attractions and food for all tastes,” said City Manager Kevin J. Murphy.  “We invite everyone to join us, and Lowla Bear, in downtown Lowell and enjoy all the fun!”

JFK Plaza will include an outdoor ice skating rink and The Lodge, a heated on-site restaurant featuring tasty food and drinks from local restaurants.  Food will be provided by local food trucks including Phoenix Rising Pizza and Spiceventure, while drinks will be provided by Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars, Merrimack Ales and Navigation Brewing Company.  Lucy Larcom Park, illuminated by colorful canal lights, will become the Magical Winter Garden.  Entertainment will be provided by bands including the nationally-known U2 cover band, Joshua Tree, and local rising stars, Western Education!

“Weather permitting, we anticipate that this year’s Winterfest will be the biggest and best ever,” said Mayor Edward Kennedy.  “This year we have added ice skating as a family activity at Winterfest and we’re proud to host the #1 winter time festival in New England.”

Winterfest will also the popular Soup Bowl Competition, on Saturday from noon to 3 pm, costs $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door.  Microbrew Craft Beer Showcase tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35 the day of the event.

To find out more about Winterfest and its activities and to purchase tickets for the Microbrew Craft Beer Showcase, please visit our website at We hope to see you there!

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