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Lowell's Winterfest is upon us!

Bars- perhaps the greatest places known to mankind. There’s booze; there’s music; there are groves of people to talk to, dance with, heck you may even partake in a little extracurricular activity if you play your cards right. One can sit at the bar and enjoy a draft while the jukebox plays “The Boxer”. Others may prefer taking shots and ripping it up on the dance floor. Bars have something for everyone. The only problem is- due to edificial reasons and zoning laws- bars can’t hold everyone.

For one weekend a year, Lowell seemingly solves this problem. They call their solution “Club Celsius”. (Please do not be turned off by the name, as much as this sounds like a horrible club that you would find in down town Worcester, it’s far from that.

Ironically, “Club Celsius”, which is located on Arcand drive in front of City Hall, may be the greatest bar ever constructed- if you consider putting up a giant white, heated tent in the heart of the Mill City constructing a bar. This tent is the focal point for Lowell’s annual celebration known as “Winterfest”, which begins this Friday, February 5, 2010.

For the past nine years hundreds of partiers from all over the Lowell area have flocked to inside this massive temporary edifice. Collectively, they gulp down enough Bud Light to fill the Tsongas Arena and enjoy the live music of some great bands including the nation’s number one U2 cover band “Joshua Tree” (that’s right people- beer and a great cover’s on!)

Perhaps the only bar that can trump “Club Celsius” is also a product of Winterfest. Tucked away in a location that cannot be disclosed (if you are meant to be there, you know where it is), is another tent: the VIP Tent. Here beers and food are free, the 12 piece brass band comes with hits and nothing but hits, and the Hammer and Sickle martini shot station keeps the who’s who of Lowell coming back for more.

So this weekend, head down town and get busy in a big giant tent- you won’t regret it.

The party starts at 6:30 PM on Friday and at 12:00 PM Saturday.

For more information including a complete schedule visit


  • ostrich867 5 years ago

    I used to think the VIP tent was a myth, much like the fountain of youth or a good microwaveable burrito, but it does exist! Good times are sure to be had. Bring on the Fest!

  • Fernandodando 5 years ago

    I love partying outside, it just makes you feel like you are breaking the rules, even tho in this case you are not. Well done Sarge!

  • ASargent 5 years ago

    ahhh elusive winterfest. Another year come and goes and I am unable to part in the activities. I will hear stories, yes, but it won't quite be the same. I long for the day when I am sipping free brews in the VIP tent. Until then... have a drink(s) for me and tear up the dance floor!

  • LLcoolJ 5 years ago

    Although I have not been privileged enough to attend I have heard of all the fun filled things to go down at Winterfest and will be sure to make an appearance one of these days!!

    PS. Miss you Rover!

  • Hotty 5 years ago

    In the event of snow, can the "edifice" accomdate cross-country skiers?

  • Tim H 5 years ago

    I'll see ya in the VIP bub!

  • ostrich867 5 years ago

    How will the world speak Dan's name in years to come? Will he be known as the philosopher? The warrior? The tyrant...? Or will he be the 'Examiner' who gave Winterfest back her true self?

    There was once a dream that was Winterfest. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish... it was so fragile.

    It's go time!

  • school girls 5 years ago

    Bundle up, and put your dancing shoes on.
    Here we come!

  • Rasheed 5 years ago

    Once again Winterfest did not disappoint. Didn't make it to the VIP tent but stopped by the Worthen and had a great time.

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Great time at Winterfest this year! Music was great and the free drinks were better, a good time was had by all!

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