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Dates:Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Special Events
From the crossroads of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics comes a spectacular racing spectacle!

Kinetic Sculptures are all-terrain, human-powered vehicles with an art twist. These engineering feats will be racing through the streets of Lowell, going down the ‘Bone-Shaker Alley’ of Middle Street to the Maddening Mud Pit near the Tsongas Center then off to brave the waters of the Merrimack River at the Heritage State Park/ Sampas Pavilion where they will emerge to race back to the finish line on Market Street.

Schedule of Events

9AM – 4PM
(Market Street – near the intersection of Palmer St.)
One block of Market Street will be open to only pedestrian & bike traffic
and packed with not only the START and FINISH of the race, but music,
activities, local personalities, and the family fun zone all day.
Face Painting by CREATEaARTS

9AM – 11AM
(Market Street)
Meet the Machines
See the sculptures and meet the racers.

(Market Street)
LKSR Opening Ceremonies
featuring The Party Band
& Cirque de Light

(Market Street)
The Official START of the 2019 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Machines head from the start line for an immediate loop down
‘Bone-Shaker Alley’ (Middle Street)
shuttle services begins to the other venues – or ride your bike!

11:30AM – 3PM
(Market Street)
Family Fun Zone, Activities and Music
featuring live painting by Jeff Lipsky

(Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Lot)
Racers tackle the Maddening Mud Pit

12PM – 3PM
(DCR Lowell Heritage State Park,
VFW Highway, across from Heritage Farm Ice Cream)
Outdoor activities, Lawn Games, Food Trucks & Live Music

(DCR Lowell Heritage State Park)
Sculptures sink or swim as they enter the
Merrimack River Water Obstacle
The survivors race back to Market Street for the dramatic finish.

2PM – 4PM
(Market Street)
The spectacular FINISH of the 2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race

After the race!
Warp and Weft
LKSR Official Afterparty // Awards & Gallery of the Machines
Live Music: To be announced

If you plan to attend, wear a costume! Teams will be vying for the coveted People’s Choice Award, so they will be extremely motivated to bribe you with some candy, baked goods, small artwork, stickers or even something wearable.

You are more likely to get a bribe if you are wearing a costume, funny hat, tiara, feather boa, whatever suits your fancy, and we mean f-a-a-a-ncy!

If you choose, you could bring your bike (wear a helmet) to follow along the race route behind the judges in their chariot and the Nurse Brigade, you could make your way to each of the other obstacles via foot or the COOL bus that will transport people during the entire race.

The other option is to arrive at the Start/Finish Line on Market St. in time for the opening ceremony and start of the race and spend the day listening to two great bands and enjoying the Family Fun Zone.

COST↑ top

Free to attend




Market & Palmer Streets, Lowell, MA map

TIPS↑ top

  • The venue will be providing 2 shuttles (one is ADA accessible) that will travel in a loop between the venues from 11AM-4PM on race day. Pick-up/drop-off locations are as follows:

  • – START/FINISH: Intersection of Market & Palmer on the parking garage side of the street

  • – MUD VENUE: Along the outside of the rotary closest to the venue

  • – WATER VENUE: On the EAST side of 113 (VFW Parkway) closest to Rynne Beach

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