Spectator Guide

~ Free to Attend ~

September 23th, 2017

The 2017 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race

Lowell, Massachusetts

Check out Attendee Locations:
Market Street

The START and FINISH of the race!

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Mud Obstacle Water Obstacle

Sink or Swim!
(no, really.)
Lowell Heritage State Park Beach

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Welcome to the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, taking place on Saturday, September 23th 2017 in Lowell, MA! If you don’t know already, this event is FREE to attend and for ALL AGES!

What is a Kinetic Sculpture Race?

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.

What you should do!

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!


Just to give you an idea of how fa-a-a-a-abulous you could look/should look, meet Kaia, the official Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Mascot. If you see her on race day, take a selfie with her and she’ll give you some LKSR swag. Make sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Kaia the LKSR Mascot with Directors Bianca and Michael

Kaia, the LKSR Mascot, with race directors Michael and Bianca.

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.

Here is where to be!!

Schedule of Events

8AM – 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 live music,
activities, local personalities, and the family fun zone all day.

8AM – 10:30AM
(Market Street)
Meet the Machines
See the sculptures and meet the racers.

(Market Street)
LKSR Opening Ceremonies
featuring The Party Band
Liz Knights of Cirque de Light
Rooftop Bubbles by MJ Bujold

(Market Street)
The Official START of the 2017 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!

11AM – 3PM
(Market Street)
Family Fun Zone, Activities and Live Music
featuring The Party Band, Elizabeth Knights, Jeff Lipsky, and The Zeal

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

12PM – 4PM
(DCR Lowell Heritage State Park,
VFW Highway, across from Heritage Farm Ice Cream)
Outdoor activities, Lawn Games, Food Trucks & Live Music
featuring Bo Joeman and the Sarcasmatics

(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 2017 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Rooftop Bubbles by MJ Bujold

Want to know who won what awards, come hang out with the racers, volunteers and other dignitaries at the after party/awards ceremony at Fuse Bistro, Palmer St., Lowell.

Where should I park?

We encourage our spectators to bring your bikes and follow the race!
Parking is available in several parking garages and on-street in the downtown area near the Market Street START/FINISH line. There is a parking garage and on-street parking near the Maddening Mud Pit (next to the Tsongas Center), and the Lowell Heritage Farm Ice Cream lot across the street from DCR Lowell Heritage State Park for the Water Obstacle.