Save the Date for our 26th Annual Big Dipper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Elm Park, Worcester

Rain or Shine

Our low, low prices for all-you-can eat ice cream and frozen yogurt (and every penny benefits Children’s Friend):

$5 for ages 10 and up     $2 for ages 4 – 9     Free for ages 3 and under

Ice cream vendors: Coco’s Tropical Ice, Cold Stone Creamery of Millbury, Crystal Caves of Auburn, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill of West Boylston, Friendly’s, Hood, Janine’s Frostee, Turkey Hill – and new this year -Yuengling’s Ice Cream!

Entertainment:  Chuck and Mud at 10:30 AM, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around at 11:15 AM, New England Dance Center at 12:30 PM, Breje Williams at 1:30 PM, Jay Graham at 2:30 PM, Joy of Music at 3:30 PM, and Geli OddBeauty at 4:30 PM. Check back for more entertainment!

Take part in the No Evil Project. Learn more about Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center. Meet Andi the Clown Jake the Lion, enjoy a fun ride on the Roaming Railroad, take a chance on one of our great raffle items including a Bose Wave Radio, enjoy our Food Tent with grilled burgers and hot dogs and refreshments from Polar Beverages, get your face painted, jump on the Moon Walks and enjoy other games. And don’t forget to stop by the Lions Sightmobile for a free vision check, check out the MedStar ambulance, where kids can sit in and “touch the truck”, Worcester Fire Truck and safety demonstrations, and the Worcester Public Library’s Bookmobile.

For more on family friendly Elm Park’s location and amenities, visit Elm Park’s webpage.

To sponsor the Big Dipper in support of Children’s Friend, view the sponsorship information here.

Watch Our Giant Ice Cream Cone’s Journey to the Big Dipper

Read about the Big Dipper in the Telegram & Gazette.

Much more to come!  Check back for more fun family activities.

To sponsor, volunteer, or donate to the 2015 Big Dipper, please contact Deb Huegel, Director of Marketing and Development at 508-753-5425 or email

Join the fun Big Dipper family.  Our Wish List of Donations:

The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival has been a central Massachusetts tradition since 1989, attracting several thousand people over the years. All proceeds benefit the programs of Children’s Friend. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them. To accomplish this mission, our programs are designed to help children and families whose lives have been affected by difficulties including abuse, neglect, family instability, death, substance abuse, and mental, emotional and physical problems. We provide them with the highest quality of mental health, adoption, young parent, early education, and grief support services.


Thank you to our sponsors!  Click on the logo to be connected to their website.

Presenting Sponsors

Annual Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Friendship Sponsors


Also Sponsored By

A&D Cold Storage, Andi the Clown, BOSE, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Boston Celtics, Bowditch & Dewey, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Celebrities for Charity, Clear Channel, Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., Davis Farmland, Elaine Alden, Fox Tours, Giant Glass, Haddad Auto Detail, Immedia, Lions’ District 33A, MedStar Ambulance, Midtown Meats, Niman Paper Supplies, Publick House, ROTMANS, Safelite, UTZ, Worcester Bravehearts, Worcester Fire Department, and Worcester Library

Read more about the Big Dipper and Enjoy the Gallery Below