You will find a vibrant and close-knit community in Chelmsford in part because of the many community organizations and festivals that bring residents together and allow them to express their creativity. The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is a perfect example of this. The center offers an art gallery featuring a rotating cast of local artists, a small performance space for theatrical and musical productions, and studio space available to rent. It also provides numerous classes for aspiring and accomplished creatives of all ages, from beginning drawing and cartooning to advanced drama courses.
The Community Gardens
The Walter F. Lewis Community Garden is another example of Chelmsford's community ethos. Located in the agricultural lands on the outskirts of town, the garden is a place where locals can go to rent a plot of land, for a nominal fee, to grow vegetables and flowers. The garden has grown as demand for plots has steadily increased. Another highlight of the garden is the section with raised beds and wheelchair-accessible ramps along the sides that are provided at no cost to disabled or elderly members of the community who might otherwise not be able to experience the joys of growing their own food.
On a weekend in early February every year residents of Chelmsford flock to the many events of the Winterfest celebration. The event is more than a simple party. It celebrates the things that make Chelmsford a special city in which to live. Atendees can expect guided snow shoe expeditions through nearby Russell Mill Forest, photo and dance exhibitions, lectures on the local environnment and culture, as well as a chili cook-off. The culmination of Winterfest is a community-wide free skate session on the town's outdoor ice rink. With everything that goes on during Winterfest, there is bound to be some wintertime fun for anyone who comes out.