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Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes, MN

February 8-19, 2018

Welcome to the lakes area where Winter is Cool!


Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is home to Polar Fest - a celebration embracing the winter season, February 8-19, 2018. From outdoor activities to warm dinners and fireworks; there is something for everyone!

New this year, Detroit Lakes will have a lighted Ice Palace in a city park for viewing! Ice will be harvested out of Detroit Lake in January for the construction of the Palace.

One of the events to kick off Polar Fest on February 10 is the Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby ! Come to the north side of Little Detroit Lake and find yourself a lucky hole to fish for big prizes! The gates open at 9 am and fishing begins at Noon.

Feeling a bit daring or zany? You might like to take the famous Polar Fest Plunge into Detroit Lake! Or, perhaps you'd prefer to cheer on those who take the plunge. The Polar Fest Plunge takes place 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 17!

Of course, there will be lots of food for your winter appetite such as Polar-Riffic spaghetti dinner,  winter wine dinner and winter shanty beer tasting! Your entire family is invited to get outdoors to enjoy Polar Fest fun! How about taking in some golfing or a youth fishing derby on Detroit Lake? Try skiing or snowboarding with Polar Pete at Detroit Mountain. Loads of fun on Saturday, February 17 when you take part in the 5K Freeze Your Buns Run, tailgating before the spectacular frozen fireworks at the city beach and Polaritaville Dance!

See how much zany fun you can have in Detroit Lakes in February by taking a look at the Polar Fest video . Check out for more information.

Detroit Lakes, where you can embrace winter and have a blast at Polar Fest! You'll have so much fun you may want to extend your stay.