Welcome to the lakes area where Winter is Cool!
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is home to Polar Fest - a celebration embracing the winter season, each February. From outdoor activities to warm dinners and fireworks; there is something for everyone! See the Calendar of Events to join the fun!
New for 2018, 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 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 the winter shanty beer tasting, Polarific spaghetti dinner and Minnes-SODA Hot Dish challenge! Meet Polar explorer Ann Bancroft at 7 pm on Monday, February 12 at the Historic Holmes Theatre! Your entire family is invited to get outdoors to enjoy Polar Fest fun! How about taking in some ice tee golfing or a youth fishing derby on Detroit Lake? Try skiing or snowboarding with Polar Pete at Detroit Mountain. Loads of outdoor Minnesota fun on Saturday, February 17 when you take part in the 5K Freeze Your Buns Run, view the spectacular frozen fireworks at the city beach at 7 pm followed by the Polaritaville Dance at Hub 41!
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.
Mark your calendars for 2019...February 7-18th!