2021 Detroit Lakes Polar Fest
Join us for the 25th Annual Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes on February 4-15, 2021. Don’t miss one of Minnesota’s most fun winter festivals. For updates on festival activities following COVID protocol, refer to the Polar Fest website. Normally a 10-day winter festival, this year is extended due to President’s Day Weekend, and features a multitude of outdoor (and virtual) activities, as well as food booths and one of the most-loved attractions: the grand display of snow, ice and lights in the Detroit Lakes City Park. In keeping with COVID mandates, this winter’s grand display will be experiencing the lights and sculptures through a walking tour in the City Park. NOTE: Photo Credit (above): Jack Davis Photography
Featured Polar Fest Events
One of the events to kick off Polar Fest is the Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby! There is also a virtual version this year. Due to COVID issues many things have changed about the tournament, so be sure to check the official online Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby event listing for up to date details. Saturday, February 6, 12PM-3PM.
Join in for a fun 5K Freeze Your Buns Run in beautiful Detroit Lakes! You’ll start and end in the parking lot of the DLCCC. Register online. Saturday, February 13, 8AM.
There are changes in the way the popular Polar Fest Plunge is presented this year as well.
This year instead of a public plunge – a “PROXY PLUNGER” will take the jump for you! You stay warm and still make a difference in the lives of local youth by raising pledges to earn COOL incentives, participating in the PF Hashtag Challenge and engaging on the Club’s Social Media pages. Stay tuned for more updates on Facebook, Instagram and our website. Location: Boys & Girls Club/Virtual. Saturday, February 13, 1PM.
NOTE: This year, the “plunge” will look different that the above image. Check below for more info.
About Polar Fest
Polar Fest is held annually in mid-February with the plunge and fireworks on the Saturday night of President’s Day weekend. Polar Fest was started in 1996 by Erika Johnson, previous owner of Lakeside Tavern. She loved winter and wanted to see some sort of celebration of winter by the lake and outside her restaurant. Coincidentally, at the same time, Ron Zeman, former board member for Develop DL, heard about people jumping into a hole in the lake to raise money for an organization. He took that idea to the Boys & Girls Club and the “Polar Fest Plunge” was born. Polar Fest continued until 2002 when lack of support left Polar Fest with only its key event — the Polar Plunge, but no other activities. In 2005, a group of crazy, winter-loving citizens came together to reinvigorate and warm up Polar Fest. Since then, Polar Fest has continued with the pinnacle event being the Polar Fest Plunge into Little Detroit Lake plus many other activities ranging from golfing on the lake to presentations by polar explorers to dances in the sand. In 2008, fireworks on the last Saturday evening were added and that has become one of the highlights of the week-long winter celebration.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in February!
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