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2022 Detroit Lakes Polar Fest

Join us for the 26th Annual Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes on February 11-27, 2022.  The typical 10-day event will be 17 days this year, so there’s one less excuse for you to miss one of Minnesota’s most fun winter festivals! For updates on festival activities, refer to the Polar Fest website. Detroit Lakes Polar Fest features a multitude of outdoor 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. This winter’s grand display will be experiencing the lights and sculptures through a walking tour in the City Park. Photo Credit (above): Jack Davis Photography

Featured Polar Fest Events

NOTE: Details for many Polar Fest activities are still in planning. Check back for details later. The purpose of this early listing is to help you plan your calendar.

  • 2/11/21 Ice Tee Golf: Time TBA
  • 2/11/21 MN Sn’Ice Ice Palace & Lights (Grand Opening) @7 pm. Snow and ice make everything MN Sn’Ice! Come for the beautiful palace, lights, ice and snow sculptures and other winter fun. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and take some amazing photos. Don’t forget to try some of our other events while you’re here! The ice palace opens on Feb. 11 and will stay up as long as the weather permits. We recommend coming to see the palace as early in the festival as possible as we can’t guarantee it’ll be around the whole 2+ weeks.

  • 2/12/21 Freeze Your Buns Run: Time TBA | You’ll start and end in the parking lot of the DLCCC.
  • 2/12/21 Fandazzi Fire Circus: Performance Times: 6PM & 9PM. The MN Sn’Ice Committee is excited to announce the addition of Fandazzi Fire Circus, MN-based professional fire performance group. Fandazzi Fire Circus has extensive performance experience and provides thrilling fire acts suitable for all ages. They are the only fire group to hold multiple Guinness World Records and be named BEST stage act at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. They will be here Saturday, February 12, with two performances at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM near the Detroit Lakes Pavilion and Ice Palace.
  • 2/12/21 Frozen Fireworks:7p-8p | Detroit Lakes Pavillion. There are two fireworks displays this year (see February 26). You can watch from the north side of Detroit Lake, by the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. There is parking in the park next to the pavilion. You might want to get here early to get a parking spot as this event can get very busy!

  • 2/15/22 Ice Climbing to a Gold Medal with Ice Climber Kendra Stritch: 7p-8p | Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes. As a part of Polar Fest, the Detroit Lakes PUblic Library will offer a free presentation by competitive ice climber and Minnesota native Kendra Stritch. Kendra will share her incredible experiences during her eight years competing in the Ice Climbing World Cup competitions, including winning a gold medal in speed ice climbing at the cup in Bozeman, Montana. In this presentation, attendees will learn about ice climbing in remote regions of the Canadian Rockies and get an overview of exciting competitions around the world.
  • 2/19/22 DL Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap: 8a-5p | Little Detroit Lake, 720 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Join us on the frozen lake for a vintage snowmobile rally, swap meet, and radar run! You can learn more here: http://ultradl.org/
  • 2/19/21 Poles N Holes Fishing Derby: 12p-3p | Little Detroit Lake, 720 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, MN. Be sure to check the official online Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby website for up to date details.
  • 2/26/21 Polar Plunge: 1p-2p | Detroit Lakes Pavillion. Be sure to check Polar Fest online for up-to-date details on the Polar Plunge . “Chill for the Children” of the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes in the 26th Annual Polar Fest Plunge. Get ready to freeze, have some fun, and make this year the BIGGEST and BEST Polar Fest Plunge to-date! The best thing is, your efforts directly support the Club’s mission and the hundreds of local youth who have a safe and fun place to grow academically, socially, and civically. Register at www.bgcdl.org as an individual or team. This event takes place on the lake in front of Lakeside Tavern.

  • 2/26/21 Frozen Fireworks:7p-8p | Detroit Lakes Pavillion.  You can watch from the north side of Detroit Lake, by the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. There is parking in the park next to the pavilion. You might want to get here early to get a parking spot as this event can get very busy!

Detroit Lakes Polar Fest photo by Jack Davis Photography - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Photo Credit (above): Jack Davis Photography

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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Best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Lodge on Lake Detroit & The Spa Within

The only way to improve the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest, one of Minnesota’s most fun winter festivals, is to stay in one of the best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lake. Whether your stay is the entire 11-day event, any of the three weekends or if you are just here for a particular event, you will find our Detroit Lakes Minnesota lake resort is the perfect setting to relax and recover from all the day’s activities. What better way to unwind after a busy winter Minnesota day than in The Lodge’s beautiful Fireside Lobby and LoLa D’s Lobby Bar & Bistro. Nestled in a lovely tree-filled setting on a private 550 foot wide sandy beach, you’ll find the latest hotel style and amenities. The Lodge is independently owned and operated by Holland Hospitality, Inc., now in its third generation of providing excellence in hospitality.

With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, we stand out among other lodging choices in Detroit Lakes, MN. For couples or family getaways, we offer a variety of rooms and suites with king, queen or two queen beds. Our free daily hot breakfast, free local calls, indoor heated pool and fitness center make the hotel a great place to recharge between enjoying Detroit Lakes attractions and activities. View hotel detail.

All rooms feature lakefront views, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, flat-screen TVs with extended channels. Rooms are equipped with mini-frige, microwaves, and coffee makers and are pet and smoke free. View accommodation detail.

Detroit Lakes Day Spa: The Spa Within at The Lodge offers an extensive menu of select spa treatment services, many of which are signature treatments exclusive to this spa. These revitalizing treatments include the use of warm and cold basalt stones for face and body, and a variety of facials and massage therapies that are sure to induce a state of deep relaxation.

Call Hotel Direct at (218) 847-8439 or book online now!

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