Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes 2024

Polar Fest
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Looking for some winter fun just an hour east of Fargo? Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes is back for 2024, and it’s got fun events for the whole family!

Polar Fest 2024

Days: February 9th – February 25th, 2024

Location: Detroit Lakes, MN (50 minutes east of Fargo)

A celebration of winter by the lake. Here are some events to check out this year. And for more information, visit the Polar Fest website and check out their event calendar!

Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance

Days: February 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Holmes Theatre

Join the fun at the Midwest Bank Ballroom at the Historic Holmes theatre on Friday, February 9th to kick off Polar Fest 2023 in style! A dream come true event for sweethearts (ages 2-12) and their dads, grandfathers, or special friends. Enjoy a sweetheart themed night of music, dancing, foods, and lots of fun! Early bird tickets, Dads $15, sweethearts “Child” $10. Royal Package $35 (includes one child ticket, one photo, and one crown and trinket). Prices go up February 3rd. 

Boys’ Night Out: Mother/Son Bash

Days: February 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Becker County Museum

A night of fun, crafts, activities, music and munchies for boys 4-12 and their special lady!

Laser Tubing

Days: February 9th, 16th, & 23rd 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Detroit Mountain

Have fun laser tubing at Detroit Mountain! Advanced tickets required. Purchase here!

Poles N’ Holes Fishing Derby

Days: February 10th, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Big Detroit Lake

The 14th Annual Poles N’ Holes Fishing Derby will offer more ticket options, new food options, places to warm up and enjoy vendor displays, games, and fun! Check out the website at www.icefishingdetroitlakes.com.

Frozen Fireworks

Days: February 10th & 24th 7:00 p.m.

Location: Big Detroit Lake by the Pavilion

This year, the frozen fireworks show is back and better than ever! With two days of fireworks so you can come to the one that best fits your schedule (or both).

These are free events. 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, this event can get very busy!

Polar Fest

Cool Kites on the Lake

Days: February 11th, 10:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Little Detroit Lake

Seven international kite flyers will being their giant kids to color the sky! Bring your own to fly alongside! Learn more about the event here.

Snowshoe Sundays

Days: February 11th, 18th, & 25th 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Tamarac Discovery Center

Free snowshoe rental for use on the refuge every Sunday!

Try Cross-Country/Nordic Skiing

Days: February 11th, 18th, & 25th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Detroit Mountain, Nordic Trailhead Ski Building

The Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski Club is hosting an afternoon for you to try X-C Skiing! They will have equipment to try, a groomed track, team members to help you ski, and hot cider and snacks.

The Great Polar Hunt

Days: February 13th, 9:00 a.m. – February 23rd, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Around Detroit Lakes

Individuals, teams, and families are invited to join the Great Polar Hunt! Find signs at businesses in Detroit Lakes, solve the puzzle, and register to win prizes. Stop into the DL Chamber or go to their website to register.

Frazee’s Frosty Family Fun Night

Days: February 16th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Frazee Event Center

Come with friends or family for hot dogs, chili, root beer & ice cream. Enter to play trivia, Family Feud and other games. Prizes and fun guaranteed!

Sweat & Sweets Yoga

Days: February 18th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Join the fun of hot yoga! All ages and experience welcome for a warm yoga session followed by post-class treats. Dress accordingly! Event hosted by 180 Balance Yoga Studio.

The Polar Putt

Days: February 21st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Square Mall

Putt to win gift cards!

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Preschool Polar Fest Icy Adventures

Days: February 22nd, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Education Center

Visit a wintery land for free fun activities!

28th Annual Polar Fest Plunge

Days: February 24th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: West Lake Drive on Little Detroit Lake

Chill for the Children of the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes in the 27th annual Polar Fest Plunge. Get ready to freeze, have some fun and make a BIG SPLASH in the lives of local youth! All efforts for this event directly support the Club’s mission and the hundreds of youth who have a safe and fun place to grow academically, socially, and civically. Register at www.bgcdl.org as an individual or team.

More Outdoor Activities

For more ideas on winter fun, see our guide to Frostival Events and our Guide to Winter Activities in Fargo-Moorhead!

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Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


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