Polar Fest
Polar Fest
Celebrate Winter in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Detroit Lakes, MN

Polar Fest 2020

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About Us

A Celebration of Winter

Polar Fest is a week of frozen fun held annually in February during the week and weekend of President's Day. It is created and run by an independent, all-volunteer committee of people who have learned to embrace the northern Minnesota winters. We hold activities for a variety of ages and interests.

Read on to find out how we were started

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Something for everyone

Events & Activities

We have a variety of activities going on throughout the week, so you’re sure to find one you’ll enjoy! From the Polar Plunge to vintage snowmobiles to our famous Frozen Fireworks, there’s something for everyone. Here are some examples of events from years past. If you’re interested in submitting something for Polar Fest 2020, please contact us here.


Fat Tire Bike Demos

Courtesy of Detroit Mountain

Fat Tire Bike Demos from Detroit Mountain

Polar Pile-Up

An Icy Demo Derby

Polar Pile-Up Winter Demo Derby


Ultra Snowmobile Rally

View or swap vintage rides at this meet

Ultra Snowmobile rally

Polar Plunge

Take an icy dip for a good cause

Polar Plunge Frozen Lake Jump



Dress up to slide down Detroit Mountain

Polarpalooza tube race & Costume Contest at Detroit Mountain

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Thank You to our


Polar Fest is an all-volunteer committee and runs off the support of our generous sponsors. Thank you to everyone who helped us fun Polar Fest 2019. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring for 2020.

Sponsor shoutout 📣🙌 I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and community organizations putting on events. I couldn't celebrate so much frozen fun without you!

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Detroit Lakes, MN


Our city has learned to embrace the cold Minnesota winters with this fun celebration. During the summer we’re known for our big lake with fishing, boating and a beach. But we have so much to offer winter visitors, too.

Visit our City Website to learn more


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