Detroit Lakes, Minnesota celebrates the winter in a big way with their annual Polarfest event. Its about a 2.5 hour drive from St. Cloud, underway now through February 16.

The ten-day winter festival features an ice palace, fireworks, ice fishing derby, a Minne'soda' Hotdish Challenge & Dinner, chocolate fantasy, snowmazing adventures, freeze your buns run, polar fest plunge, live music, cross country skiing and more.

Check out the event listings below!

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Wednesday

  • 8:30 a.m. : Sweetheart Grams
  • 11:30 a.m. : The Polar Putt
  • 12 p.m. : Brown Bag Lunch & Speaker
  • 5 p.m. : Polarpalooza Tubing Races

Thursday

  • 4:30 p.m. : The Polar Fest Break-A-Thon
  • 4:30 p.m. : Chocolate Fantasy
  • 4:30 p.m. : Snowmazing Adventures

Friday

  • 10 a.m. : Snowmazing Adventures
  • 12 p.m. : Ice Tee Golf
  • 2 p.m. : Lake Superior Helicopter Rides
  • 4 p.m. : The Ice Box H2I
  • 7:30 p.m. : Comedian Tom Papa at the Holmes Theatre

Saturday

  • 7 a.m. : ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally and Swap Meet
  • 8 a.m. : Freeze Your Buns Run
  • 9 a.m. : Lake Superior Helicopter Rides
  • 12 p.m. : The Ice Box H2I
  • 12:30 : Fat Bike Demo
  • 1 p.m. : 24th Annual Polarfest Plunge
  • 2 p.m. : Beer Quaffing Competition
  • 7 p.m. : Frozen Fireworks
  • 8 p.m. : Backstage at the Holmes Presents Stovepipes

Sunday

  • 12 p.m. : Kids Pan Fish Derby
  • 5 p.m. : Live at the Lodge: Deb Jenkins Band
  • 6 p.m. : Candlelight Cross Country Ski Night