Happenings around the lakes area

Here's what's happening around the Detroit Lakes area, Feb. 19-March 2.

Detroit Lakes area Happenings, Feb. 19-March 2
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Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or

Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Saturday, February 19

Poles 'N Holes Ice Fishing Derby: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club will host its 12th Annual Poles 'N Holes Ice Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 on the day of the event, and can be pre-purchased at .

Polar Fest Freeze Your Buns Run: The Center at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center will host its annual 5K “Freeze Your Buns” Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m.; registration gets underway at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the website at .


ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet: Join Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club for their 19th annual vintage snowmobile rally, swap meet, and radar run on Little Detroit Lake in front of the Pavilion, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trophies for the snowmobile show will be awarded at noon, followed by a ride from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be a radar run and bikini radar run, as well as tickets on sale for not just one, but two different raffles. No admission fee.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a tribute show, "Rumors & Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood Mac," at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults and can be purchased online at: , or by phone at 218-844-7469. The Holmes Box Office will also be open for two hours prior to the show.

Sunday, Feb. 20

Color Guard Fundraiser Breakfast : The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; sausage or bacon; and coffee or tea. Plenty of tables, lots of space. Bring friends and family!

Snowshoe Sunday: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will host its final Snowshoe Sunday of the season, starting at 1 p.m. outside the Discovery Center. Free snowshoes for kids and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are on hand to help introduce participants to snowshoeing and recommended trails.

Try Cross Country Skiing: The DL Nordic Ski Club is hosting a Polar Fest Try Skiing Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Youth and adult ski equipment will be available, along with ski coaches. Bring a friend and ski on a groomed track in front of the Ice Palace on Little Detroit Lake. No cost. Contact 701-261-2302 or for more information.

Monday, February 21

Laker Prep Blood Drive: The Laker Prep Preschool will be hosting a visit from the Vitalant bloodmobile from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment please contact Mary at or go online to and use the code LAKERPREP to sign up. Face masks are mandatory for entering the bloodmobile bus.

Polar Glow Night: Come to the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for a kid-friendly Polar Glow Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light up the night with glowsticks, kids' music, hot chocolate bar and treats! Make a donation to get your goodies. This is a kid-friendly Polar Fest event.

Tuesday, February 22

Polar-riffic Takeout Spaghetti Dinner: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club will host its annual ‘Polar-riffic’ Spaghetti Dinner, takeout style, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Cost is $12; register online at .


Izaak Walton League: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will be meeting virtually, via Zoom, at 7 p.m. Topic of this month's meeting will be the prairie restoration project at Upstream Sucker Creek. Find all the “call in” details at the Ikes' Facebook page, @PWIkes.

Wednesday, February 23

M State Blood Drive: The Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be hosting a blood drive for Vitalant from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school commons area. For an appointment please contact Angie at 218-846-3780 or go online to and use the code MSTATEDL to sign up. Sponsored by M State nursing students.

The Polar Putt: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will once again be hosting its signature Polar Fest event, the Polar Putt, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Putt from three, five and seven-foot distances to win gift cards. Open to the public.

Thursday, February 24

Taikwando Break-a-thon: The Greater Community Taekwondo Club will be demonstrating various techniques at the Washington Square Mall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The club uses this event to get students involved in raising money to help the community. Half of the money raised goes to the Becker County Food Pantry and the other half goes to the club's in-house scholarship fund for high school graduates.

Home Brew Tasting: The new Bucks Mill Brewing Co. will be hosting a home brew tasting event from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall. Home brewers, get your beers ready and bring samples to pour for the public. Bucks Mill Brewing will also be providing free samples. Email for more information.

Quilters Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting in the meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Police Department (807 Summit Ave). The doors open at 6 p.m., Show and Tell items displayed at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. A program, "Postcard Quilting," will follow the meeting. Email for more information.

Friday, February 25

Laser Tubing at Detroit Mountain: The tubing hill at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be lit up with laser lights for tubing after dark, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Must pre-purchase tickets at

Welcome to Polaritaville: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads and Lakes Area Imagination Library will be hosting a fun evening of live music, fun games of chance, raffles and more, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shorewood Pub.


Randy Houser Concert: Country music star Randy Houser performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Go to to reserve your seats.

Saturday, February 26

Polar Fest Plunge: The 26th Annual Polar Fest Plunge to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will be held at 1 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake, across from Lakeside Tavern. Visit the website at for more information.

"Doing It For Dave" Spaghetti Feed and Benefit: A spaghetti feed, silent auction, bake sale and gun raffle will be held at the Cormorant Community Center from 4 to 8 p.m., with proceeds to aid Dave Ritchie, a longtime volunteer and supporter at area events who recently underwent a successful kidney transplant. Donations may also be dropped off at Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes for those unable to attend. Checks, made out to Dave Ritchie, can also be mailed to Midwest Bank, P.O. Box 1665, Detroit Lakes MN 56502.

Frozen Fireworks: The second of two free Frozen Fireworks shows in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022 will take place at 7 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 27

Snoga in the Park: Have you ever done yoga in the snow? Give it a try at this Polar Fest event, held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Detroit Lakes City Park. Sponsored by 180 Balance yoga studio.

Sweetheart Sundae Dance: A daddy-daughter "Sweetheart Sundae" dance will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes from 3 to 6 p.m.; doors open at 2:45 p.m. There will be a grand march, dance, sundae bar, treats, and more! This event has been moved from the Historic Holmes Theatre due to ongoing construction; it is intended for girls ages 2-12 and their dads, grandpas, uncles or special friends! Cost is $10 for girls and $15 for adults. Tickets available online at the Holmes Theatre website, , or at the door the night of the dance. Tickets are limited so reserve in advance to guarantee your spots!

Meatball Dinner and Silent Auction: Trinity Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will host a meatball dinner and silent auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for children and youth to attend church-sponsored trips, camps, retreats, and other activities.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

We Love MN Showcase: Seven Sisters Spirits will be hosting taste testing of samples from different local breweries, wineries, and distilleries every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. pm and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. during the month of February. Visit for more information.


Ice Harvest Exhibit: The Becker County Museum will have its ice harvest history exhibit on display at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion during the two remaining weekends of Polar Fest. Times are 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26; and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. Visit or call 218-847-2938 for more information.

Indigenous Hemp Conference: The 5th Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, hosted by Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm, and Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2 at Callaway's Maplelag Resort. There will be workshops and demonstrations on and off-site as well as topics on policy and law, cannabis education, fiber and textiles, other value added products and more. To register for this conference, go to the website at .

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school students can go to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about faith and understand God. There's an adult Bible study at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or email

Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library offers weekly storytime sessions every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. This early literacy experience explores a different theme each week and is a way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Baby Bounce: Songs, stories, and action poems for infants, toddlers and their caregivers are offered every Monday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Program runs about a half hour including playtime and chatting with other caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

GED/Adult Diploma Class: Lakes Area Adult Education holds orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes twice a month. Call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Detroit Lakes Alano Club meets at 827 Summit Ave. on the following days and times: Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call 218-844-9970 or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.


Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: At the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring woodcarvings to show and/or take part in a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources available for checkout. No cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.

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