Arts & Culture
Envelop yourself in theater at the Historic Holmes Theatre, a grand remodeled auditorium. Soothe your soul with free live music at the City Park bandshell each Tuesday evening during the summer. Catch the color of an annual Pow Wow. And discover the work of sculptors, painters and potters everywhere you turn.
In 2003, local artist Hans Gilsdorf created a four-foot sunfish sculpture. To mark Detroit Lakes’ 150 years, in 2021 Hans Gilsdorf’s design was locally produced into 150 sailboats. Area artists individually painted the sunfish and sailboats. Find both indoors and outdoors for the perfect photo op.
In 2023, Project 412 began a mission of elevating public art. Look for colorful murals painted on business buildings throughout Detroit Lakes. Art will inspire your day.
Have a Frosty Fun Time
Each February, winter is celebrated with two weeks or more of jam-packed activities during Detroit Lakes’ Polar Fest. Take a plunge in Little Detroit Lake, enter the annual Poles N’ Holes Fishing Derby and catch the spectacular fireworks display at the City Beach. Even when it’s frosty DL knows how to have fun.
Annual County Fair held each July. Family fun for everyone: midway, demo-derby, exhibits, food and entertainment.
See the history of Becker County preserved through displays and artifacts in the Museum. Experience hands on learning opportunities thru interactive exhibits for all ages. Research area available
Fine art and fine craft gallery featuring metal artist Patrick Shannon and jewelry artist and painter, Helena Johnson, as well as other American artists and craftsmen.
Jack Pines Resort offers relaxing cabins and camping, a full service restaurant, an event center, and more. Book today, your adventure awaits.
First run movie exhibitor; seven screens located downtown Detroit Lakes in the Washington Square Mall. Check out our remodeled spaces and expanded snack bar.
An annual late August American Rally Association Championship car race on Northern Minnesota Forest roads and through Detroit Lakes.
Shooting Star is home to 1,100 slots, big-name entertainment, fine dining, soothing spa, shopping, 386 rooms & 30,000 sq. feet of event space.
43,000 acre wildlife refuge established for the protection & conservation of wildlife. Visitor Center with theater and gift shop, wildlife drive, hiking, hunting and fishing.
Dreams come true in this romantic, private, outdoor, lakeside wedding venue. Up to 220 guests & the wedding party can enjoy the banquet facilities. Easy to find & accessible.