Edit ModuleShow Tags

Brrrmidji Polar Daze


Published:

I've got to say, there are some pretty hardy individuals living in Bemidji—most evident during this time of year. Every year across the entire state, it always seems like the bottom completely drops out of the thermometer during the third week in January. It never fails. That's my theory anyway. Most travelers would be comfortably locked away indoors planning a getaway to some tropical sun-kissed, white sand beach. Not so Up North. Not in Bemidji. How do they fill their calendars during this time of year? With a community festival of course: Brrrmidji Polar Daze.

BemidjiBeginning on Saturday, Jan. 21, visitors can take part in a variety of winter activities, indoors and outdoors, to celebrate winter's chill. New to this year’s event is the Young Professionals Network 1/2 Way to Dragon Boats Cornhole Tourney. (I didn’t know what cornhole was until I looked it up. It’s also know as Bean Bag Toss.) Find a partner and participate in the tournament. Other event highlights include a chili feed, a 5K Polar Challenge Run, and the Taste of Northern Minnesota event, which takes place Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Sanford Center.

But the most fitting event for any winter celebration has to be the annual plunge into the frigid lake waters (I don’t believe I will ever be brave enough to try it). Whether you wish to participate or just watch and encourage others, this year’s Jaycee’s Brrrmidji Plunge takes place Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

Bemidji residents really do partake in all that winter has to offer.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Plan a Trip to Roanoke, Virginia

This East Coast visit comes with history, a burgeoning craft beer scene, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and more

Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest

Taste Minnesota wines and ciders, browse through local art vendors, and eat delicious food at Cannon Falls Wine & Art Fest, July 21-22

Day Trip to Taylors Falls

A Taylors Falls day trip made up of beautiful river views and a classic malt shop.

Record Store on Wheels

Like a food truck, but for music—and debuting this Sunday at Open Streets Minneapolis

Green Thumb Gardens

The 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour flaunts its foliage July 14

Best Caves of Minnesota

Explore Minnesota’s man-made and natural curiosities this summer

Amble Over to Afton

While you’re in Afton for Selma’s, stay a while and check out the state parks, historic buildings, quaint downtown, and more

Take a Trip for (Frozen) Treats

Grab a scoop from the state’s oldest ice cream shop in Afton: Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour

Journeys: A Minnesotan’s Happy Place

Time wasted at the lake is time well spent

Journeys: The Start of Adventure

To prep for wilderness canoe trips, Les Voyageurs brings campers out on the Mississippi River

Top 5 Instagram Spots Along the Mississippi River

Bluffs, hiking trails, and waterfalls make for beautiful summer photos

Summer Sunburn Solutions

Six ways to beat the burn

Brews and Views at the Hopped Up Caribou Festival

There's no better place to tie the knot than at a craft beer festival, and if you're not into that, you can cliff climb, too

A Day Trip to Hudson

St. Croix River views, hiking trails at Willow River State Park, and quaint downtown eats await in Hudson
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags