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Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Fun in the Nisswa Lakes Area | 2024

Updated: Feb 21

Are you ready to dive into the wonders of winter in the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area? With the perfect blend of snow, cold, and an array of winter activities, the region offers an unforgettable winter experience. Far from a season of hibernation, winter here is bustling with events that will keep you on your toes. Let's take a look at some recent highlights and upcoming winter festivals that are bound to make this season memorable.

Ice Fest 2024 in Breezy Point:  (Recap)

Last week, we had a fun time at the Ice Fest in Breezy Point. Despite a few events being canceled due to safety concerns with the ice thickness, we enjoyed wandering around Breezy Point Resort, witnessing kids play ice hockey, warming up by the bonfire on the shoreline, watching the horse carriage rides go by, and engaging in delightful conversations with locals and visitors. Our night concluded with a satisfying meal at Commanders and JJ’s Pub, where we tried their Commander Garbage Pizza (Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Sausage, Onion, Mushroom, Green Pepper, Green Olives, Cheese!). Oh, and we couldn't resist listening to the entertaining live music (Them Pesky Kids) at Commanders!

Upcoming Winter Fun:

But the excitement doesn't end with Ice Fest; we're gearing up for a series of upcoming winter fests, events, and activities in the Lakes Area. If you're heading north or are a local resident, mark your calendar for these fantastic events:

Back to Hack Winter Festival

Turkey Bowling at Dunmire’s on the Lakes

Snarky Loon Fermented Bus Tour

Icykel Fat Tire Race

  • Location: Miner's Mountain Rally Center | Ironton, MN

  • Date: January 21, 2024

  • Link: Icykel Fat Tire Race

Ice Fishing Contest & Snowman Building Competition at Dunmire’s on the Lakes

2024 WinterFest in Crosslake

SOLD OUT - Extravaganza Kick-Off Party with Charlie Berens

  • Location: Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts | Brainerd, MN

  • Date: February 2, 2024

  • Link: Kick-Off Party

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

2024 Bobber Bocce on Ice

  • Location: UPDATED LOCATION - (South Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes, near the red Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce Building)

  • Date: February 10, 2024

  • Link: Bobber Bocce on Ice

Postponed - Cuyuna Lakes 20th Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming

Nisswa Winter Jubilee

Fishing Carnival at the Nisswa Community Center (Indoor and Outdoor activities)!

Bohemian Queen Tribute Concert at Northern Pacific Center

Gull Lake Frozen Fore Winter Weekend

Ice Bowling at Dunmire’s on the Lakes

Polar Plunge at Breezy Point Resort

  • Location: Breezy Point, MN

  • Date: March 2, 2024

  • Link: Polar Plunge

Ice Tee Open Golf on Ice Benefit for Camp Knutson

50th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration

Downtown Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Celebration

  • Location: Brainerd, MN

  • Date: March 16, 2024


We will continue updating our list as more events in the area are confirmed. Have a winter event? — submit your event through our event submission page. Stay connected with our weekly newsletters for the latest updates on events in the Nisswa Lakes Area—sign up here. Winter is calling, and we're ready to embrace it together!

Explore our Weekend Roll Call for a comprehensive overview of all the exciting events happening each weekend! Updated weekly, it features a diverse array of activities, including meat raffles, live music, bingo, and more!

Ready to embark on your winter adventure? Start planning your trip to Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area today and let the magic of the season unfold!

*All dates and activities are subject to change


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