When it comes to celebrating summer, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota takes its time. The Jaycee-sponsored Northwest Water Carnival lasts a delicious week or more in the heart of summer – July 10-19, 2020. This will be the 85th annual!

An Admiral – a Jaycee member – resides over the extravaganza. One lucky girl is crowned Miss Northwest; later she competes for the Miss Minnesota crown.

Do you love to build sand castles or ships? There’s a competition for you. Tough enough to eat chili in July? Then the Carnival’s chili cookoff is calling you. Water fights, kids’ games, bed races, music and food and more food – the Northwest Carnival has it all for you.

An annual favorite is Bash on the Beach, where you and your friends have a blast with live bands on the shores of Little Detroit Lake. The Parade of the Northwest is Sunday, July 19. The parade attracts thousands of people stretching a mile along Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. The Fourth of July may be over, but in Detroit Lakes, the fun is just getting started.

For more information about Water Carnival fun, click here for their website. When you visit Detroit Lakes for the Carnival, you’ll definitely need to find a hotel near the Festival. That is where we come in, check out our wide array of Rooms and suite and reserve one for yourself!