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First Friday Art Night December 7th Lineup

First Friday Art Night is Friday, Dec. 7th…start planning your evening now!

5:00-7:00 pm Book Signing at the Northfield Arts Guild lobby, 304 Division Street. Authors Denny & Karen Vinar will be signing copies of their book How Did You Find Me…After All These Years?

5:00-9:00 pm Meet the Artists Reception in the Northfield Arts Guild Main Gallery featuring 24 artisans of the Fine Craft Collective

5:00-9:00 pm Grow with the Guild Exhibition in the Northfield Arts Guild Up Gallery featuring artwork created by adult and youth students who have recently taken a Guild class

7:00-8:00 pm North Star Winds Concert  in the Northfield Arts Guild upstairs studio. One of the Twin Cities’ newest chamber ensembles, North Star is a classical wind octet, consisting of two oboes, two clarinets, two horns, and two bassoons. The group performs repertoire spanning from Mozart to Bernstein while enthusiastically embracing contemporary composers.

6:30-8:00 pm Christmas Ballroom Dance class – Rumba, Swing and Viennese Waltz with Brian Sostek at Northfield Dance Academy 640 Water Street S. Pre-registered before Nov 30th $40 per couple/$20 for singles. At the door $45 per couple/$25 for singles. Email to register

7:00-8:30 pm New Moon Yoga and Intention Setting Class at Prema Yoga Studio 220 Division St. S. $25 Dress in comfy clothes and bring a journal, pen and mat.

7:00-10:00 pm: Live Music with The JC Sanford Trio at Imminent Brewing – 519 Division St S. Trombonist/composer and Northfield High School graduate JC Sanford returned to his hometown in 2016 after spending over twenty years in Boston and New York City. JC will be joined by Kameron Markworth on bass & Phil Hey on drums.

7:00-8:00 pm ArtMakers Presents: Just So Stories at HotSpot Music/ArtMakers Studio 801 Division St. S. A Rudyard Kipling family Christmas featuring classic tales with original music, puppetry and magic!

8:30-11:30 pm Trailer Trash Presents THE TRASHY LITTLE XMAS SHOW at The Grand Event Center – 316 Washington St. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Music 8:30~11:30 pm. $15 Advance Tickets / $20 at the Door.

8:00-11:00 pm Live Music with Daniel Kase at Tanzenwald Brewing – 103 Water St. N.

8:00-11:00 pm Live Music with Ben Aaron at the Tavern Lounge – 212 Division St. Original folk, blues and Americana songs

8:30-11:30 pm Live Music with Carey Langer at the Froggy Bottoms PADio – 307 Water St

7:30pm Theater Performance – A Christmas Story opening night at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West. Tickets available online $17.00 adults, $12.00 seniors/students


Save the Date for these Downtown Events

Nov 15 Give to the Max Day Make a tax-deductible donation and help the NDDC sustain a vibrant Downtown Northfield

Nov 16 Signage Input Meeting for downtown business owners – Give feedback and help the City of Northfield update sign regulations for the historic district. 8 am at the Archer House River Inn – coffee and donuts provided!

Nov 17 Grand Opening of Minnesota Soulstice – Check out Downtown Northfield’s newest clothing and gift store during their celebration from 9am-5pm. 310 Division St. S.

Dec 6th Winter Walk 20th Anniversary Celebration – parade, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, luminaries and shopping with cider and cookies. The fun begins at 5pm! Learn more at

Dec 7th First Friday Art Night, featuring a Christmas Ballroom Dance Class – Rumba, Swing and Viennese Waltz with Brian Sostek at the Northfield Dance Academy, 640 Water Street S. from 6:30-8:00pm. Pre-register before Nov 30th $40 per couple/$20 for singles or at the door $45 per couple/$25 for singles. Email to register. Check out the full First Friday Art Night lineup here!

Fairfield Inn & Suites Opens Doors

The NDDC board and staff joined representatives from the City, Chamber and CVB on October 30th for the ribbon cutting at Downtown Northfield’s newest lodging destination, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. The new 80-room hotel is located at Highway 3 and 2nd street and features an indoor pool, fitness room and underground parking garage.

This Fairfield was custom built to include a special feature: just off the breakfast area is a bar, lounge and deck overlooking the Cannon River. The bar area will be open to the public in the evenings, serving beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is locally owned and managed by Rebound Hospitality of Northfield. Reservations are available at or by calling 507-366-5000.


Save the Date for these Upcoming Events

So many great events happening in and near Downtown Northfield in the next few weeks! Mark your calendar now for these special dates:

Nov. 2 – Chamber of Commerce Fall Gala: A Night In Paris at the Grand Event Center
Nov. 2 – First Friday Art Night: art walk to indoor exhibits, crafts, concerts and experiences
Nov. 15 – Give to the Max Day: support a vibrant downtown with a donation to the NDDC
Nov. 24 – Small Business Saturday: shop small and patronize our locally owned retail shops
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 – St. Olaf Christmas Fest

Dec. 2 – Tuba Christmas: a Vintage Band concert at Carleton’s Skinner Chapel
Dec. 6 – Winter Walk: celebrate the 20th anniversary of this downtown holiday stroll
Dec. 7 – First Friday Art Night: art walk to indoor exhibits, crafts, concerts and experiences