See You Downtown at These Upcoming Events

August 25, Sept 1, 15, 22, 29Riverwalk Market Fair – Enjoy an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River offering locally grown produce, artisan foods, and a juried selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.

August 23Northfield Mobile Photography Tour – Join photography and architecture enthusiasts for an evening stroll around downtown Northfield. Beginning and ending at the Northfield Arts Guild, the tour pairs art and photography with local history. 5:30-7:30pm $25

Aug 30 – Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Celebration – 7 pm at Bridge Square. Hear this year’s sidewalk poems read aloud, meet the winning poets, and hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes. Thanks to the FiftyNorth volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

Sept. 6-9 Defeat of Jesse James Days – Take part in all of the annual festivities including bank raid reenactments, rodeo, parade, craft beverage festival and so much more!
Sept. 8 & 9Riverfront Fine Arts Festival – See and purchase work from over 65 fine artists and craftspersons – ceramics, jewelry, paintings, fiber, wood and steel. 10am to 5pm

Sept. 8Jesse James Bike Tour – Bike this family-friendly ride on your choice of five scenic routes then enjoy a post ride meal and after pedal parties at Imminent Brewing and Tanzenwald Brewing downtown. Proceeds from this Rotary Club of Northfield fundraiser benefit the Mill Towns Trail and Northfield’s Safe Routes to School program.
Sept. 9DJJD Run/Walk – Choose a 5K run/walk through the streets of Northfield or a more challenging 15K run through the farm country east of town. Both runs, hosted by Northfield Shares, begin at Armory Square and finish at the original First National Bank building where the townspeople of Northfield stopped a bank robbery by the notorious James-Younger gang in 1876.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1Northfield Poetry Festival – Enjoy a morning poetry reading for elementary school age children at Content Bookstore, a poetry event at the Northfield Public Library, a Sidewalk Poetry Celebration in Bridge Square on 9/30 at 7pm and an evening poetry contest and reading at Imminent Brewing.

Come to First Friday Art Night Aug 3 for a Block Party, Live Music, Improv, Line Dancing and more!

Downtown Northfield is the place to be this Friday night with a HUGE lineup of free art events and experiences beginning at 5pm. First Friday Art Night highlights include a Community Block Party celebrating KYMN radio’s 50th Birthday, Country Line Dancing, Improv, pottery demonstrations, and tons of live music–all for FREE! For a small fee, you can also take belly dancing lessons, enroll in a canvas painting class, make slime, do splatter painting crafts and yarn making crafts, and see a theater performance. Mark your calendar now and start planning your Friday night!

Northfield Mobile Photography Tour Aug 23

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota invites you to join photography and architecture enthusiasts for an evening stroll around downtown Northfield on August 23 from 5:30-7:30pm. Beginning and ending at the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Mobile Photography Tours pairs art and photography with local history.

We’ll begin with a mobile photography lesson from Eric Mueller. Eric will share tips for maximizing your phone to take amazing pictures on this tour and future excursions. Eric is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Eric teaches iPhone Photography classes online for and locally for FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota), the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.

Then, we’ll explore downtown with Barbara Evans, a Northfield resident, teacher, and old home owner & restorer. Barbara taught American Literature, Drama, Debate, and Composition in Rochester, MN for 34 years before retiring and moving to Northfield. She has been a visiting professor at St. Olaf College. Barbara’s interests include architecture, travel, photography, and renovation of her Arts & Crafts home in Northfield. She sits on the Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission and enjoys learning about Northfield’s historic buildings and homes. Barbara also has a small greeting card company that features her photography: Cannon Shots.

You are invited to explore the Northfield Arts Guild’s exhibits before the tour. Refreshments will be provided. Cost of the tour is $25 –  Register online here

First Friday Art Night July 6th from 5-9pm

First Friday Art Night returns this week to Downtown Northfield with a full slate of interactive art experiences and exhibits. The monthly event, hosted by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, happens on the first Friday of every month from 5-9pm. Artists and musicians will be sharing their work at various locations and the public is invited to stroll through the historic downtown area and enjoy the art crawl at their own pace.

This month’s lineup includes free experiences like harp music, silk painting, piano painting, community poster coloring, the Minnesota Art Truck, Korean Martial Arts, a wide variety of visual art exhibits and plenty of live music. A few of the events require a small fee including a yarn art class, slime making class, canvas art painting class, swing/salsa dance class, photo booth and a bluegrass/folk music concert. We’ll see you downtown on July 6th!

The First Friday Art Night July 6th event schedule is also available at

The perfect place to stop and ‘smell the roses’: Downtown Northfield



It is easy in life to take things for granted.

We get up each day, help our kids get ready for school and then head off to work ourselves. Eight hours later, we return to our homes and get set to do it all over again.

That’s how the first 20 years of my adult “work life” started. It was a routine. There was nothing wrong with it, but it’s pretty easy to fall into a robotic daily routine.

As the popular saying goes, people need to remember to “stop and smell the roses,” once in a while.

For me, I’ve found a version of my “roses” during what used to be an average workday. It started a few years ago when I was named publisher of the Northfield News.

With my new title came one of the best perks I’ve had during my career – an office in a beautiful building in what I consider the best downtown in Minnesota.

For one, my office has two large windows that provide a ton of natural light and a view of the bustling activity in downtown.

But the best part of my day occurs when I can venture out on a 10-minute walk through the entire area. On a warm, sunny day, a walk to the river, across the bridge and down on the Riverwalk is the perfect way for me to “stop and smell the roses.” I prefer cutting back through the buildings up to Division Street, and the further I walk the more I feel like I’ve been transported back in time. It’s exactly the break that I need to get back into a frame of mind to get through the rest of the day.

If you work in downtown Northfield, or live here and find time to visit the area on a routine basis, it is hard to take for granted what we have in our community. It’s one of the reasons we chose to include a “Long Division” piece in our Northfield Now magazine. I get to see firsthand what drove Maggie Lee to start her “Long Division” column so many years ago. And for that, I am lucky.

Chad Hjellming is publisher of Northfield News and Northfield Now magazine.

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