Check back soon for the full list of destinations and unique tastes to try, and like the event on Facebook for reminders!
The Downtown Northfield Taste Tour is always a great time! In 2017, at our first annual food crawl event, hundreds of people savored and sipped their way through downtown, enjoying food and drinks at 12 different locations. In 2018 we made it longer, added beer and sold over 5,000 tickets to help support our local businesses and future NDDC programming. This year we have over 15 restaurants, eateries, breweries, and more participating in the biggest Taste Tour yet!
It’s another jam-packed schedule for First Fridays in Northfield – join us for a fun evening of art and community!
1-9pmDrop-in watercolor painting demonstrations with Kathy Miller
You can find Kathy in her studio at 105 E. 5th St. (Lampe Law building, next to municipal parking lot). Check out her work on her website, too!
5-7pmArtists on Main Street kickoff celebration @ Northfield Arts Guild – 304 Division St. (parking lot behind building)
Free and open to the public – light refreshments provided! Come and meet the artists and learn about their projects that will be popping up around Downtown this summer/fall.
6:30-8:00pmWhat does the Fox Say? “Slow Slow Quick Quick!” @ Northfield Dance Academy – 640 Water St.
Enjoy learning how to Foxtrot with instructor Brian Sostek! Email email@example.com to register – $40 for couples, $20 for singles
7:30-10pm Mary Cutrufello Band @ Imminent Brewing – 519 Division St.
Cutrufello is hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots-rocker and a powerhouse acoustic performer.
8-10pm The Provisional @ the Contented Cow – 302 Division St. B
The Provisional is a Celtic rock duo consisting of Minneapolis-St. Paul musicians Tony Dennison and Brian Barrett. Meshing styles of rock, punk, Irish rock and even a little Christian rock, The Provisional puts forth a unique style of music.
8-11pm Ben Aaron @ the Tavern Lounge – 212 Division St.
Born in 1987, Ben Aaron has been playing the guitar since the age of ten. He takes influences from the Folk Revival, Country Blues, and the New Americana music that’s sweeping the nation.
8-11pm The Chad Johnson Project @ Reunion – 501 Division St.
One of the most promising country crossroads artists in the upper Midwest, The Chad Johnson Project is the very definition of country rock. Blending country, rock, soul and blues to build a sound that is familiar yet completely his own.
8:30-11:30pmJason Paulson @ Froggy Bottoms Lily PADio – 307 Water St.
Jason Paulson is not your average country artist. He trades the glitz and gloss of contemporary country radio for honest storytelling. You may know him from his regionally popular band Grayson.
Also be sure to visit these ongoing Downtown art displays!
Title / DescriptionLocation
Tied Together: Northfield H.S. Northfield Arts Guild Main Gallery
Honors Art Show
WHYLDFLHOURS: Northfield Arts Guild Up Gallery
Paintings by Benson Ramsey
Tranquility: Felted wall hangings Archer House Inn Gallery
by Jean Manrique
Crosswords: Tandem Bagels Gallery
Drawings by Gwen Partin
Waist DeepNorthfield Public Library (Division St.)
By the Young Sculptors’ Project
Sidewalk Poetry Printed on sidewalks throughout Downtown
And save the date for these upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Nights
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) was recently awarded a two-year $30,000 grant by Minnesota Main Street, a division of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, to fund an “Artists on Main Street” initiative in Downtown Northfield.
The Artists on Main Street funding inspired the NDDC, the Northfield Arts Guild and the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to form a partnership called “Connections/ Conexiónes” which invites the local artist community to:
provide intriguing, welcoming gateways and/or views of our entire downtown area
engage with people who spend time near the river
create opportunities for people of all backgrounds to be more connected to our downtown area
draw people downtown to shop, eat, dine, and utilize our assets along the river
Ten artists or groups have been selected to participate in the first year of “Artists on Main Street”. They will use their works to draw people’s attention to the west side of the downtown district and connect the west side of downtown to Division Street. The locations where the art will be displayed include Ames Park, the Northfield Depot, the Riverwalk, bridges over the Cannon River, and areas around Bridge Square. These art and performance pieces are intended to be temporary installations. The participating artists and their projects are:
Alexis Valeriano” “Poems on a Bridge/Poemas en el Puente”
Oliver Jin Casima and Ben Heath: “Rays of Unity”
Sharol Nau: “Bridge Weaving”
Demian Jackman: “Selfie Shark”
Jim Rossow: “Totally Tubular Traveling Tubulum”
Suzanne Daehlin: “Love Makes the World Go Round”
Kathy Ness: “Goose Be Gone”
A kick-off event with the selected artists and the public will be held from 5-7pm on Friday June 7thon the downtown Riverwalk behind the Northfield Arts Guild building (304 Division St.) in conjunction with the NDDC’s First Friday Art Night to celebrate Northfield artists’ participation in this new initiative. Light refreshments will be provided.
The artists’ projects will be displayed or presented at various times and locations between June 2019 and October 2019. Further information about these projects can be found on the NDDC’s website, www.downtownnorthfield.org and the Northfield Public Library’s website, www.mynpl.org.
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and the City of Northfield Arts and Culture Commission are sponsoring a competition for artists to design a street banner that will be hung on lamp-posts along Division Street and Water Street in downtown Northfield. These banners will be seen by thousands of visitors and residents annually.
The winning design will replace the red, white and blue “Historic Northfield Since 1855” banners, which have been in use since 2005. Artists should submit designs that highlight the cultural, historic, or artistic characteristics of Northfield.
This initiative is made possible by the NDDC’s affiliation with Main Street Minnesota, a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The NDDC was recently awarded a mini-grant of $4,200 by Main Street Minnesota to assist with funding this project.
By focusing the new banner initiative on the local artist community, the call for submissions will showcase the high volume of artists living in the community who play a central role in making downtown Northfield a hub for excitement and culture.
“The artists in our community serve as a driving force behind the excitement and allure of downtown Northfield. We want our banners to reflect that,” said Greg Siems, Executive Director of the NDDC.
The design entries will be reviewed by a Public Art Review Committee in mid-June and banner production will begin following the selection of the winning design. The artist that submits the selected design will be awarded $400. The new banners will be displayed beginning in September 2019.
For more information about the NDDC or to contact board members, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.downtownnorthfeld.org.
5:00pm #Clay Northfield@ Northfield Arts Guild and Carleton College.Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Divison St S until 6:00pm. Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St East until 9pm.
Inspired by the choice of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to hold their 2019 conference in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, Carleton College and St. Olaf College partnered to create thirteen unique exhibitions of contemporary ceramic work. Falling under the general title of #claynorthfield, each of these experiences celebrates creativity, diversity, and the important role art plays in our lives. This Northfield celebration of clay is truly unprecedented and designed for both visitors and our local community. Exhibit details at www.northfieldartguild.org; apps.carleton.edu/museum; wp.stolaf.edu/flaten
6:00pm Live music with Spare Niche Jazz at Tanzenwald Brewing, 103 Water St. N.
7:00pm Live music with Cannon River Currents at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St. S.
7:00pm Live music with Jim Pellinger at the Contented Cow Pub, 302 Division St. S.
7:30pm St. Olaf Jazz 1 presents their annual spring concert at the Pause Manestage, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave. Led by music faculty member David Hagedorn, St. Olaf Jazz 1 was awarded “Outstanding Performance by Large Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble” in DownBeat Magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. Results were announced in the magazine’s June 2019 edition.
7:30pm The Dance and the Railroad, Carleton Players production at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 320 3rd St E.
8:00pm Live music with Dan Israel at the Tavern Restaurant & Lounge, 212 Division St. S.
8:00pm Live music with the Tony Rook Band at Reunion – Eat, Drink, Gather, 501 Division St. S.
8:30pm Live music with Angel Val at Froggy Bottoms River Pub and Lily Padio, 307 Water St. S.
8:30pm Live music with James Lewis & the Jack Pines at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St. S.
Save the Date for these upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Nights
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