Arts and Entertainment

It's an Arty world and we just live in it.

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

United Way Super Heros unite Oct 15.JPG

The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

Arts and Culture Commission ~ Sidewalk Poetry Celebration ~ Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square

We're celebrating 5 years of Sidewalk Poetry in Northfield on Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square!  Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to join in the fun as the 2015 Winning Poets are honored.  The Senior Center Popcorn Wagon will be open for business and there will be music by Bonnie and the Clydes! Winning poems from all five years of the contest will be on display. Community partners to be honored:  the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library, Northfield's City Engineering Department and the Northfield Public Library.

Minnesota Opera Storytimes coming to Northfield!

mn opera sign.jpg

It’s a new perspective on storytelling that is exciting and intriguing for all ages.

Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional

storytelling and music. In READ AND SING OPERA, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from operatic and classical singing to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children will see a book come to life with excerpts of arias and animated characterizations throughout the reading, as well as be invited to sing along to parts of the book.

A craft project will conclude the story hour.

Books for Northfield Library: Westward Ho, Carlotta by Candice Flemming

Opera Cat by Tess Weaver

Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm at the Northfield Arts Guild 304 Division St.


Friday, August 21 at 11 am in the Northfield City Hall Council Chambers

Vintage Band Festival One Day Event August 1

Vintage Band Festival August 1, 2015

Vintage Band Festival will present a one-day mini-festival on August 1, 2015 in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. There will be 12 different brass and wind bands playing throughout the day from 9am-9pm. Each band will have the stage for 45 minutes and the musical formats will range from Civil War to Old-Time to Jazz to Ethnic. There will be a German band, several community bands, a Mariachi Band and the "Red Bull Band" from the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. Perennial favorites include the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the  Copper Street Brass Quintet.

Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman Cover Image

On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion


Jasper Kruggel, city of Northfield Project Manager, announces that construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park is well under way. To the entire Northfield community, Kruggel gives this friendly reminder: Please stay off the recently poured concrete and out of the fenced in construction zone. Concrete structures are not completely cured.”

The next step is the grading and seeding for grass, to be done in mid-July. Bids will be going out for trees to complete the landscaping.

It is probable that there will be a “soft opening” August 1, with an official Grand Opening around Defeat of Jesse James Days. 

For more information contact:

Jasper Kruggel at 507/645-3027 or

Sign up to win MARY POPPINS tickets!

Attend or stop by any of the following Northfield Arts Guild events this weekend only (June 25-27), to sign up to win Complimentary Dinner and Show for Two to Mary Poppins at Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Youth choir to sing in Carnegie Hall

New Picture (1).png

Northfield Youth Choirs (NYC) has made it to Carnegie Hall.

Members of the Concert Choir will perform in the world’s most prestigious concert hall, Saturday, June 20, in New York City.

Forty-six Northfield choristers will join with choirs from around the country to sing in the National Children’s Festival Chorus with orchestra, under the direction of renowned conductor Emily Ellsworth. They will perform in the main hall, the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the stage reserved for such musical luminaries as Isaac Stern, Billie Holiday and the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth Shepley, Artistic Director for NYC, said this is an exciting opportunity for the singers both musically and culturally.



Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their ninth season this summer beginning July 1 and concluding on August 12.  All seven recitals will be held on Wednesday noon hour from 12:15 to 12:45 p. m. with the following schedule:

Wed. July 1- Rosalie Alcoser, Music Director & Organist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester, MN, playing at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., 

            A program of patriotic music

Wed. July 8- John Ferguson, Emeritus Professor of Organ and Church Music, at St. Olaf College, Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College  

Wed., July 15- Noah Klein, high school junior, at the Music & Drama Center, Carleton College, 110 Winona St. N.

Susan Hvistendahl Signs Her Book at Village on the Cannon

Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.

Books & Stars the weekly series of outdoor entertainment begins June 10th!

2015 Books & Stars Poster ledger size.jpg

Books & Stars is a community-wide entertainment series held at various parks on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 in June, July & August.

Booker, the Northfield Book Bus opens at 6:30.  Booker has Library materials for all ages and summer reading program supplies!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy free, family friendly entertainment.

June 10 Way Park Ventriloquist James Wedgwood

Made possible by a grant from SEMAC, Myrtle Houston Fund and the Northfield Historical Society

June 17 Central Park Singer Justin Roberts

Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation    of the Library.

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Rise Up Singing

Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.

Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.

People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!

Carleton’s renowned Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Chinese Music Ensemble

The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Chinese music ranging from traditional to modern compositions, with performances in a variety of configurations, including a trio, a quintet, the Pipa Ensemble, the Guzheng Ensemble, and solos by award-winning artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Established ten years ago, the ensemble plays traditional Chinese instruments. Comprised primarily of Carleton students, the performance will also feature Northfield High School student, Alida Dice. Under the direction of world-class Pipa artist, Gao Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble has performed to much acclaim at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, and at numerous conferences and Chinese celebrations through the region.

Carleton screens National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo’s stunning best-selling book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” comes to life on the big screen on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.

Presented in high-definition video by National Theatre Live in London, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is playwright Sir David Hare’s new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo’s first-hand account of life in a modern day Mumbai slum. Boo spent three years recording the lives of its impoverished residents and her uncompromising re-telling received numerous accolades, including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2012.

Bookmark and Share

Syndicate content