Happenings & Events Around Northfield:

(Alphabetical order)

Fourth of July
Join us for a hometown celebration that includes a Flea Market in Ames Park, Vintage Baseball Game and of course Fireworks! 

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra
Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra
The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) was founded in 1979 by conductor Paul Niemisto as a program of the Northfield Arts Guild. CVRO is a diverse group of volunteer musicians performing symphonic music.

Cemetery Stories
(507) 645-9268 | Northfield Historical Society
 – Join us under the moon for Cemetery Stories. The annual cemetery tour featuring actors portraying famous Northfielders at their gravesites.

County Fairs:
Dakota County Fair
Dakota County Fair
The Dakota County Fair is held at the Dakota County Fair Grounds.
4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024

Rice County Fair
Rice County Fair
The Rice County Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Faribault MN
North Alexander Park 1814 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN 55021

Defeat of Jesse James Days
Defeat of Jesse James Day
Weekend after Labor Day – Yearly on the weekend following Labor Day. Re-enactments of the bank raid, a rodeo, old-time tractor pull, midway, parade, arts festival, arts and crafts shows, and much more.

Night to Unite
Night to Unite
Minnesota’s Night to Unite is an evening to gather with your neighbors, get to know each other, and promote community safety! Your neighborhood can also receive a visit from local police, fire, ambulance, mayor, or city staff. Check link for date.

Northfield Crazy Daze
Northfield Crazy Daze
The Northfield Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Crazy Daze event which is held on the third Thursday in August.
Join us for a day of city-wide bargains, sidewalk sales galore and crazy activities throughout the day.

Northfield Garden Tours
Northfield Garden Club
July – Take a lovely tour of private gardens in the community. You’ll find an artist in each garden creating a piece of art.

Northfield Vintage Band Festival
Northfield Vintage Band Festival
The Vintage Band Festival provides eclectic brass music played by bands all over the world. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this festival at Bridge Square in downtown Northfield.

Northfield Winter Walk
Winter Walk
Held the second Thursday in December from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
Join us for the Annual Winter Walk celebration! Come experience downtown Northfield by candlelight. Stroll through unique shops, dine at fine restaurants, enjoy caroling, horse-drawn wagons, storytelling, luminarias, decorated storefronts, the Magic of Model Trains and so much more!

Rice County Steam & Gas Engine Show
Labor Day Weekend & Memorial Day Weekend – Swap meet and flea market, tractor pull, consignment auction, displays and exhibits, food vendors, special events and tractor parade. Located on the Dundas Showgrounds just 3 miles south of Northfield on Hwy 3.


Riverfront Fine Arts Festival
Northfield Arts Guild
September 7th & 8th – Produced by the Northfield Arts Guild in conjunction with the Defeat of Jesse James Days. Well over 65 Minnesota fine artists display and sell their work along the beautiful Cannon River walkway.

Riverwalk Market Fair
Riverwalk Market Fair
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. Every Saturday from May 30 – October 17, 2020
Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota. These summer Saturday festivals offer 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.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
St. Olaf College-Christmas Festival

Studio Art Tour of South Central MN
Studio Art Tour
October – Step inside artist’s personal studios and gather a glimpse of inspiring art media.