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Tools for Planning Your 2 Nights 'til 2am at Northern Spark! (June 15 & 16)

2018 Northern Spark!

Scene at Northern Spark 2017. Photo by Bethany Birnie 

Many people like to wander and discover at Northern Spark. If you’re the              planning type, we have several tools for you to make the most of your nights.               Get ready for 2 nights of Northern Spark until 2 am June 15 & 16

First stop: Visit our art and events page to learn more about each of the 28          dynamic art projects exploring the theme Commonality. 

Second stop: My Night. Customize your list of art projects to see, including             times and locations, with the My Night feature. Click on My Night in the sidebar        menu and simply log in with your email address to start building your schedule.          (And remember, the Northern Spark website is mobile ready and holds all the  information you need on the go.)

Third stop: Maps. Find Northern Spark art, food, info tents, and bathrooms                   on our interactive map.

Fourth stop: Plan your transportation. 
This year’s Northern Spark takes place entirely in downtown Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Central Library, Nicollet Mall and The Commons park. Travel to the     festival by train, bus, bike, or foot and then walk or bike between venues.                Some travel notes: 

  • Don’t let major freeway closures stop you, take Metro Transit for                          free to Northern Spark! Download a free pass for Metro Transit.
  • Note: The Blue Line is closed for maintenance during Northern                 Spark but Metro transit will run shuttles. 
  • Find temporary bike racks are on Portland Ave. at The Commons.                          All bikes must be removed from temporary racks by 3 am each                        festival night.

  • Find Nice Ride stations near downtown Minneapolis


Check​ out our Planning Your Night page for more tips including accessibility       resources and our Getting Around page for more info including parking and               street closures.  

Lastly, follow social media for up-to-the-minute updates during the festival.

Twitter:  @nl_mn

Summer bites at the party of the year! 

A taste of what's in store at Art on the Rooftop: A Party to Benefit Northern Spark 

Art on the Rooftop: a Party to Benefit Northern Spark On June 16, from 7-10p,   Northern Spark will delight guests with savory local food and drinks from the               Twin Cities' best!

Every year we are excited to work with excellent dining establishments to               provide bites at the party. This year, we’ll enjoy food and dessert from Mercy, Hyacinth, Mill Valley Kitchen, DR49, and Rain Ate My Cake.             Hyacinth, a new restaurant opening in Saint Paul, says their party dish is               inspired by “the restaurant’s Italian roots. And we are working with amazing                local farmers for the freshest produce.” 

The night will also sizzle with our special Northern Spark cocktail by                      Crooked Water Spirits. Their take on a classic, the Crooked Moscow Mule          combines L'eau Grand Vodka, lime juice, Ginger Bitters and FeverTree Ginger            beer for a refreshing taste. Guests may quench their thirst with Minneapolis’s            finest brewery, Fulton Beer. Coffee will be provided by Parallel Cafe. The bar            inside the rooftop lounge at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel will remain open for        service.

Join us for a night of wonderment, art, fun and support for Northern                 Spark by purchasing your $50 tickets here.

Still hungry? 

Vegan tacos from Reverie Mobile Kitchen 

There's more than art at Northern Spark. On both nights you'll also find English pasties,                Laotian red curry, wild rice burgers, egg rolls, fancy grilled cheese, chicken adobo tacos,             frybread tacos, vegan tacos, even cheese curd tacos! And fresh squeezed lemonade to                   wash it down, and homemade ice cream to finish it off.  Plan your Northern Spark eating too! 

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