The change of season brings a flurry of activity to the Northfield area. With historic events, outdoor recreation, art tours and fall festivals, autumn is a time when Northfield’s colors shine. Plan to attend these not-to-be-missed events:
- Defeat of Jesse James Days
- Sogn Valley Art Fair
- Big Woods Run
- Studio ARTour
- Cemetary Stories
- Riverwalk Market Fair’s Harvest Festival
Defeat of Jesse James Days This event pays tribute to Northfield townspeople who defeated the infamous James-Younger Gang during the attempted bank robbery on September 7, 1876. Witness re-enactments of the bank raid at the actual site; attend the theater, rodeos, parades, arts festival, carnival, bike tour and more. September 5-9. www.djjd.org
Sogn Valley Art Fair Just a few miles east of Northfield, the rolling hills of the Sogn Valley become a magnificent backdrop to artists’ work on display. Offering fine crafts, art and local and artisanal foods, the fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. http://www.sognvalleyartfair.com
Big Woods Run Race through the scenic Nerstrand Big Woods State Park southeast of Northfield on October 12. Part of the MN Trail series, the races include a 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K. After the race, stay for homemade soup and cookies. More information can be found at www.finalstretch.com.
Studio ArTour Step inside artists’ personal studios and see inspiring art created in south central Minnesota, including watercolor, pottery, wood, ceramics, photography, glass, metal, fiber art and more. The two-day tour winds through the communities of Cannon Falls, Northfield and Faribault. Held Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 507-645-7445 www.studioartour.com
Cemetery Stories Held on an autumn evening, this historic tour features actors portraying past notable Northfield citizens at their gravesites. This family-friendly event is full of mysterious stories. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Call 507-645-9268 or visit www.northfieldhistory.org for details.
Riverwalk Market Fair The weekly artists’ and farmers’ market is planning hands-on activities and games for kids, artists’ demonstrations and free food tastings by local, sustainable farms and food artisans. The market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Additional activities can be found at http://visitingnorthfield.com/ where information on lodging, dining and shopping is also available. Plan to come and experience the Northfield area this autumn.