Every week we do our best to alert you to a few of the exciting events taking place in Northfield. For a more comprehensive listing, check out our full events calendar.


It’s the last weekend of spring break in Northfield.  What fun adventures have you been on?  The good news is, it’s not over!  We have one more fun-packed weekend in store for you!  Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss this weekend!

  1.  Visit the Northfield Historical Society’s Museum | Open M-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1pm-5pm
    It may surprise you to know that when you walk into the Northfield Historical Society, you are standing in the exact spot where arguably the most famous bank robbery in history took place.  Learn about that historic event, and check out the other exhibits,  Carleton College’s 150 years in Northfield and Malt-O-Meal Originals.
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  2. Lonesome Dan Kase | Tavern Lounge | Friday, 8pm
    For the last 15 years Lonesome Dan Kase has been playing his unique brand of country-blues on stages throughout the U.S. His live performances showcase his unique finger-picking style and warm vocals as well as his depth of knowledge in the history of the blues. More at lonesomedan.com.

3. Nip n Tuck/The Sleepers | Contented Cow |Sat. 9pm
This quartet has been inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame, performed at the First Avenue Lennon Tribute and were a core fixture at The Contented Cow’s 2011 Beatles Fest. They’re back! Celebrate The British Invasion (and the American defense) with Gordon Oschwald, Gary Rue, Tilly & Victor Johnson as they perform music by ’60s favorites The Hollies, Searchers, Byrds, Animals, Zombies, Rascals, Kinks, DC Five, Yardbirds and, of course, the Beatles.
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4. Shopping in Historic Downtown Northfield | Anyday
On The Corner of Hip & Quaint!
Whether you’re searching for a chic fashion or cool antiques, Northfield has boutiques and shops for all your unique shopping finds.  From furniture to gourmet foods and kitchen accessories, clothing and shoes to hand-made gifts.  It’s all here!
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5.  Sunday Trivia at Tavern Lounge | 8-10pm
Grab your 3 of your smart friends, $5 bucks and you are ready to start playing the weekly trivia contest at the Tavern Lounge!  Half-priced bottles of wine during the game!
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1.  Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio | March 17 & 18, 7:30pm, and March 19, 2:00| Northfield Arts Guild Theater
58c3180cca603-imageCreated by librettist Jim Payne and composer Robert Elhai. directed by Ben Krywosz, featuring performers Gary Briggle, JP Fitzgibbons, Joshua Hinck, Norah Long and Eric Morris with musical direction by Jerry Rubino and Jill Dawe. Nautilus Music-Theater presents this new music-theater piece based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic novel. It tells the story of residents of Winesburg as they struggle to overcome loneliness and isolation, and long to create a life of the imagination in a small town in the early 1900s. The show consists of three one-act pieces. Act One tells of the Reverend Hartmann’s struggle with his sexual attraction to Kate Swift, the local high school teacher. Kate, in turn, is drawn to her former student George Willard, both as an intellectual protee and a possible lover. Act Two is about farmhand Ray Pearson, whose friendship with a young coworker reignites in Ray his own longing for domestic freedom and youthful aspirations. Act Three tells of George’s mother Elizabeth Willard, her thwarted artistic ambitions and her determination to ensure that George will not be railroaded into a conventional life of mediocrity. Honoring Anderson as their source material, Payne and Elhai have created an extraordinary trilogy of theatrical portraits. The score is rooted in musical Americana, including “roots” orchestration (piano, violin, accordion and string bass) in a vernacular folk style consistent with the characters’ rural culture and psychological state. Gorgeous melodies and expressive harmonies complement lyrics which are both clever and poignant, creating a masterpiece of musical storytelling that combines the accessibility of musical theater with the emotional scope of American opera. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at 507/645-8877, the Northfield Arts Guild, or northfieldartsguild.org/theater/special-theater-events/.

2.  Kirk & Low | Sat, March 18, 10pm |Tavern Lounge
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Musical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers

3.  Fathom Lane | Fri, March 17, 8pm |Tavern Lounge

Fans await the highly anticipated forthcoming new album release, Asilomar (coming out June 2017), from this Twin Cities based band. Over the span of two critically acclaimed full-length albums (2013’s “Fathom Lane” and 2012’s “Down By Half”) Fathom Lane has garnered international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. More at fathomlane.com

4.  Bar Bingo |Sat, March 18, 3pm | Northfield VFW
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Get out your dobbers and get ready for a fun and fast game of BINGO!

5.  Gabriel Moll | Sun, March 19, 8pm | The Contented Cow
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Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota

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It’s the weekend and the forecast is calling for sunny skies and highs in the 50’s and 60’s!  WOW!  Can you say BEAUTIFUL???  There are so many fun events and activities happening this weekend, but here are the five we choose that you won’t want to miss!

  1.  Goodsell Observatory Open House  Fri, March 3, 7pm – 9pm  139 Olin Dr
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    photo credit: CarletonCollege.edu

    Monthly every first Friday when skies are clear. Join Carleton’s resident astronomers to view the moon, stars, planets and nebulas. The event will be cancelled at the last minute if cloudy. Dress for the weather, since you’ll either use a telescope outside or in the domes, which are not heated.
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival  Fri, March 3, 7:30pm – 10:30pm  Northfield Middle School

    rocknrollPerformances of the production, titled R-O-C-K in the USA, will take place at Northfield Middle School auditorium. Dates include March 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 5. This is the 12th year of the show, which features student musicians, singers and dancers performing hits dating back to the 1950s to the present.  All tickets cost $15, are reserved seating, are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. Contact the high school activities office at 507.663.0632 for more information.

  3. Bagles & Birds | Saturday, March 4, 9:30am – 10:30am | River Bend Nature Center, Faribault
    memberimageEnjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife.  Meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area.  Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books and conversation will make this a great way to start the day!
  4. The Zillionaires | Sat, March 4, 7pm – 10pm | The Contented Cow
    zillionairesA four-piece electric band with Wendy Smith (guitar, vocals, accordion), Peter Nelson (guitar and vocals), Dave Drentlaw (drums) and Mike Legvold (bass). They play Smith’s originals along with covers from a variety of styles including blues, rock and roll, roots and country. One of Northfield’s most danceable bands.
  5. I Cantanti: Animals on Parade! | Sun, March 5, 3:30pm | St. John’s Lutheran Church
    spot-paradeA concert for the young at heart. Wayne Kivell, director. Featuring hits from The Lion King and Frozen, plus music by Carolyn Jennings and the world premiere of A Young Person’s Guide to the Choir by Daniel Kallman. $5 adults, children free when accompanied by an adult.

Love Always, Santa

NORTHFIELD, MN – With a major winter storm predicted to dump as much as a foot of snow across the southern Minnesota Friday, officials at the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce issued an urgent bulletin Thursday morning, recommending the romantic comedy Love Always Santa to anyone confined to their homes by the inclement weather.

“Given widespread whiteout conditions on roadways across the region, we are urging citizens to stay inside and wait out this storm curled up on the couch watching the charming and endearing tale of how a simple letter to Santa changed the lives of three people,” said Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President, Todd Bornhauser.  “Since snowy conditions are likely to persist throughout the evening, citizens should not hesitate to watch this wonderful movie, which was filmed almost entirely in Northfield, a second time, especially the heartwarming climactic scene when Jake rides through the snow covered fields to get to the wishing well where he finds Celia and Lily, and they ride off happily-ever-after!”

Bornhauser added that he and director of tourism, Lisa Peterson had already begun emergency talks with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries to begin delivering a much-needed movie marathon to those in the hardest-hit areas.

Is it spring?  It feels like it with these mild temps!  Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!

  1.  Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.

  1. Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
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  1.  Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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    When murder calls…hang up! Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this psychologically suspenseful story, which has thrilled audiences for decades, will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
  2. Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
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    Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown.  Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
  3. Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble | Sun 3pm | Concert Hall, Carleton College

    The Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs on traditional bowed strings, plucked strings, winds and percussion instruments.  Their repertoire includes Chinese classical, folk, percussion, minority and contemporary music.  A professional Guzheng Ensemble from Sichuan Conseravatory of Music in China will also perform at the concert.  Gao Hong, director.