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Planning Your Night

West River Parkway, Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Max Haynes.

Northern Spark 2017 is all along Metro Transit’s Green Line:

  • The Commons/U.S. Bank Stadium station
  • Cedar-Riverside/West Bank station
  • Weisman Art Museum/East Bank station
  • Little Africa/Snelling Ave station
  • Rondo/Lexington Pkwy station
  • Little Mekong/Western Ave station
  • Lowertown/Union Depot station

With nearly 70 projects in 7 neighborhoods across Minneapolis and Saint Paul, there more to see and experience at Northern Spark than ever before.

To make the most of your night: 

  • wear comfortable shoes,
  • bring weather appropriate gear and layers of clothing,
  • ride the METRO Green Line to all festival neighborhoods! Download your Free Ride Pass here or pick up a printed version festival guidebooks
  • stay hydrated(!)—bring a water bottle to fill up at a water station,
  • fuel up—bring snacks to eat and enjoy festival food truck offerings

Tools to plan your route (or just wander and discover)!

Mobile Website / holds all the information you need to plan your adventure—project listings, maps, a schedule of timed events, and more. The My Night feature lets you customize a list of projects you want to see, including times and locations. is mobile-ready! Use it to find your way on festival night and learn more about the artists and presenters.

Way-finding / Look for the Red Flags! To find a project at a festival venue, look for tall signs with red flags and the Northern Spark icon.

Social Media / Connect with us for the latest news on #nspk projects:

  • twitter: @nl_mn

Click here to subscribe to the Northern newsletter for year-round events and opportunities.

Information Tents/ Each festival zone has a Northern Spark Information Station. Got questions? Stop by and chat with a friendly volunteer. Informations Stations have first-aid supplies, bike pumps, merchandise for sale, and night-of-festival updates.

What to Bring

A reusable water bottle
This year, none of our festival food vendors are selling bottled water. BYO reusable water bottle or pick up one of the pay-what-you-can recycled water bottles at any of our festival Information Tents.
We’ve partnered with Tap MPLS and Water Bar to make water an amenity in all festival neighborhoods. Look for water stations marked on festival maps.

We’ll have great food vendors throughout the festival, but we recommend also coming prepared with snacks to keep you sustained so you can stay ’til sunrise.

A donation
Your donations helps keep Northern Spark free and supports the artists that make it happen. Stop by any information station to make a donation or purchase a t-shirt.

Weather appropriate gear

The weather for Saturday is looking fantastic! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket for later in the night as the temperature cools off. Follow us on twitter for any last minute weather updates.

Your smartphone

Our site is mobile-ready and has all the info you need. Please note that there is no app this year. Share your images with us on Instagram using the hashtag #northernspark and we’ll re-post our favorites.

A spirit of adventure!

Northern Spark lets you experience the city in ways you never have before. Play, explore, and create with us all night long.