Northfield Year of Water  is a 12-month celebration of the importance of water for drinking, boating, fishing, swimming, and playing. Cannon River Watershed Partnership is working with a dozen community organizations to host a “We Are Water” traveling museum exhibit in June and July, as well as hosting a community art and water festival, speaker presentations, art shows, poetry readings, fishing events, insect safaris and other hands-on family-friendly clean water events.

The current schedule is below, check back as we update this calendar.

For more information contact Kevin Strauss at or at 507-786-3913

All activities are open to the public.

Registration/tickets are required for some events. Visit listed website for more information.

Date Activity
Feb. 1 Please submit a water poem to the City of Northfield

2019 Sidewalk Poetry Competition

Submissions accepted Feb. 1-28, 2019

Feb. 7, 14, 12:30-4:00 PM We Are Water—Suminagashi Water Art Workshop

FiftyNorth, 651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield

Feb. 13, 20, 27, 6:00-7:30 pm We Are Water—Printmaking Into Wood:Water Art Workshop

FiftyNorth, 651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield

Feb. 18-22 Carleton College Climate Action Week

Feb. 18, 7-8:30 pm The State of the Cannon River Presentation

Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP), Weitz Center Room 236 (Larson Meeting Room) Carleton College, Northfield

Feb. 19, 12-1 pm Water Policy Panel Discussion

Great Hall, Carleton College, Northfield


Imminent Brewing, 519 Division Street South, Unit 2, Northfield*Dinner catered by Just Food Coop

*Watch several films by Minnesota, United States,

and International Filmmakers

*Talk with festival curators and filmmakers

*Enjoy live music

*Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door

Purchase tickets:


The Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St., Northfield*Watch over a dozen short films from Minnesota, United States, and International Filmmakers

*Documentary, narrative, experimental & animated films

*Free popcorn & kombucha provided by

Just Food Coop

*Tickets $10

Purchase tickets:

Feb. 28 Deadline for Submissions to the City of Northfield 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Competition

Please considersubmitting a poem that focuses on

March 12-14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm Words on Water

Poetry writing workshop with Northfield

Poet Laureate Rob Hardy


March 19, 6:00-9:00 pm Plant a Rain Garden Workshop

Learn how to plan, plant, and maintain a rain garden that will beautify your property, attract pollinators, and help keep our rivers and lakes cleaner. Also learn about city and county cost-share funds to help cover part of the cost of your rain garden.  Register through Northfield Community Education at: Go to “Adult Enrichment” and search for “Plant a Rain Garden.”

April 4, 7:00 pm Justin Watkins, Poetry Reading

A Mark of Permanence

New and Selected Poems from Land and Water

Northfield Public Library

April 4

5:00-8:00 pm

#claynorthfield Community Clay Crawl

A special celebration of 13 ceramics exhibitions atCarleton College, St. Olaf College and

Northfield Arts Guild mugs are a sustainable beverage option

April Northfield Stormwater Poster Contest

Northfield SchoolsNorthfield Grade 2-5 students can submit a poster about clean water

April 27, 10:00 am-10:00 pm Earth Day at the Armory

Downtown Northfield

Education booths, workshops, rally


Reception May 21, 5:00-6:00 pm

States of Water Art at Northfield City Hall
May 11,

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Cannon River Art and Water Festival

at a Riverside Park in Northfield

Family-friendly art and water activities, music, food trucks, education about water and art, canoe rides, bounce house, rock-climbing wall

June 14-July 28 Seeing Our Cannon RiverPhotography Exhibit by Mary Ellen Frame

June 17-July 26

June 25 Opening Reception

Water Art & Poetry ExhibitFiftyNorth, 651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield

June 20-July 28 We Are Water Museum Exhibit

Carleton College, Weitz Center

Traveling museum exhibit focusing on the our stories, science, and experiences with rivers, lakes, and drinking

June 20-July 28 We Are WaterWorks Art ExhibitThe Guild, Northfield
June 29

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Grand Opening for We Are Water Exhibit

Carleton College, Weitz Center

Music, art walk from The Guild  to the Weitz Center, presentation by MN State Agency staff, local officials, Water Bar, family-friendly water

June/July Books and StarsNorthfield Public Library events

The Guild’s Inspiration Station with Fish Printing

July 12 Outdoor Movies, Reception for Mary Ellen Frame Seeing Our Cannon River Photography Exhibit
July 13-14 Northfield Rain Garden Tour

“We are Water” is the theme of the Northfield Garden Club annual garden tour July 13 – 14 from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The proceeds go toward beautifying downtown Northfield.  Tickets are $10 and available at Eco Garden, Knecht’s Nursery, or at one of the gardens on the weekend of the tour.  Go to for more details.

July 27

7:00-10:30 pm

Art and Ale

The Guild, Northfield

Presentation and discussion about the importance of clean water for brewing good beer and cider.

August  7 Teddy Roosevelt PresentationNorthfield Historical Society
September 149:00 am-12:00 pm Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP11th Annual River/lake cleanup at 9 locations across the watershed
October Mills of the Cannon River Paint NightNorthfield Historical Society


October Cider on the CannonCRWP event and award ceremony

We Are Water MN is a collaboration of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. This exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Northfield Project Partners and Event Hosts:

The City of Northfield

Northfield Arts Guild


Carleton College

St. Olaf College

Northfield Historical Society