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.


Cannon River Art & Water Festival

May 11, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Riverside Park, Corner of 8th St. West and Poplar Street, Northfield

Family-friendly art and river activities. Live music, live animals, information about how you can help keep our rivers, lakes and drinking water clean.


10 am-4 pm Family-friendly hands-on art and water activities, including the “River Insect Safari,” “Fishing Printing,” and “Water Windsocks”

10 am-2 pm Free Nitrate Well Testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture


10 am Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

10:55 am Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

11:30 am MN Zoomobile “Minnesota Animals Show

12:30 pm Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

1:25 am Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

2:00 pm MN Zoomobile “Minnesota Animals Show

3:00 pm The Cannon River Currents


Cannon River Mill Talk

May 16, 6:30-8:00 pm

Northfield Historical Society



States of Water

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

Water-Themed Art at Northfield City Hall



Seeing Our Cannon River

June 17-July 26

June 25 Opening Reception

Photography Exhibit by Mary Ellen Frame



Nibi Walk Orientation Training
June 30, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, 320–3rd St., Northfield, MN

Learn how to participate in the Nibi Walk program of the Indigenous People’s Task Force, led by Sharon Day. She will lead us in a Nibi walk: an Indigenous-led, extended ceremony to pray for the water July 12-15.

To learn more and register,



Fishing the Cannon River:

An Introduction to Fishing

Ames Park, Downtown Northfield

June/July, Date and Time TBD

Opportunity for Northfield youth to learn how to fish and to receive free fishing equipment

Fluid: Water Inspired Work from the Carleton Art Collection
June 20 – July 28, 2019
Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College



We Are Water: Watershed

June 14-July 27

The Guild, Northfield

Water-themed visual art show by local and regional artists.



We Are Water Exhibit

June 20-July 28

Tuesday Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm
Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Interactive, family-friendly exhibit that celebrates about how important clean water is in Minnesota for fishing, swimming, drinking, canoeing and boating. Learn about the health or area rivers and lakes and what we can do to help clean up and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.



Cannon River Historic Photo Exhibit

June 27-July 9

Northfield Historical Society



Grand Opening for We Are Water Exhibit

June 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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 activities.



We Are Water: Watershed Artist Reception   

June 29, 10:00 am-12 noon

The Guild, Northfield



Books and Stars


Northfield Public Library events

The Guild’s Inspiration Station with Fish Printing



Outdoor Movies, Reception for Mary Ellen Frame Seeing Our Cannon River Photography Exhibit

July 12



Northfield Rain Garden Tour

July 13-14

“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.



Lunch and Learn about Clean Water and Art

July, Dates TBD

Wed., 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Sat. 11:30 am-12:30 pm

The Guild, Northfield



Teddy Roosevelt Presentation

August  7, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Central Park Encampment, 7:00 pm

Meet Outdoorsman, Conservationist, and 26th President Teddy Roosevelt. Hear why Roosevelt worked so hard to protect our land and waters.

Hosted by the Northfield Historical Society



Cannon River Watershed-Wide CleanUP

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

11th Annual River/lake cleanup at 10 locations across the watershed



Cider on the Cannon

October, Date TBD

CRWP event and award ceremony



Mills of the Cannon River Paint Night

November 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Northfield Historical Society


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

Northfield Public Library