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.



Seeing Our Cannon River

June 17-July 26

June 25 Opening Reception

Photography Exhibit by Mary Ellen Frame


Stories of the Cannon River from fifty years

July 2, 6:30-8 p.m.  
Northfield Public Library 

Gary Wagenbach arrived at Carleton College in 1969 and immediately started to become acquainted with the Cannon River, an outstanding  natural laboratory for field sciences such as biology and natural history.  Gary has embraced the Cannon River and the larger watershed with zest and energy, leading projects ranging from the freshwater mussels along the river (and how they are affected by humans) to preserving and restoring prairie and oak savannah ecosystems near Valley Grove. Retired from the Biology Department at Carleton since 2008, Gary continues to work on education projects both locally and abroad.  



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

Art walk from The Guild  to the Weitz Center, presentations by MN State Agency staff, local officials, food, Water Bar, family-friendly water activities.


We Are Water: Watershed Artist Reception   

June 29, 10:00 am-12 noon

The Guild, Northfield

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,


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

Fishing the Cannon River:

An Introduction to Fishing

Ames Park, Downtown Northfield

August, Date and Time TBD

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

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