Along the scenic banks of the Cannon River lies charming Northfield, Minnesota. With 150 years of history, art, culture and education, Northfield offers something for everyone this summer. Nature lovers hike the trails of Cowling Arboretum, or relax by Hidden Falls in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park one of the last extensive stands of the “Big Woods.” Bicyclists pursue varied terrain, from the Sechler Park Mountain Bike Trail to the scenic Mill Towns Trail, offering views of the Cannon River along the railroad tracks.
Foodies savor numerous dining options including Riverwalk Market Fair with the area’s best artwork, fine crafts, food artisans, fresh flowers and produce picked from local farms (Saturday mornings from June to October). Music aficionados enjoy a lively scene that includes the Vintage Band Festival, brass music played by regional bands the first Saturday in August. Savor the agricultural side of Northfield with the Rice County Steam & Gas Engine shows, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, featuring a swap meet, flea market, tractor pull, displays and events.
Finally, RIDE into town for the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration, the first weekend after Labor Day. Come for the weekend, stay for the week! Details on these and more at VisitingNorthfield.com.
Riverwalk Market Fair – Saturdays, June – October 9am – 1pm
Crazy Daze – Thursday, July 27, 2017
Vintage Band Festival – July 29, 2017
Steam & Gas Engine Show – Labor Day Weekend
Defeat of Jesse James Days – September 7 – 10, 2017
Jesse James Bike Tour – Saturday, September 9, 2017
The Defeat of Jesse James Days is held each year the first weekend after Labor Day. Along with its famous bank raid reenactments, there is a carnival, rodeo, car show, grand parade, bingo, art and craft shows, music events, bike races and food booths. The Riverfront Fine Arts Festival, produced by the Northfield Arts Guild, brings together more than 65 Minnesota artists who display and sell their work along the beautiful Cannon River the same weekend. For more information, visit www.djjd.org.