Northern Spark is a late-night, participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities in early summer.

In 2021, the festival takes new forms: in the mail, online, and in person in St. Paul, MN during a two week span of time. 

In past years during Northern Spark, tens of thousands of people gathered throughout the city on one night to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces. From dusk to dawn the city surprised you: friendly crowds, glowing groups of cyclists, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing art and experiences. In 2018 we introduced a two-night model, so people could experience the artful magic of Northern Spark for two nights until 2 am.

As our cities still grapples with the effects of COVID-19, the 2021 festival will support artist projects that encourage our communities to safely connect and still inspire the kind of experimental, surprising experiences we love at Northern Spark.