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Guide Book

A free printed guide book will be available at all Northern Spark sites. Download a PDF and start planning your journey now.

Free Buses

Northern Lights will provide free bus transportation between all Zones and major Sites for Northern Spark.

Minneapolis/Saint Paul Bus Loop

Buses will continuously loop between the Twin Cities in 30 minute intervals from 9 pm–6 am; picking up and dropping off at the following locations:

Minneapolis Buses

In Minneapolis buses pick-up and drop-off at each stop in 15 minute intervals from 9 pm–6 am. You can board or alight at any of the following locations (listed in sequence, the entire loop is approximately two hours):

Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave
Wing Young Huie, A Ping Pong Retrospective

Regis Art Center

405 21st Ave S
U of M BFA Group, Hot Air/Red Light/Hot Night

Open Book

1011 Washington Ave S
Amanda Lovelee, Call and Answer Project

Stone Arch Bridge West

2nd St S between Portland Ave S and Park Ave S
Daniel Dean and Ben Moren, Mobile Experiential Cinema — MPLS (West River Parkway beneath Hennepin Ave Bridge)
Ben Garthus, Mobile Creative Outpost
The BodyCartography Project, HOUSEBOAT (on river)
Chris Kallmyer, for dawn or dusk // homeward
Osman Kahn, Ceil
Leslie Kelman and Mark O’Brien, Domestic Storefront
Aaron Marx, Mobile Hotspot
Angela Olson, wanderlust (mobile)
Panelectric Living Cinema, Panelectric Dream Streams (mobile)
Janaki Ranpura, Egg & Sperm Ride :: Hide & Seek
Diane Willow, beneath a glowing ceiling veil of living light
Liu Xuguang, Classic of the Mountains and Seas (Mill Ruins Park)

The Soap Factory

518 Second St SE
Barbara Claussen, Modern Monoliths migrating (Water Power Park, 220 Main St SE, enter through gates)
The Erasers
Laser Tag
Mpls Photo Center, Writing with Light (Central Bridge East Bank Underpass, 132 Main St SE)
ROLU, A Simple Chair (Returning Home)
Piotr Szyhalski, Empty Words (so that we can do our living) (Father Hennepin Bluffs Park)

W Minneapolis-The Foshay

Marquette Ave and 9th St S
The Notion Collective, Station Identification

Burnet Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers

907 Hennepin Ave
Ai Minnesota, Student Spark (Art Institutes International Minnesota Gallery × 15 9th St S)
Artifact Shore, Living Cloud Cave
Alexa Horochowski, Cloud Cave


7th St N by Target Field
Christopher Baker, Waste Not (Hennepin Energy Recovery Center; view from Target Field promenade between 388 7th St N and 420 5th St N)

Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Pl; use also for Loring Park
Bedtime Stories
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870
Megan Mayer, Busby Berkeley Nocturne
The Shape of Night, The Language of Sleep
Skyspace Headphone Concerts
Jim Woodring, Artist Talk and Performance
Marcus Young and Grace Minnesota, The Lullaby Experiment

Soo Visual Arts Center

2638 Lyndale Ave S
Sideshow Soo

Intermedia Arts and Highpoint Center for Printmaking

at meters between 29th and Lake St
Art of Tibetan Survival: Artists’ Vision of Tibet and the Tibetan Diaspora
Spark Your Imagination at Highpoint
JoJo of Murals by EROS and PEYTON of House of Daskarone, Northern Lights Mural
Mero Cocinero Karimi, Power of the People Community Breakfast

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

American Swedish Institute, slöjd: Make Your Own Wirecraft (MCAD)
2501 Stevens Ave S; use also for The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Material Matters: MCAD Students and Alumni Explore Fiber Arts
MCAD Students, Projections: An MCAD All-Nighter
Megan Mertaugh, Diaspora (2726 Stevens Ave S)
Ali Momeni and Jenny Schmid, The Battle of Everyouth (MIA)
Roman Verostko, Three-Story Drawing Machine

Franklin Art Works

1021 E Franklin Ave
Insomniac Animated Film Fest

All My Relations Arts Gallery

1414 E Franklin Ave
Community Conversation
Rigo 23, Oglala Oyate: Sister City for a Better Future

Saint Paul Buses

In Saint Paul buses pick-up and drop-off at each stop in 15 minute intervals from 9 pm–6 am. You can board or alight at any of the following locations (listed in sequence, the entire loop is approximately 20 minutes):

Science Museum of Minnesota

Drop-off/pick-up On Kellogg Blvd

Black Dog Café and Wine Bar

308 Prince St #100

Science Museum of Minnesota

“Backyard bus drop,” across from Upper Landing

Padelford / Harriet Island

Additional stop for Mississippi Megalops on Padelford Riverboats at Harriet Island. Look for boat icon on the door-side window to identify it as Padelford-bound.
Padelford Riverboats: 205 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, Harriet Island
Drop- off: 10:30 pm, 10:45 pm, 1:30 am, 1:45 am, 4:30 am, 4:45 am
Pick-up: 12:45 am, 3:45 am, 6:45 am

Nice Ride Minnesota, Self-Guided Tours

Forget the parking hassles! Enjoy the summer night and use conveniently located Nice Ride Minnesota locations to cover most of the Minneapolis Northern Spark installations. Regular fees apply.

Twin Town Pedicabs Bicycle Taxis at Your Service

Twin Town Pedicabs Bicycle Taxis at Your Service! Worried about getting from one location to another in a timely, safe, or green fashion? Look for a bright yellow pedicab waiting to transport you to and from participating zones and sites! You can hail one like a cab, or pre-arrange a ride by calling 612.338.1128, or by filling out this simple form on our website. There are no set rates, but drivers do expect and appreciate tips (cash is preferable, but some drivers can accept credit cards as well).


Park near your starting point and walk, bus, and bike throughout the night. Some strategically located lots that are open all night:

Saint Anthony Falls Ramp ($1): 201 2nd St SE
Mill Quarter Municipal Ramp ($5): 711 2nd St S
U of M 21st Ave Ramp ($6): 400 21st Ave S
B Midwest Plaza Ramp ($5): 800 Marquette Ave S
Downtown Auto Park ($4): 910 Lasalle Ave
Ampco System Parking ($5): 33 N 9th St
C Harmon Properties Lot ($5): 49 Maple St S
Vineland Place Ramp ($4): 727 Vineland Pl
Franklin Ave Lot (Free): 1281 E Franklin Ave
D Ramsey County Lot (Free): 201 Shepard Rd
E Lowertown Lot ($2): 330 Prince St