Northern Sparks: All-night festival to fill Minneapolis with art, food, music


It's not very often you're encouraged to stay out all night and run around downtown.

But that's exactly what the annual Northern Sparks Festival – kicking off its fifth year in Minneapolis on Saturday night – is all about.

The free event, which runs from 9 p.m. to 5:26 a.m., will fill six areas in and around downtown Minneapolis (including Mill City and the Mill Ruins Park, the University of Minnesota and the Walker Art Center) with "ambitious art projects," music and experimental performances, according to the event website.

One unique feature of this year's celebration is that many of the attractions are synced with a smartphone app, which will guide users around the festival to the projects they want to see (and perhaps most importantly, food trucks).

As for the art projects themselves, "mini_polis" lets you view Minnesota's largest city from the perspective of, say, Godzilla: the scale model of Minneapolis, which you can see at the Convention Center, presents a colorful reimagining of the downtown area.

Elsewhere, visitors can take pictures of themselves – and have them projected on the side of the grain silos at Mill City Park for what may be "the most giant selfie you have ever taken," MPR News reports.

Of course, this is to name just two. For a full list of events and attractions, click here.

Northern Spark is a project of Northern Lights MN, a Twin Cities-based group dedicated to bringing "innovative art to the public sphere."

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