Light up your night at Northern Spark

Imagine an evening where all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes, the freedom of your senses running wild and maybe some caffeine.

It’s time to succumb to an all-nighter and experience the Northern Spark neighborhood tour. This Saturday from sunset to sunrise, explore 70 art projects displayed in seven neighborhoods along the Metro Transit Green Line.

The good folks here at Meet Minneapolis have curated an at-a-glance toolkit to help you navigate where you’re going, how to get there and where to fuel-up before, during and after the event. 

Participating neighborhood nodes

*All art installations are within walking distance from the train line. 

1. The Commons – U.S. Bank Stadium Station in Minneapolis
2. Cedar-Riverside – West Bank Station in Minneapolis
3. Weisman Art Museum – East Bank Station in Minneapolis
4. Little Africa – Snelling Station in St. Paul
5. Rondo – Lexington Station in St. Paul
6. Little Mekong – Western Station in St. Paul
7. Lowertown – Union Station in St. Paul

Northern Spark Map


  • Navigate the custom Northern Spark map from your phone with Google
  • Customize the list of projects you want to see with the My Night feature on the Northern Spark website
  • Download your free Metro Transit Pass


Before you run out in the darkness aimlessly, let us recommend a few places to rejuvenate before, during and after Northern Spark. 


  • Cool down with the flavors at Izzy’s Ice Cream (ask for the Izzy scoop) – U.S. Bank Stadium Station
  • Grab a tall cold one and a pickle flight at Day Block Brewing – U.S Bank Stadium Station
  • Get your hands around a tasty bacon burger and spin some tunes on the best jukebox in the Twin Cities at Grumpy’s – U.S. Bank Stadium Station
  • Experience the best Pad Thai in the city at Kindee – U.S. Bank Stadium Station
  • Warm-up your creative juices at the House of Balls Art Museum – West Bank Stadium Station


  • Grab a “Viking Dog” and listen to some live music from the Universal Artist Movement at the Viking Bar – West Bank Station
  • Carb load with world famous chili mac at the Hard Times Café (open until 4am) – West Bank Station
  • Need a brew and food? On a budget? Hit-up happy hour specials at Stub and Herbs – East Bank Station
  • Enjoy the creeptastic décor in the Clown Lounge while enjoying “All Day Breakfast” at the Turf Club – Snelling Ave Station


  • 30-years of practice = the perfect breakfast. Break eggs together at the delicious Egg and I – Prospect Park Station
  • Visit the original Key’s Café (try the wild rice omelet, undeniably the best in town) – Raymond Avenue Station
  • After you fill your belly at Key’s walk around the corner and pick-up dessert and a bold roast at the Workhorse Coffee Bar – Raymond Avenue Station
  • Discover the motherload of brunch displays and build your own bloody mary at Hell’s Kitchen (a Uniquely Minneapolis original) – Government Plaza Station 


Hang out during Northern Spark, but stay to experience all there is to do in Minneapolis. Why not make a weekend out of it?

1. Check out the historic Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, located just a half mile from the Stone Arch Bridge.

2. Radisson RED takes a new approach to travel with its all-encompassing app. Download the app and use it to check in, request service, and even order food. 

3. The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.

4. Aloft Minneapolis is conveniently located right near the river. It’s the perfect walking distance from Spoonriver, Izzy’s, and the Mill City Museum!

AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown, located in the heart of downtown. 

Slider photo credit: Dusty Hoskovec