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Of the city's numerous annual events, The Defeat of Jesse James Days, a four day festival in early September, attracts the most visitors and publicity. The celebration ignites the town with a carnival atmosphere and features a daily parade and re-enactment of the famed James Gang robbery attempt of the Northfield Bank in 1876.
For a small town, Northfield offers quite a variety of dining options. In addition to American cuisine, and the numerous pizza places you'd expect to find in a college town, we also have Indian, Mexican, and Chinese venues and even a Japanese Grill that serves fresh sushi for lunch and dinner! Blocks away from St. Olaf, you'll find the Ole Store Restaurant, which featues an upscale, casual atmosphere and an innovative menu that is drawing raves from the locals.
The Downtown area is quaint and inviting, featuring a wide variety of unique shops, a coffee house, ice cream parlour, bakery, museum and even a town square. It's a great place to wander around, shopping, snacking...relaxing by the river.
Live music is often available downtown at the Tavern Lounge, The Contented Cow, and The Grand Event Center, and also in nearby Dundas at Dawn's Corner Bar. The colleges frequently offer free concerts throughout the year, as well as sporting events, lectures and seminars. Theater performances are presented by the Northfield Arts Guild and other independent theater groups. For a complete list of local events, contact the Northfield Chamber at (800) 658-2584 or check their websites: www.northfieldchamber.com or visitingnorthfield.com. For local events and information: northfield.org and northfieldguide.com.
- Picturesque, historic downtown area
- St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges
- The Cannon River
- Shops and Antique Stores
- Hiking, Biking, canoeing & golf
- Snowmobiling & skiing
- Numerous Parks
- Carleton's Japanese Garden & Aboretum
- The Christmas Festival
- The Winter Walk