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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Community Event
Thank you for your interest in organizing a special event in Northfield!

It is only because of the vision, initiative, hard work and careful planning of many volunteers that our community is able to host so many interesting and enjoyable celebrations. These events are what make Northfeild such a special place to live and to visit, and they are essential in building a sense of community. From Winter Walk to Defeat of Jesse James Days, from the Taste of Northfield to a bike parade on the 4th of July, our community loves to come together to have fun. Thank you for your willingness to add to the colorful fabric of Northfield by planning a community event!

We hope that this information will help you with your planning. Please let us know how we can help you with this process. The attached information is designed to assist you in determining what steps you will need to take to make your event both safe and successful. Some key points to keep in mind: 

  • A license is requried for community/public events held on City property. (Private events such as reunions, family celebrations, neighborhood parties, etc., are not included.) This is to help with the scheduling of public spaces and resources. Applications must be received at least 45 days prior to your event to guarantee that it can be processed in time.
  • Depending on the nature of your event, support services from the City may be desired or necessary and may include a cost. Staff will determine estimated costs and provide you with this information. Depending on the location and type of event, refundable damage deposits may also be required.
  • For small events where no city support is necessary and there are low risk/exposure activities involved, (plant sale, animal adoption,community band, bike to work day, etc.) applicants need only complete the first page of the application, review and sign the application signature portion and return it to the City with a $20 fee payment. The entire application should be completed if City services are required or if the event consists of multiple vendors, performers or other components such as moderate or high risk/exposure activities. There is a $100 fee for the larger multifaceted events.
  • In-kind financial support may be available through our Events Grant Program. Support for new events will be considered based on criteria determined by the City Council and awarded on a first come first served basis. Grants are limited and not all requests may be honored.  The evaluation criteria is listed in both the Community Event Application and Community Event Policy.

 Please complete and return with the application fee:  Additional documents for your review:

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please feel free to e-mail Deb Little, City Clerk or call 507-645-3001.