The Great Northern Festival: The Guide

Jan 23, 2022 | events/locations, evergreen

Image Courtesy of U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

The Great Northern founding partner U.S. Pond Hockey Championships have given hockey enthusiasts a premier opportunity to experience hockey the way nature intended since 2006. For its 17th reunion year, events will be held over two weekends on the beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.

The Great Northern Festival celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.

In a winter that is bringing major deja vu vibes, we hope you’ll think of The Great Northern as a bright light. Our events will invigorate your mind, body, and spirit with a variety of outdoor, virtual, and carefully considered indoor events. We invite you to banish cabin fever Jan 27th – Feb 6th  with one of our eclectic, inspiring, and rejuvenating programs.

Video editing by Isaac Gale
Music by Molly Joyce

The Great Northern Festival: The Guide Links

Music & Performance

Original work and world premieres by visionary local, national and international artists.

Food & Drink

Curated experiences focused on craft, regionality and seasonality.


Keynote conversations, live podcasts, film screenings and other thought-provoking formats that allow us to explore our changing climate through the lenses of culture and heritage, the economy, and social equity.

Outdoor & Active

We promote a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle by encouraging individuals to get outside and enjoy all the season has to offer.

Public Art

Site-specific art that changes the way we see and engage with our environment.


Mission and Vision
Leadership and Founding Partners
Land Acknowledgement

The Great Northern looks forward to safely celebrating winter with you during our 2022 festival. We are regularly reviewing 2022 events in consultation with a COVID specialist to ensure they meet our high standards for safety and community health. Check out our website and subscribe to our newsletter for the most updated information.


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