Getting Around

Bike Tour, Peavy Plaza, Northern Spark 2015. Photo: Shawn Orton.

American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis, The Commons in downtown Minneapolis, and the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul. Travel to Northern Spark by train, bus, bike, or foot and then walk, shuttle or bike between venues.

Heads up to drivers!
94 westbound between Western and 280 is closed for resurfacing from 10 pm on Friday, June 14th through 5 am on Monday, June 17th — right during Northern Spark. To travel in between the St. Paul and Minneapolis festival areas, take the detour or ride Metro Transit Green Line instead! Free transit passes are available here.

METRO TRANSIT

Ride Metro Transit free to Northern Spark!
Free passes are available here.

Metro Light Rail stations nearest to festival venues:
St. Paul: Dale St. outside of Rondo Community Library.
Minneapolis: U.S. Bank Stadium (Blue and Green Lines) and Franklin (Blue Line).

Plan your trip:
www.metrotransit.org/tripplanner
612-373-333, TTY 651-291-0904

Metro routes end at varying times. Check schedules. Regular fares apply, unless you download a free pass.

RONDO SHUTTLE BUS AND STORY RIDE
Ride between Rondo Community Library and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and learn Rondo stories on the way! Two routes run each festival night:

  • a 10 minute direct route
  • a 30 minute history and story tour led by community members

Visit the Rondo Story Ride page for more information on storytellers.

Sponsored by Minnesota Historical Society.

CYCLING
Bicycling is a great way to travel to and between festival sites. There are Bike racks in each festival area.

In Minneapolis, take Nice Ride between The Commons and American Indian Cultural Corridor. Nice Ride bike valets are available at Park Ave & 4th Street S and E Franklin Ave & Bloomington Ave S stations. Find other Nice Ride stations in Minneapolis at niceridemn.com or download the Nice Ride app.

STREET CLOSURES

PortlandIn Minneapolis, Portland Ave. between 4th and 5th Streets and Franklin Ave. between Bloomington and 13th Ave. will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 3am on June 14 and June 15. Ave between 4th and 5th Streets will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 3am on June 15 and June 16 for festival activities.

PARKING

Vehicle parking will be challenging particularly in Downtown East and the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis. Here are parking options in each festival area:

The Commons / Downtown East, Minneapolis

– 424 S 4th St – Jeffrey Haaf Memorial Parking Ramp, enter on South 3rd Street at S 5th Ave
– Parking meters on S 4t Street, 8-hr limit
– Parking meters on Chicago Ave in front of US Bank Stadium, 2-hr limit
– Parking meters on S 6th Street, 8-hr limit
– Parking meters on Park Ave, 8-hr limit
– 247 Chicago Ave – Impark Chicago Ave Lot #176

American Indian Cultural Corridor

Free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Please be respectful of neighbors.

Minneapolis American Indian Center has a very small, free parking lot
1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Rondo
Free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Please be respectful of neighbors.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center has a mid-sized, free surface parking lot.
270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102

Rondo Community Outreach Library has a small, free, indoor parking ramp at
461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55103

PLEASE NOTE: the Rondo Library parking ramp will close to incoming traffic at 1:30 am each festival night. Vehicles already parked inside will have to exit by 2 am. The ramp will not be open on Saturday, June 15 until 9 pm.