River Insect Safari

Children in Northfield on a River Insect Safari net aquatic insects to learn about the Cannon River. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)

Live music, live animals, and an insect safari promise to make the The Cannon River Art & Water Festival the hit of the weekend. It all happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park (corner of Poplar Street and W Eighth streets) in Northfield.

This family-friendly festival is a celebration of our rivers, lakes, and drinking water in southern Minnesota. You’ll hear music, create water-themed art, and discover the animals that call the Cannon River home. Adults and teens can check out the rainfall simulator, river table, and a groundwater simulator to learn about how water moves through the landscape and how we can help keep our water clean. New this year: the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will provide free well water testing for nitrates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Activities:

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family-friendly hands-on art and water activities, including the River Insect Safari, Fishing Printing and Water Windsocks

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Nitrate Well Testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Performances:

10 a.m. Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

10:55 a.m. Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

11:30 a.m. Zoomobile's Minnesota Animals Show

12:30 p.m. Irish Folk Musician Laura MacKenzie

1:25 p.m. Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band

2 p.m. Zoomobile's Minnesota Animals Show

3 p.m. The Cannon River Currents

For more information, visit crwp.net/events.

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy

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