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Getting Around

Metro Transit

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) Green Line opens in time for Northern Spark!

On June 14 and 15, all buses and LRT rides are FREE. Jump on and ride!

Please note: Metro Transit does not run all night. LRT Green Line service runs 24 hours. LRT Blue Line service ends at 1 am and resumes at 5 am. Bus routes end at varying times.

Select Metro Transit bus and LRT stops near festival venues are marked with a Metro Transit symbol on festival maps.


Zone E [Greenway] to Zone B [W River Parkway]
Blue Line – Lake Street station to Downtown Metrodome station.
Walk to riverfront.

Zone E [Greenway] to Zone F [University]
Blue Line – Lake Street station to Downtown Metrodome station.
Transfer to Green Line to University – East Bank station. 

Zone C [Downtown] to Zone F [University]
Green Line – Nicollet Mall station to University – East Bank station. 


Zone B [W River Parkway] to Zone A/C [Downtown]
Catch 11 southbound at Hennepin Avenue and First Street NE (last ride at 11:45 pm) or catch 10 southbound at Second Avenue S and Second Street S (last ride at 11:30 pm).

Zone C [Downtown] to Zone D [Walker/Loring]
Catch 17 westbound at Nicollet Avenue and Grant Street, then the 4 northbound from Lyndale Avenue S and 24th Street W (last ride at 12 midnight). Walking west along W Grant Street is the fastest way to get from Zone B to Zone C. 

Zone D [Walker/Loring] to Zone E [MIA/MCAD/Greenway]
Catch 11 southbound at W Grant Street and Nicollet Avenue (last ride at 1 am).

Zone E [MIA/MCAD/Greenway] to Zone F [University]
Catch 2 eastbound at Third Avenue S and Franklin Avenue E (last ride at 12:30 am).

Zone F [University] to Zone B [W River Parkway]
Catch 7 northbound at 21st Avenue S and Riverside Avenue (last ride at 11:45 pm).

PLEASE NOTE: Only the Green Line LRT runs all night at Northern Spark. Metro Transit buses and Blue Line LRT do not run all night.

For more information on Metro Transit bus routes and times:, 612-373-3333, TTY 651-291-0904.

Resources for Cyclists

Cycling is a great way to cover a lot of ground and gain easy access to the art throughout the night. If you bike to Northern Spark, don’t forget a safety light, helmet and bike lock. 

Need to park? 

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is hosting a corral for bike parking on West River Parkway near the Third Ave bridge. Swing by the corral for a quick fix, pump up, or good chat about a more bicycle friendly city.

The City of Minneapolis is providing bike racks at Convention Center Plaza. 

Got a flat?

Stop by one of the three official Northern Spark Info Hubs to pump up your tires with air courtesy of Alley Cat Cycles. Or swing through one of the following partner locations for air and bike first-aid:

  • Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is on W River Parkway.

  • Alley Cat Cycle in the Loring Corners will be open for any last minute fix-it needs, air, and even some cool tutorials.

  • Freewheel Midtown Bike Center on the Greenway will staff a mechanic until 10:30 pm.

 Nice Ride – Check out Nice Ride, the Twin Cities bike share system. A 24-hour subscription with unlimited trips (of 30 minutes or less) is only $6. Nice Ride stations convenient to festival venues are marked on all festival maps.



Park near your starting point and walk, bus, and bike throughout the night. Parking ramps and lots are marked in each zone.
Please note that Second Avenue in front of the Convention Center Plaza will be closed to traffic from 8 am on June 14 until 12 noon on June 15.

These ramps and lots are convenient to Northern Spark and are open 24 hours:

Zone A – Minneapolis Convention Center

Clinton Ramp, 1425 Clinton Avenue ($6)
11th and Marquette ramp, 1111 Marquette Avenue S ($5)
11th Street Underground, 1030 Second Avenue S ($13)
Loring/Hyatt ramp, 1300 Nicollet Mall ($17)
Millennium ramp, 1313 Nicollet Mall ($17)
Plaza Municipal Ramp, 117 12th Street S ($20)

Zone B – West River Parkway

Park Ave Lot, 205 Park Ave ($5)

301 S Washington Ave Ramp ($5)

Riverfront Municipal Parking ramp, 212 9th Avenue South ($6, events $5-20)
Jerry Haaf Memorial ramp, 424 Fourth Street S ($9, events $5-$15)
Hennepin Ave and Washington Ave surface lot ($5-$7.50)  

Zone C – Downtown / Hennepin Cultural District

The Metro, 818 Marquette Avenue ($5)
Downtown Auto Park, 910 LaSalle Avenue ($4)
Ampco System Parking, 33 S Ninth Street ($5)
McGladrey Plaza, 801 NicolletMall ($5)

Zone D – Walker—Loring Corners

C Harmon Properties lot, 49 Maple Street S ($5)
Vineland Place ramp, 727 Vineland Place ($4)
*Loring/Hyatt ramp, 1300 Nicollet Mall ($17)
*Millennium ramp, 1313 Nicollet Mall ($17) 

Zone E – MCAD—MIA—Greenway

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 2701 Elliot Ave S ($10)

MIA ramp and surface lot: 2400 Third Ave S ($4)
Franklin Avenue lot, 1281 E Franklin Avenue (free)

Zone F – University

Fourth Street ramp, 1625 Fourth Street SE ($6)
Church Street garage, 80 Church Street SE ($12)
Weisman Art Museum parking garage, 333 East River Road ($12)
East River Road garage, 391 East River Road ($6)
U of M 21st Avenue ramp, 400 21st Avenue S ($6) 

Reserved Parking

Reserve your space through Parking Panda, an online parking reservation system, which allows visitors to purchase guaranteed parking at several convenient locations near Northern Spark venues.


Walk up to your closest car2go, sign in, drive, and park in any public metered space. car2go membership includes gas, insurance, and public parking meters, so there’s more time for you to spend at Northern Spark, less worrying about parking. More at

Uber Car Service

First ride $25 off: Let Uber transport you at Northern Spark. Download the app on your smart phone and enter promo code NSPARK14 to receive $25 off, first time riders only. Visit: Questions? Contact Uber at



All-night bathrooms are marked on festival maps.

Information Hubs

Start your art adventure at any of the nine Northern Spark Information Tents and tables marked on festival maps. Pick up the event guidebook or talk to the friendly volunteers. The three main Information Tents along West River Parkway and at Convention Center Plaza will have first aid supplies and night-of-festival updates.

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