Summer of Truce: Hardcore Enough For Northern Spark?

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Welcome to the second installment of Summer of Truce! This time we’re featuring the quintessential Twin Cities summer activity. It brings together art, community, interactivity, and the urban landscape in one warm summer night. Obviously, we’re talking about Northern Spark!

For those who don’t know, Northern Spark is a totally free, all-night arts festival that takes place the second Saturday of June every summer (tomorrow!!). Yes, “all night” means all night. The event kicks off at sunset (9:01 p.m.) and ends at sunrise (5:26 a.m.)—letting you experience art and the city by moonlight. On June 14th the festivities will be taking place all over Minneapolis, from downtown to the Greenway to the U of M to the riverfront.

To get the most out of Northern Spark, you really have to stay up the whole night. If you don’t, you might get the chance to bike around inside a giant polar bear, but you won’t get the magic of seeing the sunrise after an incredible (or incredibly weird) night of interactive art. But to make it all the way, you’ll want our secret weapon: Hardcore Greens.

It all comes down to proper planning. The people that can’t stay up all night usually drop out because they’re A) hungry, B) tired, or C) hangry (aka hungry and angry, which is exacerbated by a lack of sleep). Here are our pro-tips to keep you from experiencing any of these:

  • Drink a Hardcore Greens before starting your night. It’s our most nutrient-dense green juice, made up of kale, spinach, chard, celery, cucumber, parsley, and lemon. You’ll get an energy boost and enough vegetables to make up for (most likely) not getting any during the 8-hour festival.
  • Sleep in on Saturday morning or take a nap during the day. Never underestimate how tired you can feel at 4 a.m.
  • Stop by Chef Scott Pampuch’s 100 Course Dinner on the Mall, taking place on the U of M campus between Northrop and Coffman Memorial Union. This event literally features 100 courses served throughout the night at an 100-seat table. First-come, first-served.
  • Rally with some caffeine at the Coffee Garden (hosted by Peace Coffee) or the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ pop-up coffee cart (sponsored by Dogwood Coffee).
  • Come by Truce Sunday morning to replenish. After messing with your sleep schedule, your body will thank you for the nutrients in our organic, cold-pressed juice.

For more information about Northern Spark and to read about the 100+ artist projects happening this Saturday night and Sunday morning, visit

If you haven’t already, check out last week’s inaugural Summer of Truce post. We’ll have another one for you next week and every week throughout the summer. While you're at it - tag your instas and tweets with #summeroftruce - we'd love to see them! 

-Alex Lauer



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