4 free things to do this week


This week in free things to do there is a wild bike ride, an outdoor happy hour, big and little Lebowskis, and an intergalactic holiday. Come take a look and plan your week for cheap.

Intergalactic Tutu Day

(Bedlam Lowertown, 213 Fourth St. E., St. Paul; 651-209-0597)

Yeah, it's also Groundhog Day. But holidays that reach beyond Earth trump mere U.S. holidays based on weather superstitions, right? Put on a tutu (you can learn how to make one at this very official website), and head over to Bedlam Lowertown, where they will be celebrating this very important holiday with beer and food. Today is also the grand finale of Monkey Bars at Bedlam, an ongoing dance series featuring Missa Kes and Non Edwards that is filled with rollicking, romping, and other foolery. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Winter Cycling Congress Bike Parade and After Party

(Commodore Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis)


Yay for winter biking! This happening invites snow cyclists to meet at the Commodore Hotel at 4 p.m. for a casual ride to the Weisman Art Museum. Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes in lights if they can (or at least rock a nice helmet and safety blinkers). Once at the museum, bikers will be rewarded with appetizers and beer, and opportunities to explore the galleries. More info here. 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Kid fun and a happy hour

(Rice Park, 109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul)

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival carries on this week. On Tuesday, Rice Park will host the Frozen Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Here you'll find a food truck or two, ice sculptures, live music, Minnesota Rollergirls, and costumed characters to entertain the kiddies. If you're looking for something a little more grownup, stop by the next evening during the same hours for a special happy hour featuring food trucks again; a Winter Carnival Ice Bar serving beer, wine, and non-alcoholic treats; and live music from Tim Mahoney. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Films at the Fitz

(The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul; 651-290-1200)

Seeing a film in a cool space like the Fitz is an experience. Add in free admission, and it becomes even more awesome. This Thursday audiences can take in the Coen brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski. Costumes are encouraged, and the bar will be selling drinks if you'd like to enjoy a White Russian (or just a nice beer) while you watch. These screenings are a little more lively, so expect some audience interaction. Soul/R&B group PaviElle will warm up crowds with tunes before the show. 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are free, but you need to reserve a spot first. Follow the link on the Facebook page to reserve tickets.