40 free things to do Thanksgiving weekend


This holiday weekend is here. You're going to want to get out of the house at some point. Here are some free things to do.




Pop-Up Beer Garden
Featuring Oliphant Brewing. 5-10 p.m. The Bachelor Farmer, 50 N. 2nd Ave., Minneapolis; 612-206-3920.

Outdoor artifically-chilled ice rink with open skating, broomball, and youth hockey. For hours and additional info, visit Daily from Nov. 19-Feb. 28. . Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-292-3293.

Club Taco
DJ sets, drink specials and 75¢ tacos. 9 p.m. . Maruso Street Food and Cocktails, 715 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-0100.

Wed. 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 p.m. Sun. 7 p.m. James Ballentine VFW Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-6233.

With the Infernal Singalong Machine. 9 p.m. Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-874-8702.

Maurice Jacox Acoustic
7:30 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Thanksgiving Eve
Alternative rock video dance night. 9 p.m. Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-2686.

The Death Comedy Jam
The show starts at 10 p.m., but hopeful performers should sign up at 9 p.m. Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738.




5th Annual Imperial Black Friday
Twenty varieties on tap. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. SW Craft Bar, 111 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul; 651-224-2019.

Black Friday on Broadway
Three day small business shopping event along Broadway Ave. Daily from Nov. 25-27. West Broadway, between Bryant & Dupont Ave., Minneapolis.

Co-Op Shop with Gumball Boutique
Featuring unique crafts from local artisans and coffee samples, with special taproom hours and shuttles to other breweries. Daily from Nov. 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209.

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt
Christmas festival featuring open-air market, gifts, German food, beer garden, and Kinderworld for the children. More info at Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd St., Excelsior; 952-474-7837.

Skiing on Black Friday
Lift tickets are free, with Summit Chalet available for non-skiiers. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Lutsen Resort, 5700 W. Highway 61, Lutsen; 218-663-7212.

Holidazzle 2016
Holiday festival featuring local food, music, and vendors, with ice skating, movie screenings, family activities, and fireworks. More info at Thu. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis.

Javier & the Innocent Sons
9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Nature's Black Friday Fun
Naturalist and self-guided nature exploration activities, games, scavenger hunt, and family fun. Registration and more info at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi, Minneapolis; 763-694-7693.

Northside Holiday Boutique
Pop-up shop with unique holiday gifts for purchase from Northside businesses and vendors. Located in the Skyway level. Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., and Fri. from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Gaviidae Common, 5th St. and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-372-1222.

Patty Peterson
7:30 p.m. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.

Plaid Friday
Minneapolis Craft Market presents an outdoor winter market with local makers and a celebration of Small Business Saturday, with hot mulled cider and live music in the tap room. Daily from Nov. 25-26, 12-6 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105.

Schmidt Holiday Bazaar
Featuring artwork and goods available to purchase from local artisans. Daily from Nov. 25-27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St W, St Paul.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.


The Shannon Shoe Stopper
Installation satirizing the world of autocorrect. Closing night party 6-10 p.m. features the Nathan Scott Phillips Band. Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-728-5745.

2016 Shop Small Holiday Market
Small businesses feature locally made artisan and organic foods, art pieces, health and beauty products, cookbooks, kitchen and house ware, jewelry, clothing, and gift baskets, with child care provided for shoppers. More info at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Anthony City Hall and Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Rd. NE, Minneapolis; 612-706-1166.

50th and France Holiday Market and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Featuring visit by Santa, carolers, and goods from local artisans. 12-5 p.m. 50th & France, 3925 50th St. W., Edina; 952-922-1524.

Back Alley

9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Midway Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Featuring wares from local small businesses, crafters, artisans, and artists, with music, holiday stories, and family activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul; 612-722-7000.

Nokomis Tree Lighting
Featuring holiday music, photos with Santa, books for children, gift bags, and food donation collection. 4 p.m. Oxendale's Market, 5025 S. 34th Ave., Minneapolis; 612-724-4474.

Riverside Swing Band (Christmas CD Release Show)
7:30 p.m. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.

Small Business Saturday
Featuring one of a kind arty gifts for the holidays. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Studio Payne, 1129 Payne Ave., St. Paul; 651-230-7767.

Third Annual Minneapolis Rock Art Experience
Featuring work available for purchase by Johnny Hanson, Sean Gray, Jeff Troldahl, Jesse Brodd, Chuck Hues, Stephanie Jocum, Mike Carina, and Geoff Schley, with live painting and music by Minnesota musicians. 4-9 p.m. The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.


Made By Hands Holiday Sale
Featuring crafts and wearables by local artisans, beer, food trucks, and DJ Shane Kramer. 12-6 p.m. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis.

Arts and Animals
Featuring interaction with Minnesota animals, and art making activities. Registration and more info at 1-3 p.m. North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi, Minneapolis; 763-694-7693.

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase
7:30 p.m. Universe Games, 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-4066.

Holiday Music Festival
Featuring performances from a variety of groups, choirs, bands, and orchestras. For more info and schedule, visit Daily from Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington; 952-883-8800.

Hot Black Funky
8:30 p.m. Whiskey Junction, 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-9550.

8:30 p.m. Eagles Club #34, 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis; 612-729-4469.

Linden Hills Holiday Market
Featuring over 50 different vendors selling local crafts, holiday gifts, artisan foods, and ready-to-eat meals. Every Sun. from Nov. 20-Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 W. 44th St., Minneapolis; 612-926-2654.