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5 free things to do this week

You might spot this little guy at the parade again this year.

You might spot this little guy at the parade again this year.

This week in free stuff to do we have a few parades (and places to drink afterward), a rockin' book release, and a trivia night for metal bikers.

Bike Metal Night

(Eastlake Craft Brewery, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-224-9713)

Are you into bikes? How about metal music? Then this trivia night, hosted by Thisaphone Sothhiphakhak, is for you, as your knowledge on these two crucial things will be tested. The stakes are high, as tickets to the Decibel Magazine tour with High On Fire, Abbath, and Skeletonwitch will be awarded to the top team. 

Meanwhile, totally metal (or, at least tasty) tacos will be available from Taco Cat. 8 p.m. (warm-up at 7 p.m.). Monday.

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I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland book release party

(Electric Fetus, 2000 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-9300)

Former band member Michelle Leon recounts her time spent playing bass for Babes in Toyland in her memoir, released this week. Come celebrate with her at the appropriately rocking Electric Fetus, where she will be chatting with folks and signing copies of her book. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Patrick's Day Parades

(Minneapolis and St. Paul)

This Thursday, the Twin Cities will be awash in green as it celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The party starts in St. Paul, as the 50th annual parade makes its way down Fifth Street from Sibley to Rice Park at noon (www.stpatsmn.org). After that, there will be plenty of grownup fun to be had, with Patrick McGovern's Pub, Bedlam Lowertown, and the Liffey nearby. Or head over to O'Gara's, which will have an outdoor tent, live music, plenty of beer, and the “world's shortest parade” marching at 3:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Minneapolis keeps the holiday shenanigans rolling into the evening, with its parade beginning at Marquette Avenue and 11th Street, and ending at Fifth Street (www.mplsstpats.org). If you're thirsty, you'll have a plethora of options before and after the event, with the Local, Kieran's, O'Donovan's, Brit's, and pretty much every bar nearby pouring pints all day and night. Thursday.

Third Thursday

(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131)

For this installment of Third Thursday, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in an artsy way. Instead of cramming yourself into a bar, head over to the museum for green beer and other festive libations. Activities include Celtic-knot bracelet-making and Lego leprechaun trap-building. There will be 30-minute mini tours through the galleries throughout the evening, or sign up to become a Mia member (which is also free) to score admission to the “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” exhibition. Be sure to stop by the photobooth to commemorate your evening. Live music will be provided by Aby Wolf. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.