Bastille Day celebrations, Minneapolis Aquatennial: Freeloader Friday

Bastille Day celebrations, Minneapolis Aquatennial: Freeloader Friday

(Photo by stuartpilbrow)

This week Freeloader Friday is all about street festivals. We have Dakota Fest, Highland Fest, and not one, but two awesome Bastille Day celebrations. Add in some live music and tons of other stuff, and you have a completely free weekend.

Bastille Day celebrations, Minneapolis Aquatennial: Freeloader Friday


Minneapolis Aquatennial

This huge eight-day fest takes place all over Minneapolis. It starts this Friday with a free block party featuring music by Night Ranger over at Nicollet Mall (between 3rd and 4th Streets) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Always fun for families, the Star Tribune Beach Bash at Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday. Guests will be able to take canoe rides, watch the milk carton boat races (pictured above), and 'ooh and ah' at the sand castle competition. For a complete schedule of events and locations, visit or call 612.376.7669 for more info. (Photo by Richard Westley Wong)

Highland Fest 2010
(Highland Park Neighborhood Community, 2065 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul)

This street fest features live music, food, rides, juried art, a home improvement expo, and more. For more info, visit Fri., July 16, 2-10:30 p.m.; Sat., July 17, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., July 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Summer Dance Series: That's the Way I Like It
(Outdoors at the Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000, describes this 1998 flick as "kung fu meets disco in Singapore." 9:30 p.m.

The Fontanelles
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Alternative, minimalist. 9:30 p.m.

Ambassador Gun, Blue Ox, My My Misfire, Orwell
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Rock. 9 p.m.

Alison Scott
(Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6600)

Rock and soul on the plaza. 7 p.m.  


Dakota Street Fest
(Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.1010,

Part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial celebration, the Dakota will be throwing a day long party with a killer jazz, R&B, funk, and rock lineup. Glen David Andrews, Charmaine Neville, Bonerama, Davina & the Vagabonds, Desdamona, and others are scheduled to perform. The event takes place outdoors on Nicollet Mall. 12-10 p.m.

East Harriet RoseFest
(Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4948)

Featuring inflatables, food and drink, carnival games, family activities, live music, tours, classic cars, and more. For more info call 612.824.9350 or visit 12-7 p.m.

MaryJanice Davidson
(Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, 2864 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.824.6347,

The best-selling author discusses her latest (deliciously campy) vampire novel, Undead and Unfinished. 1 p.m.

Black Blondie
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

R&B. 10 p.m.

Gay Beast, Slapping Purses, Food Pyramid, Seated Heat
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Jason the Soundguy's Funtacular Birthday Barn Burn-A-Blowout
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

It looks like Jason has a lot of friends with good musical tastes. The Poor Nobodys, Doug Otto & the Getaways, the Jerry Blackwells, and DJ Toof are set to perform. 10 p.m.

Hildur Victoria, Kicks & Spurs, Wizards Are Real, Adam Svec
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Jazz, rock, folk. 9 p.m.


3rd Annual Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration
(Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis, 651.642.1049)

Learn, experience, and revel in the culture of Minneapolis's ten international sister cities. Visit for info. 1-5 p.m.

8th Annual Bastille Day Block Party
(Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.827.5710,

This outdoor streetfest features a great musical lineup, including Mayda, Eyedea & Abilities, Romantica, Red Pens, the Magnolias. There will also be appearances by North Star Roller Girls, a hula hoop contest, and a ghost-riding the whip contest with Familia Skateshop. Outside on Irving Avenue. 2-10 p.m.

Bastille Day celebrations, Minneapolis Aquatennial: Freeloader Friday

Bastille Day Celebration
(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,

Come celebrate a French holiday at a British pub (they're friends with the French Vincent A Restaurant). Starting at 3 p.m. you'll find food and drink specials (including the super-tasty Vincent burger). There will also be a performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), followed by a live concert by Graham Parker at 6 p.m., and capped with a screening of European Vacation at 8:30 p.m.


Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park

(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223,

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Bastille Day celebrations, Minneapolis Aquatennial: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Upright Egg Theatre Company presents free Shakespeare. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 10 at Matthews Park and Community Center (2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4950) and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting July 10 at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141) through August 1.

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