This week in Freeloader Friday we have a '90s-themed dance party, a day-long skateboarding festival, World Cup bars, and a free blues fest.
Day Of The Familia 5
(Familia Skateshop, 2833 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.353.6930)
(Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.767.7766)
Come visit the Uptown skate shop and the Oakdale Skate Park for a day-long party featuring crazy stunt demos and skating fans starting at 1 p.m. At 10 p.m. head on over to the Red Stag for a 21+ party. DJ Kenny Kingston will spin tunes and drink specials include $3 PBR Tallboys, $4 vodka Redbull, and $4 Bacardi and mixer.
Whoomp (There It Is)
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.331.1746)
You know you have some awesome '90s dudes lying around somewhere. So bust out you're XXL "I'm Too Sexy" t-shirt, your favorite flannel, and your "Donna Martin Graduates" sign. Yes, the '90s return at this awesome dance party. Music will focus on the earlier years of the decade, with sets from DJ Tanner, Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, and MC Hang Time. Prizes go to the best dressed. 10 p.m.
Christopher Watson Dance Company: 9th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival
(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis, 612.230.6400, www.minneapolisparks.org)
One can never go too wrong with a free event. Walk over to the pavilion early for some ice cream and views of the Lake. Then head over to the Rose Garden for a free dance performance. For this year's show the Christopher Watson Dance Company will be collaborating with Kinetic Kitchen, Ray Terrill Dance Group, and Youth Dance Ensemble. Free. 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday.
(UMore Park Administration Building, 1605 160th St. W., Rosemount)
Come spend some time with scientists, naturalists, and community members at this biology-themed event. Participants will be counting bats, birds, flowers, fish, and just about everything else that's alive. Check the website for the type of species you'd like to count, and sign up. For more info, visit www.bellmuseum.org/bioblitz or call 612.626.7133. Event runs from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Troilus and Cressida
(Friday: Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)
(Saturday: Phalen Lake Amphitheater, 1600 Phalen Dr., St. Paul)
(Sunday: Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 200 24th St. E, Minneapolis)
Summertime means Shakespeare in the park. The Cromulent Shakespeare Company will present this tale, set during the Trojan War, filled with bawdy humor, tragic woe, and the destruction of lovers Troilus and Cressida. 7 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday.
Self-Evident, Happy, Buildings, the Wapsipinicon
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)
Rock, indie, folk. 9 p.m.
Ben Cook-Feltz, the Mages, Skittish
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)
Folk rock, indie, alternative. 10 p.m.
(Northrop Auditorium (on the plaza), 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.625.6600)
Rock on the plaza. 7 p.m.
Book-A-Palooza & Library Garage Sale
(Roseville Temporary Library, 2680 Arthur St., Roseville, 651.486.2213)
Whether or not you walk away with anything, we suspect this sale will be entertaining to dig through at least. Check out used books, media, and library fixtures, including furnishings. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Cult Sisters 5
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162, www.cultstatusgallery.com)
At this gallery show featuring five female artists (J.M. Culver, Louisa Greenstock, Kara Hendershot, Gina Louise, and Erin Sayer) there will be nary a flower painting. Instead, guests will find paintings of iconic individuals from pop culture, drawings evocative of a time and place, and watercolors as quiet as a memory. The opening party features music from the Great Confinement this Saturday, June 12, from 7 p.m. to midnight. (Painting by Louisa Greenstock).
World Cup: USA vs England
Are you a soccer fan? Tons of bars will be screening the game live. For a list of locations, click here. 1:30 p.m.
We Work Here: A Conversation on Art, Economics, & Community (Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444, www.intermediaarts.org)
This interactive installation, performance, and resource fair is as much about work as it is about works in progress. Each Saturday features "Sidewalk Sales," where guests can investigate the gallery, as well as chat with artists who will be hosting various talks, and interactive activities. Noon to 5 p.m. (Photo by Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Fest
(Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.673.2427)
This fantastic, free afternoon concert features an incredible lineup, including with Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, Guitar Shorty, Lamont Cranston Blues Band, and more. Yes, there will also be BBQ and beer. For more info call 952.294.1299 or visit www.famousdaves.com/bluesfest. Noon to 10:30 p.m. (Pictured: Hubert Sumlin, photo courtesy of Blue Mountain Artists)
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.7027, www.gai-mn.org)
This party features live music, dancing, plus German food and beer. After 10 p.m. the party moves indoors for a Euro-dance party with DJ Ben. 5-10 p.m.
(Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4963)
Bring a vegan dish to share. Visit animalrightscoalition.com for info. 2 p.m.
The Blood Shot, Warship Satan, the Quitters Go to Meetings, Hole Hog
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454)
Garage stomp, metal, punk rock, experimental. 9 p.m.
(Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)
Rockabilly. 10 p.m.
Hud (CD-Release), Cactus Blossoms
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)
Blues, roots, country. 9:30 p.m.
Really Really Free Market
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)
Test out your bartering skills at this event where participants trade items, knowledge, services, food, and more. Visit tcfreemarket.wordpress.com for info. 2-8 p.m.
Sibley House Historic Site 100th Birthday
(Sibley House Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, 651.452.1596, www.mnhs.org/places/sites/shs)
Come celebrate the historic house with 20th-century cars, games, special tours of the site, and birthday cake. Noon to 4 p.m.
Eve and the Apple
(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)
Indie, electro pop.
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org) 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.
(Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St., Minneapolis, 612.332.4700, www.hellskitcheninc.com)
This competition features 16 teams of 2 employees from local bars. Each week will feature a secret ingredient that must be used to create three drinks: one shot, one martini, and one cocktail. Drink special will abound. This event will take place Sundays through June 20. 8 p.m.
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 www.stevierays.org. Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223, www.canterburypark.com)
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.