Bearded Lady, Palmfest: Freeloader Friday

It's a good weekend for cyclists looking for free stuff to do. It's the perfect opportunity to hop on your bike and ride to Lake Harriet, where ArtCars and ArtBikes will be parading around the bend. Tour de Fat will also be hosting a bike event with plenty of beer, rides, and entertainment. And most of the events on the list are easy bike rides. If you're more into motorcycles, there's an awesome daylong party for you too (Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow). So spray on some sunscreen, pack a water bottle, and head on outside.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Apple II Beeptacular Spectacular

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

The Machine Project creates a symphony of Apple II music. 1-5 p.m.

Painted Saints


(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

With Flavor Crystals, Zombie Season, Hollow Boys. 9 p.m.

Honky Tonk Bowl

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

With Bootstrap Family Band, Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band. 10 p.m.

Lumberjack Days

(Lowell Park, Water Street from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St. (along the St. Croix River), Stillwater)

This three-day festival features sporting competitions, food vendors, live music, video arcade, and family activities. For more info, visit Fri., July 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., July 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., July 24, 12-8 p.m.

Indoor Indie Music Festival

(Mall Of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 North Garden, Bloomington, 952.883.8800)

With Audio Insight. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wellness Therapies Open House

(Devanadi Yoga Studio, 2822 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis, 612.816.9642)

Guests can sample from free services and consultations at this open house party. 6-9 p.m.



Minneapolis Aquatennial


This huge, week-long festival features sporting events, parades, block parties, exhibits, and more. Festivities are capped with fireworks along the Mississippi River at dusk Saturday.

Palmfest 2011

(Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)

With Nick "the Feelin" Mrozinski, Drew Peterson, John "Spider" Koerner, Black Audience, Willy Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters, more. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.


Sabby White & the Furnace, Goodbye Picasso

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

10 p.m.

Art at St. Kate's

(St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651.690.6000,

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood)

(The Cedar, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674,


This collaboration between Mixed Blood and Bedlam theaters follows stories centered on the people of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. 7 p.m. Opening shows Saturday and Sunday are free.

Sweet Maladies

(Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, 651.224.3180,

A new work by Zakiyyah Alexander, part of the Word(s)PLAY! festival. 7:30 p.m.

ArtCar + ArtBike Parade Cruise

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.661.4785)

Artcars, bikes, and a couch on wheels take to the road. 6 p.m.

Twelfth Night


(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)

The Strange Capers present Shakespeare's classic comedy in the great outdoors. 2 p.m. Also Sunday.

Tour de Fat

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

This beers and bike fest includes a morning ride; music and theatrics by Squirm Burpee Circus, Dovekins, Daredevil Chicken Club, and Mucca Pazza; a bike trade-in where someone will give up their car for a sweet ride; beer and food; and more. Proceeds benefit benefitting Midtown Greenway Coalition, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and Minnesota Off Road Cycling. Visit for more info. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shredlift, Miami Dolphins, Merlin Monroe, Nallo

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.


Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow

(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746,

This event features motorcycle competition in sidecar, Japanese, all-around, and other categories. Also with music performances from L'Assassins, Violent Shifters,  RiffLord; performances by Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque and Mustache Jim. noon-2 a.m.


(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200,

Exhibition explores spirituality through symbolism, allegories, and journeys. 7-11 p.m.

Fallout Art Fest


(Fallout Urban Art Center, 2609 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.462.3873,

This daylong celebration features food, live music, interactive art, kids' activities, indoor and outdoor activities, community mural, and art. 12-10 p.m.


4th Annual Caffetto Craft Fair

(Caffetto Cafe & Gallery, 708 W. 22nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612.872.0911)

Do a little shopping over at this outdoor event featuring over 40 local artisans, live music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,


Three men in tights. Thirty-seven plays. Ninety minutes. A perfect Sunday afternoon. Show is presented outside (if weather is bad, it will be moved inside). 6 p.m.

Sumunar Indonesian Gamelan and Dance Ensemble

(Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, 651.454.9412,

6:30 p.m.

Peace Corps Expo: 50 years of service

(Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center, 952.847.5600)


Event features a storytelling competition, information, video presentations, more. 1-4 p.m.

Leif James

(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.8100)

7 p.m.



Mill City Farmers' Market


(Mill City Farmer's Market, 704 Second St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

Call and Answer Project: 9 p.m. until 5:28 a.m. Sat., June 4, free. Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612.215.2520,

8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Uptown Market

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

With produce, jewelry, beauty products, flowers, gifts, food stands, and more. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25


Kingfield Farmers' Market

(Kingfield Farmer's Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4550,

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Open Field

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

This ongoing event features workshops, performances, community activities, information, games, free Wifi, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit Through Sept. 4.