This week in free stuff to do we have a makers market that has teamed up with a downtown happy hour, a Minneapolis poster party, and free yoga. Come take a look and plan your week.
Nicollet Makers Market
This Tuesday, downtown Minneapolis will host a variety of happenings. One of those things is the free Makers Market. During the evening, you'll be able to meet with local artists and check out their wares. That includes soy candles (Idlewilde), vegan lipsticks (Elixery), and plush kids' toys (Christopher Straub). During the event is also 2 | Tuesdays, a happy hour featuring street performances, fitness workshops, and drinks (stop by Brit's, Brasa, the Local, and other bars in the area for deals). Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m. (happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m.). Nicollet Mall, between 8th and 10th Streets, Minneapolis.
Don't dwell on the cheesy name here, this week's Lifetime Fitness event offers a lot of free fun for those with fitness in mind. Sign up for an hour-long sample class, make your own yummy-smelling mat spray, and shop from fitness vendors. There will also be food and cocktails and live music to enjoy. You can RSVP here. Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m. Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-486-3600.
Last summer, Mexico City-born Aliza Nisenbaum came to the Whittier neighborhood, camping out at the Mia during a museum residency where she was commissioned to create three portraits. Her process, however, isn't limited to simply requesting a subject sit for her, however. Nisembaum first gets to know the individual. For this project, that included hanging out with the Mia's guard staff, taking classes from Somali neighbors at the community center, and visiting other pockets of community nearby. See the results this Thursday. There will be a panel talk on art and community building with Nisenbaum, DeAnna Cummings (Juxtaposition Arts), Chaka Mkali (Hope Community), Rory Wakemup (All My Relations Gallery), and Gabriel Ritter on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. An artist’s reception precedes the discussion at 5 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.
Posters for Parks
For this benefit for Minneapolis parks, 42 artists came together to create posters celebrate all the natural beauty our fair city has to offer. Posters include themes like biking and winter sports, scenic fall drives, and Babe the Blue Ox. Check out posters while enjoying a beer, and consider taking a stroll through Loring Park beforehand for inspiration. For more info, visit www.lovemplsparks.org. All ages. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.