Beer, food trucks, lumberjacks: Freeloader Friday


This week in free stuff to do we have a ton of parking lot parties, ice cream events, beer parties, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Boom Days & Cuvée Release

(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635)

Featuring Cuvée de Boom beer on tap (made with Pinot Grigio grapes and Belgian-style blonde ale), a homebrew competition, lawn games, food trucks, and live music.4 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. 

The Drug Budget, Saturday Night Soldiers, Nancy's Raygun


(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Adam Svec

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In the MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m. 

Curtiss A & the Dark Click 

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Amidst Trees

(Bloomington Center for the Arts, Inez Greenburg Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, 952-563-4777,

Photography by Linda Gammell, paintings by Holly Newton Swift. 6-8 p.m. 

Stillwater Log Jam

(Various locations in Stillwater)

Featuring kids' and teen zone, farmers market, live music, lumberjack demonstrations, parade, and more. For a complete schedule of happenings, visit Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Cuba: An Art Exhibition

(Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, 612-799-9166,


Photography by Paul Irmiter, film trailer, live music. 6-8 p.m. 

Highland Fest

(Ford Parkway at Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul) 

A three-day family festival featuring live music, an art fair, a beer garden, petting zoo, community picnic, fun run, car show, fireworks, and a movie in the park. For more information, visit Fri. 5-11:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10:20 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

Festa Italiana

(Harriet Island, 200 Drive Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul, 651-266-6400)

Featuring bocce ball, spaghetti eating contests, gondola rides on the Mississippi, live music, crafts, wine tastings, and more. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 



The Floating Library 2015

(Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E., St. Anthony;763-694-7707)

Canoe or kayak out to the middle of the lake, and check out zines, chapbooks, music books, literature, and art pieces. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 26, plus 8 p.m. Saturday, August 1. 

Ice Cream Social

(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338,

Featuring carnival games, live puppet shows, and other family-friendly events. 12-4 p.m.

Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)


Featuring motorcycle spectacle and contests, plus performances from Le Cirque Rouge, Red Desert, Aloha From Hell, Dangerous Fun Show, Brass Kings, and more. Sat: July 18, noon-2 a.m.

Ballet on the Block: An Artist Collaboration

(Various locations in south Minneapolis)

Meet up at several places in south Minneapolis: Lake Street and Chicago Avenue, 42nd Street and Chicago Avenue, 38th Street and Bloomington Avenue, or 38th Street and Third Avenue. At each of these spots there will be live music, dance, and tutu-making using newspaper. Eventually, groups will meet up at Pillsbury House Theatre's Wish Well (35th and Chicago), where Saint Paul Ballet artists will give a performance featuring interactive choreography and live music. Afterward, the party moves on, as everyone will march three blocks down Chicago to Wing Young Huie's Third Place Gallery for refreshments. 6 p.m.

Florescent Glaucoma in a Christmas Terrarium

(Burnet Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-767-6900)

New waters from Michael Gaughan. 6 to 9 p.m.

Northeast Folk Festival


(Grumpy's Bar & Grill: 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-9738)

Featuring Paul Metsa, Gabe Barnett and Them Rounders, Calamity Jean, Bitter Spills, Charlie Parr, Brass Kings, Dan Israel, and more. 11 a.m. to midnight.

Food Truck Rally

(Insight Brewing Company: 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) 

Featuring over 20 food trucks, DJ music, and special brew. Noon to 7 p.m.

New Works by So and So

(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-240-2317)

Group show featuring seven artists. 6 to 8 p.m. 


The Summer Salon Show: Focus on the Richard Tullis Workshop

(Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis)

Works on paper. 6-9 p.m.


Loring Alley Rally and Made Here Market

(The Alley Behind the Third Bird, 1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis)

With local artisans, a pop-up gallery in Third Bird, and live performances. Visit for more info. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through August 30.

National Ice Cream Day Tasting


(Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., 125 E. 9th St., St. Paul)

Sample 15-plus flavors from Sweet Science Ice Cream. 2-5 p.m.


(Eagles Club #34: 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, 612-729-4469)

9 p.m.

10 p.m.

Agassiz Oscillation Ensemble, Matt Sowell, Sir Isaf Gul

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)


9 p.m.