Boom Island beer, sandcastle building, Mad King Thomas: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have freaks on motorcycles, an outdoor beer festival, a beach party, and a nighttime dance performance.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.


Boom Days

(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.227.9635,


With special brews, Belgian cultural activities, live music, Triviasco with Ian Rans, food trucks, and more. Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 1-9 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.


Crowd-sourced citywide bike festival features bike tours, art, storytelling events, music, more. Read more about it here, and visit for the full schedule. Through Sunday.

Minneapolis Aquatennial

(Various locations)

This huge, city-wide festival features sporting events, a torchlight parade, fireworks, concerts, street parties, beach bashes, and more celebrating summertime in the city. Things kick off Friday with a water-ski show featuring the Cities River Rats on the Mississippi River. For more info, including a complete schedule, visit July 18-26.

Cristopher the Conquered, Jim Crego & the North Electric, Mike Nicolai

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

10 p.m.

S I L V E R: The 25th Cooperative Exhibition

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,

6:30-9 p.m.

Spinning Stories, this Saturday at noon

Spinning Stories, this Saturday at noon

Highland Fest

(Ford Parkway, St. Paul)

Featuring a juried art fair, live music, food, amusement rides, a 5K, home expo, more. For more info visit Fri. 4:45-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Log Jam

(Lowell Park, Water St. from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St., Stillwater)


With live music, family activities, sports, lumberjack demonstrations, food and beverage vendors, fishing tournament, more. For tickets and info visit Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, Minneapolis, 763-682-4590)

The Public Theater of Minnesota presents Shakespeare's violent tragedy outdoors. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 27.

A Natural Measure of Time

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,


New drawings by Howard Oransky. 6-8 p.m.

Middle Eastern Festival

(St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, 651-457-0854,

With live music and entertainment, cuisine, traditional marketplace, silent auction, family activities, camel rides, more. For more info visit Fridays-Sundays, 12-10 p.m.


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


Work by Sally Brown. 6-8 p.m.

80th Hopkins Raspberry Festival

(Hopkins Central Park, 101 17th Ave. S., Hopkins, 952-935-8474)

This city-wide celebration features a parade, sporting events, scavenger hunt, live music, and more. For a complete schedule, visit Through July 20.

Gene Luen Yang

(Wild Rumpus, 2720 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis, 612-920-5005,


The author and graphic novelist discusses his recent work Boxers and Saints and takes part in an audience Q&A. 7 p.m.

Summer Outdoor Movies: Stranger Than Fiction

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-266-7000,

9 p.m.




Paul Rolfes: Moving West

(Your Turn Vintage, 365 7th St. E., St. Paul, 651-321-8738)

Abstract oils, figurative mixed-media work, cutouts, digital prints, and more. Closing reception 4-8 p.m.

The Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow

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

Featuring motorcycle (rat bikes! low-riders! clunkers! side cars!), competitions, food, and live music and burlesque from Rapedoor, Violent Shifters, Red Desert, Le Cirque Rouge, Sean Anonymous, and more. Noon-2 a.m.


The Other Green Line

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 612-341-1038,

Geological walking tour and participatory sketching group. Tour meets at Bedlam and travels throughout Lowertown St. Paul. For more info visit 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Play Day on the Plaza

(Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-335-6000,

Outdoor yoga, meditation, speed chess, Scrabble, live music battles, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Midtown Global Music Festival

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

With Hoka-Hey, Brian Nielsen Band, 2/3rds MN, Rene Thompson, Qband, more. 2-8 p.m.

One Day in July

(3rd St. & 7th Ave. N, 299 7th Ave. N, Minneapolis,

Street festival commemorating the Teamster strikes of 1934 features live music by I Self Devine, Tall Paul, Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings, Mad Dogs of Glory, Shannon Murray, more; dance and performing arts; food and beverage; speeches. 4-10 p.m.


The Weather is Always Perfect

(Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Dance-theater piece choreographed by Mad King Thomas and written by Justin Maxwell. Bring a flashlight and head into the Sculpture Garden. 9 p.m.

Minnesota River Arts Fair

(The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 Highway 101, Shakopee, 763-694-7784,

Featuring art, music, readings, children's activities, living history actors. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.




Minneapolis Aquatennial

(Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun)

Head over to Lake Calhoun's Thomas Beach for a party this Sunday featuring milk-carton races, sandcastle building, and log-rolling competitions. For more info including complete schedule visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Battlerat, Daniel Bonespur, Rupert Angeleyes

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

9 p.m.

Boldly Loving Bouncing

(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater: 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737)

With DJ Thunder Thighz. 6 p.m.

Corpse Reviver

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

3 p.m.

Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social

(Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis, 651-642-1049)

With free ice cream sundaes, youth international performers, live music, family attractions, more. 1-5 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908,

There's Shakespeare in the park, and then there's Shakespeare on a grassy roof in downtown Minneapolis. Check out all of William Shakespeare's plays - in a little more than an hour and a half. Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 10.

Open Field

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring campfire music; drawing sessions; talks; demonstrations; books, sports equipment, games, and more available for checkout; special happenings; more. Visit for a complete schedule. Starting June 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14.

Farmers' Markets:


Minneapolis Farmers' Market

(312 E. Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-1718,

May 24-Nov. 15, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-207-7893,

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26.

Mill City Farmers Market

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

The Mill City Farmers' Market kicks off. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

Midtown Farmers' Market

(2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis, 612-724-7457,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28.

Fulton Farmers' Market

(4301 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.207.7893,

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

St. Paul:

St. Paul Downtown Farmers' Market

(5th St. and Wall St., St. Paul, 651-227-8101,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23.

Farmers' Market

(Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-227-7669,

Fridays, 1:15-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31.

The suburbs and beyond:

Gerten's Farmers' Market

(Gerten's Farm Market, 2900 65th St. E., Inver Grove Heights, 651-450-0001)

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30.

Richfield Farmers' Market

(64th St. and Portland Ave. (Veterans Memorial Park Shelter), Richfield, 612-861-9396,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon; Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25.

Farmers' Market

(Anoka County Growers, 707 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-792-4025)

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 25.

Prior Lake Farmers' Market

(Pleasant Ave. & Highway 13, Prior Lake, 952-447-0263,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 31.

Farmers' Market

(Goose Lake Farm & Winery, 6760 213th Ave. NW, Elk River, 612-209-1721,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19.