Breaking, Zubaz, and burlesque: Freeloader Friday

There's tons of free stuff to do this weekend, and it's not just events hosted by the usual freebie suspects. In this edition there's a three-day LARPing (live action role play) party at the Soap Factory, a summer blockbuster from the '80s, the return of Zubaz workout pants, a breakdancing festival, and more art fests than you can shake a stick at.

Come take a look at our killer list.

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The Amazing Adventures of the Corporate Wizard in the Land of LARP

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

This three-day event features live-action role playing, emerging kingdoms, and character battles. Fri. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 9-2 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-noon.


Summit's 25th Anniversary Ale Release Party

(Tracy's Saloon, 2207 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.332.1865,

While the dinner is $38, it's free to come and party with Summit-founder Mark Stutrud. If you're looking for some cheap beer, there will be 2-for-1 Summit specials. 7-11 p.m.

North Shore Dragon Boat Festival

(Grand Marais Harbor, 13 N. Broadway, Grand Marais)

This two-day sporting event features team parades, practice races, and cultural food and performances Friday, and competitive races and festival Saturday. For more info, visit or call 218.387.9076. Fri. 12-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Superman II

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

Jail break from outer space! Superman fights three escaped convicts as they plow through buildings and people on an Earth high. 9:30 p.m.

Red Daughters, the Dirt Road Ramblers, Black Church Service

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

10 p.m.

O'Haste Annihilation (CD-release)

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

With Ogre Smash Death Boom, Sundowners, Del Cabo. 10 p.m.

Toni Morrison's Jazz


(Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Ste. 704, Minneapolis, 612.339.4944,

A staged reading of a new adaptation of Morrison's classic novel. Free, but call for reservations. 8 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (7''-release)

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

With Tenement, Serenghetto, Burger Thirst. 9 p.m.

I Am a Link

(Textile Center/Weavers Guild of Minnesota, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464,

Pictorial rugs by Dorothy Sauber. 6-8 p.m.



Red Hot Art Festival

(Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200)

Two days in the park include live music; art sales and displays, including live art being created by artists inside wooden boxes with eye holes; food; games; a Saturday night screening of Little Shop of Horrors at dusk; more. Visit for more info. Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tomahawk Tassels & the Tribe of Tease

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

Burlesque. 10 p.m.



(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.255.6624,

This gallery show features work by DC Ice and T. Peterson. The closing party will be on the veranda from 6-9 p.m.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

(West Broadway, from Penn Avenue North to 2nd Street North, Minneapolis)

This celebration of north Minneapolis features visual art exhibits, live chainsaw art made with trees from the tornado wreckage, dance and theater performances, live music, spoken word, art-making activities, and more. Check in with Nice Ride MN as they will be offering free bikes to use throughout the festival. Visit for more info. 3-8 p.m.

Sucka Free Art Sale

(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651.503.8062,


Stop by and shop art, curiosities, and other local creations. 2-11 p.m.


(Ugly Mug Minneapolis, 106 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis, 612.343.5930)

Bust out your Zubaz from the '90s. It's time to get drunk in style. A portion of proceeds will benefit Minneapolis tornado victims (you can buy t-shirts and Zubaz via the event site prior to the event). Stops along the way include Kieran's Irish Pub and Sneaky Pete's. 2-7 p.m. 

Recovery & Re-Cycle Bicycle Swap

(Re-Cycle Warehouse, 2718 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.216.2072)

Featuring live music, maintenance workshops, vendors, and more. 1-5 p.m.

Lowertown Roots Music Festival


(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.632.5111)

With Greg Brown, Monroe Crossing, Koerner & Glover, Mariachi Flor Y Canto, Tonia Hughes, and more. For more info, visit 1-10 p.m.

Midtown Global Jazz Festival

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

With music by Patty Peterson & Friends, Doug Haining & the Twin Cities Seven with Charmin Michelle, Ticket to Brasil, Chris Lomheim Trio; art vendors; food & drink vendors; more. 12-8 p.m.

Groundbreaker Battle!

(Butler Square Parking Lot at Hennepin Ave. and Fifth St., Minneapolis)

This dance party features breaking, hip-hop music, graffiti demonstrations, workshops, family-friendly activities, and competition. Hosted by Desdamona and Carnage. 2-8 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. Saturday and Sunday.

The Framed

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

10 p.m.

Ambassador Gun, Iron Thrones, Heavy Mass, Witchden

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


9 p.m.


Red Stag Block Party

(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766,

This outdoor party at the Red Stag features performances from Romantica, Zoo Animal, Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers, the Cloak Ox, Mike Mictlan, and others. 3-10 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

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

Thirty-seven plays. Ninety minutes. Show is presented outside (if weather is bad, it will be moved inside). 6 p.m.


Dream Crusher

(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

9 p.m.

Black Wine, Brick Mower, Mean Mug

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

9 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.