Cinco de Mayhem, unicorns, Kentucky Derby, free maibock: Freeloader Friday


Can afford to make it to Comic Con? No worries. There are a ton of free things to do this weekend that are completely awesome. There's a party celebrating unicorns, three Town Hall breweries offering a pint of free beer (no, really!), a handful of Cinco de Mayo festivals, and plenty more.

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



(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., Saint Paul, 612-564-3569,


Group show exploring gender and femininity. 6-9 p.m.

The Blind Shake, Seawhores, Myrrh, Dentist

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.


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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

Reilly Chance, Martin (Solo Album Release), the Further Adjustments

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

10 p.m.

Art in Bloom

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


Floral artists interpret pieces in the MIA's collection with flowers. With talks, tours, activities, demonstrations, more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. The main show is free; but some events require fees and reservations.

MCAD 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition and Reception

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

6-9 p.m.

Man Up

(Grey Gallery 901, 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis)


Group show, curated by Altered Esthetics, explores masculinity in the modern era. 7-10 p.m.

Passing Strange

(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937,

Mixed Blood brings a local production of the Tony Award winning musical to the stage. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 11. Free; $20 guaranteed seats.

Ruckus Art Spring Show

(Waterbury Center, 1121 Jackson St. NE Ste. 106, Minneapolis)


Featuring over 100 pieces of art. 6-9 p.m.

Blue Dog

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

9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays


(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.

A Is for Afton, Z Is for Zippel Bay: An Exploration of Minnesota State Parks

(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624,

6-9 p.m.




The Unicorn Art Show

(The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-424-5513,

Group show of unicorn-inspired art. Prince, princess, and unicorn costumes are encouraged at the opening party. 8 p.m. to midnight.

Blessing of the Maibock

Attendees get one free beer, followed by happy hour pricing. 3 p.m. at Town Hall Tap (4810 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-767-7307), 4 p.m. at Town Hall Lanes (5019 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-767-3354), and 5 p.m. at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery (1430 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-339-8696).


Jim Crego and the North Electric (CD release), Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

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

10 p.m.

Cinco de Mayhem

(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151,

Watch folks destroy artist-designed pinatas. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free; tickets will be sold to swing at each creation at the event.


Hotpants East

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

10 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo

(Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul)


With music, family run, parade, jalapeno eating contest, lowrider car show, more. For more info, visit 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

30 Days of Biking: Party, Party, Party

(Republic at Seven Corners, 221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6146,

Celebrate the end of 30 Days of Biking. For more info visit 9 p.m.

Kentucky Derby

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612 332 8011)


Watch all the action on the big screen. Crazy hats are encouraged, and there will be live bluegrass music from Pocahontas County In the Zone

(Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244,

Group exhibition of Traffic Zone artists curated by Camille LeFevre. 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Metro Blooms: Blooms Day

(Kenny Community School, 5720 Emerson Ave. S, Minneapolis)

With plant sale, door prizes, presentations, workshops, more. For more info visit 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Rabbit Holes, Porno Mags, Whatever Forever, the Bombay Sweets

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Free Comic Book Day

(Various locations)


Get free comics at participating local shops. Visit for more info.

Free First Saturdays

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

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


(Various locations, St. Croix)


Check out work by 22 artists in 11 locations. More info at May 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Urban Jazz Experiment

(Day Block Brewing Co.: 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-617-7793)

8 p.m.

Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour 2014

(City of Minnetonka, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-939-8351)

Eight studios open up their space to visitors. Visit for more info. May 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A Hard Day's Night

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

9 p.m.



40th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Parade starts at 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., turning west on 34th St. E. towards Powderhorn Park. Parade ends and Ceremony and Festival begins at 3 p.m. Festival features multiple stages of music and performing arts, food and beverage vendors, more. For more info, visit 12-7 p.m.

Minneapolis Bike Week

And with the end of 30 Days of Biking, Minneapolis Bike Week begins. This event features rides, breakfasts, meetings, and other casual events. For a complete list of happenings and locations, visit May 4-11.

Mark Martin

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

7:30 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo

(Zinnia Folk Arts, 826 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-824-4342,

With folk art scavenger hunt, salsa bar, food and beverages, craft activities, more. 12-5 p.m.

Star Wars Party

(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8320)

With games, activities, and an appearance by the Central Garrison 501st Legion cosplayers. 1 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo

(Outdoors, intersection of 27th & Lake in Minneapolis)

With three stages of music, entertainment, and cultural presentations; food and beverage; contests and giveaways; more. 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

5th Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293,

With visual arts, crafts, music, storytelling, family activities, more. 12-5 p.m.