Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday

Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday
Dim Media, The Flock
Now that the holiday season is in full force, the need to save money when you can is even more dire. Thankfully, the Twin Cities continue to host plenty of events that won't cost you a dime. And, if you're the type of person who loves to window shop at special sales, well, now is your season too.

This week in Freeloader Friday we have tons of local holiday events featuring shopping, sleigh rides with Santa, demonstrations, and more. And if Christmas isn't your thing, we've got plenty of rock shows, gallery openings, dance parties, and other things to keep you entertained for free as well.

Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday
Dim Media, One is Enough


Dim Media: Disobey
(Tarnish&Gold Gallery, 349 13th Ave NE The Foundry Building, Minneapolis,

This gallery show features pieces created using up-cycled items, found elements, and graffiti inspirations. 6-11 p.m.

Holiday Preview Party
(Fired Up Studios, 1701 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-852-2787,

Meet the artists, watch pottery wheel demonstrations, sip wine, enjoy snacks, and bid on the silent auction. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782)

Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

No Coast Craft-o-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Shop locally at this hip holiday event. Visit for more info. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

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

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

TWO: XYandZ Gallery's 2 Year Anniversary Exhibit
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651-503-8062,

Thirteen artists who formerly exhibited in the space help curate this group show. 7-10 p.m.

Holidaze Holiday Art Sale
(The JAX Building, 253 E. 4th St., St. Paul)

Open studios, buildings, and other events celebrate the holidays. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The American North, Up Jumped the Devil
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Holiday on 44th
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Check out performances in various locations along 44th Ave. N., with horse-drawn wagons to provide transportation between locations. There will be music, magicians, fire jugglers, chestnut roasting, and a craft fair. 6-9 p.m.

Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday
Mary Bergherr, DogNature

Animal Art III: Rescue Me
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Exhibit celebrates and promotes efforts to adopt, rescue, and protect animals facing mistreatment or abandonment. 7-10 p.m.

MN Sinfonia: Holiday Family Pops

(Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651.772.7600)

For more info call 612.871.1701 or visit 7 p.m.

Faces of the Nativity
(Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4700 Edinbrook Terrace, Brooklyn Park)

Twin Cities' largest annual nativity display features hundreds of nativities from around the world, live music every hour, activities for kids. Fri.-Sat. 3-9 p.m.; Sun. 12-9 p.m.

4th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll
(Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, 651-848-0452)

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Old Fashioned Christmas Open House
(Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St S, Shakopee, 952-445-0378,

With tours, snacks, music. 6-8 p.m.

Amelia Biewald: Into the Woods
(Rosalux Gallery, 1224 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

7-11 p.m.

Bonnie Cutts
(Opening Night Framing Services & Gallery, 2836 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-2325,

Textured paintings on canvas. 4-7 p.m.

Michael Banning: Interiors
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

5-8 p.m.

Also at Groveland during those hours:

Dani Roach: Space Around Me


Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday


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

With family programming and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., member discount shopping, cooking demonstrations, British snacks and libations, more throughout the day. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Fire and Ice: Seward Arts Festival and Franklin Frolic Celebration
(Triangle Park, Corner Of Franklin Ave. And 26th Ave., Minneapolis)

Over 100 artists display their wares. Featuring a drumming ceremony, fire dancers, and lighting of Triangle Park 5 p.m. Sat. Fri. 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 12-6:30 p.m.

Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday
Steve Olson, Rattle My Cage

Steve Olson
(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-965-9162,

The man behind Brickzilla displays carved and manipulated wood surfaces for this solo show. 6-10 p.m. Tonight's reception also features music by Dandylion Warpaint.

Newsom Holiday Expo
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Holly Newsom, Joe Newsom, Matt Latterell, Grant Cutler, Dave Mehling, and more. 10 p.m.

Tomahawk Tassels & Her Tribe of Tease
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

MN Sinfonia: Holiday Family Pops
(Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis, 612-317-3511)

For more info call 612.871.1701 or visit 2 p.m.

Grand Meander
(Grand Avenue Business Association, 867 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-0029,

With carolers, art fair, tree lighting along the shops of Grand Ave. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Enjoy This Happiness Now
(One On One Bicycle Studio, 117 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-371-9565,

With 1960 mugshot paintings, collages by Curtiss A. 7-11 p.m.

Holiday Geek Expo
(Waterbury Center, 1121 Jackson St. Northeast Ste. 106, Minneapolis)

The CONvergence dealer's room returns for the holidays. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Equilibrium Spoken Word: Hear, Here: Indigenous Location, Politics, and Poetry
(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S Ste 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575,

Featuring performances from Remi Kanazi and Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio with Chaun Webster and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. 8 p.m.

Carriage Rides with Santa
(Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center, 9020 Hudson Rd, Woodbury)

Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food item. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar
(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)

Sat. 6-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Holiday Open House

(Foci Glass, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-623-3624,

Artist demonstrations and sale. Dec. 3-4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Plein air landscape paintings by Harold B. Stone. 5-9 p.m.

Art at Ramsey
(Ramsey Junior High School, 1700 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-8860,

A juried holiday art fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

CVA Holiday Art Sale
(College Of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-0884,

Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Elva Kaffe

(Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-457-3373)

With coffee, cookies, craft demonstrations, samples of traditional Scandinavian holiday foods. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free Studio Art Day
(Articulture, 2613 Franklin Avenue E., Minneapolis, 612-729-5151,

Activities include card making, garlands, and original wrapping paper. 1-3 p.m.


St. Nicholas Day (Nikolaustag) & Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

With local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, live music by the Volksfest Singers, tours, bratwurst, gingerbread, Glühwein, and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

1850s Holiday Party
(Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-870-8001,

With refreshments, musical entertainment, tours. 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Taste & Talk: Urban Gardens
(Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 952-847-8107,

3-5 p.m.

Paul Metsa
(Mayday Bookstore, 301 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-4719,

The musician reads from his new memoir, Blue Guitar Highway. 4 p.m.


Wells Fargo Winter Skate
(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul)

Visit for a complete list of hours, dates, and rental info. Bring your own skates, or get a free skate rental when you flash your Wells Fargo credit or checking card. Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through February 5.

The North Pole Goes Green
(Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600,

Santa and Albert the Elf return again for a short, kid-friendly holiday program. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 2 p.m. through December 18.

Target Holidazzle
(Nicollet Mall, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

The yearly parade of lights runs from Fourth Street to 12th Street up Nicollet Mall. Visit for more info. Thursdays-Sundays at 6:30 p.m. through December 18.

Craft-o-Rama, Hotel, Dim Media: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Richard Westley Wong

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