Dragon Fest, Bastille Day Block Party, Space Cats: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have two free dance events in parks, a handful of festivals, family happenings, rock shows, and more.

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


Made Here (Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

Made Here is rebooting for the summer with new installations, activities, and art in unexpected places encompassing 15 venues and covering nearly 15 city blocks. The launch celebration will feature tours, music, performances, footage screened on buildings, food trucks, a cash bar, and more. 7 p.m. to midnight. Meet at the colorful Parklot next to the Orpheum.

Ink: Zen or Revolution (Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-625-8096)

Group exhibition of Chinese ink painting. Public reception 6-8 p.m. Fri.; public symposium 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun., Jul. 12-13.

Bear the Sound, Brilliant Beast, Hey, Remember Nostalgia (331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Blackthorne, Disasteratti, Bisento, Rabbit Holes (Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

13th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival (Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis)

Featuring Christopher Watson Dance Company, Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center, Kinetic Evolutions, Anda Flamenco, more. Bring a blanket and picnic fixings. For more info visit 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Whiz Bang Days (Sanborn Park, Shoreline Dr. & Chowen Ave. N., Robbinsdale, 763.531.1276)

With live music and entertainment, family events, participatory sports, arts and crafts exhibitions, food and beverage vendors, flower and plant show, fireworks, more. For more info call 763.531.1212 or visit Friday 8:30-1 a.m.; Sat. 9:30-midnight; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Continues through Sunday.

With Flying Colors (Friedman Iverson Art Gallery, 509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis, 612-564-4025)

Work by Risa Marie Finn and Amina Harper. 6-11 p.m.

Ramsey County Fair (Ramsey County Fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood, 651-770-2626,

Featuring food, animals, carnival rides, exhibits, more. For more info visit Friday, Saturday, noon-midnight; Sun. 12-9:30 p.m. Continues through Sunday.

Love's Labor's Lost

The Classical Actors Ensemble presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare's play. 7 p.m. Fri. at Como Park (1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul); 7 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. at Lake of the Isles (2500 Lake Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis). [page]


Scuptura Curiosa (Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-791-1285,

Group show. 6-9 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

Dragon Festival 2014 (Lake Phalen, 1400 Phalen Drive, St. Paul)

Featuring dragon boat races, dances, food and beverage vendors, family activities, art and merchandise, more. For more info visit Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Featuring Crossing Guards, Wizards are Real, Nallo. 9 p.m.

Scheming Narratives and Fanciful Tales (AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624,

Work by D.C. Ice and Brendan Rohde. Artists' reception 6-10 p.m.

Garden: A Language We Speak (Tower Hill Park, 55 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400)

Readings by poets and authors on the subject of garden experiences. With Tracy Youngblom, Alison Morse, Jean Cook, Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Don Ladig, more. In the Pratt Outdoor Amphitheater. 1 p.m.

envIRONment: artworks in steel

(Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-925-2400,

7-10 p.m.

For the Love: A Community Celebration (Bedlam Theatre Lowertown: 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 612-341-1038)

Live music on two stages, including both the Bedlam and Union Depot. With music by the Micranots, Mayda, Desdamona, Illuminous 3, Crunchy Kids, more; b-boy/b-girl showcases; live graffiti wall, art vendors, spoken word, more. All ages from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 18+ from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info visit

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. Many events are free; some have cover charges.

Rebecca Krinke, Duane Ditty: Incident (Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

7-10 p.m.

International Festival of Burnsville (Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952-895-4509)

Featuring cultural dance and music, ethnic foods, art exhibits, children's activities, more. For more info visit 3-9 p.m.

House of Dance Twin Cities Open House (Jawaahir Dance Studio, 9050 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, 612-872-6050,

Live hip hop dance performances and more. Noon.

Picnic Scientifique: Soil Field Day (Garden Farme, 7363 175th Ave. NW, Ramsey)

Scientist-led garden walk and discussion covers soil chemistry and testing. For more info visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Absence / Presence: Three 2014 Minnesota Biennial Artists in Conversation (Minnesota Museum Of American Art, 50 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-266-1030,

Featuring discussion by Regan Golden McNerney, Selma Fernandez Richter, Howard Quednau. 2 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Art at St. Kate's (St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6000,

Work by 100 juried artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bryant Locher: Folded Space (Gallery 13, 811 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651-592-5503,

7-10 p.m.

Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring: Trees and Plants (Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive S., Minneapolis)

Family activities and educational storytelling. For more info visit 9 a.m.-noon.

Free Second Saturdays (Bakken Library and Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-926-3878,

With special activities and happenings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Machinery Hill (Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Matt Dooley (Shoebox Gallery, 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833, The cartographer charts of UFO sightings in the Midwest and other regions. 7-9 p.m.

Cary Morin, Bloody Ol' Mule, Eric Summer (Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

3 p.m.

100 Choreographers: Dancing Outside (Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Outdoor performance in Walker Open Field features collective performances by 100 dancers in individual 4' x 4' spaces. 1 p.m.



12th Annual Bastille Day Block Party (Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710)

With live music by Black Diet, GRRRL PRTY, the Cloak Ox, Heiruspecs, the Brass Messengers, more; dance by Nadine Dubois & Les Folies Risque, Kaleena Miller Dance Troupe; Infiammati Fire Circus; food and beverage; more. 3-10 p.m.

Open Field

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.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Lutheran Heat (Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

4 p.m.

MN vs. ND Border Battle (Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

Featuring Mall'd to Death, Pass the Flask, the Contraceptives, Braver, Drones, Liquor Store Apostles. 9 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

Whiz Bang Days Parade (Sanborn Park, Shoreline Dr. & Chowen Ave. N., Robbinsdale, 763.531.1276)

Parade route starts at 42nd Avenue and West Broadway, continues down 40th Avenue/Shoreline Drive, and concludes outside Sanborn Park. For more info call 763.531.1212 or visit 3 p.m.

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.