FLOW, ArtCars, Open Streets, beer: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have it all. There are fireworks, parades, bike festivals, beer festivals, bike and beer festivals, barbecue parties, ice cream socials, and much much more.

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


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

(North Minneapolis)


Featuring open studios and galleries, theater performances, special dinners, arts and crafts, family activties, live music, pop-up happenings, and more along north Minneapolis's main business corridor. For more info, visit Fri. 12-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-9 p.m. 

Doug Collins & the Receptionists (EP release)

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

9:30 p.m.

DJ Bob Marino & DJ Elsewhere

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

8 p.m.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

(Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799,

Meat, music, art, beer, and meat. This event features a barbecue pit masters' competition, food and beverage vendors, and music by Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Oak Ridge Boys. Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Great Went, More Is More, All the Way Rider, Up the Mountain Down the Mountain

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


9 p.m.

Mount Zion Sisterhood Garage Sale

(Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-3881)

Fri. 12-4:30 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.


(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis)


The Public Theater of Minnesota presents Shakespeare's violent tragedy outdoors. Fridays-Sundays 8 p.m.

North Shore Dragon Boat Festival

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

Featuring boat races and practices, family paddles, parade, sunrise yoga, more. For more info visit Fridays-Sundays.

Summer Outdoor Movies: The Ghost Writer

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


9 p.m.



Tour de Fat

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Beer and bicycle festival and parade. With live music, food and beverage vendors, more. For more info visit 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Minneapolis Aquatennial

(West River Parkway)

This huge, city-wide festival features sporting events, a torchlight parade, fireworks, concerts, street parties, beach bashes, and more celebrating summertime in the city. For more info including complete schedule visit Saturday features a big fireworks show along West River Parkway at dusk.

The Drug Budget, Business Man (CD release)

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

10 p.m.

Lowertown Blues Festival


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

With Shemekia Copeland, Hamilton Loomis, the Lamont Cranston Band, Sena Ehrhardt. 3-10 p.m.

Annual Ice Cream Social

(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338,

With free ice cream, carnival games, puppet shows, family activities, more. 1-4 p.m.

20th ArtCar ArtBike Parade


(Lake Harriet, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis)

Watch art cars and art bikes ride around the lake. More info at 6 p.m.

Familiar / Uncanny: Three 2014 Minnesota Biennial Artists in Conversation

(Minnesota Museum Of American Art, 50 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-266-1030,

Discussion features Miranda Brandon, Alison Hiltner, and Dyani White. 2 p.m.  

Red Hot Art & Music


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

Featuring over 100 artists, over 20 bands and performers, food trucks, local art and community organizations, interactive games, hands-on demonstrations for all ages. More info at Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Post Mo' Bills

(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-701-8272,

Screenprints. Curated by Erik Farseth and Jade Patrick. Closing reception 7-10 p.m.

Self and Others


(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-240-2317)

Portraits by Frank Gaard, Pamela Gaard, Stu Mead, and Nancy Robinson. 6-8 p.m.

Hardcore Crayons, Bear the Sound, Crash Cuddle, Tungsten

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

9 p.m.

MN Songwriters Showcase


(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

With Tim Mahoney, Mark Andrew, Eric Summer, Mike Munson. Get there early, as it's $10 after 7 p.m. Music starts at 3 p.m.

2014 You Betcha! Minnesota-Made Festival: Women Who Rock

(The Shops at the West End: 1621 W. End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 763-450-0554)

With music by Lola and the Red Family Band, Bomba de Luz, Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers; food and beverages; contests and giveaways; more. 5 p.m.-midnight



Open Streets Minneapolis: Central

(Central Avenue NE, from 27th Ave. NE to 18 1/2 Ave. NE, closes to cars)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. For more info visit 10 a.m.-4 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.

What Tyrants, Number, Hot Cellars

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

9 p.m.

35th Anniversary Fiesta

(El Burrito Mercado, 175 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-227-2192,

With live music, dancing, tamale-eating contest, family activities, Mexican food, more. 12-6 p.m.  

NE Brewer's Block Party

(Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-758-0105,

With music by Enemy Planes, Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band, Fort Wilson Riot, Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures, Black Diet, more; local food trucks and craft brewers. 2-9 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

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

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.

Small Moments, Big Spaces

(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Road, Fridley, 763-574-1850,

Paintings by Lisa Fratzke and Lindsy Halleckson). 4-6 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.