Four free things to do this week

This week in free stuff to do we have a beer talk/party, rooftop movies, fundraisers running through the streets, and the biggest cat celebration of the year. Come take a look at our list and plan your week.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash


Last weekend marked the start of this citywide celebration of beer. This week the fun continues, and some events are even free. On Monday, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy will chat with beer experts from Schell Brewing, Fulton, Urban Growler Brewing Company, and Growler Magazine at Fulton Brewing Company (2540 Second St. NE., Minneapolis). You'll need to RSVP here, but doing so also nabs you a free beer. Summer Movies: Philomena

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

Movies in the park can be a lot of fun, but movies on a rooftop are pretty spectacular. This Monday marks the return of Brit's summer series, inviting bargoers to sit on the grass and watch a flick with skyscrapers as the backdrop. Philomena is an award-winning movie starring Judi Dench as a lady who spends 50-plus years looking for her son, who she was forced to give up for adoption as a young woman. Steve Coogan stars as a journalist who tries to help her find him. Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Twin Cities 5th Annual High Heel Dash

(Target Plaza, 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-304-6073)

Need a laugh? Celebrate hump day by leaving work a little early for happy hour and a fun spectacle, as men and women will be running a 25-yard dash through downtown in high heels for charity. Interesting in running? You can sign up here, but there is a minimum fundraising requirement of $250. Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Internet Cat Video Film Festival

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

The Walker's epic festival celebrating the internet's love of all things cat returns to the hill this Thursday. Bring a blanket and some friends, and get ready to watch some awesome clips of cats doing stuff. At the party, revelers will be able to enjoy live music, cat-themed art activities, drinks from the cash bar, a brief appearance from Lil Bub, face painting, and more. Thursday, 6-10 p.m.