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Freeloader Friday: 17 free things to do this weekend

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This week in free things to do we have a stadium tour, a few awesome street fests, fireworks, and ribs. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

Minneapolis Aquatennial

Friday's festivities include a bike drag race in the North Loop, River Rats ski show on the Mississippi, and a screening of Rocky at Target Field Station. For more information and complete schedule of events, check www.aquatennial.com. 

Ross Kleiner & the Thrill
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)
10 p.m.

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Featuring Booker T. Jones, the Family Stone, Otis Day and the Knights, Bernard Allison, Corey Stevens, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, the Butanes Soul Revue, Kim Simmonds, Joel Zoss, and Hurricane Harold & Doug Otto. More info at www.lowertownbluesfestival.com. 4-10 p.m.

Monsters Inc.
(Stewart Park, 2700 S. 12th Ave., Minneapolis)
Dusk.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest
(Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799, www.mysticlake.com)

Featuring rib-cooking competition, an art fest, food and beverage vendors, and live music from Diamond Rio, Survivor, and Arch Allies. Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival
(Lyngblomsten, 1415 W. Almond Ave., Saint Paul, 651-632-5356, www.lyngblomsten.org)

Featuring an arts showcase, make-and-take art activities,  entertainment, food, games, and dance under the big tent with music by MacPhail Jazz Quartet. 2-8 p.m. www.CelebrateMSF.com.

SATURDAY:


Little Mekong Night Market
(Western Ave. Green Line Stop, University and Western Ave., St. Paul)

Southeast Asian inspired night market, featuring food vendors, and art displays. Sat.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.

Cole Premo, Little Riddles, Garrett Vazquez
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)
5-11 p.m.


The Sandlot
(Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis)

Dusk.

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Featuring Booker T. Jones, the Family Stone, Otis Day and the Knights, Bernard Allison, Corey Stevens, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, the Butanes Soul Revue, Kim Simmonds, Joel Zoss, and Hurricane Harold & Doug Otto. More info at www.lowertownbluesfestival.com. 12-10 p.m.

Daren Hill
(Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612-669-8712, www.squirrelhausarts.com) New work. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
 

Floating Library
(Lake Phalen, 1400 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651-776-9833)

Featuring collection of artist-made books on a raft reachable by canoe, kayak, and paddleboat. More info at thefloatinglibrary.org. Saturdays, Sundays, 1-7 p.m. Continues through August 7.  

Javier & the Innocent Sons
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746) 
10 p.m.

Minneapolis Aquatennial

Head over to West River Road for Twin Cities Carifest (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) with fireworks at 10 p.m.

U.S. Bank Stadium Open House
(U.S. Bank Stadium, 900 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-338-4537, www.usbankstadium.com)

Grand opening of the new stadium, with family-friendly events, playground on the plaza, 3-D chalk art installation, live music, DJs, and outdoor movies. While the event is free, guests are requested to RSVP a time frame at www.usbankstadium.com/event/u-s-bank-stadium-open-house. Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Open Streets Minneapolis: East Lake
(East Lake Street, between Elliot and 42nd Avenues)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. For more info visit openstreetsmpls.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Meet Your Maker Minneapolis Craft Market
(Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 763-999-4040, www.surlybrewing.com) 12-6 p.m.