Freeloader Friday: 21 free things to do this weekend


This week in Freeloader Friday we have an epic bar crawl, a few booze-fueled holiday markets, and a party that encouraged healthy holiday rants. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Holidazzle Village

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Thursdays, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20.  


Repeat Bias (EP Release Show)

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

With Black Sam Malone, and Muscle Beach. 10 p.m.

The Ice Bar at Marin

(Marin Restaurant and Bar, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Enjoy drinks while surrounded by fire and ice at this unique wintertime bar. The opens this Friday at. 5 p.m.

American Cream 

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

With Paul Metzger, and Paint Thinner. 9 p.m.

Bruce McCabe, Jason Medeiros & the All-Stars

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

8:30 p.m.


MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Sarah Krueger

(Minneapolis Institute of Art: 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m.

The Polar Express

(Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul; 651-202-2700)

Free screening of the computer-animated flick. 7 p.m.

SantaCon revelers

SantaCon revelers

Festivus: Airing of Grievances

(Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-444-3209,

Beer and ranting. 7-10 p.m. 

The Bullet or the Ballot

(The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S. Studio B, Minneapolis)

Dialogue between Minneapolis Somali youth from the Young Achievers program and artist Mohamed Amin Ahmed. 6-8 p.m. 



Lowertown SantaCon VIII

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

Costumed bar crawl through St. Paul. More info and locations at 6 p.m.-2 a.m. .

Holiday Pop-up Open Studio

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,


Featuring jewelry, apparel, ceramics, and gifts from local artists. 12-5 p.m. 

Kirk Sklar: Imaginal Cells

(Ambiente Gallerie, 505 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-424-6944)

Abstract paintings. 5-9 p.m.

Rupert Angeleyes

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


With Battlerat (EP Release), Tungsten, and Niki Becker. 10 p.m.

Driftwood Pyre (Record Release Show)

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

With Cozy, Bug Fix, and the Cult of Lip. 9 p.m.

75th Birthday Celebration of Phil Ochs

(Sidhe Brewing Company: 652 Jenks Ave., St. Paul, 612-424-1534)


Record release party for Celebrating Phil Ochs: We're Going To Sing It Now!, featuring performances by Bob Frey, David Lenander, Greg Bohen, and Patrick Bonier. 1-5 p.m.

Lisa Wenger & Her Mean Mean Men

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

8:30 p.m.


3rd Annual Minneapolis Artist & Flea Market

(Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-3737)

3-9 p.m.

Bad Accident 

(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

With Curtis Blake and The Greazy Gravy Blues Band. 2 p.m.

Minneapolis Craft Market

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

Based on the London street market concept, outdoor event that will be held rain, shine, or snow. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase

(Universe Games, 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-4066,

Sundays, 7:30 p.m. 


(Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis)

21+. 9 p.m.