Freeloader Friday: 21 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have a sporting event, an epic citywide celebration, beer parties, a French shopping event, and a yoga happening. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Clouds, Temporarily Visible

(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, 612-625-9494,

Group show featuring all kinds of interactive and beautiful art that takes clouds as a muse. 7-10 p.m. 


Saint Paul Winter Carnival

(Various locations, though Rice Park (109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul) is considered a central location)

It's here! For the next few weeks, take in parades, salute the king and queen coronations, enjoy family activities, go on a treasure hunt, see the ice palace, and check out snow and ice sculpture. For a complete list of locations, admission fees (many events are completely free), and event schedules, visit the official website at, or call the hotline at 651-223-4700. Through February 7.


The Add+Ons 

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

With the Mad Dogs of Glory. 10 p.m.

Pocket of Resistance

(Golden's Cafe and Deli, 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888)

8-10:30 p.m. 

Minneapolis Art Lending Library

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)


Check art out like you would a book. Browse the collection, take home a piece of art for a month or so. The evening will also feature a presentation by Artist Fellow Christopher Harrison. In the Recreation Center. More info at 5-8 p.m.  

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

(Lake Nokomis Main Beach, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-370-4890,

Tournament for multiple skill levels. There will also be free skating and a beer and other beverages tent. For full schedule and more information, visit Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

2nd Anniversary Party

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


Brewery hosting variety of events throughout the week, including a bacon raffle, beer bingo, live music from Michael Warren Jazz and Trench Size Trio, and a Bands That Brew event featuring Gentlemen’s Anti Temperance League. Also Saturday. 


Ninth Annual Art Sled Rally

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

2-4 p.m. 

Re-Opening Weekend


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

Featuring Loki Puppet Players, art making with Minnesota Center for Book Arts, library tours, and plume viewing. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.  

King Boreas Grande Day Parade

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul)

Featuring the Royal Family, marching bands, and floats. Part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. 2-4 p.m. 

No Boys Allowed


(The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-385-4239)

Work by Betsy Ruth Byers, Jil Evans, Farida Hughes, Kelly Jean Ohl, and Jodi Reeb. 2-4 p.m.

Prairie Visions

(Icebox Quality Framing And Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE #443, Minneapolis, 612-788-1790,

Photographs by Jon Morris. 6-9 p.m.

Self | Re:Self


(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745,

Photography-based installation by Ellie Kingsbury. 6-9 p.m.

Aeon: Portraits of Youth and Age

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

New work by Luke Hillestad. 6-9 p.m.

The Paris Flea

(Piccadilly Prairie, 5014 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis)


Featuring wine, '60s French pop music, French and French-inspired items to shop. Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. noon to 6 p.m.

Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats

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

10 p.m.

Rank Strangers

(Barely Brothers Records, 783 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-5128)

With Ringout!, AHEM, and Cerveza Muscular. 2 p.m.


3-Year Anniversary

(NorthGate Brewing, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858)

Featuring beer deals, special casks, fooseball, Gastrotruck, $33 dollar flash tattoos from Northeast Tattoo & Laser Tattoo Removal, music from the Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League. 10 a.m. to midnight.


Monkey Bar Dance Residency

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597,

Featuring choreography duo Non Edwards and Missa Kes. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. 

Kiss My Asana Kick-off

(Aria, 105 1st St. N., Minneapolis, 612-342-2742,

Event celebrates the launch of a 30-day yoga challenge with a yoga class, music, food, and prizes. More info at 3 p.m. 

Arctic Market: A Winter Pop-Up

(Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis; 612-999-6020)

Noon to 6 p.m.