Freeloader Friday: 22 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have some festival teasers, outdoor fun, boozy birthdays, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Du Nord Anniversary Party

(Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 32nd St. E., Minneapolis; 612-799-9166)

Featuring cocktails from past menus, giveaways, food from Chef Shack, and live music from Whiskey Sunday. 


Altered Esthetic's Preview Show

(The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-326-1811,

Featuring work by Rodgrigo Onate, Polly Norman, Heather Kim, Makenzie Flom, and Rosie Brown. 5-7 p.m. 

Nature Shows, Not From Here, Rainbow Bruce

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

9 p.m.

Mark Cameron Band (CD Release Show)

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

8:30 p.m.

Pub Pass 2016 MSP Kick-Off

(Gluek's Restaurant and Bar, 16 N. 6th St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6621)

With Weezer tribute band, Pleezer. There will also be beer and prizes for those who completed their 2015 booklet, and a few 2016 passes will be given away as well. 8 p.m.


Standup at Sisyphus

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 W. Ontario Ave., # 100, Minneapolis; 612-444-8674)

With Patrick Bauer. 8 p.m.

Deep Freeze

(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 612-564-3569,

Work by Ed Ambrose, Steven Carlson, Gayle Cole, Joan Cox, Doug Johnson, Tim McDonough, Mary Mulenburg, Mary Golden-Musick, Chuck Norwood, and Chessin Song. 6-8 p.m.


The Red Flags

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

With Jim Crego and the North Electric, Rich Yarges and the Popular Mechanics. 10 p.m.



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


Insomnia-inspired photographs by Christopher Atkins. 7-10 p.m. 

Bel Canto (Beautiful Song)

(Gallery 427, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis, 612-379-2237)

New works by Nicholas Harper. 7-10 p.m. 


(Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis)


Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Northrup, self-guided explorations, prizes, and social hour at Moose on Monroe afterward. Noon to 2 p.m.

Winter 4Play

(Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul, 612-725-2389,

Featuring a variety of outdoor activities, food, music, bonfires, giveaways, and an artsy fitness course. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This even it free, but you need a valid state park vehicle permit ($5 daily/$25 annual).


Perfume Monster

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


With Sans Caballo. 10 p.m.

Old To The New

(Ginger Hop: 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0304)

Featuring DJ Mike 2600 and DJ Nak. 10 p.m.

Farmers' Market Folk

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


Featuring acoustic performances by Charles Ezell, Lonesome Dan Kase, and Jerry Kosak. 9 a.m.-noon.

Art Shanty Projects: Celebration of 10 Years on the Ice

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

Photographs and ephemera from past shanties. 6-9 p.m.

I am Energy: Tat Tvam Asi

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


New work by Kim Matthews, and Mary Simon-Casati. 6-8 p.m.


(Grumpy's Bar & Grill: 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-9738)

9 p.m.

Soul Tree 

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


8:30 p.m.

Meat-Free Meat Pop-Up with the Herbivorous Butcher

(Mill City Farmers Market, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7580)

Sample and purchase meat-free meat and dairy-free cheese. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Martin Devaney


(Dubliner Pub: 2162 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-646-5551)

5 p.m.

January Free Ice Cream Tasting

(Urban Growler Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul; 651-340-5793)

With 15-plus flavors sample, including White Russian and The Old Fashioned. 3 to 6 p.m.