Freeloader Friday: 23 free things to do this weekend

This pretty bit of flora was at Macy's last year.

This pretty bit of flora was at Macy's last year.

This week in free stuff to do we have art and flower shows, vintage garments (with free donuts), standup comedy, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Pint Night

(56 Brewing, 3134 California St. NE, Ste 122, Minneapolis; 612-404-0056)

Food, music, and craft beer from a newer brewery. Fri. 5-10 p.m. and Sat. 5-10 p.m.


Vintage for All: A Pop-Up Sale

(Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-382-9477)

Featuring new handmade booty shorts and mini skirts, vintage wares, donuts. Fri. 6-8 p.m.; Sat. 2-7 p.m.; Sun. noon to 4 p.m.

New Eyes Festival

(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481,

This event showcases three Asian-American playwrights whose works offer a preview of what is yet to come from Mu Performing Arts. Each night, a different play is read, touching on subjects including sexuality, minstrel shows, divorce, explosives, and even murder. Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m.Visit for more info.


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

With Flasher, and Nancy's Raygun. 10 p.m.

Synthesis: Paintings by Aza Erdrich

(All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-872-4700,

7-10 p.m.


Curtis Blake & Greazy Gravy

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

9 p.m.

Nick Wroblewski

(The Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122,

The illustrator presents his new book, Wake Up, Island. 11 a.m. 



Just Us Gorls

(Honeycomb Salon, 3504 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-824-2662)

New works by the White Page Collective, with tunes by Chris Berry of Soft Abuse. 7-10 p.m.

Brian Casey the Destroyer

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


With Midnight & Mud and PalmsPsalm. 10 p.m.

Bedlam Community Design Center Sale

(Bedlam Community Design Center, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis; 612-341-1038)

Featuring costumes, tools, theater lights, sound equipment, furniture, large canvas, wood, and a free pile. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Epiphanies Afield

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


Bird art and landscapes by Tanya Beyer. 6-9 p.m.

American Underground

(Clubhouse Jager: 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-2686)

Featuring a panel talk on safe spaces in the performance world, open mic, sets by Cole Sarar and Miss Shannan Paul, music by Dream of the Wild, and more. 6-8 p.m.


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


Featuring the Darners, Jack and the Coax, Old Desert Road, and Preston Gunderson. 9 p.m.

Interventions | Art Reception & Happening

(Electric Machete Studios, 777 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul; 651-493-8861)

See the results of a 48-hour lock-in where female artists and other creative types responded to topics like racism, motherhood, sexuality, and more. 6-9 p.m.

Material Mythologies and Contemporary Craft Gallery Talk

(Minnesota Museum of American Art, 141 E. Fourth St., St. Paul)

The setup for this show looks to be dramatic.

The setup for this show looks to be dramatic.

3 p.m.

A New Twist on the Old Testament (Part II)

(In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-721-2535,

Paintings and installation by Samuel Robertson. 3-7 p.m.

Northeast Farmers' Market Winter Market

(Solar Arts Building, 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis, 763-234-5069,

These strange guys were at last yea's flower show.

These strange guys were at last yea's flower show.

Featuring local food vendors and artisans, with DJ, and children's activities, located in the south loading dock. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

West By Southwest

(Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, 3rd Floor Gallery, Suite 332, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

Landscapes by Greg Lecker. 4-10 p.m.

Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea

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

9 p.m.


Macy's Flower Show: America the Beautiful

(Macy's Downtown Minneapolis, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-375-2200,

Featuring flowers and floral displays. In the 8th floor auditorium, during normal store hours. March 20-April 3.

Sunday School

(Marin Restaurant & Bar, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-252-7000,

Standup comedy followed by late-night karaoke in the Library lounge bar. Third Sunday of every month, 8 p.m.-midnight. 

Minnesota Comic Book Convention

(Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Highway 10, Moundsview, 763-784-7350,

Featuring dealers with collectible comics from the past and present. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Arctic Market

(Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis)

Shop from local artisans and drink beer. Noon to 6 p.m.