Freeloader Friday: 26 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have some outdoor beer fests, a few really cool art shows, and a craft market with beer. (It is Oktoberfest, after all). Come take a look.


Cuban O!

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

Group show featuring Cuban artists. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12-4 p.m. 

The Anchor Windlass (Record Release Show) 

Jess Hirsch

Jess Hirsch

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

With Class of '86, the Right Here, the Liverspots. 10 p.m.


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Brian Laidlaw

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m.

Annual Resident Exhibition

(Artspace Jackson Flats, 901 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-333-9012,

Group show. 7-10 p.m.

Sugar & Paper

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

Solo exhibition by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra. 7-9 p.m.  

Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Heath & Fitness Expo


(Saint Paul Rivercentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-265-4800,

Fri 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  

2014/15 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

6-8 p.m.

Semblance: New works by Jonathan Aller

(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-824-2829,

Oil paintings and pen drawings. 6-10 p.m.


Bridging the Silence: A Project Connecting Across Cultures

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Group show. 6-8 p.m.


(Sunrise Cyclery, 2901 Blaisdell Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-6144)

Featuring karaoke, grown-up non-alcoholic drinks, games, a potluck, hugs, and dancing. 9 p.m.

Oktoberfest Celebration

(Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799,


Featuring performances by Those Darn Accordions and Boogie Wonderland, costumed entertainers, dancing, art festival, contests, food, and drinks. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 3-10 p.m. 

The Primal Forces of Nature

(Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-3889)

New pieces by Alex Kuno. 7-10 p.m.


Frogtown Park and Farm Grand Opening Celebration 

(946 Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul) 

Featuring family activities, land blessing ceremony, Taste of Frogtown, more. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Music N' Brews Festival

(Target Field Station, 435 5th St. N, Minneapolis, 612-348-3848,

Featuring food, craft beers, and performances by Dave Pirner, Enemy Planes, and Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

St. Boniface NE Bierfest

(St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-2761,

Featuring beers, brats, and live music. 5-9 p.m. 

Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival

(SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis, 612-353-6292,


Featuring keynote speaker Kate Herzog, interactive art projects, vendors, performances, and workshops. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Michael Thomsen: Mystery School

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566,

New works from the sculptor. 7 p.m.-midnight, with music by MAKR.

Free First Saturdays


(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Gerry Heroff

(Artista Bottega, 937 7th St. West, St. Paul, 651-493-0861,

Abstract paintings. 6-10 p.m. 

Late Night Fights 

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

With Deephaven, and Stone Grove. 10 p.m.

The DUIs, Filthy Cheaters, the Violent Shifters 

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

9 p.m.

Process | Presentation: Get Behind the Work III

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

Mixed media and live demonstration. 6-9 p.m.


Minneapolis Craft Market

(Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-722-7222,

Based on London street market concept, outdoor event that will be held rain, shine, or snow. 12-6 p.m. 

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(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989,

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 4 p.m. 

Midwest Pantry Poster Show

(Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Benefit for Free Arts of MN. Featuring work by local artists and designers, with food, drinks, and live music. 1-4 p.m.