Freeloader Friday: 27 free things to do Labor Day weekend

Athletes fly high this Saturday.

Athletes fly high this Saturday. Image courtesy Brit's Pub

This week in free things to do we have arts shows, dance parties, pole vaulting, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Lowertown First Fridays
Featuring gallery shows, open studios, and more. For more info, visit 6-9 p.m. Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul, MN.

Canvas Jam
Collaborative event featuring three visuals artists and three musicians. 6 p.m. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, MN; 651-209-0597.

Cornbread Harris
6-9 p.m. Loring Pasta Bar, 327 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-378-4849.

First Fridays: Brazilian Jazz
Featuring Mira & Tom Kehoe with Xibaba. 8-11 p.m. Senor Wong, 111 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN; 651-224-2019.

Friday Night Jazz Series
Curated by Steve Kenny. 8:30 p.m. The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-424-5513.

A Letter From the South: Paintings by Horace Imhotep
7 p.m. to midnight. City Wide Artists, 1506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-359-0828.

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m. Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-331-9800.

Marah in the Mainsail
9-11 p.m. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN; 612-999-6020.

Swamp Kings
9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-729-4365.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-339-4333.

Tim Sparks & James Buckley
6:30 p.m. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-276-6523.


Brit’s Pub Vault
Pole vaulting on the top of the building. 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN; 612-332-3908.

Bryan Nichols and James Buckley
6:30 p.m. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-276-6523.

The Dee Miller Band
9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-729-4365.

Melissa Stern, Family

The Talking Cure
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, MN; 612-625-9494.

Weezer Afterpary with Pleezer
9 p.m. Viking Bar, 1829 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-353-4794.

DJ Barb Abney
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Day Block Brewing, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-617-7793.


Free First Saturday: Stage & Screen (Folk Tail)
Explore the “Paper City” gallery show. With music from Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade, a screening of Belle and Sebastian (2013). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-375-7600.

Andy Richter

Free with Fair admission:

Somalia's Balloon
Daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-288-4400. Through Monday.


Blues Jam
7-11 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-729-4365.

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase
7:30 p.m. Universe Games, 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN; 612-825-4066.

[email protected]
Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 4 p.m. Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN; 651-225-8989.

Holly J. Hughes and BJ Hollars
Hughes reads from her new poetry collection, Passings: Poems, and Hollars reads from his memoir, Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. 5 p.m. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-822-4611.

Hot Black Funky
8:30 p.m. Whiskey Junction, 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-338-9550.

The Great Hinckley Fire 1894: The New Climate
Group show. Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN.

Free at the Fair:

Sun.-Mon. at 8:30 p.m. Leinie Lodge Bandshell, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN; 651-288-4400.


Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival
Featuring Robbie Fulks, the Platte Valley Boys, the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, the Sawtooth Brothers, and the Pride of the Prairie, with food and beverage options. 1-6:30 p.m. Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-230-6400.