Freeloader Friday: 27 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have a six-foot sub, a library on a lake, and a few Bastille Day happenings. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Never Odd or Even

(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Ste. 101, Minneapolis; 612-239-2047)

Exhibition features 60 international illustrators and designers inspired by mirrors, duality, and inversions. 7 to 10 p.m.

Butterfly Brew Tapping Party

(Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209)

Keg tapping of the limited-edition Dakota Skipper Endangered Reserve. One dollar from each pint goes to the Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program. 3 p.m. to midnight.

The Herbivorous Butcher on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

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

Feast on a six-foot sub while watching the episode. 8 to 11 p.m.


(Summit Brewing Company: 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, 651-265-7800)

7-9 p.m. 


(Lake Harriet, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis)


Porno Wolves, Buffalo Fuzz, Lazy Scorsese

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

10 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Newell Park, 900 N. Fairview Ave., St. Paul)

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. For a full list of performance locations, visit 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

Highland Fest

(Highland Park Neighborhood Community, 2065 Ford Parkway, St. Paul)

Featuring juried art fair, live music, petting zoo, beer tent, car and truck show, fireworks show, and more. For more info visit Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Middle Eastern Festival

(St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, 651-457-0854,

Featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a traditional marketplace, a silent auction, games for children, and camel rides. Fri.-Sat., 12-10 p.m.; Sun., 12-6 p.m. 

Rhythm in Rice

(Rice Park, 109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

This week's installment features music from Loba African Jazz Trio and New Primitives; food from Home Street Home, R.A. MacSammy’s, Asian Invasion, R.A. MacSammy’s, Fro Yo Soul; and beer from Tin Whiskers and Summit Brewing. 6-9 p.m. 


Floating Library

(Lake Phalen, 1400 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651-776-9833)

Featuring a collection of artist-made books on a raft reachable by canoe, kayak, and paddle-boat. More info at Starting July 16, Saturdays, Sundays, 1-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 7.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Lake of the Isles, 2500 Lake Isles Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. For a full list of performance locations, visit Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Free; donations accepted. 

Rondo Days Festival

(Rondo Education Center, 560 Concordia Ave., St. Paul, 651-767-8179)

Featuring a parade, 5K fun run/walk, drum and drill teams, dance crew, food and drink vendors, and family activities. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Here, Forever

(Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-886-3603)

New work by Torey Erin Hansonn. Celebration includes pet adoption, DJ music. 2 to 6 p.m.

International Festival of Burnsville

(Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952-895-4509)

Featuring cultural dance and music, ethnic foods, art exhibits, children's activities, and more. For more info check 3-9 p.m.


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(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668)

Featuring music, dance, and art, with guided tours during band breaks. The event is free but onsite parking is $5. 

Flasher, Dead Man Boys Choir, the Toxenes

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

10 p.m.

Perry Project

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m.

The Martian

(4414 Upton Ave. N., Minneapolis)


Blue Blossom Friendship

(Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 612-587-0230,

Group show featuring paintings and drawings by the children of Blue Dragon Children's Foundation. 1-7 p.m.  

Minnesota Somali American Festival Week Closing Ceremony

(The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674)

Featuring Damar Yare and Bob's Band. 9 p.m.


Bastille Day Block Party

(Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710)

Outdoor street festival, featuring live music from Babes in Toyland, Bad Bad Hats, the Brass Messengers, and Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows, with food, drinks, and entertainment from Nadine DuBois and Les Folies Risque, Infiammati Fire Circus, MC Foxy Tann, and the North Star Roller Girls. 3-10 p.m.

Sunday School

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

Standup comedy followed by late-night karaoke in the Library lounge bar. 8 p.m.-midnight. 

Selby at Snelling Bastille Day

(Selby and Snelling, St. Paul)

Street party features music, food, shopping, a costume photo booth, and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brit's Bastille Day Celebration

(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908)

Rooftop party, featuring The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and live music from the Belfast Cowboys, Graham Parker, and Stoned Acoustic. Noon to 10 p.m. 

Taco Tour on Lake Street

(K-Mart Minneapolis, 10 W. Lake St., Minneapolis)

Walk, bus, bike, or drive to 10 locations serving delicious tacos. Register at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ice Cream Social with the ArtCars and ArtBikes 

(Grandpa's Ice Cream, 1258 Moore Lake Dr. E., Fridley; 763-572-2078)

Ice cream and ArtCars. 2 to 4 p.m.