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Freeloader Friday: 28 free things to do this week

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This week in free things to do we have a ton of art fests, a great Harry Potter party with beer, and a water balloon fight sure to be epic.

FRIDAY:

 
Grand Opening and Steamroller Print Fair
(Studio On Fire,  825 Carleton St., St. Paul; 612-379-3000)
 
Featuring printing demonstrations, art, and more. 1 to 7 p.m.
 
Rio 2
(Lake Harriet, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis)
 
Dusk.
 
Holiday Heart, Daylily, Autumn Kid 
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)
 
10 p.m.
 
Javier and the Innocent Sons
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365)
 
9 p.m.
 
 
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
(North Side Minneapolis)
 
Featuring interactive art activities, live music, vendors, food, drink, community fun, and more. For more info, visit www.northmpls.org. Free. 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. 
 
Summer of SiK: Night One
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454)
 
Featuring No Coast Criminals, Fastplants, Dirty Rotten All-Stars, and Rad Enhancer. 9:30 p.m.
 
Rhythm in Rice
(Rice Park, 109 W. Fourth St., St. Paul)
 
Featuring music by Ava McFarlane and Debbie Duncan; food and beverage from Tiki Tim’s, Potter’s Pasties, Gastrotruck, Simply Steve, A Peace of Cake; and craft beer from Flat Earth and Summit Brewing. For more info, visit www.rhythminrice.com. 6-9 p.m.
 
 
SATURDAY:
 
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Release Party
(Northgate Brewing, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858) 
 
Featuring a Quidditch Beer Pong Tournament, pub trivia, all-ages coloring sessions, a photobooth, costume contest, more. 4 p.m. to midnight. 
 
Saison Day
(Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-722-7222)
 
Featuring special casks, alternative and rock tribute bands, and food trucks. Noon to 10 p.m.
 
My Sister Grand Opening
(1612 W. Lake St., Minneapolis)
 
MySister.org is opening a brick-and-mortar location in Uptown this weekend. Enjoy treats, freebies, and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
 
Summer 4Play
(Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Rd., St. Paul; 612-725-2389)
 
Featuring outdoor games, activities, demonstrations, fishing, food trucks, and music by DJ Strangelove. More info at www.4playmsp.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free, but a valid state park permit required for all vehicles.
 
 
Nershfest
(Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul; 651-265-7800)
 
Featuring live local music from Ginstrings, Hustle Rose, Filthy Animals, Northern Darling, Tin Can Gin, and the Federales. With craft beer and food. Proceeds benefit the Minnesota Music Coalition. Noon to 10 p.m.
 
Frozen
(Dickman Park, 614 Second St. NE, Minneapolis)
 
Dusk.
 
The Mark Cameron Band
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365)
 
9:00 p.m.
 
Scratch & Dent Sale and Fleabag Flea Market
(Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738)
 
Featuring Aesthetic Apparatus' poster sale, vendors, BBQ, drink specials, and live music. 10 a.m.
 
Red Hot Art & Music
(Stevens Square Park,  1801 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis)
 
Featuring over 100 artists, live music, activities, and more. Follow the organization at www.facebook.com/RedHotArt. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
 
 
Loring Park Art Festival
(Loring Park,  1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)
 
Featuring art from over 140 creatives, food booths, roving musicians, and dance troupes. For more info, visit www.loringparkartfestival.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
 
Owamni: Falling Water Festival
(Father Hennepin Bluffs Park,  420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis)
 
Featuring art and culture from Native communities, live performances, artist demonstrations, vendors, community organizations, family activities, and more. 1 to 5 p.m.
 
Art of Darkness: Inspired By the Paranormal
(Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850)
 
This group exhibition offers over 100 juried works of art by 67 artists. 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, DJ Lazer Bob
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)
 
10 p.m.
 
 
SUNDAY:
 
World's Largest Water Balloon Fight
(Gold Medal Park, 900 S. Second St., Minneapolis)
 
Bring your own water balloons. 2 p.m.
 
Refresh Summer Sale
(Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave. W., St. Paul) 
 
Pop-up shopping presented by Fresh Traditions Fashion Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
 
Minnesota Renaissance Festival Preview
(Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington; 952-883-8800)
 
Get a sneak peek as to what is coming to Shakopee this season. 11 a.m.
 
 
Meet Your Maker Minneapolis Craft Market
(Surly Brewing Company,  520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 763-999-4040)
 
Beer and shopping. Noon to 6 p.m.
 
Black-Top Sample Sale
(Parking lot behind Parc, 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)
 
Parc, Golden Pearl Vintage, and GH2 team up for a summer sample sale. Also, there will be a kiddie pool. Noon to 5 p.m.
 
Up
(Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis)
 
Dusk.