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Freeloader Friday: 28 free things to do this weekend

Red Stag Block Party

Red Stag Block Party

FRIDAY:

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

Featuring music by Jose James and Estaire Godinez; food and beverages from Asian Invasion, Potter’s Pasties, Gastrotruck, Home Street Home, and Hometown Creamery; plus beer from  Tin Whiskers and Summit Brewing. 6 to 9 p.m. 

 

Irish Fair of Minnesota
(Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul) 

Featuring live music, dancing, food, beer, sporting competitions, contests, animals, and more. For more info visit www.irishfair.com. Fri. 3 to 11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.;  Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Twin Cities Polish Festival
(Old Main Street, 55 Main St. SE, Minneapolis)

Featuring food, film screenings, dance competitions, music, beer, and more. For more info visit www.tcpolishfestival.org. Fri. 3 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

Jeremy Walker
(Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299)
6 p.m. 

Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, Red Kate, the Horrible & the Miserable, Hollow Boys
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)
10 p.m. 

Mary Jane Alm Band
(Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020)
7:30 p.m. 

Music and Movies: Troop Beverly Hills
(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis) 
With music by Prairie Fire Lady Choir. 7:30 p.m.

Machinery Hill
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul; 651-228-9274)
8 p.m. 

Witchden, Mother Crone, the Wolf Council, Faces of the Bog, Nightosaur
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)
9 p.m. 

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

 

SATURDAY:


Northeast Food Truck Rally
(Able Seedhouse & Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-405-4642)

Trucks include Moral Omnivore, Tot Boss, Market BBQ, Butcher Salt, and Milk Mart. Music includes Eleganza, the Mighty Mofos, Fury Things, Hardcore Crayons, and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band. Noon to 7 p.m.

Bikes and Brews
(NorthGate Brewing, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-354-2858) 

Bikers score happy hour pricing all day. With beer flight judging (samples of the Mid City Lager, Amber Lager, and Golden Mile Helles Style Lager), door prizes, extra bike parking. Noon to midnight.

TWP Artist Market
(The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Noon to 5 p.m.

Old To The New
(Ginger Hop, 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-746-0304)
Featuring DJ Mike 2600 and DJ Nak. 10 p.m. 

Hey, That's My Jam
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)
An '80s summertime dance party, featuring Hey There Handsome and Slow Moe. 10 p.m.  

Mouth of the Architect, Morality Crisis, Blue Ox, Slow Trails
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)
9 p.m.  

Lisa Wenger Band
(Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020)
7:30 p.m.

Silver River
(Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis; 612-625-9494)

Featuring artwork inspired by sculptor Maya Lin's work abstracting the Mighty Mississippi.

Miss Tess, Thomas Bryan Eaton
(Mojo Coffee Gallery, 2205 California St. NE, Ste 102, Minneapolis; 612-361-4949)
8 p.m. 

Craftapaloza
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington; 952-883-8800)
Featuring over 60 booths. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pusheen Party
(Tomodachi, 155 Rosedale Center, Roseville; 651-631-1777) 

Featuring Pusheen merchandise, family activities, giveaways, photo booth, fashion contest, and DJ sets. 2 p.m. 

Scott Graves
(Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299 )
6 p.m.  

Lakewood Matrimony: MNaked at Harriet
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184) 

Featuring the Last Jackson, Doug Collins, Tuck Jensen of Dirt Train, Just Call Me Hugo a.k.a. Laura Johnson, Pete Lochner, Nick Hensley of LSFAM, and Lakewood Cemetery. 2 to 6 p.m.

The Brian Naughton Band
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)
9 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots
(Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-767-7766)

Twelve breweries form teams of two to make unique beers. Vote for your favorite. With music by Night Moves, Mark Mallman, Sims, Black Market Brass, and Farewell Milwaukee while Foxy Tann emcees. 2 to 8 p.m. 

Charanga Tropical (CD Release Show)
(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785)
5:30 p.m.

 

Family Day: ART-lympic Games
(Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 S. Third Ave., Minneapolis; 612-870-3000)

Featuring hands-on happening inspired by both Greek mythology and the Olympic games. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sweet Science Free Ice Cream Tasting
(Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., 125 Ninth St. E., St. Paul; 651-330-4734)

Try over 15 flavors, including Sweet Corn Blueberry.  3 to 6 p.m.