Freeloader Friday: 31 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have lots of holiday shopping parties, live music, and some really great parties. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Tibet Fest

(Coffman - Great Hall, Minneapolis) 

Featuring traditional dance, hands-on activities, clothing, food, a dumpling eating contest, dance lessons, and more. 5-8 p.m.

Midway Holiday Sale at the Mike Norman and Gary Crawford Studios


(1708 University Ave. W., St. Paul)

Fri. 4-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

European Christmas Market

(Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700)

Featuring handmade holiday gifts from local vendors, European-inspired food, film screenings, family activities, and more. Friday 2-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holidazzle Village

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring holiday movies, foods, beer and wine, movies, and more. Thursdays, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.  

Raging Art On

(Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis, 612-293-6497,

Fifth annual holiday shop. Fri.-Sun. 

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Sarah Krueger


(Minneapolis Institute of Art: 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m.

Faith Boblett

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

With Jack Ventimiglia, and Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir. 10 p.m.

Opulence: A Masquerade


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

New portraits by Nicholas Harper. 8-11 p.m. 

Machinery Hill

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

8 p.m.



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

With Lungs, and Amiensus. 9 p.m.

Light Up The Night. Light Up A Life: Holiday art show and Open House

(Solar Arts Building, 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis, 763-234-5069,

Featuring live music and local artists displaying their work, with donations collected to help fight hunger in Minnesota. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m. 


Midway's 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally


(Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-465-0234)

Artists draw live throughout the night and patrons can buy the work, with all proceeds benefiting Midway's programming. Cash bar. 6-10 p.m. 

Open Door 11

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis)

7-10 p.m.

Winter Wares: Annual Pottery Sale


(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St, Minneapolis; 612-332-2386)

6-10 p.m.

All the Way Rider (10-Year Anniversary Show)

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

With Self-Evident, and Disasteratti. 10 p.m.

Liza Sylvestre: Meridians

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


New large-scale paintings. 7 p.m.-midnight. 

23rd Annual Women's Art Festival

(Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, 2924 4th Ave., Minneapolis, 612-638-1000,

Group showcase featuring area artists displaying and selling their work, with music performances throughout the day. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

Holiday Marketplace

(Casket Arts Community, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-5551)


Featuring Northeast Minneapolis artisans showing paintings, jewelry, prints, tiles, sculptures, and gifts, with live music and snacks. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A-Mill Makers Market

(A-Mill Artist Lofts, 301 Main St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-339-1034)

Paintings, jewelry, CDs, ceramics, books, fiber art, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lavender Daughter

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


With Harakiri, and Lampshade Betty. 9 p.m.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts 2015 Winter Book Publication Party

(Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-215-2520,

Celebrating the release of MCBA's new handmade book, From the Center: On Community and the Practice of Making. Featuring a reception, readings, book signings, and desserts. 6-9 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar

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


Local artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, body products, and artwork. 10 a.m.-4 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.

Grand Opening

(Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-382-9477)

Featuring live music, presentations, snacks, and refreshments. 5-9 p.m. 

Open Studio

(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-5551)

Noon to 4 p.m.

Tattersall Holiday Market: Explore the North

(Tattersall Distilling, 1620 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-584-4152)

Noon to 5 p.m.


Light Grey Annual Cookie Party

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

Bring cookies, bars, or candies, and bring an empty tin to take treats home. There will be prizes for best tasting, most unique, and best looking, plus coffee, tea, milk, and hot chocolate to refresh your palate. 1-3 p.m. 

Linden Hills Holiday Market

(Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 W. 44th St., Minneapolis; 612-926-2654)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Winter Market

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis; 612-444-8674)

Noon to 5 p.m.

Minneapolis Craft Market

(Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-758-0105,

Based on the London street market concept, outdoor event that will be held rain, shine, or snow. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20.  

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase

(Universe Games, 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-4066,

Sundays, 7:30 p.m.