Freeloader Friday: 31 free things to do this weekend


This weekend in free stuff to do we have a few 30 Days of Biking celebrations, a dog-friendly happy hour, and a fab flower show at Mia. 


Art in Bloom

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

Floral artists celebrate the museum's collection through flower arrangements. Saturday's happenings are especially family-friendly. Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Catbath, Hayden Fox, Drumbeat Red

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

10 p.m.


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

With Lions & Creators and Puff Puff. 9 p.m.

Grave's Bait Stick Snare

(The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Collaborative efforts from Naama Hadany and Jacob Raeder. 7-10 p.m.


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.


Fabled Mechanisms

(The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-326-1811,

Featuring work by Lauren Bina and Woody Stauffer. 5-7 p.m. 

Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts

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

9 p.m.


Minneapolis Art Lending Library April Lending Event

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

Take home original artwork for a three-month period. The event also features a presentation by Teresa Audet, music by DJ Josh Dibley. 5-8 p.m. 

Senior Art Exhibition

(Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul,

Group exhibitions of final thesis artworks. 7-10 p.m.


Repetitive Practice

(Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-240-2317)

A print and pottery pop-up. Fri. 6:30-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Arbor Day Celebration

(Logan Park, Corner Of Broadway St. Northeast And Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-370-4927)

Featuring yard games, bounce house, free dinner for kids, tree planting, kickball, beer garden, food trucks, and performance by Your Community Band. 4-8 p.m. 



30 Days of Biking: Ramble, Ramble

(Angry Catfish, 4208 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-1538,

To celebrate the conclusion of the 30 Days of Biking Challenge, musician Ben Weaver will lead the way on this daylong ride. Cyclists will depart at 10 a.m. from Angry Catfish for the Cycling Museum of Minnesota. There, they will hang for a bit with the Perennial Cycle Pastry Ride and snack on doughnuts. That sugar will hopefully fuel the way to the next stop, Gluek Park, where the group will meet up with the Bottineau Neighborhood River Cleanup for an hourlong cleanup and nature appreciation session. Then riders will move on to Izzy's Ice Cream, where a special collaboration between the shop and Bent Paddle Brewery will be offered. Finally, from there, the revelers will make their way to Surly Beer Hall and Restaurants. May your future bike rides continue to be epic. The event is free, but visit to reserve a spot. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

SolBock Revival Music/Art Festival

(Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184,


Maibock release celebration, with art vendors, live painters, food trucks, and craft beer. Music by Trench Size Trio, Basement Brew, Doug Otto & The Getaways, the Lone Crows, and Buffalo Fuzz. Noon to 1 a.m. 

Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, Rainbow Bruce, DJ Lazer Bob

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

10 p.m.

Ancient Materials - Modern Designs

(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,


Sculpture and prints by Dan and Lee Ross. 2-5 p.m.

Back Alley

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

9 p.m.

The Tex Pistols

(Crooners Lounge & Supper Club: 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, 763-571-9020)


7:30 p.m.

Paint Thinner

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

With XOXOTech. 9 p.m.

The Hub's Women & Trans Night: Bike Touring with Surly Bikes

(The Hub, 301 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis)


Ride from the Hub to Seward Cafe. 5 to 10 p.m.

The World Jubilee

(Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-1378,

Fair trade market with local and international handcrafted goods. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Train Days

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


Tour train cars of the past and present, with kid events, model trains, music, and memorabilia. Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Untitled 12

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

Juried group show. 6-9 p.m. 

Prince Block Party Celebration

(Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5981,


Featuring live music, magicians, puppeteers, stilt walkers, face painters, fun houses, and the music of Prince. Guests are encouraged to wear purple. 1-6 p.m.  

Independent Bookstore Day

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611,

Featuring limited edition merchandise, temporary tattoos, giveaways, coffee, doughnuts, drawings, and reading by Michelle Leon. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 

R.T. Rybak

(Birchbark Books, 2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, 612-374-4023)

Author/politician presents his new book, Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis. 1 p.m. 


MayDay Parade, Ceremony & Festival

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, with music, dancing, poetry, food, canoe rides. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Cinco de Mayo Festival

(El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante, 2709 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-721-6601,

Featuring food, live music, beer gardens, dance, and mariachi. 12-8 p.m.

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase

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

7:30 p.m.

Spring Cleaning Sale

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Avenue W., Minneapolis, 612-321-8324,

Featuring local makers selling wares at discounted prices, with free donuts. 12-5 p.m. 

MayDay Party 

(The Freehouse, 701 Washington Ave. N., Ste. 101, Minneapolis; 612-339-7011)

Dog-friendly patio party. The event is free; but RSVP is requested. 2 to 5 p.m.

NE Loves Prince Dance Party

(East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-781-6011)

Free family-friendly (but music is uncensored) dance party with That Dude Trey, food trucks, art, and more. 3 to 6 p.m.