Freeloader Friday: 31 free things to do this weekend


This week in free things to we have a million open-studio happenings thanks to Art-A-Whirl, live music shows, festivals, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


57Princes: Artists' homage to the Purple One at Art-A-Whirl

(607 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis)


During Art-A-Whirl hours.

Lenz & Frenz, Communist Daughter, Bruise Violet, What Tyrants, Ghostmouth, Murder Shoes

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

10 p.m.

Art-A-Whirl 2016 at Water Bar

(Water Bar & Public Studio, 2516 Central Ave., Minneapolis; 612-839-0810)

Sample local water, watch print art demos, and more.

Charmin Michelle, Patty Pertson

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

4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Steven Hobert

(Vieux Carre: 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299)


6 p.m.


Sprawling open studio event taking place throughout northeast Minneapolis. For complete location and event listings, check Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. 


(Gallery 5004, 5004 42nd Ave. N., Robbinsdale, 763-220-0833,

Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 12-4 p.m.

Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary


(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151,

Group show celebrating the artist Jim Phillips and a skateboarding icon. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-6 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Lowertown Attacks Art-A-Whirl

(GT Artistry, 2433 NE Grand St., Minneapolis, 612-354-2392,

Group show featuring Chris Alexander, Nancy Stefani, and Janel Beckman. Fri. 5-8 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Prince Photo Exhibit

(Star Tribune, 650 3rd Ave. S. Ste. #1300, Minneapolis, 612-673-4000,

Gallery of archival Prince images from Star Tribune photojournalists. On display in the lobby. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through May 31. 



Little Free Library Festival

(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,

Featuring assembly of Little Free Libraries, family reading activities, canine contest and parade, poetry readings, live music, and Harry Potter trivia game. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Also at the fest:

Tutus-on-Wheels Challenge

Benefit costumed bike ride for the Little Free Library. 1-4 p.m. 

The Liquid Zoo


(Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911)

With Sonny Knight & The Lakers, the 4onthefloor, Jeremy Messersmith, Bad Bad Hats, Black Market Brass, Gospel Machine, McNasty Brass Band, DJ Petey Wheatstraw. Noon to 10 p.m. 

Fabletics Grand Opening

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington)

Check out Kate Hudson's new athletic wear store, opening at Mall of America this weekend. During the day, shoppers will score 20-percent off all purchases, receive a tote bag, enjoy a champagne toast, and see performances by acro yoga artists. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yoga and Mimosas

(Nordeast Yoga, 1304 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-554-4230)


10 a.m.

Satanic Bake Sale

(Magus Books & Herbs, 1309 SE 4th St., Minneapolis, 612-379-7669,

Fundraiser for the Satanic Temple of Minneapolis. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Preakness Party

(Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,


Featuring the horse race on big-screen TVs, giveaways, and food and drink specials. 3 p.m. 

Arts in the Park

(Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, 952-949-8300)

Featuring local and regional vendors, concessions, face painting, children's activities, beer tasting, and live music from Michael Monroe, Alison Scott, Nirmala Rajasekar, and Teddy Bear Band. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Da Vinci and the Drone

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,


Installation exhibition by Vesna Kittelson. 6-8:30 p.m.

3x5 May Residency Opening Reception

(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176,

Featuring emerging artists partnering with artist coordinators in five one-month-long residencies. 6-10 p.m.

The Rockford Mules, Technician, Tongue Party, Kill the Vultures, the Cloak Ox, Bones & Beeker, Midway Felix, Perfume Monster, LNJAY, Rank Strangers, Tom Aydan, Patty and The Buttons

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


Noon to 10 p.m.

Willie Walker and We R

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

7:30 p.m.

Art-A-Whirl Transmission and Puppy Pageant

(Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-9069)

Featuring music from DJ Jake Rudh, Solid Gold, Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, the Rope, and Lonesome Dan Case, with dog competition, prizes, and PPR's adoptable puppies. 11-12 a.m.

Art-A-Whirl at the Anchor

(The Anchor Fish & Chips, 302 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-676-1300)

Featuring artwork by Kim Whittemore, food truck, beer tent, and music from Romantica, Valet, Sarah White, Martin Devaney, Monica LaPlante, Gabe Barnett & Them Rounders, Tea & Sympathy, Adian Coy, and From the Midwest. 12-9 p.m.


(Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 1300 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis)

Featuring Forever Young Dance Party, Mike Mictlan, Frankie Teardrop, News Years Steve, Tiny Deaths, Rabbit Holes, Driftwood Pyre, Still Pacific/Shellycoats, and Tony Peachka, with food trucks, and beer specials. 12-10 p.m. 

2016 Art-A-Whirl Party

(Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-789-7429)

Featuring Babes in Toyland, Shannon & the Clams, Romantica, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, the Butcher's Union, Rich Mattson & the Northstars, Gay Witch Abortion, DJ Christy Hunt, and more, with art displays, food, drink specials, and pop-up shop by NE Tattoo. 12-11 p.m. 


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

8 p.m.

Shannon Mac & Mort 

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

9 p.m.

Scott Graves

(Vieux Carre: 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299)

6 p.m.


Totally Baked Donuts Pop Up at Reverie Cafe

(Reverie Cafe + Bar, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-353-5252)

10 a.m. to noon.

The Drug Budget, Brass Messengers, Faith Boblett, Koo Koo Kangaroo, PHO, Fiddle Heirs (featuring members of Trampled By Turtles, Pert Near Sandstone, and Jillian Rae), the Poor Nobodys, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

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

1 to 9 p.m.


(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

With Timisarocker. 8 p.m.