Freeloader Friday: 32 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have quite a few fall arts shows, a handful of beer parties, and free ice cream. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Shelly Mosman: Living Color

(Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N. Second St., Minneapolis)

6:30 to 9 p.m.


Perfume Monster, Brian Casey the Destroyer

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

10 p.m.

Bands That Brew: TABAH

(Day Block Brewing Co., 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-617-7793)

The band unveils a Cascadian Dark Ale, followed by a live performance. With the Lazy Kids. 9 p.m.

Saint Paul Oktoberfest

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Featuring beer, food, bed races, carriage rides, polka, and games. Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free ($5 for drinking wristbands). More info at  

2015 Fall Fine Arts Show

(Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Annual exhibition of artists’ work. 6-10 p.m.  

Animal Attraction

(Gallery 427, 1500 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis, 612-379-2237)

Group show of work inspired by animals. 7-10 p.m.

All Fibers


(2001 A Space, 2001 5th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3138,

Textiles by Mary Jaspers and Jean Manrique. 6-9 p.m. 

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Katy Vernon

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

In MIA lobby. 6-8 p.m. 

Inside Straight

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

9 p.m.


Dali Lama's Buddhist Relics

(Intelligent Nutrients Restaurant & Wunderbar, 983 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-617-2000)

Exhibition of sacred, ancient pieces from India, Tibet, and China. 6-8 p.m. 

Made In Germany: Prints by Nine Contemporary Artists

(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,

6:30-9 p.m.

Thopfest II

(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis)


Drink hoppy beer from three varieties of hopps: superGalena (black currant and grapefruit citrus), Mosaic (citrus, pine, mint, blueberry, black pepper), and U.S. El Dorado (floral and tropical). 4-9 p.m.

Jil Evans: Ghost of the Figure

(The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, 612-385-4239)

Abstract paintings. 7-10 p.m.


LOLA Art Crawl

(Longfellow, 2727 26th Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612-722-4529,

Presented by the League of Longfellow Artists. More info at Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Field Trip

(Silverwood Park, 2500 Cty. Rd. E., St. Anthony)

With art making, music, creative play, and more. Shop local crafts, take in live music, eat from food trucks, check out poetry installations, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Konawerks 5th Annual Bike Show

(Grumpy's Bar & Grill, 1111 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis)

Featuring food, live music, beer. 3-8 p.m.

Wild Rice Festival

(Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville, 651-765-4262,


Featuring Native American drumming & dancing, wild rice & honey extraction demos, hands-on cider-pressing, craft activities, and food trucks. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Lakeville Art Festival

(Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, 952-985-4640)

Featuring juried artists, youth art tent, demonstrations, live music, food, and drinks. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Freedom Jazz and Art Festival

(Minnehaha Falls Outdoor Concert Series, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-2220)

Featuring crafts, food, and performances by the Walker West Music Academy Jazz Band, Minneapolis Jazz Workshop, the Tangents, the Capri Big Band, and the 3 Women of Jazz. 12-6 p.m.  

Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta


(Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-624-6518,

Exhibition composed of 21 film works and 26 related photographs. 7-10 p.m.


(Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-625-8096)

Photographs by Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. 8-10 p.m.

Ken Wenzel: Crossings

(Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244,

Oil paintings. 6-8 p.m.


Argentine Iron Flowers

(Icebox Quality Framing And Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE #443, Minneapolis, 612-788-1790,

Photography by Eduardo Blidner of nude female body builders. 8-11 p.m. 

Hardcore Crayons, the Great Went, Crash Cuddle 

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

10 p.m.

Lantern Lighting Celebration

(Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-822-2171)


Featuring live music, and family activities. Sat., Sept. 19, 5-7:30 p.m., Free ($5 donation asked per lantern).

Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, and Jam!

(Merriam Park, 2000 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul)

Community party featuring free Izzy's ice cream, games, and live music. Bring peanut butter for a food shelf donation. 12-4 p.m. 

King's Fair

(Matthews Park and Community Center, 2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-370-4950)

Featuring family events, petting zoo, pony rides, Strongest Man and Woman contests, food, and live music. 12-5 p.m. 


Deschutes Brewery Street Pub

(Downtown Minneapolis, North Second Avenue, from Washington to First Street, Minneapolis)

Deschutes Brewery brings a 402-foot bar with 40 taps to Washington Avenue. With music from Big Wu and Solid Gold, food from places including Red Cow and Republic. Proceeds go to Second Harvest Heartland. For more info, visit 2 to 10 p.m. 


2015 Parade of Homes

(Builders Association of the Twin Cities, 2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, 651-697-1954,

Thursdays-Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 4. Free; admission to Dream Homes is $5. 

Fried: Goodbye Summer

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

Featuring DJ Jim Frick, Misty Vales, Jared Flair, TML, Slamdunkapher, and Bujufanta. 9 p.m.

Driftwood Open Streets Block Party

(Driftwood Char Bar, 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

Live music all day. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase

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

7:30 p.m.