Freeloader Friday: 35 free things to do this weekend


This week in free things to do we have a few LGBTQ happenings to warm you up for next weekend's Pride Weekend, some crazy-wild art parties, an intense bike race, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend on the cheap.


Stone Arch Bridge Festival

(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,


Featuring artwork displays, live music from Mark Mallman, Federales, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Phantom Tails, and Dan Israel, children's activities, interactive games, car show, beer sampler, food, and drinks. For more info and full lineups, check Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Double Vision Quest

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

New site-specific installation art by art group Paintallica. 6-9 p.m. 

GermanFest Minnesota

(Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St W, St Paul)

Featuring interactive art exhibits, live music from Polka Police and Zed Leppelin, strongmen, wiener dog races, crafts for kids, and German beer and food. Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Party Monster Fridays

(Ground Zero Nightclub, 15 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-5115)

Upbeat dance music. With drink specials. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5; free if in costume.

Catbath, Ego Death, Straya

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


10 p.m.

North Star Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium

(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring men's and women's races, kids' fun race, bike expo, more. For more info visit 4:30-9 p.m. 

Artspace Jackson Flats "Garage" Sale

(Artspace Jackson Flats, 901 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-465-0205)


Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Words and Pictures

(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Group show featuring Minnesota women author/illustrators. 6-8 p.m.

Wain McFarlane & Dreadlock Cowboy

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


9 p.m.

Rhythm in Rice

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

Free outdoor concerts every Friday throughout the summer. For lineup and more info, visit 6-9 p.m.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)


7:30 p.m.

49er Days

(Fridley Common Park, 6250 7th St. NE, Fridley)

Featuring live music, family activities, food vendors, beverages, and bingo. Check for more info. Fri. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

St. Louis Park Parktacular

(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis, 763-682-4590)


Featuring live music from Chase and Ovation, and the Shane Martin Band, with family events, food and drink vendors, fishing clinic, expo, climbing wall, art hunt, pony rides, petting zoo, and Grand Day Parade. More info at Fri. 6-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Classical Actors Ensemble (CAE) presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. The show opens at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden and moves on to other parks for other performances. For a full list of the parks and outdoor spaces where the company will perform, visit Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through July 17. Free; donations accepted. Friday's show is at Lake Harriet Rose Garden, Saturday's is at the Lake of the Isles, and Sunday's show is at Newell Park in St. Paul. 


(PinkU, 20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Late-night sneak-peek happy hour. 10 p.m. to midnight.


The Vibe: Celebrating Queer Communities of Color

(Ginger Hop, 201 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-746-0304)

21+. Music from DJ Lady Em and DJ Michel.Be honoring those lost in the Orlando massacre. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Art Up-Cycle: The Exhibition

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


Group show featuring transformed work from unwanted donated pieces. 7-10 p.m.

Rock the Garden Pre-Party

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

Featuring drink specials, a Bloody Mary bar, DJ Jade from the Current. With festival pass giveaways and a Tiki Tram to Boom Island. 12-2 p.m.

All Fathers' Eve

(Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, 612-799-9166,


A night of poetry, music, and film, with performances set in front of screening of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. 8 p.m.  

Silence & Echoes

(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, 612-625-9494,

Art inspired by the pursuit of silence. 

Valet, Pocket Genius, Ominous Rex

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


7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Dalmatian Toadflax, Hidden Beach, Gerald Prokop

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

9 p.m.

Summer Solstice All Day Night Market

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


You read that right. With food trucks, beer, artisans, artists, crafters, psychics, and more. Noon to midnight.

Unnamed Forms of Space and Matter

(Site Specific Installation, 506 View St., St. Paul, 612-222-7592)

Site-specific installation by Kenneth Steinbach. 6-9 p.m. Sat., Sun., 2-5 p.m.  

19th Annual Midwest Regional Yo-Yo Championships

(Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington, 952-883-8800)


Featuring five divisions of competition, from amateur to professional. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Martian

(Lynnhurst Park, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis)

Movie at dusk.

Juneteenth Celebration

(North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi, Minneapolis, 763-694-7693,


Featuring live music, cultural and family activities, storytelling, food and beverage vendors, more. For more info visit 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Brian Naughton Band

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

9 p.m.

The Princess Bride

(Como Dockside, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul; 651-666-9491)


Music by Mike Gunther. 7 p.m.

Art Blast

Nine-day community celebration of the arts, featuring live entertainment, wine and canvas event, photo contest, live music, and bluegrass festival. For more info visit June 18-26. Many events are free; some events require tickets. 

3x5 June Residency

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

Featuring the work of three artist coordinators and an emerging artist in residence. 6-10 p.m.  


North Star Grand Prix: Stillwater Criterium

(306 W. Olive St., Stillwater)

The final race in this series is brutal, as cyclists must make multiple trips up the steep Chilkoot Hill. Featuring men's and women's races, kids' fun race, bike expo, more. For more info visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mondo Queer Beach Party: Trans Take-Over Edition

(East side of Lake Nokomis at 50th Street, Minneapolis) 

Swim, eat, and chill with queer, trans, gender non-conforming revelers and allies. Noon to 5 p.m. Food-shelf donations will be accepted.

Freddie and the Southsiders

(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment: 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908)

7 p.m.

Minnesota Comic Book Convention

(Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Highway 10, Moundsview, 763-784-7350,

Featuring dealers with comics from the past and present, collectibles, and buyers for unused comics. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m.