Freeloader Friday: 36 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have a donut and beer open mic, a few street festivals, a porch party, and several bike events. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Lake Hiawatha (anthropocenic midden survey)

(Sandbox Theatre, 3109 E. 42nd St., Minneapolis)

Sean Connaughty collects trash from the lake as an artistic and anthropological statement. 5 to 9 p.m. 

Ryan Hughes: The Weight of Sunshine


(Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-767-6999,

Paintings. 6-9 p.m.

Minneapolis Greek Festival: Taste of Greece

(3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Enjoy Greek food, wine, games, dance, music, and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sootloose and Fancy Free

(The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-340-0155)

Soot paintings by Evan Ishmael. 5:30-7 p.m.

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Katy Vernon

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

In the Mia lobby. 6-8 p.m.

Ramm Band

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

9 p.m.


Tim Tozer: The Visit

(The Annex @ Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800)

Figurative paintings. 5 to 8 p.m. 

Rachel Hanson, Matt Ray

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

10 p.m.


(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,


Paintings and installations by Elaine Rutherford and Eleanor McGough. 7-10 p.m. 

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; $5 admission to Dream Homes. 

Fashion, Sex, & Power

(McNeal Hall, University of Minnesota, 1985 Buford Ave., St Paul, 612-626-9068,

Talk is part of the Joanne B. Eicher Symposium. 5:30 & 7 p.m. 



How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the International Monetary System

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

New work by Kenneth Steinbach. 6:30-9 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.

The Match Games with Ian Rans; Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heighburners (CD release), Sawed-Off String Band, Maya Elena


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

7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Food Truck Bike Crawl

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7580)

Meet at the market and ride to five different food trucks. The ride will be slow-paced, and 10 to 12 miles maximum. Noon to 5 p.m. 

Garage Sale and Fall Festival

(Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-9300,

Storewide sale on merchandise, Glam Doll Donuts, Cafe Racer food truck, and live performances from Low, Superior Siren, Steve Noonan, and Grape Whales. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Powderhorn Porchfest

(3200 - 3400 17th Ave S., Minneapolis)

Featuring tons of live music, chalking, ping pong, and more. 4 to 10 p.m.

Paul Shambroom: Lost

(Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 141 E. 4th St., Saint Paul, 651-222-6080,

Featuring three new photography projects by the artist, including a collaboration with photographer Andy Mattern. Artist talk 1 p.m.

19th Annual Art & Artists Celebration

(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668,


New sculptures, live music, family activities, and food. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

(Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis)

At the rec center. With music, art activities, games, food, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

(Midway Contemporary Art Library, 527 Second Ave. SE, Minneapolis)

Bring a computer and help make Wikipedia more awesome. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Midwest Biennial: superusted


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

Group show, curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. 7-11 p.m.

Kidstock! MacPhail Free Family Music Series

(MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-321-0100,

Open-house for kids 10 and under, with musical arts and crafts. Tours and activities are at 10 & 11 a.m.

Jazz in the Lobby Bar

(The Saint Paul Hotel: 350 Market, St Paul, 651-292-9292)

Featuring JoAnn Funk on piano with Jeff Brueske on bass. 7-11 p.m.


Last Hurrah To Summer Patio Party

(Floyd's, 1758 Arboretum Blvd., Victoria, 952-443-9944,

Featuring games, prizes, food, drinks, and performances by Michael Handler, and Shaw Bros. 2-10 p.m. 

Twin Cities Pagan Pride

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

Featuring Paganism education, and food drive, vendors, and entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

The Space Between the Words

(Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-728-5745,


Group art show. 6-9 p.m. 

Open House

(DEMO Center for Music, 3530 E 28th St., Minneapolis, 612-405-9001,

Featuring live performances and refreshments. 2-6 p.m.


Donut Party

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis)

Comedy open mic hosted by Chris Knutson and Rana May. Buy beer, eat donuts. 2:30 p.m.


Armenian Festival 2015

(St. Sahag Armenian Church, 203 N. Howell St., St. Paul, 651-603-1940,

Featuring cultural food, drinks, bake sale, bazaar, dancing, and music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Birchwood Bash

(Birchwood Cafe, 3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, 612-722-4474,

Featuring yoga, food, local brews, family entertainment, and live music. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

2015 National Exhibition

(Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 952-979-1100,


National juried exhibition featuring 60 paintings. 2-4 p.m.

Art at Rice Creek Festival

(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Road, Fridley, 763-574-1850,

Featuring vendors, workshops, raffles, and performances by LadyJ Griot and her Root Doctors, Armenian Dance Ensemble of MN, Word Sprout spoken word, Paulino Brener presents Paper Boats, Xibaba: Brazilian Jazz, and Fridley City Old Time Band. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

John Louis

(Dubliner Pub: 2162 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-646-5551)  

5-8 p.m.

cake. a burlesque birthday celebration.


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

5 p.m.

Open Streets

(University from Fifth to Oak Street, then down Oak Street to the river)

Featuring family activities, food, street art, demonstrations, and car-free roads. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.