Freeloader Friday: 36 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have a bike and beer crawl, lots of Christmas parties, and gallery shows galore. Some take a look and plan your weekend.


Abstract Prints

(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 612-564-3569,

Pamela Carberry and Mark D. Klotz. 6-9 p.m.


Dan Israel (CD Release Show)

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

10 p.m.

Color TV

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

With Mystery Date, and Mystic Liberal. 9 p.m.

European Christmas Market

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

Featuring handmade holiday gifts from local vendors and European-inspired food. Fridays, 2-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 13. 


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

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.


MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Sarah Krueger

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

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


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

New ceramics by Ernest Miller. 7-10 p.m. 


Prints on Ice: The 28th Cooperative Exhibition

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

Group show featuring lithography, relief, intaglio, screenprinting, and monotype. 6:30-9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m. 

Open Studios


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

See student work and tour public spaces throughout the building. 6-10 p.m.  

Holidazzle Village

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring movie screenings, an ice rink, holiday vendors, family entertainment, and more. Thursdays, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20.  



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

New paintings. Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 12-9 p.m. 

The Seward Winter Frolic and Art Crawl

(The Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-7481,

Kickoff party, music, food, tree-lighting ceremony, hay rides, visit from Santa, and special events at area businesses. Takes place throughout Seward neighborhood. For locations and info, check Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama


(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Featuring local jewelry designers, print artists, book makers, seasonal food, and holiday decorations. More info at Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday on 44th

(Patrick Henry High School, 2020 43rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-8060)

Featuring horse-drawn wagons, music, magicians, fire jugglers, chestnut roasting, and craft fair. 6-9:30 p.m. 

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

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

Closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 7. Free; $4 skate rental (free with Wells Fargo check or credit card). 


Holiday Open Haus

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

The GAI's mansion will be decorated for the season, with vendors featuring crafts and goods from German and local artisans, model trains, and a visit from St. Nikolaus on Sunday. Sat. 12-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Sale 2015

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

Featuring handcrafted artwork by members and guests. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. 

Santa Cycle Rampage

(The Freehouse, 701 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-339-7011,

Brew house bike crawl in Santa costumes. Route hits Surly, Bauhaus, Indeed, Dangerous Man, and Fulton, after breakfast at the Freehouse. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 


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

Paintings and prints by Robert Dorlac, Larry Hofmann, Clara Ueland and Larry Welo. 2-5 p.m.

Planet Waves

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

Paintings by Howard Oransky. 8-10 p.m.


Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. First Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Icing on the Cake 2015

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

Featuring paintings by Matthew Rucker. Noon-6 p.m. 

Neighborhoods: Up Close and From Afar 

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

Abstract paintings by James Conaway. Noon-5 p.m.

12 Year Anniversary

(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)

Featuring local art and crafts, snacks, live music, prizes, and gifts. Dec. 5-6, 2-8 p.m. 

Flamenco Christmas Procession on Payne

(Arlington Hills Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, 651-793-3930)

Public invited to walk, dance, and sing with the performance down Payne Avenue, with flashmob performances at various venues along the route. 3-4:30 p.m. 

Grand Meander

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029,

Featuring breakfast with Santa, Christmas carolers, shopping, art crawl, reindeer, and free trolly rides. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Craft Hop

(Grain Belt Brew House, 1224 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis)

Local artists and artisans showcase their handmade creations. 12-5 p.m. 

Taj Raj (Farewell Show) 

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

With Tall, Tall Mountain, and Iguano. 10 p.m.

Lockgnar (CD Release Show) 

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

With Plagued Insanity, Catarone, and Non. 9 p.m.

Art & Craft Fair

(Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647,

Featuring local artists and their handmade glass beads, knit and felted items, quilted products, wooden items, metal sculptures, and jewelry. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 


Linden Hills Holiday Farmers' Market

(Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 W. 44th St., Minneapolis, 612-926-2654,

Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20. 

1850s Holiday Party

(Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-870-8001,

Light refreshments, music, guided tours, period costumes, and decorations. 12:30-3:30 p.m., Free; donations accepted. 

Minneapolis Craft Market

(Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-758-0105,

Based on the London street market concept, outdoor event that will be held rain, shine, or snow. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20. 

Monkey Bar Dance Residency

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597,

Featuring choreography duo Non Edwards and Missa Kes. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2. 

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(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989,

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m.