Freeloader Friday: 36 free things to do this weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have a few rock shows, an ice-cream party, and a huge neighborhood garage sale that looks to be selling some great stuff. Come take a look and plan your cheap weekend.


2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

(MCAD - MFA Building, 2201 First Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Group show featuring graduation Master of Fine Arts candidates. 6-9 p.m. Fri.


Hey, That’s My JAM: A 90s Dance Party

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

Featuring Hey There Handsome and Slow Moe. 10 p.m.

Nancy Olson 

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

7 p.m.

Joe Cruz, Tom Hunter

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

4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 

Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale

Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info and a printable map, visit


Pieces United


(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-874-7222)

Works by Toni Dachis. 7-9 p.m.


The Kronick Quintet (CD Release Show)

(Golden's Cafe and Deli: 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888)

8 p.m. 



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

With Deathwish, War/Plague, and Hive. 9 p.m.

Lady Heat

(Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis)

10 p.m. 21+.


Bad Lucky 

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

9 p.m.

Jeremy Walker

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

6 p.m. 


Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition

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

Featuring work by Makenzie Flom, Sam Orosz, and Amira Pualwan. 6:30-9 p.m. Evening features a gallery talk with the artists. 

The Compassion Experience

(Calvary Baptist Church, 2120 Lexington Ave., Roseville, 651-487-2855)

Interactive outdoor exhibit presented by Compassion International follows children's experiences throughout the world. More info at May 13-16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 



Pints and Pups

(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-227-9635,

Fundraising for animal rescue organizations, with food by Nate Dogs. Bring your friendly leashed dog! 1-9 p.m.


Pan Asian Arts Festival

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington; 952-883-8800)


Family event features Pan Asian dance, carnival games, food, K-pop and J-pop performances, origami, henna tattoos, more. Noon to 8 p.m.

Spring Commencement Exhibition 2016

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

Group show featuring the work of spring graduating class. 5 p.m.

NuCubism: NuHeroes

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


Work by Barry McMahon. 6-9 p.m.

EcoArts Fest

(Harriet Island, 200 Drive Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul, 651-266-6400)

Outdoor arts, environmental, and cultural celebration, featuring a parade, the Frogtown Arborators Band, the St. Paul Civic Symphony, Wishes for the Sky, more. More info at 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


(Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis, 612-367-4327,


Mixed media collaborative exhibit featuring Ramses Alarcon-Sanchez and local photographers. 7-11 p.m. 

Fox & Coyote, Gaelynn Lea, Al Church

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

7 p.m., 10 p.m.


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


Fundraiser featuring group exhibition viewable through peepholes, with limited edition collectibles. 7-11 p.m. 

Scottie Miller Band

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

7:30 p.m. 

Nikki Roux and Rich Rue

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


6 p.m.

Scott Seekins: The New Eden

(Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-791-1285,

Paintings inspired by the Dakota Conflict of 1862. This show is not without controversy, read up about it here. 6-9 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. 

Mary Allen and the Percolators

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

With the Sundresses, the Electric Circus, Private Interests, and Buffalo Fuzz. 9 p.m. 

Snak Attack

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

9 p.m.

Southern Resident Killer Whales

(Sidhe Brewing Company: 652 Jenks Ave., St. Paul, 612-424-1534)

With Hello Como. 7 p.m.


2 Year Anniversary Celebration

(Hola Arepa, 3501 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-345-5583,

Parking lot party featuring Wants vs. Needs DJs, live performance by Malamanya, food truck treats, and vintage cocktails. All ages. 3-8 p.m.


Free Ice Cream Tasting

(Urban Growler Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul; 651-340-5793)

Sample over 15 flavors. Stracciatella and Rhubarb Cinnamon Almond are May's special editions. 2 to 5 p.m.

The Art Force Mural Bike Ride

(Maeve's Cafe, 300 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-1033,

Group bike ride taking in murals of Minneapolis. Noon. 

Urban Expedition: Nigeria

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293,

Featuring the culture, heritage, and traditions of Nigeria, with live music and dance performances. 1-3 p.m. 

Midway Conversations 2016

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

Featuring the premiere of Neighborhood Minidocumentary Projects, shorts from Hamline University's Visual Anthropology Class. There will be popcorn, treats, and conversation. All ages. 5:30 p.m.

International Fluevog Day

(Fluevog Shoes, 2900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-821-1970,

Featuring cupcakes, refreshments, grab bags, and in-store photo booth. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 


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

With Timisarocker. 8 p.m.

Art of Change

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

A multimedia exploration of art, life with HIV, and the history of the Minnesota AIDS Project. Featuring work of Nigel Grigsby. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit for more info.