Freeloader Friday: 36 free things to do this weekend


This week in free things to do we have a bike celebration, a few beer parties, and a book crawl. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Guns in the Hands of Artists

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis)


Group show features works of art made out of guns. 6 to 9 p.m. 

Studio Payne's Grand Opening Party

(Studio Payne, 1129 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-230-7767,

Oddity shop's opening party, featuring art opening of "Windows" by Tatiana Blanch. 6 p.m. to midnight.  

The Silverteens, Jim Crego and the North Electric, Rich Yarges and the Pop Mechanics

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

10 p.m.

The Wibesman

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

8 p.m.

Brilliant Light

(Altered Esthetics at Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-378-8888)


An exhibition of photographs taken using natural light. 5-7 p.m.


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

With Tapebenders, Battlerat, and Tabah. 9 p.m.


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


With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

It's About Time

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

Photographs by Laura Crosby. Read more about her process here. 6-8 p.m.

Perry Project

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m.


Edina Art Fair

(50th & France, 3925 50th St. W., Edina)

Featuring work from local and national artists, with food trucks, family activities, and interactive displays. More info at Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 


57 Princes Closing Reception

(Aaron Neumann, Realtor, 607 22nd Ave. NE, Studio A, Minneapolis; 612-788-1284)


Last chance to see this cool group show celebrating Prince. Noon to 10 p.m.

LTD Brewing Co.'s 2nd Anniversary Party

(LTD Brewing Co., 8 8th Avenue N., Hopkins, 952-938-2415,

Featuring beer specials, food, kids activities, dunk tank, and live music from Stratocaster Disaster, Band 51, Lehto and Wright, Big Trees, and Dan Israel. 2-9 p.m. 

An Evening of Words and Sounds

(Yeah Maybe, 2528 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis)


Featuring spoken word by Paul Dickinson, Katelyn Farstad, Adam Caillier; music by Ochod Na Korze. 7 p.m.

Ekphrastic: A Collaborative Storytelling Experiment

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

Multi-panel storytelling collaboration facilitated by Megan Vossler. The closing reception features a pop-art book bar hosted by Riveter. 6-8 p.m.

Lit Crawl MN

(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste. 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575,


Literary events throughout Minneapolis, with party at Red Stag Supperclub at 10 p.m., featuring DJ Shannon Blowtorch. Check for a full schedule of events. 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

The Most Epic Used Book Sale

(2400 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis) 

Ancestry Books hosts this sale featuring books for $5 or less. Proceeds benefit free literary programming.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Discover Aviation Days

(Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport NE #5C, Blaine, 763-786-9490,


Featuring exhibits, aircraft and helicopter rides, food, and live music. Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Artcrank Minneapolis

(Fulton Brewery, 2540 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis,

Bike-inspired print-art posters and beer. Read more about the show here. 4-10 p.m. 

Life: Identity: Existence: All or None

(801 Art Gallery, 801 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-747-2313,


Work by Katayoun Amjadi, Qian Liu, Jane Powers, and Mayumi Amada. 6-9 p.m. 

2016 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

(Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222,

Indoor and outdoor family event, featuring theatrical performances, crafts, activities, live music, interactive art, and walking tour. Full lineup and more info at Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoor events free; indoor events are $5 each. 

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. 

Mill City String Quartet

(James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St Paul, 651-297-2555)

With tours of available after the concert. 7-8:30 p.m. 

The Horticultural Cabinet

(Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-925-2400,

<i>Doily of Foremothers</i> by Mayumi Amada

Doily of Foremothers by Mayumi Amada

Photographs by Natasha D'Schommer. 7-10 p.m.

Judy Gloom, Fistful of Datas, Salmon Cabin

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

7 p.m., 10 p.m.

Snak Attack

(Cinema Grill & Outtakes Bar: 2749 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope, 763-417-0017)


9 p.m.

Falcon Arrow, Technician, Psybeams, Tom's Hank.

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

9 p.m.

Como Cherry Tree Celebration

(Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul; 651-487-8201)


With taiko, Japanese dance, and other cultural happenings. 9:30 a.m.

Art in the Hollow

(Swede Hollow Park, 650 Payne Ave., St. Paul)

Featuring art booths, live music, dancers, actors, food trucks, and juried sculpture contest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 


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

Work by Tara Costello and Amelia Biewald. 7-10 p.m. 

St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

(St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-642-0411,

Featuring over 70 juried artists, food, live music, a used book sale, a plant sale, a gnome hunt, and art activities for children, at intersection of Como Avenue and Carter Avenue in St. Paul. For more info visit 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

WaterFest 2016

(Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr., St Paul, 651-771-7507)

Featuring canoe, paddleboat, canoe, kayak, and pontoon rides, with fishing contest, music, water games, jump castle, art, yoga, and live animals. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Mill Valley Kitchen's 5 Year Anniversary Party

(Mill Valley Kitchen, 3906 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-358-2000,

Featuring food and beverages, live entertainment, carnival games, and fun for kids. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 


Grand Old Days

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

Saturday featuring sidewalk sales and in-store events at retail businesses along Grand Ave, Sunday features parade, food vendors, festival gardens, family fun, drag, and live music. Check for full lineup and schedule. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The festival is free, but music/beer garden wristbands are $6-$8. 

Tandem Vintage’s Pretty Together Pop-Up Sale

(Quixotic Coffee, 769 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul)

Swimsuits, summer pieces, and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details here.

Dan Israel

(Fulton Brewery: 2540 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis) 

3-5 p.m.

Open Streets Minneapolis: Lyndale Avenue

(Lyndale Avenue, from 22nd to 42nd Streets, Minneapolis)

Enjoy Lyndale Avenue without cars, as bikes, skaters, and walkers make their way north and south. Along the way you'll find sidewalk sales, yoga, live music, and other outdoor fun. Jungle theater will have music from Brother Ali, Sean Anonymous, Gramma's Boyfriend, Birthday Suits, Al Church, ZuluZuluu, Warehouse Eyes, and Sloslylove, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; music through 8 p.m.