Freeloader Friday: 37 free things to do this weekend


This week in free things to do, we have an epic amount of Record Store Day parties, free ice cream, a science fair with beer (and lots of other beer-related happenings), bikes rides (including 30 Days of Biking and a ride for Bernie Sanders), and some fashion fun.

Come take a look and plan your weekend for cheap.



NYX Cosmetics Mall of America Grand Opening 

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


Featuring freebies, prizes, celebrity appearances, and more. Through Sunday.

House Music Party

(Domo Gastro: 1032 3rd Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-200-8946)

Featuring DJ Windsor, DJ Risky Fingers. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Hot Cellars (Album Release Show) 

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

With What Tyrants, the Sexrays. 10 p.m.

Modist Brewing Company

(505 N. Third St., Minneapolis; 612-454-0258)

Check out the new space. Beer and food trucks through Sunday. Read more about this new space here

Cray Cray Tax Day

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


Featuring Technician, Blurring Agent, Brasszilla, and Harbor City Project. 5:15 p.m.

Botanica: Jewels of the Earth

(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-239-2047,

Nature-inspired group show. 7-10 p.m.

Spring Pop Up Art Fair

(Town Square, 445 Minnesota St., St. Paul, 651-291-5338,

Featuring displays from local artists, St. Paul Saints ticket giveaways, and gift certificate drawings for area merchants. In the skyway level. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



(The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-326-1811,

Paintings by Rodrigo Oñate. 5-7 p.m.

Tap Relief Day

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

Featuring eight beers from Excelsior Brewing, Rolling Stones tribute from Tumblin Dice Band. 4 p.m. 

Grand Opening


(Seven Spokes Bike Shop, 1044 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul; 651-698-2453)

There will be hot dogs, freezy pops, birthday cake. 11 a.m.


Love Record Store Day? Check out our cover story on the daylong, cities-wide blow out.

Record Store Day

(Flashlight Vinyl, 1519 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, 612-558-3838,


Featuring exclusive RSD releases, and 20 percent off all used records throughout the weekend. With live performances by Jill and the New Gruv, Marah in the Mainsail, DJ Marino, Egypto Knuckles, DJ Snuggles, Travis Ramin, and Carnage the Executioner. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Record Store Day Block Party

(Hymie's Vintage Records, 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-729-8890)

Featuring two stages of music, including Charlie Parr, Bruise Violet, What Tyrants, Chastity Brown, Corpse Reviver, Narco States, and Shadow in the Crack . 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Record Store Day

(Down in the Valley, Golden Valley Shopping Center - Highway 55 & Winnetka, Golden Valley, 763-544-0033,

Exclusive RSD releases; refreshments from Valley Pastries; grab bags; 20 percent off all used vinyl, CDs, and DVDs; concert ticket and vinyl- and box-set giveaways. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 


Record Store Day

(Roadrunner Records, 4304 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-822-0613,

Exclusive RSD releases, free T-shirt with $100 purchase, weenie roast and beverages, prizes, giveaways, and live music from the Starfolk, Kinda Kinky, Ye Ye Pow, Runes Av Vaskeri, and the Carpetbagers. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Record Store Day

(Dead Media, 3330 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, 612-222-1655,

Featuring exclusive RSD releases; food; 15 percent all used records; live performances from Kitten Forever, Rupert Angeleyes, Animal Lover, Naive Sense, and Pale Spectre; DJ sets from local record labels. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 


Eclipse Records

(419 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul; 651-224-2500)

Limited-release posters, petting zoo, and record deals. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Plus-Size Pop-Up Shop

(Second Début Renewed Fashions, 4300 W. 36 1/2 St., St. Louis Park; 952-922-9640)

Shop cool items from local bloggers like Amanda Williams of Bella Moxie, Cat Polivoda of Cat Inspired, Elizabeth of Bella Moxie blog, and more. With sweets, massages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP is requested, click here for the site


Bike for Bernie Sandwiches: Ride, Rally, and Fundraiser

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

Bike ride through south Minneapolis, with activities, scavenger hunt, and a lunch stop in Powderhorn Park where there will be a dance party and sandwich auction. Ride concludes at Modus Locus. Email [email protected] for more info. 3-6 p.m. 


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

New paintings by Amy Rice. 2-5 p.m.


June Moon: Spiritual Feminism

(Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-382-9477)

Paintings by the south Minneapolis artist. 6-9 p.m.


Exact to Abstract

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

Featuring the works of C. Kim Pickering, Susan Horns Kolstad, and Cecilia Schiller. Music by Cadillac Kolstad. 6-9 p.m. 

Madeyewlook does insane makeup art...

Madeyewlook does insane makeup art...

Art(ists) on the Verge 7: Artists' Talk

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

3-5 p.m.

Bad Weather Brewing Third Anniversary 

(Bad Weather Brewing Company, 414 7th St. W., St. Paul; 651-207-6627)


Featuring 18 beers on tap, plus the special anniversary beer Baril Du Pluie, an oak-aged Belgian Tripel infused with cranberries. Noon to midnight.

In which we ride bikes and eat pastries

(Perennial Cycle, 3342 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-827-8000)

Pastries, coffee, and nice people abound at this weekly friendly-paced bike ride that usually covers 5 to 6 miles total. 10 a.m.

Bloom: Kordula Coleman and Kei Gratton

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

Some of the brews on tap at Badweather.

Some of the brews on tap at Badweather.

Ceramic sculptures and paintings. 7-10 p.m.

Business Man

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

With Future Planets. 10 p.m.

New Work by Gallery Artists

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

Fashion blogger Cat Polivoda looking chic.

Fashion blogger Cat Polivoda looking chic.

Group show. 6-9 p.m.



(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386,

Paintings by Janice Mason Steeves. 5-8 p.m.

Mark Stone Band

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


9 p.m.

Platypus (CD Release Show)

(Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown: 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-9900)

4-7 p.m.

Floral Print

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


With Rupert Angeleyes, Joey Joey Michaels, and Battlerat. 10 p.m.

Hillary Berg: County Lines

(Color Space Art and Imaging, 77 13th Ave. NE, Ste 206A, Minneapolis; 612-392-0230)

6 to 8 p.m.

Social Science Free Ice Cream Tasting

(11 Wells Distillery, 704 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul; 651-300-9328)


Sample 15-plus flavors, including April's flavors: Stout Oat Crunch and Roasted Banana. 2 to 5 p.m.


Grown-Up Club's Casual Science Fair

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Avenue W., Minneapolis, 612-321-8324,

Featuring demonstrations, interactive displays, and group activities, scored by judges. 1-4 p.m. 

30 Days of Biking: Theodore Wirth Parkway Ride

(Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee, 1830 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis)   


Family-friendly ride for all. 3 p.m.

Hands Up, Don't Shoot (Her)

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444,

Group show, curated by Roderic Southall. Part of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. The closing reception is from 5 to 7 p.m.

Family Art Day

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-4444,

Featuring music by Siama's Afrobilly Blue, and Voice of Culture, storytelling with Auntie Beverly, and art-making with Joanna Nunez and Irina Barrera. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.