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Freeloader Friday: 40 free things to do this weekend

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This week in free things to do we have a ton of festivals, a bike party, art shows, open markets, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

Grease Rag's 7th Birthday Party

(A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 Main St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-339-1034)

Featuring cake, community, and a slow ride to the beach. 6 p.m.

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Play Nintendo Tour

(Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington, 952-883-8800)

Nintendo’s classic characters and games brought to life. With games, contests, prizes, and photo opportunities. Fri. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. play.nintendo.com/tour. 

European Open-Air Flea Market

(Brown & Green Floral Market Ltd., 4400 Beard Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-928-3778, www.bgfloral.net)

Featuring antiques, fragrances, candles, vintage pieces, and discounted treasures. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Realm of the Unknown

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

Group show featuring past and present Form+Content interns. 6-9 p.m.

Rhythm in Rice

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

With music by Ryan Liestman’s Reggae Revival, Ipso Facto; food from Home Street Home, Simply Steve, R.A. MacSammy’s, Asian Invasion, Hometown Creamery; beer from Tin Whiskers, Summit Brewing.

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More info at www.rhythminrice.com. 6-9 p.m.

Porno Wolves, Buffalo Fuzz, Lazy Scorsese

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

10 p.m.

Machinery Hill

(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

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8 p.m.

Dee Miller

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

7:30 p.m.

Furious 7

(2500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis)

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Dusk. 

What Tyrants, Jollys, Monica LaPlante, Grape Whales

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

9 p.m.

Shawn Stelton and Matthew French

(Studio 2: 818 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-444-3460)

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Music. 7-9 p.m.

Little Bobby

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

9 p.m.

Whiz Bang Days

(Sanborn Park, Shoreline Dr. & Chowen Ave. N., Robbinsdale, 763-531-1276)

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Featuring live music, family events, arts and crafts exhibitions, talent show, food and beverage vendors, flower and plant show, fireworks, and more. For more info visit www.whizbangdays.com. Fri. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Six McKnight Artists

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org)

Group show featuring recipients of the 2015-2016 McKnight Fellowships for Ceramic Artists. 6-8 p.m.

History Cruze Car Show

(Neumann's Bar, 2531 E. 7th Ave. N., Maplewood, 651-770-6020, www.neumannsbar.com)

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With drink specials, and music by the Great Pearl Brothers Band. 5 p.m.-midnight. 

Dances at the Lake Festival

(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400, www.minneapolisparks.org)

Dance performances featuring professional and student dancers, presented by the Christopher Watson Dance Company. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Matthews Park and Community Center, 2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-370-4950)

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Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. For a full list of performance locations, visit www.classicalactorsensemble.org. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted.  

SATURDAY:

Dragon Festival 2016

(Lake Phalen, 1400 Phalen Dr., St. Paul, 651-776-9833)

Featuring dragon boat races, dancing, food and beverage vendors, art, and children's activities. For more info visit www.dragonfestival.org. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Folklore Remix

(Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis, 612-367-4327, www.gamutgallerympls.com)

Work by Rodrigo Oñate, Luis Fitch, and Repo. 7-11 p.m.

Stanley Boxer and Joyce Weinstein

(Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-791-1285, www.facebook.com/FlandersArt)

Abstract expressionist paintings. 6-9 p.m. 

Midtown Global Music Festival

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

Featuring free live music and dance from around the world, on three stages. Ceremony celebrating Global Midtown Market's 10th anniversary beginning at 10 a.m., with speech by R.T. Rybak. Noon to 8 p.m. 

Tex Pistols

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

7:30 p.m. 

For the Love: A Community Celebration

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

Featuring 14 live acts, a dance party featuring DJ Frank Castle, and DJ Keezy, with face-painter, caricature artist, and family activities. All ages until 10 p.m. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.  

Flasher, Dead Man Boys, Choir, the Toxenes

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

10 p.m.

Beyond De-th, Hrad Vallis, Sable Bedlam, Trinity Test 

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

9 p.m.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

(425 W. 26th St., Minneapolis)

Dusk.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Lake of the Isles, 2500 Lake Isles Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400, www.minneapolisparks.org)

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. For a full list of performance locations, visit www.classicalactorsensemble.org. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

The Adventures of Juan Bobo

(Various locations)

This puppet show, part of the theater's Driveway Tour, was inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories. Visit www.openeyetheatre.org for a full listing of tour shows, locations, and times. 11 a.m.

From Then to Now

(East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

Guided immigration history walking tour of St Paul's East Side, with panel discussion with local immigrant chefs and catered lunch. RSVP required. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. z.umn.edu/fromthentonow.

Village of Hip Hop

(Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-0459, www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org)

Featuring panel talks, dance workshops, a film presentation, music by DJs Francisco and Kool Akiem, dance instruction, food, art, and vendors. Sat. 1-6:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-5:40 p.m.

Mary Olson

(Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-345-7391)

5 to 8 p.m.

Jack Knife and the Sharps

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

9 p.m. 

9th Annual Studio Artist Sale

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org)

Featuring sculpture, tableware, and serving pieces from in-house artisans, with studio tours, and artist chats. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Yacht Rock On the Mississippi

(Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-9069)

DJs Jan and Jake Rudh, '70s and '80s visuals. 8 to midnight.

Art at St. Kate's

(St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6000, www.stkate.edu/ce)

Outdoor art fair presented by Artists' Circle and Textile Center, featuring 100 artists from the upper Midwest. More info at www.artistscircle.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Art from the Attic

(Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St., Hopkins, 952-979-1100, www.hopkinsartscenter.com)

Pre-owned artwork sale, benefiting art programs for the Center, with self-guided tours, and artists' talks. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

SUNDAY:

Open Streets Minneapolis: Downtown

(Washington Avenue North, from Eighth Avenue North to First Avenue North, and First Avenue North, from Washington Avenue North to Eight Street South)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. For more info visit openstreetsmpls.com. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Doomtree

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

RSVP and more info at sociablecider.com/store/doomtree. All ages. 3 p.m. It's free with RSVP; $5 at the gate. 

Frankie's White Castle Birthday Bash

(Neumann's Bar, 2531 E. 7th Ave. N., Maplewood, 651-770-6020, www.neumannsbar.com)

With live music from Joe Gag's Gang and Harrison St., food, drink specials, and motorcycles. 2-8 p.m. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Augsburg Park, 70th & Nicollet, Richfield)

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's popular comedy about two pairs of young Athenian lovers who become entangled in the fairy kingdom while a group of amateur theatricals rehearse a play. For a full list of performance locations, visit www.classicalactorsensemble.org. 2 p.m. Free; donations accepted.