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Freeloader Friday: 42 free things to do this weekend

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In this edition of free stuff to do we have a ton of Pride Weekend events, including a march, a parade, dance parties, and more. We've also got some pop-up markets, a food-truck fest, and a few beer-garden parties. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

TransDykeQueer March 2016

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

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March through Minneapolis. Meet in Loring Park at 5 p.m. 5-7 p.m.

Pride Weekend

(The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-332-0835, www.saloonmn.com)

Featuring drink specials and music during the day. Evening performances have a cover. 18+. June 24-26. 

It Never Ends

(The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-443-6801, www.the-white-page.com)

New multimedia drawings by Nicole Sara Simpkins. With music by Talia Mailman and Migrane, reading by Darren Angle. 7-10 p.m. 

Condolence

(Ambiente Gallerie, 505 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-424-6944)

Collaborative work by Ethan Arnold and Linnea Maas Doyle. 5-10 p.m.

Pocket of Resistance

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

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8 p.m. 

Psychic Heat

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

With What Tyrants, Narco States, and the Boot. 9 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651-487-8200, www.comozooconservatory.org)

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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. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. www.classicalactorsensemble.org. 

Hollow Boys, Tungsten 

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

7:30 p.m.

Rhythm in Rice: Moon Grass, Irie Sol

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

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Free outdoor concerts every Friday throughout the summer. With beer and food-truck eats. 6-9 p.m. 

Jurassic World

(Phelps Park, 701 E. 39th St., Minneapolis)

Dusk.

Party Monster Fridays

(Ground Zero Nightclub, 15 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-5115)

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Upbeat dance music in a Gothic horror-themed venue. With drink specials. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5; free if in costume. 

Summer Bash and NHL Draft Viewing Party

(Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-726-8240, www.xcelenergycenter.com)

Featuring current and former Minnesota Wild players, floor hockey, interactive games, face painting, kids' coloring station, live radio broadcast. 6-9 p.m.

Much Ado About Nothing

(Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr., Richfield, 612-861-9365)

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Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents this play about love and betrayal at various outdoor venues throughout the area. 7 p.m. www.cromulentshakespeare.org. 

SATURDAY:

2016 Twin Cities Pride Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring four stages of music, exhibitors and vendors, food, beer garden, family happenings, and more. More info at www.tcpride.org. June 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Joyful is the Dark

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

Work by Carolyn Kent. 7 to midnight.

West End Neighbors' Beer Garden Party

(Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, 651-265-7800, www.summitbrewing.com)

Outdoor beer garden with Summit beer and root beer, with plant and garden art sale, music by Meg Ashling and Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, and children's activities. 3-8 p.m.

Pride Weekend

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(Cafe and Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis, 612-486-5500, www.cafelurcat.com)

Featuring DJs, drink specials, dancing, and food. Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-7 p.m.

Yeah Maybe #6

(Yeah Maybe, 2528 E 22nd st, Minneapolis, 612-819-7154)

Featuring artwork by Alana Luger-Guillaume and Rebecca Spagenthal, with live music by Good Doom and Chalk. 7:30 p.m.

The Peace Life (Album Release Show)

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(Eat My Words Bookstore: 1228 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-804-7985)

7 p.m.

E.T.

(Beltrami Park, 1111 Summer St. NE, Minneapolis)

Dusk. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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(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. 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. www.classicalactorsensemble.org. 

Stop Youth Violence

(North Commons Community Center, 1801 James Ave. N., Minneapolis)

Featuring free food, live music, guest speakers, and giveaways. 1-5 p.m. www.BrothersEMpowered.org. 

My Colours Are Bizzee closing reception

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(a little cube, 1139 Monroe St. NE, Minneapolis)

Art by by OUECHA . 6 to 8 p.m.

Mixed Culture

(Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-444-3209, fairstate.coop)

Beer festival featuring limited reserves of funky and sour brews. 2-8 p.m. 

Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats

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

10 p.m.

Fret Rattles, the Splendid End, Jetkick, DJ Rock the Monkey

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

9 p.m.

Much Ado About Nothing

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(Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd., St. Paul; 651-632-5111)

Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents this classic play about love and betrayal. 2 p.m. www.cromulentshakespeare.org. 

Wayzata Art Experience

(Downtown Wayzata, 701 E. Lake St., Clear Lake)

Featuring 100 juried artists, live music, food, and drinks. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. wayzataartexperience.com.  

Adam Turman/CHUX Print Garage Sale

(Steel Toe Brewing, 4848 35th St. W., St. Louis Park; 952-955-9965)

Test prints, posters, original artwork, tees, and more at sale prices. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Schell's/Grain Belt Patio Party

(Ward 6, 858 Payne Ave., St. Paul; 651-348-8181)

Featuring drink specials, patio games, prizes for best summer costume, giveaways. 2 to 5 p.m.

Winsome Mobile Studio Launch Party

(Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-0420)

Tour the Airstream and shop. 4 to 7 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade

Parade starts at Third Street and follows Hennepin Avenue to Spruce Street. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

MiX: The Pride Parade Party

(Marin Restaurant & Bar, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-252-7000, www.marinrestaurant.com)

Featuring drink specials, food, and music by DJ Lenka Paris. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Pride Parade Block Party

(Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, www.skywaytheatre.com)

Outdoors on the Bar Fly and Maruso patio, with DJ sets from Teddymac, DJ Eklipse, and MicDaddy. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  

Uptown Food Truck Festival

(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-824-1240, www.calhounsquare.com)

Featuring over 50 food trucks vendors, with live music, and local handcrafted beers. Proceeds benefit Minnesota Internship Center. For more info visit www.uptownfoodtruckfestival.com. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free; $2 wristband for beer/cider. 

Tilia Pop-Up Flea Market

(Tilia Mpls, 2726 43rd St. W., Minneapolis; 612-354-2806)

Featuring vintage records, textiles, ceramics, hot-dog stand, beers by Lift Bridge Brewery, and a variety of DJs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Much Ado About Nothing

(Minnehaha Falls, 4901 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents this classic play about love and betrayal. 2 p.m. www.cromulentshakespeare.org. 

Dan Israel

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

3 p.m.

1-800-BAND, Private Interests, Wowsville

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

9 p.m.

Ragamala Dance Company: Written In Water

(Khazana, 2225 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, 612-339-4565, www.khazana.com)

Free; RSVP suggested. 2-4 p.m.

Sunday Family Days: Despicable Me

(Target Field Station, 435 5th St. N., Minneapolis; 612-348-3848)

4-6 p.m. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Centennial Lakes Park And Putting Course, 7499 France Ave., Edina, 952-832-6789, www.centenniallakespark.com)

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. 2 p.m. Free; donations accepted. www.classicalactorsensemble.org.