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Freeloader Friday: 42 free things to do this weekend

The ultimate porch party is coming to south Minneapolis.

The ultimate porch party is coming to south Minneapolis.

This week in free things to do we have a beer party, a few carnivals, and a porch party in Powderhorn. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

FRIDAY:

Casa Magica

Group exhibition celebrating the 16th anniversary of Grupo Soap Del Corazon. Artists' talk 7-9 p.m. Fri. Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery and Education Space, 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall Carnival
Featuring rides, games, food, and carnival classics. Fri. 4-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon to 7 p.m. Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Dr. NE, Blaine, MN; 763-786-9704.

 

2016 Fall Fine Arts Show
Annual exhibition of member artwork, presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. Fri. 5-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. noon to 6 p.m. Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-203-0786.

Jamie Lee Curtis
Author presents her new children's book, 'This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From.' 6 p.m. Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington, MN; 952-883-8800.

Javier Matos & the Innocent Sons
9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-729-4365.

Jeremy Walker
6 p.m. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN; 612-332-5299.

Monochromatic
Group show. The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-326-1811.

Patrick Harison
6:30 p.m. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-276-6523.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-339-4333.

The Tex Pistols
7:30 p.m. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN; 763-571-9020.

Zinester Reading
Kickoff event for the Twin Cities Zine Fest, featuring work by selection of fest participants. 7 p.m. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-215-2520.

SATURDAY:

Natural Domestic
Exhibition of living sculptures and images by Crescent Collective. 7 to 9 p.m. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN; 612-436-1151.

3rd Annual Co-Optoberfest
Featuring live music, special beers, food, and more. 2-10 p.m. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-444-3209.

Back Alley
9 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-729-4365.

Powderhorn PorchFest
Bands, poetry, porches, dancing, food trucks, ping pong, chalk art, and more. 4 to 10 p.m. 3316 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.

Honky-Tonk Harvest
Featuring the release of the White Iron IPA, with craft beer drinking contest, food trucks, family fun, games, and live music from Machinery Hill, White Iron Band, That's My Uncle, Crop Dusters, Mark Andrew, and Little Riddles. Noon to midnight. Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 651-225-2184.

North Loop Fall Crawl
Daytime shopping crawl throughout Minneapolis's North Loop, featuring in-store events, designer trunk shows, and special promotions. Part of Fashion Week MN. More info at fashionweekmn.com. 10 a.m.

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named 2016
Harry Potter-themed bar crawl through downtown Minneapolis, with costume contests, photo booths, drink specials, and official T-shirts, with books and money donations benefiting Friends of Hennepin County Library. More info here. 7 p.m. Kieran's Irish Pub, 85 6th St. N, Minneapolis, MN; 612-339-4499.

Tiny Art
Group show featuring small scale pieces of six inches or less. 7-9 p.m. The Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE., Minneapolis, MN; 612-385-4239.

Bryan Nichols and James Buckley
6:30 p.m. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-276-6523.

Capturing Nature's Light
Plein air paintings by Scott Lloyd Anderson, Carl Bretzke, and Richard Kochenash. 6 p.m. Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN; 612-791-1285.

Community at Work Pop-Up Festival
Featuring arts, games, food, and entertainment. Noon to 3 p.m. Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, 1063 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul, MN; 651-298-5760.

Geometric Visions
Group show examining connection between art and math, featuring work by Alexandra Motz, Ann Marie Petermeir, Lori DeLyser, and Darrell Hagan. 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery 427, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-379-2237.

Marydale Festival

Featuring local artists, musicians, food, and family fun. For more info, visit district6stpaul.org/first-annual-marydale-festival. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marydale Park, 542 Maryland Ave. W., Maplewood, MN; 651-632-5111.

Minnesota State Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Featuring group singalongs of hymns, anthems, and gospel songs, with potluck lunch at noon. More info at www.mnfasola.org. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul, MN; 651-646-1478. 

Silent Aviary
Group show featuring work by Vanessa Foley and Teagan White, presented by The Vacvvm, with originals and prints available for purchase. In Suite 400V. 6-9 p.m. Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-363-5612.

Scott Graves
6 p.m. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN; 612-332-5299.

Shakespeare in the Garden
The River Valley Theater Company presents Shakespeare in the outdoors. 10:30 a.m. Scott County Historical Society, 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee, MN; 952-445-0378.

Shop with A Purpose
An Arc's Value Village Pop-Up Shop. Part of Fashion Week MN. Noon to 4 p.m. Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-363-5612.

Northrup King Nights
Featuring open studios and receptions. 6 to 10 p.m. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-363-5612.

Twin Cities Zine Fest
Featuring over 70 vendors. For more info, visit tczinefest.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN; 612-722-6612.

Sophia Shorai
7:30 p.m. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN; 763-571-9020.

Storyteller Saturdays with Tim Houlihan
Featuring round-robin of artists playing songs based around different themes. 7-9 p.m. DEMO Center for Music, 3530 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN; 612-405-9001.

Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch
Pick your own pumpkins. With a bounce house, bike and surrey rentals, games, and concessions. More info at www.wheelfunrentals.com/theirftp/Richfield-Pumpkinpatch.php. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 6335 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN; 612-861-9350.

5th Annual Boar Fest
Featuring food, beer and bourbon specials, oysters from the Fish Guys Inc., raffle for a Big Green Egg, and live music from Kent Burnside, Poverty Hash, the Dead Pigeons, Luke Warm & the Cool Hands, and Nathan Miller. Noon to 9 p.m. Butcher & the Boar, 1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-238-8888.

SUNDAY:

Haley Bonar (Record Release Show)
3 p.m.; free w/RSVP ($5 at the gate). Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis, MN; 612-758-0105. 

Gear for Beer
Got some sporting equipment you never use? Donate that item for a good cause and score a free beer. There will also be a raffle where donations benefit Boys and Girls Club. Bad Weather Brewery. Noon to 5 p.m., 414 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102; (651) 207-6627.

Czech and Slovak Festival
Featuring live music, dancers, children's games, ethnic food, arts, vendors, info booths, silent auction, and Czech beer. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. C.S.P.S Hall, 383 Michigan St., St. Paul, MN; 651-290-0542.

Issam Rafea
With Steven Hobert. 6-8 p.m. Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, MN; 651-228-9274.

Minneapolis Craft Market
Featuring local apparel, accessories, jewelry, footwear, and millinery. Part of Fashion Week MN. Noon to 6 p.m. Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN; 612-722-7222.

The Truth Booth
Inflatable sculpture provides safe space for attendees to describe what the truth is, presented by the Cause Collective. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mill Ruins Park, at the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge on the Mississippi, Minneapolis, MN; 612-313-7793.

Three Rivers Park District Wedding Fair
Featuring vendors specializing in all aspects of wedding need. 1-4 p.m. Silverwood Park, 2500 Cty Rd. E, St. Anthony, MN; 763-694-7707.

Open Streets on 50th
West 50th Street, between Wooddale Avenue in Edina and Chowen Avenue in Minneapolis, closes to cars. 1 to 5 p.m.