Freeloader Friday: 50 free things to do this weekend

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This weekend in free things things to do we have a ton of block parties, major acts for free once inside the State Fairgrounds, and classes on pottery, beer sampling, and crafting for the resistance. Come take a look and plan your weekend. 


France Camp
With Male Gaze, Battlerat, 26 Bats, and Spur Yields. 9 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses
With Contentious and DJ SLT. 10 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts
9 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri.; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Tappy Hour
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. from Aug. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Lara Neel
Author presents her new book, 'Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors and Women Who Persist.' 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. Knit & Bolt, 2833 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-1180.

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

Flourish: The Renaissance of Hmong Flower Singing In Concert
Featuring Gaosong V. Heu and Pang Her Vang, with post-show discussion and reception. 7 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul; 651-789-2500.

Lab After Dark: Clay Workshop
Presented by Northern Clay Center. Call to register. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Free; registration required. George Latimer Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul; 651-266-7000.

6:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Free. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299.

Movies in the Parks: The Mighty Ducks
With music from the Shackletons. For more info and locations, check out Park and Rec's handy website: 9 p.m. Daily from June 23-Aug. 26; Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785.

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. 10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat.; Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

Woodbury Days 2017
Featuring carnival games and rides, petting zoo, performances on the Band Shell Stage including the Dweebs and GB Leighton, bingo, a parade, business fair, car show, beer tent, fireworks, and more. 4 to 10:30 p.m. Fri.; 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ojibway Park, 7401 Wyndham Way, Woodbury;

West Broadway Farmers Market
Featuring locally sourced food and informational community presentations. More info here. 3-7 p.m. Every Fri. from June 9-Oct. 6; Free. West Broadway Farmers Market, 300 W Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-353-5178.

Free once you get into the Fair:

The Pointer Sisters
8:30 p.m. Daily from Aug. 24-25; Free with admission. Leinie Lodge Bandshell, 1265 Snelling Ave. N, MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; 651-288-4400.




Sleepwalker Parking Lot Party
Featuring live music, BBQ, special brewery barrel-aged beers, the release the 2017 Sleepwalker IIIPA and REM (Real English Monster) Barrel-Aged English-Style Barleywine, and games. Sat. 2-10 p.m. LTD Brewing, 8 Eighth Ave. N., Hopkins; 952-938-2415.

Hey, That's My Jam Dance Party
Featuring Hey There Handsome and Slow Moe. 10 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Aloha From Hell
With Worstcase Scenario, Blazin Shadows, and Wet Leather. 9 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Queer Circus
All-inclusive queer circus experience: kings, queens, aerialists, clowns, magicians, burlesque, singers, contortionists, musicians, and weirdos of all sorts. Hosted by Gabe Gabriel and the Lady Martina Marraccino. Sat. 8-10 p.m. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste 004, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

National Dog Day
Free "muttloaf" for your pup all day when you buy a human entree. Stop into Stanley's, the Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, and Pub 819. All day Saturday. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-2529.

Go Topless Minnesota
Folks from around the world will gather this Saturday and go topless in support of women’s rights. That includes maintaining health care services, fighting for equal pay, seeking justice for rape, and upholding the right to choose. In Minneapolis, demonstrators will come together at Gold Medal Park for a day of discussion and unity. Bands and DJs will play tunes, and there will also be performances. The event is animal- and family-friendly. Tops are optional, but those who are disruptive or disrespectful will be ejected. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Gold Medal Park, 900 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-339-4711.

3rd Annual 7th Street Live
Community festival featuring local foods, WEQY DJs, Lucha Libre wrestling, breakdance battle, 3 on 3 basketball and soccer tournament, dance group performances, and live music by Ashley DuBose and UMOJA. Taking place at 895 7th St. E. 12-6 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Dayton's Bluff Community Council, 798 E. 7th St., St. Paul; 651-772-2075.

Family festival of fiber art making with a local fiber artist market. 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Aug. 26; Free. Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis; 612-436-0464.

Back Alley
9 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Boom Room Jazz
Monthly jazz series featuring variety of acts. 7 p.m. Every last Sat.; Free. Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635.

Oil paintings by Lisa Grossman. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26. Aug. 26-Oct. 7; Free. Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-332-2386.

Steve Kimmel
6:30 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 612-332-5299.

Charlie Lawson
Monthly residency with a different featured artist each month. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Every last Sat.; Free. Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-646-5551.

Chastity Brown
With Tim Mahoney. 2-6 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer; 651-257-6668.

Destroy// Minneapolis
Leyya Mona Tawil, artistic director of Oakland-based DANCE ELIXIR, presents a performance created on location with local artists Kaleena Miller, Non Edwards, and Ananya Dance Theatre’s Leila Awadallah. 8-10:30 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-623-9176.

Frog-A-Rimba Celebration
Pageant of the frogs party featuring performers from the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, carnival games, prizes, hands-on learning stations, and presentations from the Frog Lab. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. HmongTown Marketplace, 217 Como Ave., St. Paul; 651-487-3700.

Patty Peterson
7:30 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Minneapolis; 763-571-9020.

Rock the Docks Featuring American Bootleg
5-8 p.m. Aug. 26; Free. Charlie's On Prior, 3950 Green Heights Tr. SW, Prior Lake; 952-226-5253.

Secret Life of Pets
Sat., Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. Bryant Square Park.

Aitkin Farmers' Market
Featuring local baked good, organic produce, handmade soaps, jellies and jams, flowers, yarn and wool products, and live music. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 27-Sept. 2; Free. The Butler Building, 301 Minnesota Ave. N., Aitkin; 732-946-2711.

Midtown Farmers Market
Featuring local produce, meats, and cheeses, with prepared foods, local artwork, and live entertainment. More info at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28; 3-7 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31; Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.

New Hope Community Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from June 21; Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
Featuring locally grown produce, live music, children's activities, and food trucks. More info at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 20-Oct. 21; Free. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-2761.

Free once you get into the Fair:

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
8:30 p.m. Daily from Aug. 26-27; Free with admission. Leinie Lodge Bandshell, 1265 Snelling Ave. N, MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul; 651-288-4400.


Five Watt Flea Market
Vintage aficionados will want to stop by Five Watt this Sunday for its second-annual flea market. The lineup features a variety of sellers both big and small, from those who collect and sell via clothing rack (Xanadu, Dearheart, and Double Peace Studio) to heavy hitters on the scene such as Wanderlust. There will be upcycled and refurbished items, and potentially some weird stuff, too, as the Center for Lost Objects will be in attendance. The lineup also features local jewelry designers, record shops, and other makers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27; Free. Five Watt Coffee, 3745 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis; 612-259-7519.

Fair State U: Beer Tasting 101
Learn tasting techniques and how to identify flavors. Sun. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209.

Black Magnolia Motorcycle Rally
Shiny, bad-ass, and unusual vehicles will convene at Bauhaus Brew Labs this Sunday for a day of vintage wheels, beer, and music. Whether you ride a Triumph Bonneville, Honda Super Cub, or some type of Harley-Davidson, all are welcome. Awards will be given for the most striking bikes, so make sure your wheels shine before you head out. Revelers traveling on foot and by car will also be in attendance, and there will be plenty to see and do, with art on display, eats from Wyn65’s Mobile Food Emporium and Brooks High Beer Battered, and coffee from Dogwood Coffee Company. Live music will be provided by Jack Brass Band, Duffel, Self-Evident, and Bloodnstuff. Bike registration scores you a free beer, find the link to sign up here. 12-6 p.m. Aug. 27; Free; $10 bike registration. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911.

Open Streets Minneapolis: Franklin
Each summer Open Streets Minneapolis closes main drags throughout the city to cars, encouraging foot and pedal traffic instead. As folks make their way up and down the streets, they’ll discover a variety of pop-up happenings, including sunrise yoga sessions, mini skate parks, bands on wheels, shops with fresh lemonade, and chalk art for kids. For maps and more info, visit 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27; Free. 611 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis.

Blues Jam
7-11 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting standup comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. 7 p.m. Every Sun.; Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Darlene & the Boys
6:30 p.m. Aug. 27; Free; donations accepted. LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St., Hastings; 651-437-7055.

Ditch & the Delta
With Rozamov, Livid, and Seedship. 9 p.m. Aug. 27; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Kill It! Comedy Open Mic
7 p.m. Every last Sun.; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.