Freeloader Friday: 52 free things to do this weekend

Trivia Mafia's Laborial Day

Trivia Mafia's Laborial Day Image courtesy event organizers

This weekend in free things to do we have beer crawls (choose between a trivia-themed one and a Star Trek event), a vintage camper gathering, and a few patio parties. Come take a look. 


Electric Feel: A 2000's Indie Night
DJ music. Hosted by Forever Young. 5-9 p.m. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul. 

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.

Wonders Ice Cream Grand Opening
Sample from 20 rolled ice cream flavors. 1 p.m. to midnight. Wonders Ice Cream, 298 University Ave. W., St. Paul.

Autoptic Minneapolis August Showcase
Comics pop-up gallery show featuring Archie Bongiovani, Lance Ward, and Cooper Whittesley, with readings emceed by M.S. Harkness. 7 p.m. Aug. 18; Free; donations suggested. The Future, 2223 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-817-1838.

Faith Boblett
With Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir and the Person and the People. 10 p.m. Aug. 18; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Haunted Hex
Featuring the Retakes, Wax Lead, Trash Cattles, Wet Legs, and Kat Fox. 9 p.m. Aug. 18; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Tone Poems of Color
Color blocks and other art using the color palette of the New York Times. 5-8 p.m. Friday. MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis.

Breath, Life & Potent Metaphors
Pottery by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti, and paintings by Riki Kölbl Nelson. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 18. Aug. 18-Oct. 20; Free. Raymond Avenue Gallery, 761 Raymond Ave., St Paul; 651-644-9200.

Crooked Dice
9 p.m. Aug. 18; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Jazz in the Lobby Bar
Featuring JoAnn Funk on piano with Jeff Brueske on bass. 7-11 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from Nov. 4; Free. St. Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul; 800-292-9292.

Mere Bellies
Recent work from artist-in-residence Christopher Corey Allen. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 18; 1-6 p.m. Daily from Aug. 19-21; Free. Hair and Nails, 2222 1/2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-229-0585.
Tappy Hour
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Grumpy Old Men
For more info and locations, check out Park and Rec's handy website: 9 p.m. Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785.

Lake Street Pop-up: Somali Dancing & Sambusas
Dancing from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, sambusas from Safari Express. 5-6 p.m. Somali Museum of Minnesota, 1516 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Powderhorn 24 Community Ride
Cheer riders on as they cycle for 24 hours. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Midtown Greenway Coalition, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-879-0103.

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

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. 10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from March 9; Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

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.


Star Trek Bar Crawl VI
Costumed bar crawl through northeast Minneapolis, with live music at 331 Club featuring Fistful of Datas, Salmon Cabin, and Lyritics. More info here. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Aug. 19; Free. 1029 Bar, 1029 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-4322.

Trivia Mafia Laborial Day Celebration
Laborial Day is an ancient holiday traditionally marking the midway(ish) point between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Okay, not really. It’s actually a local trivia bar crawl offering you an excuse to drink on a (hopefully) nice summer day. Things start out at Sociable Cider Werks (1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis), where teams of up to six players (lone wolves are welcome, too) will answer two rounds of five Trivia Mafia-style questions. The top team will win a free round at the next stop of the crawl. Revelers will move on the hour, with stops planned at Able Seedhouse and Brewery, 612Brew, and Bauhaus Brewlabs. Black-and-white attire is encouraged, and the crew will also have Oreos and old-school ice cream sandwiches for crawlers. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP at so the hosts know how many treats to buy. 2-6 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105.

OC 45
With Sick AF, Atomic Lights, and Couch Potato Massacre. 9 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

4th Annual Little Africa Fest 
Featuring drumming, performances, music dance, live painting, food, and more. 2-8 p.m. Hamline Park on Snelling, 1564 Lafond Ave. St. Paul.

St. Paul Food Truck Festival
While one food truck is easy to find, locating 40-plus food trucks in one spot is a rare event. This Saturday, Minnesota food trucks will come together to form an outdoor buffet of deliciousness. Here you’ll find mini-doughnuts, locally grown pork, green papaya salad, fried British pub eats, spiced Indian treats, and wood-fired pizza. While there will be a variety of items on each vehicle’s menu, at least one dish will be set at a reasonable $5. Goose Island brew will be on tap, and music will be provided by Alex Rossi Music. Proceeds from water sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Find more details at 12-10 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-632-5111.

Whiskey Party
Whiskey release party for Double IPA-Skey. With sales, cocktails, more. Noon to midnight. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville.

Appetite For Change Presents: Summer Block Party
A celebration of North Minneapolis with live music from BdotCroc, Carnage the Executioner, DJ Lord, Finding Novyon, Aby Wolf & Eric Mayson, and Urban Youth, with food trucks, family-friendly games, and activities. 12-5 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Appetite For Change, 1200 W. Broadway Ave., #180, Minneapolis; 612-588-7611.

IndiaFest 2017
Featuring Indian cuisine from local restaurants, live Bollywood music, dance performances, cultural displays, and a large bazaar, with henna, face painting, kite flying, chess, and cricket. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; 651-296-2881.

Sat., Aug. 19. 9 p.m. McRae Park.

Chariots of the Gods Custom Van and Camper Show
Vans, vintage campers, and RV camp out. With food, music, libations, more. To camp, call 651-645-1172. Noon to 3 p.m. Sun. 211 St. Anthony Pkwy, Minneapolis.

Nazmo King
9 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Unmapped Brewing's Grand Opening Celebration

With live outdoor music, a beer tent, food trucks, special release beers, and games. Sat. noon to 11 p.m. Unmapped Brewing Co., 14625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka.

Citric Dummies August Residency
Featuring a variety of local and national support acts. 10 p.m. Every Sat. from Aug. 5-26; Free. Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738.

Dan Israel and Friends Folk Festival
With Doug Collins, Mother Banjo, and a tribute to the late Lonnie Knight. 7 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis; 763-682-4590.

Indeed Brewing's 5 Year Anniversary
Featuring self-guided brewery tours, a free shuttle to the offsite barrel-aging facility (you’ll score a free beer while you ride), and Day Tripper, Midnight Ryder, and Shenanigans on tap. Noon to 6 p.m. Indeed Brewing Company, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-843-5090.

Lake Hiawatha Clean Up 2017
Collecting trash from watercraft and on land. More info at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Lake Hiawatha Park, 2701 E. 44th St., Minneapolis; 612-370-4930.

Minnesota Bat Festival
Exhibits, activities, and games. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington; 952-854-5900.

Music in the Kitchen with the Joshua Schmidt Duo
7-9 p.m. Aug. 19; Free. Barnes & Noble Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St., Edina; 952-920-0633.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Augtoberfest 2017
Folks looking for one last block party before Monday should head over to Tilia in Linden Hills for a day of live music, eats, and beer. Food will be offered from the likes of Red Wagon Pizza, Terzo, Upton 43, and Red Table Meats. So you’ll have options in between cold brews from Tilia’s tap. Taking the stage this afternoon will be local blues/jazz legend Cornbread Harris, pop-rockers Little Fevers, and headliner Wayne “the Train” Hancock, whose honky-tonk rockabilly tunes are always high-energy thanks to his caffeine intake. 3 p.m. Aug. 20; $8; free for kids 10 and under.. Tilia, 2726 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis; 612-354-2806.

7th Annual Boarfest
Featuring live music from Pert Near Sandstone, Cedric Burnside Project, Nathan Miller Band, and DJ sets by Slip Mats Radio, with food and drink specials. 1 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. Butcher & the Boar, 1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-238-8888.

American Cream (Tape Release Show)
With Celica and Motorad Riesen. 9 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Beers with Benefits Fundraiser
Benefit for Spam FC Scholarship Foundation, with proceeds from the back bar going to the foundation. 12-6 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. Steel Toe Brewing, 4848 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park; 952-955-9965.

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

Brian Beatty, Paula Cisewski, Haley Lasché, and Greg Watson
Four poets present work from their new and forthcoming collections. 2 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8989.

The Wall
Collaborative installation art piece and performances, presented by the Soap Factory and artists Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah. Paint the wall and performance night Closing reception/Destroy the Wall 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 20. Daily from Aug. 5-20; Free. Prospect Park Community Gardens, 2909 4th St. SE, Minneapolis.

Charanga Tropical: Danzon Matinee
5-7 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523.

Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting stand up comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. 7 p.m. Every Sun. from Feb. 12; Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Sunday School
Stand up comedy followed by late night karaoke in the Library lounge bar. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Every 3rd Sun.; Free. Mercy, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-252-7000.

The Uptown Dog House Crowdfunding Launch Party
Dog-friendly party for new doggy daycare facility. 4-6 p.m. Aug. 20; Free. LynLake Brewery, 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-224-9682.

Zacc Harris Trio
7 p.m. Every Sun. from Jan. 6; Free. Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar, 3745 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4200.