Freeloader Friday: 65 free things to do this weekend



This week in free stuff to do we have a few food fests, lots of arts shows, and an epic gathering of Golden Retreivers. Come take a look and plan your week.


Minneapolis Greek Festival 2017
Featuring Greek food, music, and culture. Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 8-10. St Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-825-9595.

Featuring tours of the galleries, refreshments, photobooth, screenprinting, and music from Early Eyes, DJ Tiiiiiiiip, and Dwynell Roland. 6-10 p.m. Sept. 8; Free. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis; 612-625-9494.

Sai U Drom
With SlovCzech and Apox. 9 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

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

De/Coding: MFA Fall 2017 Exhibition
Group show featuring work by MFA program. Panel discussion 4 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Public reception 6-9 p.m. Fri., Sep. 8. Free. MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis; 612-874-3700.

Sven-Erik Olsen (Album Release Show)
With Jim Crego and the Northern Electric and Rich Yarges and the Pop Mechanics. 10 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Hook & Ladder 1-Year Anniversary Party
Featuring free food and live music from Poverty Hash, Paul Bergen's Astronauts of Rhythm & Sound, Ian Alexy & the Deserters, Rocksteady Breakfast, the Toxenes, Trash Street, and Lianne Smith. 4 p.m. Sept. 8; Free. The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

Edgar Heap of Birds
There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 8. Free. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Minneapolis; 612-377-4669.

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

The Energy Fair
Sustainability festival featuring workshops, exhibits, electric vehicle show, live music, speakers, film screenings, and family-friendly activities. More info at 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 8; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9. Free; some events/speakers require all-access pass. Harriet Island Regional Park, 85 W. Water St., St Paul.

Venus in Fur
Presented by the Macalester Theatre and Dance Department. 7:30 p.m. Daily from Sept. 8-9; Free. Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-696-6000.

Machinery Hill
8 p.m. Fri.; Free. Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., St. Paul; 651-228-9274.

Peter Schimke Trio
7 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

Terry Boullianne & The Decibel Kings
9 p.m. Sept. 8; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future
Photographs. Opening reception with the artist 6-8 p.m. Fri., Sep. 8. Free. Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis; 612-822-1722.

Anne Collier: Women with Cameras (Self Portrait)
New York-based photographer Anne Collier shares 80 of the untouched selfies spanning from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.

BLCA September Reading Series
Featuring local authors Donte Collins, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Roy Guzmán. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; Free. Mississippi Library, 410 Mississippi St. NE, Fridley; 763-324-1560.

James J. Hill Days
Featuring open-air street market, concerts, carnival, fireworks, car show, logrolling, food, drinks, family events, and Beach Bash featuring live music from Randy Houser, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Eric Paslay and Hitchville, and Chris Hawkey. Full schedule and info at 4-10 p.m. Sept. 8; 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10; Free; some events and concerts are ticketed. Downtown Wayzata, 701 E. Lake St., Wayzata.

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.


Minne-Mile Night Market
This Saturday, Minne-Mile Night Market returns to the Longfellow neighborhood to celebrate independent Minnesota business owners who specialize in vintage and up-cycled wares. Minneapolis Craft Market will bring together makers from around the city as well. Shop for clothing, jewelry, posters, and more from the likes of Moth Oddities, Burly Babe Woodworking, Queenie & Pearl, and Larissa Loden. Listen to vinyl from Solid State, and take a break in the beer garden. Food will also be available. 4-9 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Junket: Tossed & Found, 4047 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612-293-6863.

Harvest Fest
Featuring a farmer's market, craft market, food trucks, specialty craft beers, and live music from Jillian Rae, the Federales, and Good Morning Bedlam. All ages. 12-8 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.

With Cokegoat, Grogus, Zelosis, and Lost Dog. 9 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

In Search of the Glass Slipper, San Francisco, 1974
Candid pics from Perci Chester of LGBTQ San Francisco. There will be a public reception and artist conversation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-247-1244.

2017 Selby Ave JazzFest
Featuring Kirk Whalum, Anthony Walker Review featuring Salsa Del Sol, New Sound Underground, the MotorSoul Collective, Walker West Music Academy's Urban Legends of Jazz, and Selby Ave Brass Band, with local food vendors, family activities, and live artist demonstrations. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Golden Thyme Coffee and Cafe, 921 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-645-1340.

Art at Rice Creek Festival
Featuring art making, food, entertainment, and artist vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850.

Northeast Food Truck Rally
The food trucks have come to Uptown and St. Paul this summer, and now it’s northeast Minneapolis’ turn. Eighteen businesses will be parking at Able Seedhouse & Brewery. You’ll be able to satisfy a variety of cravings, whether you’re in the mood for spicy curry (Hot Indian Foods), fresh Mexican (DelSur Empanadas, R Taco), or sweets (Mik Mart Ice Cream). Other eats on wheels include Butcher Salt, TOT BOSS, Market BBQ, and the Moral Omnivore. Craft beers will be served all day, with games and music to entertain crowds. Bands taking the stage include Catbath, Fury Things, Narco States, and Chemistry Set. Proceeds from the event will benefit a great cause: Meals on Wheels. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9; Free; $2 for beer wristband. Able Seedhouse & Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-405-4642.

Fulton Fall Festival
Community event at Pershing Park featuring live music, bike parade, food, petting zoo, inflatables, silent auction, carnival games, marketplace, and used book sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Pershing Neighborhood Center, 3523 W. 48th St., Minneapolis; 612-370-4928.

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
YouTube stars present their new book, 'I Hate Everyone But You.' 1 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington; 952-883-8800.

Open Streets Minneapolis: West Broadway
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. The schedule also includes happenings on south Nicollet on Sunday, September 24. For maps and more info, visit 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. 923 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis.

The Gray Matter Series
A pop-up gallery and retail experience. Part of Fashion Week MN. More info at 12-5 p.m. Daily from Sept. 9-10; Free. Hewing Hotel, 300 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 866-501-3300.

Powderhorn Rummage Tour
Tour through 75 yard sales throughout Powderhorn Park neighborhood. More info at 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Powderhorn Park Neighborhood, 821 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-722-4817.

Reckoning and My Grandmother's Hand Book Release
Multi-media exhibit featuring work inspired by the release of Resmaa Menakem's new book. Opening reception 8 p.m.-midnight Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-978-5566.

Yoga at WAM
Call to sign up and bring a mat. Sat. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Pkwy, Minneapolis; 612-625-9494.

Twin Cities Veg Fest
This year, Twin Cities Veg Fest is moving outdoors. The yearly free event is all about plant-based foods and diet. It’s a popular happening; last year’s party attracted more than 4,000 hungry vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. At Saturday’s event at Como Park, revelers will be able to sample a variety of eats, including cheese and meats from the Herbivorous Butcher and bee-free honey brand Honee (it’s made with apples!). Cabaret talent and vegan baker Mistress Ginger will give a cooking demonstration where she’ll whip up something sweet. There will also be organizations and businesses interested in animal programs, eco-fashion, and other positive causes. For more info, visit Parking may be tight; organizers are recommending attendees take the free shuttle running to the fest throughout the day from Rosedale Shopping Center (1595 MN-36, Roseville). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Como Regional Park, 1431 N. Lexington Parkway, St. Paul; 651-488-9679.

Bearly There
Work by Marty Nash and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-436-1151.

Benny Weinbeck & Gordy Johnson
7 p.m. Sept. 7; 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

New illustrations by Emma Fortney. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Showroom, 612 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-345-7391.

9 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Featuring art-related activities, dance, games, tours, and food, all celebrating the monarch butterfly's migration from Minnesota to Mexico. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Lake Nokomis Park, 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis.

Direct Avoidance
Works by John Diebel and Duane Ditty. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-747-3942.

Vinyasa: Connecting Global Textiles and Sustainable Design
Fashions by St. Kate's professor Anupama Pasricha. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-6644.

Dreamland Faces
2 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. Hosmer Library, 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis; 612-630-6950.

Edina Fall into the Arts Festival
Featuring handmade items by local and national artists and makers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Centennial Lakes Park And Putting Course, 7499 France Ave., Edina; 952-832-6789.

Gordon Coons: Colors of My Inner Voice
Paintings and prints. Artist-led workshop 1-5 p.m. Sat., Sep. 23. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9 featuring an artist-led guided tour. Free. Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-728-5745.

Normandy Kitchen Jazz Night: Maurice Jacox
7 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. The Normandy Kitchen, 405 N. 8th St., Minneapolis; 612-370-1400.

Kidstock: The Story of Babar
Musical retelling of the children's story featuring live arrangements by MacPhail faculty members. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Minneapolis; 612-321-0100.

Lizzie Wortham: Like a Girl
Oil paintings. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-6644.

Nuway Annual Picnic
Featuring food from local restaurants, a live DJ, photo booth, face painting, balloon art, henna tattoos, and a community mural. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. NuWay House Inc., 2118 Blaisdell Ave., Minneapolis.

Robert Madrygin
Author presents his new book, 'The Solace of Trees.' 7 p.m. Sept. 9; Free. SubText: a bookstore, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul; 612-387-8803.

Tom Maakestad: Finding the Balance
New paintings. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800.

Jean Gumpper: Swirling Currents
Woodcut prints. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. Sat., Sep. 9. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800.

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.


8th Annual Goldzilla
Largest gathering of Golden Retrievers in America, with 5K walk, pet activities, and raising awareness for Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota. More info at 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton, Minneapolis; 651-748-2500.

Backyard BBQ at The Howe
Parking lot party with smoked meats, cocktails and beer, music by Becky Rae Dalton and Zeb Sears of Chimney Fish Duo, doggy pool, giant Jenga, and more. Sun. noon to 5 p.m. The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, 3675 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-3663.

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

Purple Playground Picnic, Pic and Dance Party
Family-friendly party by the Prince mural featuring music by DJ Michael Holtz, photo booth, and snacks. 12-3 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Chanhassen Cinema, 570 Market St., Chanhassen; 763-682-3000.

Sunday Morning Market and Music Series
Featuring art, antiques, vintage items, furniture, henna, and music by DJ Kool Hanz. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Sun. from July 9-Sept. 24; Free. Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee, 3301 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-1613.

Cliche's Crosswalk
Fashion show and in-store shopping event. Part of Fashion Week MN. More info at 2-5 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-0420.

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. Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Family Day: Eyewitness Views
Outdoor celebration of the opening day of 'Eyewitness Views,' with art-making activities, performances, workshops, yard games, tours, and family fun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.

Minnesota Comic Book Convention
Featuring dealers with comics from past and present, collectibles, and comic book buyers. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10; Free. Hotel Metro St. Paul, 2201 Burns Ave., St. Paul; 651-731-2220.