Freeloader Friday: 67 free things to do this weekend

Lowertown Guitar Fest

Lowertown Guitar Fest

This week in free things to do we have beer parties, some awesome street fests, art festivals, and more. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


Uptown Art Fair
Over 40,000 visitors will take in work from from over 350 artists. With food vendors, demonstrations, beer gardens, and more. Download a MetroTransit bus pass to ride for free. For more info, visit Aug. 4, 12-8 p.m. Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

Tap Takeover with Lupulin Brewing
Featuring Rus 2017, Rus 2015, Hashed! Mosaic, West Coast Bias, Gov't Hooker, and Hooey. 5 p.m. to midnight. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-2529.

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

The Further Adjustments
With Junior Varsity (EP Release Show) and King Colt. Aug. 4, 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

(L-R: Kii Arens, Biafra Inc., Boxy Mouse)

bob Show
Seven artists will celebrate pop-art at Rogue Buddha this summer. Boxy Mouse—whose work features brightly colored, square-shaped creatures on stickers, framed art, and buttons—is curating the show. Kii Arens’ psychedelic gig posters were last spotted at Coachella. His work for this exhibition takes a candy-coated approach. Biafra Inc.’s train-fueled printwork is grim with just a touch of humor. Wundr’s graffiti work can be seen on railroad cars, underpasses, and sewage systems. Rounding out the lineup will be Amphetamine Reptile Records founder Thomas Hazelmyer (Haze XXL), nightmare collage creator Jeff Mathison (Math.I), and print artist Dale Flattum (TOOTH). There will be an artist’s talk with Boxy Mouse at 7 p.m. Friday, August 4. Free. Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-3889.

With Lived, Clockwohlv, and Zig Zag Wanderer. Aug. 4, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

With Jonathan Ackerman Every 1st Fri., 9 p.m. Free. Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-331-9800.

Broken Clock Brewing Fall Sampler
With beer, food trucks and live music. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, 3134 California St. NE, Suite 122, Minneapolis; 612-440-4570.

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

Farewell show for World's Most Dangerous Polka Band
6 to 8:30 p.m. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 004, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

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

Wet & Wild: Free Outdoor Waterslide
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview; 651-490-4700. 

Dan Wilson In-Store Performance and Signing
All ages. Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-9300.

First Fridays with the Wibesmen
Every 1st Fri., 8-10 p.m. Free. Golden's Cafe and Deli, 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul; 651-224-8888.

Andrew Braunberger: Winging it like a Cuisinart
Assemblages. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Spectrum Artworks, 825 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis.

Groveland Gallery Plein Air Invitational
Group show. The Plein Air SmackDown VII runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800.

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

Laura & Sean's Movie and Music Trivia
Every Fri. 7 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Lego Americana Roadshow: Building Across America
Featuring large scale Lego models of national landmarks, and free building activities for all ages. Free. Ridgedale Shopping Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Hopkins; 952-541-4864.

Sweet Land
With live music from Romantica at 7 p.m. 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.

Lowertown First Fridays
Studio crawl features art receptions, parties, demonstrations, sale, and other fun throughout the neighorhood. For more info, visit Every 1st Fri., 6-9 p.m. Free. Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul.

Open Eye Figure Theatre’s 15th Annual Driveway Tour
For the complete schedule, visit July 8-Aug. 11. Free.

Polygot Theater: Ants
This weekend, giant ants will be taking over the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a series of performances. The Australia-based troupe will rove the space, offering opportunities for interactive, kid-friendly play. Daily from Aug. 3-6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600.

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. Every Fri. and Sat., 10:30 p.m. 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. Every Fri. from June 9-Oct. 6, 3-7 p.m. Free. West Broadway Farmers Market, 300 W Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-353-5178.


Powderhorn Art Fair 2017
Featuring work by regional and national artists, community showcase, and group exhibitors from the Powderhorn area.  Download a MetroTransit bus pass to ride for free.Daily from Aug. 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-1141.

Rock 'n' Roll Farmers Market
Featuring live music, DJs, makers, vintage sellers, food vendors and farmers, and interactive activities, outdoors in the Flashlight Vinyl parking lot. Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Flashlight Vinyl, 1519 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 612-558-3838.

Twin Town Guitars 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Featuring Dosh, BNLX, Porno Wolves, and DJ Lori Barbero. Aug. 5, 8 p.m. Free. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399.

Twin Town Guitars 20th Anniversary Celebration
Featuring sales, free food, and a live performance by Jeremy Messersmith. Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Twin Town Guitars, 3400 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-3334.

2017 Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour
It may already be hot outside, but the artists coming to town for the Hot Metal Pour will be dealing with temps even higher. During the day, they will be working with 4,000 pounds of molten iron as they pour materials into molds. They will use a centuries-old technique, and visitors will be able to get up close to view the process. Take a behind-the-scenes tour, and enjoy rhythmic live music from Savage Aural Hotbed. Aug. 5, 12-8 p.m. Free. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer; 651-257-6668.

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

Collapsing Stars
With the Bad Man. Aug. 5, 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Flesh Narc
With Flesh Narc, Thin Skin, Obchod Na Korze, Nice Boys, and aDeer aHorse. Aug. 5, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

August Free First Saturday Garden Party: Groove
Family-friendly outdoor festival in the Sculpture Garden, featuring live music from Okee Dokee Brothers, a roving performance of 'Ants' by Australia's Polyglot Theatre, and music from DJ Frank Lyon.  Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600.

Dr. Jude Miller Burke
Author/psychologist presents her new book, 'The Adversity Advantage: Turn Your Childhood Hardship into Career and Life Success.' Aug. 5, 1 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3216 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-922-3238.

Elisa Korenne
Featuring readings and live music from the author/songwriter. Aug. 5, 10 a.m. Free. Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St., Edina; 952-903-5780.

KidX: Touch A Truck
Get up close looks at fire trucks, police cars, front end loaders, buses, and more. Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Drive NE, Blaine; 763-786-9704.

Lowertown Guitar Festival
Featuring Gil Parris, Bernie Williams, Greg Kock, Doyle Dykes, Mimi Fox, Todd Clouser, and more. Presented by the McNally Smith College of Music. More info at Aug. 5, 3-10 p.m. Free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-632-5111.

Riverview Library Centennial Block Party
Celebration of the library's 100th year featuring live music, kid-friendly activities, cake, speakers, bookmobile, nature scavenger hunt, and digital scrapbook. Aug. 5, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Riverview Branch Library, 1 E. George St., St. Paul; 651-292-6626.

Henry Walton and DWITT
Featuring work by poster and mural artist DWITT and retro-lighting artist Henry Walton. Live music by Allison Scott and Anna Eltringham starts up a 7 p.m. Noon to 11 p.m. Clockwerks Brewing, 25 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612-339-9375. 

'Butts & Beef' Free Community Gathering & BBQ
Drink cocktails and eat kimchi and meat. The BBQ is free. Sat., 5 to 8 p.m. Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 32nd St. E., Minneapolis; 612-799-9166.

Grand Re-Opening Weekend at Eat My Words
Featuring experimental film screenings, pottery demos, a series of poetry readings, bookstore bingo, and a seven-band music lineup. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Eat My Words Bookstore, 214 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis. 

The Wall: Opening Ceremony
New installation and performance piece by Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah as part of Rethinking Public Spaces in collaboration with Martin Gonzales. Sat., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prospect Park Community Gardens, 2909 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis.

Six-Year Anniversary
With $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey and Absolut cocktails from 9-11:30 p.m.; music by Strangelove. Sat., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (Downtown Minneapolis), 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-1133. 

Benefit for Good Karma Animal Rescue of MN, featuring dog-related entertainment, activities, and vendor booths. More info at Aug. 5, 10 a.m. Free. The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, 12459 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove; 763-424-0504.

Ollivander's Wand Shop
A celebration of Harry Potter's birthday. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sixth Chamber Used Books, 1332 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-9463.

Secret Life of Pets
Sat., 9 p.m. Victory Park.

Aitkin Farmers' Market
Featuring local baked good, organic produce, handmade soaps, jellies and jams, flowers, yarn and wool products, and live music. Every Sat. from May 27-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 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 Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31, 3-7 p.m. Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.

New Hope Community Farmers Market
Every Sat. from June 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 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 Every Sat. from May 20-Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-2761.


Open Streets Minneapolis: Northeast
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 Franklin Avenue (Sunday, August 27), West Broadway (Saturday, September 9), and south Nicollet (Sunday, September 24). For maps and more info, visit Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 2551 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

With Peucharist, Invidiousus, Verminoze, and Plagued Insanity. Aug. 6, 9 p.m. Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Books and Beer Pop-Up Bookstore
Featuring a variety of Minnesotan authors with books for sale. More info here. Aug. 6, 1-6 p.m. Free. BlackStack Brewing, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul; 612-369-2934.

11th Annual Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots
Local breweries form teams of two to create unique beers. Revelers vote, and the winners choose a charity to donate to. This year’s teams are Modist/Dangerous Man, Fulton/Bad Weather, Schell’s/Indeed, Surly/Steel Toe, Bang/Fair State, Bauhaus/Sociable Cider Werks, and Bent Paddle/Able. Live music sets include Catbath, RLGDPPL, Graveyard Trio, Black Market Brass, the Blind Shake, 4onthefloor, and Epitome No Question. Aug. 6, 2-8 p.m. Free. Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-767-7766.

Pre-Ride to In Cahoots Block Party
Joyful Riders Club lead the way on tis friendly no-drop ride and meetup. Sun., 1-3 p.m. Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis.  

Sunday Summer Vintage Sale
Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Double Peace Studio and friends, the alley behind 3156 Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis. 

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. Every Sun. from Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Dogs of MSP August Meet Up
Dog owner meet up with merch for sale, treats for the pups, photos, food, and drinks. Aug. 6, 1-4 p.m. Free. Hewing Hotel, 300 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 866-501-3300.

Over the Rainbow: Last Days of Nye's
Photography by Mike Madison and Steven CohenThe closing reception runs 5 to 10 p.m. Sun., Aug. 6, with a performance by the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band. Free. Corner Store Gallery NE, 501 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-1294. 

Minneapolis Theosophical Society's Annual Picnic
Vegetarian potluck lunch located across from the band shell. Aug. 6, 12-3 p.m. Free. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-661-4785.

Sarah Ahiers
Author presents her new book, 'Thief's Cunning.' Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble HarMar Mall, 2100 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville; 651-639-9256.

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

Tech Dump's Robot Fashion Show
Teams create and compete with robot inspired looks fashioned from electronic waste. Registration and more info here. Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

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

Wayzata Sunday Music in the Park Series: Blue Groove
Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m. Free. Klapprich Park, 340 Park St. E., Wayzata; 952-404-5366.

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